SYNOPTIQUE Call For Papers
OUT OF THE DARK STACKS AND INTO THE LIGHT:
RE-VIEWING THE MOVING IMAGE ARCHIVE FOR THE 21st CENTURY
The archive, as a concept, an action, and a physical repository of historical traces and material fragments, has a central place within contemporary film and moving image studies. The archive is not only a location for historical research; it also functions as a source of images and materials to be mined by filmmakers and media artists. Many studies of the archive have focused on these two dominant approaches to the use and formulation of moving image archives, especially in studies of documentary and avant-garde compilation or found footage cinema. Increasingly, film and media scholars are also turning to the archive to revise histories of film theory, film production, and its distribution and circulation, especially in post-colonial, historiographical, and transnational film scholarship. As such, the archive becomes as much a site of struggle and contested histories, as it is a site of creative inspiration and cultural preservation.
With the transnational and global turn in film scholarship, a greater analysis of the circulation and display of archival materials and moving images is necessary to understand how archival access might impact the current assessment of global and local shifts. In this special issue on the moving image archive, we wish to focus on both the sites of archival preservation and display of moving images (including museums, art galleries, institutional archives, private collections, and the Internet), as well as the circulatory and creative networks that connect them. In doing so, we intend to bring questions of circulation and exhibition into dialogue with the archive, in addition to a focus on the archive as a concept and method of artistic practice.
Submissions may include, but are not by any means limited to, topics such as:
- Archival preservation, access, technologies, and practice
- Archive as concept or methodology (landscape as archive, Internet archive, etc.)
- Archival images in experimental films, videos, and games (compilation, found footage, database films, etc.)
- Archives, gesture, sound, and performance
- Digital archives and digitalization of archival materials
- Documentary and the evidentiary uses of archival moving images
- Colonial and postcolonial archives
- Community organizations and archival display
- Critiques of archival theory, media studies theory, and film theory
- Global flows and circulation of archival materials and images
- Institutional histories of a specific archive
- New media, remix cultures, and the archive
- Queer and feminist archives
- Spaces of display and archival practice (museums, non-theatrical spaces, online databases, etc.)
Essay submissions for the peer-review section should be approximately 15-30 pages including the bibliography (maximum 7,500 words), and formatted according to MLA guidelines. This special issue is invested in exploring the archive in all its conceptual and practical manifestations, so we also welcome shorter pieces (2-8 pages, maximum 2,000 words) related to archival images or practice for our non-peer review section. This section includes conference or exhibition reports, book reviews, research creation pieces related to archival images or practice (including video essays, photograph series, and other digital projects accompanied by an explanatory text), and interviews with artists or archival practitioners.
All submissions must be in either French or English. Papers should be submitted by October 10, 2014. A link on www.synoptique.ca will guide you through the submission process. Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note the following two job postings on the WLU Faculty of Arts website (below):
http://www.wlu.ca/page.php?grp_id=317&p=3142 (click on Faculty of Arts, click through to page 4).
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Visible Evidence 21
December 11-14, 2014
Visible Evidence, the annual scholarly conference on documentary film, media, culture and poli9cs–interdisciplinary, interna/onal and indispensable–is now 21!
Inaugurated at Duke University in 1994, Visible Evidence has met annually ever since–in Canada, the UK, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Brazil, Australia, and most recently in Sweden, as well as in the US (eleven 9mes).
This year the conference will be held in New Delhi, India from December 11 to 14 2014. Co-hosted by Jawaharlal Nehru University and Jamia Millia Islamia, the conference will be held at the India Interna9onal Centre, Max Mueller Marg, New Delhi. In 2014 we are mee9ng in Asia for the first 9me, and for the second 9me only in the global south!
Visible Evidence 21, as is tradi9onal, will feature a range of panels, workshops, plenary sessions, screenings and special events around documentary, its prac9ces, histories and theories.
Proposals for panels, workshops, presenta9ons, screenings and individual papers are solicited according to the following guidelines and themes.
Please check out www.visibleevidence21.org for informa9on about travel arrangements, the conference site, and registra9on, etc.
