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This letter was prepared by Dr. Paul Moore (President, FSAC), Associate Professor of Sociology, Ryerson University, Toronto on behalf of the membership of the Film Studies Association of Canada in response to the recent arrest of Canadians John Greyson, filmmaker and professor, and Tarek Loubani, MD, in Egypt.

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21 August 2013

John Baird, Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs (bairdj@parl.gc.ca<mailto:bairdj@parl.gc.ca>)
Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada (stephen.harper@parl.gc.ca<mailto:stephen.harper@parl.gc.ca>)
Wael Aboul-Magd, Egyptian Ambassador to Canada (egyptemb@sympatico.ca<mailto:egyptemb@sympatico.ca>)

I urge the Government of Canada to continue to assist in securing the safety and immediate release of Canadians John Greyson, filmmaker and professor, and Tarek Loubani, MD, who were arrested in Egypt on August 16th. We are grateful for Canadian diplomacy done to date, and urge the continuation of these efforts.

Award-winning Toronto filmmaker, writer, and educator, John Greyson, is a Professor at York University in the Department of Film. Dr. Loubani is an emergency physician at the University of Western Ontario (UWO) and a member of Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care. He has worked extensively to provide volunteer medical care in conflict situations internationally and for refugees in Canada.

Professor Greyson and Dr. Loubani were travelling to the Gaza Strip, where they are working on an international academic and medical collaboration between the University of Western Ontario and the main hospital in the Gaza Strip, the al-Shifa hospital. They arrived in Egypt on August 15th, and were held up from crossing into Gaza due to the conflict in Egypt. On the afternoon of Friday, August 16th, their contact in Canada received a call from Dr. Loubani, stating that: “we are being arrested by Egyptian police.”

They are being held in a Cairo prison and charges against them have not been communicated to consular officials working on this case. Colleagues and family are extremely worried for their safety.

Conditions in Egypt are extremely dangerous with accounts of widespread military and police violence. According to Amnesty International “unprecedented levels of violence have left more than 600 dead in Egypt”, further Amnesty also notes a “pattern of excessive and unwarranted lethal force used by the Egyptian authorities since the 25 January revolution”. More than 4,000 people have been injured in recent days.

As President of the Film Studies Association of Canada, on behalf of the Executive and representing more than 200 scholars and colleagues of Greyson’s, I call for continued consular intervention to ascertain the conditions of him and Dr. Loubani and to secure their safety and immediate release. Our thoughts are with them in light of the many people in Egypt who have been recently arrested, beaten and killed.

Sincerely,
Paul Moore, President/ Président
Film Studies Association of Canada
Association canadienne d’études cinématographiques
le 21 août 2013

À l’attention de:
John Baird, Ministre des Affaires étrangères
Stephen Harper, Premier ministre du Canada
Wael Aboul-Magd, Ambassadeur de l’Égypte au Canada

J’exhorte le gouvernement du Canada à continuer de travailler à la sécurité et la libération immédiate des Canadiens John Greyson, cinéaste et professeur et Tarek Loubani, Md, qui ont été arrêté en Égypte le 16 août dernier. Nous sommes reconnaissants des procédures diplomatiques du Canada jusqu’à maintenant et nous insistons pour que les efforts diplomatiques continuent dans cette lancée.

Lauréat de plusieurs prix, le cinéaste et professeur John Greyson est un enseignant à l’Université York dans le département de cinéma. Dr. Loubani est un professeur en médecine de l’urgence à l’University of Western Ontario et un membre du Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care. Il a travaillé bénévolement pour fournir des soins médicaux dans des situations de conflits à l’international et a aussi octroyé des soins à des réfugiés au Canada.

Le professeur Greyson et le Dr. Loubani voyageaient vers la bande de Gaza où ils travaillaient en collaboration avec l’University of Western Ontario et le principal hôpital de la bande de Gaza, le al-Shifa, sur un projet international. Ils sont arrivés en Égypte le 15 août et n’ont pas pu se rendre à la bande de Gaza dû au conflit en Égypte. Dans l’après-midi du vendredi 16 août, leur personne-ressource au Canada a reçu un appel du Dr. Loubani qui disait : « Nous avons été arrêtés par la police Égyptienne. »

Ils sont présentement retenus dans une prison du Caire et les charges contre eux n’ont pas été communiquées aux officiels consulaires en charge de ce dossier. Les collègues et les familles sont extrêmement inquiètes pour leur sécurité.

Les conditions actuelles en Égypte sont extrêmement dangereuses avec toute cette violence militaire et policière. Selon Amnistie Internationale : « un niveau jamais égalé de violence a fait plus de 600 morts en Égypte (unprecedented levels of violence have left more than 600 dead in Egypt) ». Amnistie note aussi : « une présence de force excessive et meurtrière utilisée par les autorités Égyptiennes depuis la révolution du 25 janvier (pattern of excessive and unwarranted lethal force used by the Egyptian authorities since the 25 January revolution) ». Plus de 4 000 personnes ont été blessées dans les derniers jours.