Proposals may address any aspect of documentary screen cultures, histories and prac9ces by engaging with, but are not restricted to, the following themes (we aim for a broad, diverse and inclusive scope for this first Asian VisEv):
Documentary /Art: Exploring new spaces, narra9ves, rela9onships and audiences
Documentary/Social Sciences: Engaging with poli9cs, methodologies, ethics and evidence
Documentary/Selves: Addressing autobiographies, memoirs, home-movies, confessions and self-fashioning
Documentary/Ci9es: Crowds and communi9es, onscreen and offscreen. Documentary/ Pedagogies: Making as teaching, producing as mentorship. Documentary/Affect: Bodies, sensa9ons, feelings and rela9onships Documentary/Trash: Shame, gossip, scandal, exploita9on and the sensa9onal Documentary/Sexuality and Gender: Diversity, dissidence and disclosure
Documentary/Produc9on: Prac9ces and authors; screenings, streamings and (emergent) pla\orms
Documentary/Economies: Techno-materiali9es, virtuali9es, fes9vals and archives
Documentary/Modes: Fic9on, anima9on, performance, voice and hybridity
Documentary/Violence: Trauma, tes9mony, index, performance and memory
Documentary/Truths: Analog to digital, cinéma-vérité to docu-menteur, phones and phoneys
Documentary/Transna9onal: Migra9ons, transgressions, diasporas, scapes and refugees Documentary/Environment: Interven9ons, debates, exposures
Documentary/Archives: Memory, preserva9on, restora9on, historiography Documentary/Ac9vism: Transforma9on, mimesis, witness.
Documentary/South Asia: Historicising state, independent, experimental and regional interven9ons… iden9fying parallels in other postcolonial traditions.
Panel, Workshop and Papers: Guidelines and Deadlines
We invite submissions of pre-constituted panels, pre-constituted workshops and individual paper proposals. Each panel and workshop session is allotted 90 min. Each panel will have three papers of not more than 20 min followed by discussion. Workshops, usually addressing practice-related issues, will feature 4 to 6 opening statements (totalling up to 30 min of prepared material), setting the stage for an exchange of ideas and skills among workshop participants.
Proposed panels and workshops may be pre-constituted either through public calls for submissions, or through individual solicitation by interested convenors.
Panel and workshop calls may be posted publicly by interested convenors on the Conference Website (coming soon) until May 1, 2014. Convenors must notify selected participants by May 15, 2014. Convenors of pre-constituted panels and workshops are expected to submit proposals in standard format (see below) both for the event as a whole and for each individual contributions (for example a submission for a pre-constituted may be up to 8 pages in length, and for a workshop up to 14 pages).
Deadline for all open call individual paper proposals and pre-constituted panels and workshops: June 1, 2014. Participants will be notified of their acceptance or not around June 23.
Proposals for panel papers and workshop contributions include a descriptive title, an abstract (of 250-300 words), biblio- /filmography (5 or 6 items maximum) and brief bio (150 words maximum). The proposal should not exceed two pages.
In all individual proposals for panel contributions, please indicate whether or not, in the instance that the panel is rejected, you would like your individual proposal to be considered as an open call submission.
Please submit your proposal by the above deadlines as a PDF document to email@example.com.
Website address: www.visibleevidence21.org
March 1: Call for papers
April 1: Conference website operative.
May 1*: End date for solicitation by interested convenors for participation in pre-constituted panels and workshops.
May 15: Convenors notify participants of pre-constituted panels and workshops.
June 1: Deadline for all submissions of individual paper proposals (open call) and preconstituted panels and workshops.
June 23: Notification of acceptances for Visible Evidence 21.
December 11: Welcome to Delhi! Conference begins.
*Because of our delay in setting up our website, we are allowing some slight flexibility around the May 1 and May 15 deadlines for preconstituted panels and workshops; however the June 1 and June 23 deadlines are unchanged.
Jawaharlal Nehru University: Ira Bhaskar, Ranjani Mazumdar, Veena Hariharan, Kaushik Bhaumik
Jamia Millia Islamia: Shohini Ghosh, Sabeena Gadihoke
University of Pittsburgh: Neepa Majumdar
Concordia University: Thomas Waugh.
for further information visit www.visibleevidence21.org
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SYNOPTIQUE Call For Papers
OTHER NETWORKS : EXPANDING FILM FESTIVAL PERSPECTIVES
Submissions should be approximately 15-30 pages (interviews and reports may be shorter), written in either English or French, formatted according to MLA guidelines. Papers should be submitted by April 3rd, 2014. A link on www.synoptique.ca will guide you through the submission process. Feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
SYNOPTIQUE Appel à contributions
LES AUTRES RÉSEAUX : ÉLARGIR LES PERSPECTIVES SUR LES FESTIVALS DE CINÉMA
Ce n’est que ces vingt dernières années que la recherche en études cinématographiques et médiatiques a commencé à porter attention aux festivals de cinéma. Le texte fondateur de Bill Nichols, « Global Image Consumption in the Age of Late Capitalism » (1994), est souvent cité comme étant le premier à tenter de théoriser ces phénomènes complexes. Le rapprochement entre les études sur la mondialisation et les études cinématographiques a offert de fait bon nombre de nouveaux terrains de recherche, dont celui du champ d’étude des festivals de cinéma. Cependant, alors qu’ils étaient inscrits dans le dialogue sur les flux mondiaux, les réseaux des festivals de cinéma ont au même moment été pensés comme un circuit alternatif pour la distribution des films.
Synoptique cherche à enrichir le débat universitaire en proposant un numéro spécial qui encourage la création de nouveaux cadres théoriques pour penser les festivals de cinéma comme une industrie et une institution aux facettes multiples, dans un monde de plus en plus connecté – ou déconnecté. Nous accueillons toute contribution qui expérimente de nouvelles approches pour étudier les festivals de cinéma et leurs réseaux. Nous sommes particulièrement intéressés par des interventions qui prennent en compte la multiplicité des échelles souvent oubliées ou subordonnées aux logiques mondiales qui ont présidé à la création de ce champ d’étude, ainsi le régional ou le diasporique. De plus, une nouvelle attention portée aux festivals non-européens ou autres que de catégorie A, ainsi qu’à des perspectives historiques, contribuerait à mettre en valeur la complexité des acteurs impliqués dans les festivals de cinéma, et questionnerait le rôle économique mais aussi politique des festivals. Penser la variété des circuits de festivals mène donc aussi à théoriser ces réseaux comme discontinus, ouverts, ou encore incohérents et instables. Ce numéro spécial vise donc à situer les festivals dans une variété de réseaux historiques et contemporains afin d’apprécier les multiples façons dont ils ont influencé les cultures cinématographiques. À cette fin, nous accueillons des contributions d’universitaires et de professionnels des festivals. Les comptes-rendus de festivals ainsi que les entretiens seront aussi pris en compte. Les soumissions peuvent inclure, mais ne sont pas limitées à des sujets tels que :
- – festivals de cinéma en ligne
- – réseaux formels et informels
- – les réseaux des festivals non européens et autres que de catégorie A
- – les festivals de cinéma et le tourisme
- – les questions de programmation et les politiques de sélection des films
- – festivals de cinéma et activisme
- – l’influence des prix, récompenses, compétitions et primeurs sur la programmation
- – festivals de cinéma pour les minorités (queer, LGBT, diaspora)
- – les festivals de cinéma et les sujets précis (cf. cyclisme, droits humains, nourriture, etc..)
- – projections intégrées dans des festivals autres que de cinéma, et inversement, événements extérieursintégrés dans les festivals de cinéma
- – les festivals de cinéma et leur public (en tant que participant, spectateur et consommateur)
- – les changements dans les festivals installés à cause de revirements politiques, économiques outechnologiques.