En tant que président de l’Association d’études cinématographiques du Canada, je représente plus de 200 collègues du professeur Greyson, je demande une intervention continue du gouvernement canadien pour connaître la condition, assurer la sécurité et la libération du professeur Greyson et du Dr. Loubani. Nos pensées sont avec eux, ainsi qu’avec les nombreux Égyptiens qui ont été récemment arrêtés, battus et tués.

Cordialement,
Paul Moore, Président

Association canadienne d’études cinématographiques
Film Studies Association of Canada

 

First International Conference in Film Studies

Tbilisi, Georgia, November 1-3, 2013

Shota Rustaveli Theatre and Film Georgia State University announces the First International Conference in Film Studies. The topic of the conference is “Georgian Film: Present and Past”. We invite all scholars in film studies and other related fields to submit their proposals.

There is no registration fee. The language of the conference is English. Participants will cover their own expenses for travel and accommodation.

Please send your 300-word proposal by e-mail to Dr. Prof. Zviad Dolidze at dolzvi@gmail.com

Deadline for proposals: September 3, 2013.

 

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR: Media Studies/Digital Culture

The Department of Culture and Language Studies in the Faculty of Arts at the University of New Brunswick invites applications for a tenure-stream appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor. The start date of the position is July 1, 2014, subject to final budgetary approval.

We seek a candidate with a strong background in the study of media, technology, and culture, preferably one whose work crosses traditional boundaries between the humanities, social sciences and arts. Each of the programs in the Department of Culture and Language Studies engages students by placing art, literature and media in cultural context. The successful candidate’s research and teaching areas should strengthen these ties between our growing program and the department’s other programs in film studies and/or world literatures and cultures. An active research agenda in media studies, popular culture studies, cyberculture studies, digital humanities, music and technology, digital game studies, or the history and/or political economy of media & new media would be welcomed, as would some familiarity with current digital technologies.

Completion of a PhD and evidence of excellent teaching and research abilities are required. The successful candidate will teach undergraduate courses focusing on their area(s) of specialization, as well as core courses in the Media Arts & Cultures program (including Popular Culture and Digital Culture). (S)he will be expected to develop a course in approaches to the interdisciplinary study of culture, and will have the opportunity to contribute actively to shaping the future of media studies and film studies at UNB and to assist in developing our department’s unique combination of media, culture and language studies into a centre of research and teaching excellence in Atlantic Canada.

The Department of Culture and Language Studies at UNB houses a variety of specialists in languages, literatures, music, media and cultures. We are dedicated to the teaching of cultural literacy, which can best be achieved through the long-term development of linguistic competence and the study of literary and media texts in their social and cultural contexts. In the spirit of diversity and understanding, we are committed to our students, to the exploration of innovative teaching and research modes that draw upon common interests among our languages and disciplines, and to the strengthening of our links to the greater academic community and the community at large. The Media Arts & Cultures program has three essential components: critical, creative and technical. The first places the study of the media in an intellectual and social context. The second encourages the student to develop creatively as an individual. The third aspect of the degree seeks to ensure that the student has an appropriate level of competence with recent digital media technology.

Candidates should forward (electronically) a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and a teaching dossier with summaries of course evaluations and course outlines, and arrange to have three letters of reference sent to:

 

Dr. Anette Guse, Chair
Culture and Language Studies
UNB Fredericton
cals@unb.ca

 

Closing Date for Applications: Sept. 30, 2013 or until a suitable candidate is found.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Applicants should indicate current citizenship status.

THE UNIVERSITY OF NEW BRUNSWICK IS COMMITTED TO THE PRINCIPLE OF EMPLOYMENT EQUITY

 

Canadian Journal of Film Studies is Now Accepting Proposals from Prospective Editors.

La Revue canadienne d’études cinématographiques accepte maintenant les propositions de futurs directeurs de publication.

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Canada’s leading academic peer-reviewed film journal, CJFS has published bi-annually since launching in 1990. With 23.1, the co-editorship of Catherine Russell and Charles Acland comes to end. The editorial board is exceedingly grateful to Charles and Catherine for their service and would like to thank them, along with their editorial assistants and Concordia University. During their term of service, CJFS reached new heights in design, scholarly content, and readership. We are eager to follow this excellence with a new editor or editorial team whose responsibilities will begin June 1, 2014.