Les contributions doivent faire entre 15 et 30 pages environ (les entretiens et comptes-rendus peuvent être plus courts), être écrites en anglais ou français, et respecter le style de formatage MLA. Les textes doivent être soumis au pus tard le 3 avril 2014. Vous serez guidée dans la démarche par un lien sur le site de Synoptique www.synoptique.ca. N’hésitez pas à nous contacter pour toute question à l’adresse suivante: email@example.com.
The first Dalhousie-Université de Paris 3 Summer Institute in Film Studies will bring together Haligonian and Parisian researchers for three days of seminars and four evenings of screenings, which will be followed by a mini-conference for graduate students. Our topic will be “Global/Local Film.” Each day will feature one seminar in English and one in French, along with a mid-day screening session connected to those seminars’ topics. We will also feature free public screenings of The Artist (Michael Hazanavicus, France, 2011), Nostalgia de la luz (Patricio Guzmán, France/Chile, 2011), and Arctic Defenders (John Walker, Canada, 2013, with John Walker in attendance), along with a programme of political documentaries curated by Halifax-based filmmaker Sylvia Hamilton.
Interested graduate students should apply with a preliminary abstract of a paper that they will work on during the Summer Institute. Seminars will be held on 8-10 July. On 11 July, the Halifax- based core faculty members will hold office hours, and graduate students will have access to workspace at Dalhousie’s Interdisciplinary Studies house. The Summer Institute will conclude with a daylong mini-conference on 14 July where students will present their papers in a workshop environment.
There will be three $1000 bursaries plus a registration fee waiver available for graduate students coming from outside of Halifax (this will be paid as an expense-style reimbursement after the Institute is over). Those interested in being considered for the bursaries should include a CV as well as an abstract with their application. They should apply (without the registration fee) no later than 1 April 2014. Those who apply for a bursary but are not selected will be able to register with the early fee as late as the first day of the Institute.
Core faculty: Shannon Brownlee (Dalhousie), Laurent Creton (Paris 3), Raphaëlle Moine (Paris 3), Emmanuel Siety (Paris 3), Jennifer VanderBurgh (Saint Mary’s), Jerry White (Dalhousie)
Contact: Jerry White, Dalhousie University – Jerry.White@dal.ca
Le tout premier Institut d’été Dalhousie-Université de Paris 3 consacré aux études cinématographiques réunira des chercheurs haligoniens et parisiens pendant trois journées de séminaires ponctuées de quatre soirées de projections, lesquelles seront suivies par une mini-conférence pour étudiants des cycles supérieurs. Le thème retenu pour cet événement est : « Global/Local Film – Le cinéma entre le global et le mondial ». En point d’orgue de chaque journée, un séminaire en français et un autre en anglais, ainsi qu’une séance de projection à la mi-journée en lien avec les problématiques abordées lors de ces séminaires. Seront également présentées trois projections publiques gratuites à savoir : The Artist de Michael Hazanavicus (France, 2011), Nostalgia de la luz de Patricio Guzmán, (France- Chili, 2011), Arctic Defenders de John Walker (Canada 2013, en présence du réalisateur), ainsi qu’un programme de documentaires politiques rédigé par Sylvie Hamilton, cinéaste basée à Halifax.
Les étudiants des cycles supérieurs intéressés sont priés de joindre à leurs dossiers de demande un exemplaire du résumé préliminaire de la communication qu’ils présenteront lors de l’Institut d’été. Les séminaires auront lieu du 8 au 10 juillet 2014. Le 11 juillet, les membres du corps professoral d’Halifax offriront à leurs bureaux des heures de disponibilité, selon un horaire qui sera communiqué aux étudiants participants en temps utile ; ces derniers auront accès à un espace de travail au Centre d’études interdisciplinaires de Dalhousie University. Les travaux de l’Institut d’été s’achèveront par une mini-conférence d’une journée – le 14 juillet – au cours de laquelle les étudiants seront invités à présenter leurs communications dans un environnement d’atelier.