Responsibilities. The Journal publishes two issues a year, and the Editor is responsible for administering the process by which their contents are received, reviewed, and prepared for publication. The Editor is responsible for overseeing the content, design and production of the Journal. In addition, the Editor collaborates with the Editorial Board in the preparation and establishment of policy and procedures concerning all operations ofthe Journal.

Applications for the position should be received by the Managing Editor September 1, 2013 and include the following:
1. Statement of Institutional Resources. CJFS’s host institution is responsible for providing office space and furnishings, as well as telephone and fax, postal service, photocopying, computing facilities, availability of student or other editorial assistance, as well as other available subventions. Please provide a description of the level of support that your institution is willing to provide.
2. Curriculum Vitae. Please enclose a current CV and a letter clearly outlining qualifications and pertinent experience. If you are proposing a co-editorship, please enclose a CV for each prospective editor. Please include any details regarding your ability or plans to manage and promote the bilingual features of the journal. The new editor’s (or editors’) term will begin in June 1, 2014 with several months set aside for an overlap of the duties with the editor to ensure a smooth transition. It is expected that the transition of the journal’s editorial office from Concordia to its new home will be completed by summer 2014.
3. Statement of editorial philosophy. Please provide a brief letter outlining your editorial vision for CJFS and any other intellectual, pedagogical or scholarly rationales for your suitability for this position.

Please submit all proposals to:
Dr. Lisa Coulthard, CJFS Managing Editor and Chair of the Editorial Board
Department of Theatre and Film
University of British Columbia
6354 Crescent Road, Vancouver, BC
V6T1Z2
Lisa.Coulthard@ubc.ca

La Revue canadienne d’études cinématographiques accepte maintenant
les propositions de futurs directeurs de publication.
www.filmstudies.ca/journal

Revue canadienne de pointe, évaluée par les pairs et dédiée aux études cinématographiques, la RCÉC a publié deux numéros par année depuis son lancement en 1990. Avec le numéro 23.1, la direction de publication assurée par Catherine Russell et Charles Acland arrive à son terme. Le comité éditorial est infiniment reconnaissant du travail de Charles et Catherine et tient à les remercier de même que leurs assistants de l’Université Concordia. Au long de leur mandat, la RCÉC a atteint de nouveaux sommets tant par sa conception graphique que par la qualité de ses articles et le volume de son lectorat. Nous désirons vivement perpétuer ce seuil d’excellence avec une nouvelle direction qui devra entrer en fonction le premier juin 2014.

Responsabilités. La revue publie deux numéros par année et le directeur est responsable de l’administration du processus par lequel les articles sont reçus, évalués et préparés pour publication. Le directeur est responsable du contenu, de la conception graphique et de la production de la revue. De plus, il collabore avec le comité de rédaction en adoptant des politiques et en établissant des pratiques qui touchent à toutes les opérations de la revue.

Les candidatures doivent parvenir à la secrétaire de rédaction avant le premier septembre 2013 et doivent inclure les éléments suivants:

1- Une déclaration de ressources institutionnelles. L’institution hôte de la RCÉC a la responsabilité de fournir un espace de travail et le mobilier de bureau, un téléphone, les services postaux, de photocopies et de télécopie, les ressources informatiques, une main d’œuvre étudiante ou autres assistants de publication. Elle doit aussi pouvoir procurer toute subvention supplémentaire disponible. Prière de bien vouloir fournir une description du niveau d’aide que votre université est prête à accorder.
2- Curriculum Vitae. Prière de joindre votre CV ainsi qu’une lettre qui met en valeur de façon précise les qualifications et l’expérience pertinente. Si vous proposez une codirection, joignez un CV pour chaque directeur de publication potentiel. Veuillez bien inclure le détail de vos aptitudes et de vos projets en ce qui concerne le bilinguisme qui caractérise la revue. Le mandat du nouveau directeur (ou directeurs) débutera le 1er juin 2014 et, pour assurer une transition souple, plusieurs mois de chevauchement des tâches sont prévus. Nous nous attendons à ce que la transition des bureaux de l’Université Concordia au nouvel emplacement soit complétée à l’été 2014.
3-Une déclaration de ligne éditoriale. Bien vouloir fournir une brève lettre précisant la politique éditoriale que vous désirez adopter pour la RCÉC ou tout autre argument pédagogique, théorique ou académique témoignant de vos aptitudes pour le poste.

Prière de soumettre vos propositions à :
Dr. Lisa Coulthard, secrétaire de rédaction et présidente du comité de publication
Department of Theatre and Film
University of British Columbia
6354 Crescent Road, Vancouver, BC
V6T1Z2
Lisa.Coulthard@ubc.ca

 

The FSAC 2013 Conference schedule is now available. (Updated May 30, 2013)

The conference is scheduled from Tuesday, June 4 to Thursday, June 6, 2013.