Trois bourses d’un montant de 1000 $ seront octroyées, en plus d’une exemption de paiement des frais d’inscription, exclusivement pour les étudiants des cycles supérieurs venant d’autres villes qu’Halifax. Ces paiements qui se feront sous forme de remboursements au titre des frais engagés ne débuteront pas avant la fin de l’Institut d’été. Les candidats qui souhaitent être considérés pour ces bourses doivent manifester leur intérêt au moment la soumission de leur demande, qui devra être accompagnée d’un CV et d’un résumé de leur communication. Ces étudiantes devront transmettre leur demande (sans frais d’inscription) au plus tard le 1er avril 2014. Toutefois, les candidats aux bourses qui ne seront pas sélectionnés pourront toujours s’inscrire et bénéficier d’un tarif réduit (inscription à l’avance), à condition que ces personnes s’acquittent des frais exigibles au plus tard le premier jour de l’Institut d’été.
Corps professoral: Shannon Brownlee (Dalhousie), Laurent Creton (Paris 3), Raphaëlle Moine (Paris 3), Emmanuel Siety (Paris 3), Jennifer VanderBurgh (Saint Mary’s), Jerry White (Dalhousie)
Contact: Jerry White, Dalhousie University – Jerry.White@dal.ca
Lecturer in Film Studies
The University of British Columbia is accepting applications for one fulltime (100%) renewable 12 month lecturer position (1 year contract) in Film Studies, in the Department of Theatre and Film, commencing July 1 2014.
The successful applicant is expected to teach 21 credits of on-campus undergraduate courses in Film Studies, and fulfill 3 credits of either graduate teaching or curriculum development activity within the Film Studies program.
The post will include responsibility for the design, development and production of teaching, learning and assessment materials and the delivery of seminars, lectures, workshops, tutorials, as well as mentorship (of students and Teaching Assistants) across a range of courses including but not limited to Introduction to Film Studies, Introduction to Canadian Cinema, Asian Cinema, Studies in Film Theory, and specialist seminar topics. The position may also include teaching a course in the Master’s in Film Studies program. The successful applicant will be expected to make a contribution to the Film Studies program’s efforts to initiate and maintain high-enrollment online courses, the development and implementation of curriculum changes and innovative pedagogical practices across the department, and participate in the program’s extracurricular teaching-related initiatives (including the Graduate Journal Cinephile, the Centre for Cinema Studies, undergraduate and graduate research awards, student recruitment, and outreach work). Consideration for reappointment will be based on demonstrated excellence in teaching and service, and availability of funding.
The successful applicant must have a PhD in Film Studies or a cognate discipline. She or he will possess sufficient breadth or depth of specialist and core knowledge in the discipline, demonstrated by considerable experience in developing and delivering university courses, and evidence of the use of a range of pedagogical learning tools and delivery techniques to engage students. The successful applicant will have evidence of excellent teaching such as student evaluations and peer reviews, and will have made an impact on the discipline beyond their own teaching. The applicant will be expected to work flexibly and on their own initiative and will need to be able to demonstrate the ability to teach across a wide range of courses within our program.
Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. This position is subject to final budgetary approval.
How to apply:
Applicants should send a letter of application, including a brief statement about pedagogical perspectives on the teaching of Film Studies, an updated CV, evidence of teaching ability and effectiveness (course outlines, student evaluations), the names and contact information of three references, and arrange to have three confidential reference letters sent to:
Search Committee for Film Studies
Department of Theatre and Film
6354 Crescent Road
The deadline for completed applications is: March 31st, 2014. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview in the four weeks following the application deadline.
UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity and diversity within its community. We especially welcome applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities. We encourage all qualified persons to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.
CALL FOR PAPERS
The Corpus: Bodies on Film/Bodies of Film
Film Studies Association of Canada 16th Annual Graduate Colloquium
Hosted by the Cinema Studies Institute at the University of Toronto
February 28 – March 2, 2014
Keynote by Melinda Barlow, Associate Professor of Film Studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
La version française suit.
Turning towards the important roles sensory and visceral experiences play in our apprehending of media texts, scholars of the moving image have endeavored to call attention to the ongoing need for media scholarship and theory to explore questions pertaining to the cinematic “body.” These inquiries probe not only the embodied experience of the spectator, but also how media objects might constitute a body or corpus. The continuing evolution of the digital has paralleled the degradation and demise of more traditional film bodies, perhaps best exemplified by the phasing out of celluloid. However, it has also contributed to the growth of new archival bodies of cinema, while engendering a recast relationship between the corporeal entity and the virtual body of the avatar. As such, the aim of this colloquium is to examine the shifting relationships between the spectatorial and textual body, as well as the extent to which film and media texts constitute a body to be collected, archived and fetishized by fans and cinephiles alike.
How can our conception of ‘body’ extend to include cinema and moving images as forms of corporeality? As contemporary media moves toward the virtual, what can be said about the materiality of analogue media? Is celluloid forever condemned to the realm of waste and lost objects? What insights can we glean through analyzing our corporeal relationship to media texts? Does our understanding of established bodies of the moving image (e.g. archives, collections, canons) influence our research practice?
Possible presentation topics may include, but are not limited to:
- Materiality/Material culture of the Cinema (industrial and amateur)
- Transgressive or Marginalized Bodies/Alienated or Neglected Archives
- Body Modification or Body as Art Piece
- Cinephiles and the Fan Collection/Connoisseurship
- Auteurism and the Cinematic Canon(s)
- Abjection and Disgust/Film Decomposition and the “Lost” film
- Body Genres (e.g. Horror, Melodrama, Pornography)/Genres as Bodies
- Necrology and Dead Bodies/Orphan Films and Lost Corpuses
- Embodied performance in video art and avant-garde practices
- Cinematic waste (e.g. deleted scenes, found footage, home movies, blooper reels)
- Film Preservation and the Archive
Please submit a 300 word abstract including your name, degree/department, email address and title of your presentation by December 9 to firstname.lastname@example.org. Submissions are welcome in both English and French from graduate students in film, television, and media studies or other disciplines with a focus on the moving image. Notices of acceptance will be sent by early January 2013.
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Le corpus: les corps dans le cinéma/ corpus d’oeuvres filmiques
Le Seizième Colloque Annuel de l’Association Canadienne D’Études Cinématographiques
Organisé par le Cinema Studies Institute de l’Université de Toronto
28 février – 2 mars, 2014
Discours d’ouverture par Melinda Barlow, Professeur Adjoint de l’Étude du Cinéma à l’Université de Colorado, Boulder.
Les experiénces sensorielles et viscérales jouent un rôle très important dans notre compréhension des textes médiatiques. Les savants du film et média continuent d’explorer des questions associées au corps, ou le corpus filmique. Ces questions explorent l’experiénce du spectateur, ainsi que les objets médiatiques eux-mêmes, qui peuvent être considérés comme ‘un corps’. L’objectif de ce colloque est d’examiner les relations en flux entre le corps réel (humain) du spectateur, et le corps du texte/sur texte (film). Ce colloque désire d’aussi examiner comment des textes filmiques ou médiatiques peuvent être considérés comme des ‘corps’ pour être collectionés par les ‘fans’ et par les cinéphiles.
Est-ce que le celluloïde, un corps filmique, est condemné d’être seulement un ‘déchet’, dans l’ère numérique? Quel en est l’avantage d’analyser notre relation comme spectateur, comme corps humain, avec le corps du texte? Comment est-ce que notre recherche comme savants peut être influencer par des collections, ou corps, filmiques?
Des thèmes possibles sont:
- Le matière du cinéma
- Des corps marginalises (sur film/du film)
- Les collections des ‘fans’ et cinéphiles
- La décomposition du film (celluloïde)
- Le corps comme objet d’art
- Le film ‘perdu’
- Les performances du corps dans le film
Nous invitons donc ceux et celles qui le désirent à nous soumettre un extrait de leur papier (300 mots environ.) Chaque extrait devra être accompagné d’une courte note biographique (votre nom, département/diplôme et le titre de votre présentation), ainsi que d’une adresse de courriel.
Le dernier délai pour l’envoi des inscriptions est le 9 decèmbre, 2013. Veuillez les envoyer au courriel: email@example.com
Les avis d’acceptation seront envoyés début janvier 2013.
Cultural Crossings: Production, Consumption, and Reception across the Canada-US Border
Second international Culture and the Canada-US Border conference
University of Nottingham, 20-22 June 2014
Keynote Speakers: Charles Acland, Danielle Fuller, and DeNel Rehberg Sedo
Call for papers (click to download)
The Leverhulme Trust-funded Culture and the Canada-US Border international research network is pleased to invite proposals for papers or panels addressing topics related to cultural production, consumption, and reception across the Canada-US border. The 49th parallel has been considered by many Canadian nationalists to symbolize Canada’s cultural independence from the United States, with attendant anxieties about how an “undefended” border might fail to safeguard Canadian culture adequately. This conference seeks to probe the implications for the production, consumption, and reception of literature, film, television, music, theatre, and visual art in relation to the Canada-US border. We encourage analysis of cultural texts, phenomena, and industries both in terms of how they might operate differently in Canada and the United States and the ways in which they might straddle, or ignore, the border altogether. We invite proposals on both contemporary and historical cultural texts and contexts.
Although submissions on any relevant area of interest are welcome, we particularly welcome papers focusing on the following in a cross-border and/or comparative context:
- book histories and publication contexts
- reading cultures and communities
- Hollywood North/runaway film and television production
- Film exhibition and television broadcast
- Re-mounts, re-makes, and adaptations
- Musical production, consumption, or reception
- Museum and gallery exhibition
- Aesthetic influences
- Cultural policy
- Economics and their implications for cultural production and consumption
- Fan cultures
- Celebrity culture
- Cultural workers
- National habitus
- Prize culture
- Reading and/or viewing
- Cultural censorship
Please send 300-word proposals for 20-minute papers and a brief bio to CCUSBorder@kent.ac.uk by 1 November 2013. Panel proposals should include individual paper proposals plus a 100-words summary of the panel’s theme.
A limited number of bursaries are available for graduate students delivering papers. Please email CCUSBorder@kent.ac.uk for details.
The CCUSB network, funded by the Leverhulme Trust, grew out of a conference held at the University of Kent, UK, in 2009. Its core members are located at the Universities of Kent and Nottingham, SUNY Buffalo, Algoma, Mt. Royal (Calgary), and Royal Roads (Victoria). Participation in the network’s activities does not require membership. For further details visit: http://www.kent.ac.uk/ccusb
MEL HOPPENHEIM SCHOOL OF CINEMA
FACULTY OF FINE ARTS, CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY
Canada Research Chair in Digital Cinema – Film Studies
Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec, invites applications for an Emerging (Tier 2) Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Digital Cinema within the Film Studies program. The goal of the CRC program is to ensure that Canadian universities “achieve the highest levels of research excellence to become world-class research centres in the global, knowledge-based economy.”
We are seeking an emerging Canadian or international scholar (within 10 years of receiving the PhD) demonstrating promising and innovative investigations into the production, circulation, preservation and/or display of audio-visual cultures with research focusing on the challenges and opportunities presented by new technologies in understanding past and present audiovisual phenomena, broadly defined.
Possible areas of specialization may include: technological, aesthetic, and cultural dynamics of moving image and sound formats of storage, transmission, and display across media; new models for on-line, digital, multimedia and interactive scholarship, publishing, and archiving; history and theory of gaming, special effects and or media convergence; artistic experimental and oppositional practices; mobile technologies and social media; history of moving image technologies; heritage and new media; intellectual property and the related business and legal infrastructures of moving images; history and theory of archives. Attention to matters of difference (gender, ethnicity, sexuality, language) as they subtend the above areas are encouraged.
The successful candidate will have an outstanding record of research and publication in a relevant field and have demonstrated ability to foster sizable interdisciplinary initiatives, attract and mentor excellent graduate students, and secure external funding. The candidate will also be expected to take a leadership role in continuing to build the research culture of the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema and its graduate programs. Knowledge of French, though not a condition of hire, would be considered an asset.
The successful candidate for the CRC in Digital Cinema will be appointed to the School of Cinema at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor and will be expected to possess expertise in Film Studies with a view of also teaching existing courses in the unit’s curricula. The candidate will work with the Faculty of Fine Arts to prepare the formal CRC application according to CRC program guidelines. The university will nominate the successful candidate to the CRC Secretariat at the earliest opportunity according to the guidelines of the CRC program.
Concordia’s academic culture celebrates leading-edge research, creativity, and the transfer of knowledge for today’s innovation-driven society. The Chair in Digital Cinema will build on Concordia’s leadership in the fields of art, communication and culture, as well as information and communication technologies as described in our Strategic Research Plan (2008-12). This Chair will join related projects underway at the university devoted to art and technology (Hexagram), gaming (TAG), oral history, digital poetics, feminist media studies and screen cultures. A Canada Research Chair entails a reduced teaching load, research and salary stipends, as well as access to infrastructure grants for the duration of the five-year chair, renewable once, for a total of 10 years.
Concordia is located in one of North America’s most diverse, creative and livable cities. The Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema – Canada’s largest university-based centre for the study of film animation, film production and film studies – has an international reputation that continues to provide a benchmark for innovation and quality. The School of Cinema’s Film Studies programs are in great demand as a highly interdisciplinary domain of study situated within the globalization of culture, knowledge and technology. A young PhD program, as well as a vibrant MA in Film Studies, provide a rich context for advanced, critical study of the moving image, as well as for innovative and sustainable research programs in a variety of areas crucial to the rapidly changing field of film study.
Submissions must include a covering letter, a curriculum vitae, copies of recent publications, a one-page statement of teaching philosophy and interests, a one-page statement of research achievements, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and the names and contact information of three referees. A detailed five-year research plan, appropriate to the goals and objectives of the CRC program, will be required of all finalists.
Applications should be submitted or postmarked on or before November 1, 2013 to:
Mailing and courier address:
Dr. Martin Lefebvre, Professor and Search Committee Chair
Re: Canada Research Chair in Digital Cinema – Film Studies
Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema, Concordia University
1455 De Maisonneuve Blvd. West, S-FB 319
Montreal, Quebec, Canada H3G 1M8
Civic address for in-person delivery:
Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema
Faubourg (FB) Tower
Sir George Williams Campus
1250 Guy Street, S-FB 319
Montreal, Quebec, Canada H3H 2T4
All inquiries regarding this position should be directed to:
Dr. Martin Lefebvre, Professor and Search Committee Chair
Tel: 514-848-2424 ext. 4676
For further information, applicants are encouraged to consult:
Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema: http://cinema.concordia.ca
Faculty of Fine Arts: http://finearts.concordia.ca
Academic Services for Fine Arts faculty:
This position, linked to the CRC appointment, will begin July 1, 2014. Review of applications will begin immediately after the November 1 application deadline, and will continue until the position is filled.
All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority. Concordia University is committed to employment equity and encourages applications from women, members of visible minorities, aboriginal peoples and persons with disabilities.
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Assistant / Associate Professor – Richard Charles Lee Chair in Chinese Canadian Studies – 1300848
Faculty of Arts and Science; University College; St. George (downtown Toronto)
Job Closing: November 1, 2013
University College at the University of Toronto invites applications for the Richard Charles Lee Chair in Chinese Canadian Studies, a tenure-stream position at the rank of Associate or Assistant Professor. The appointment will begin on July 1, 2014, by which time the successful candidate must hold a Ph.D.
The Richard Charles Lee Chair is open to scholars in Chinese Canadian Studies in a range of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. The successful candidate will demonstrate excellence in and commitment to
research and teaching in an interdisciplinary environment at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
The Richard Charles Lee Chair will be expected to teach a range of courses in University College’s Canadian Studies Program and to take a lead role in developing the recently launched Asian Canadian Studies Minor. In addition, her or his teaching and research will be expected to draw upon and expand the already strong existing partnerships with Chinese and Asian communities in Toronto.
The successful candidate will be offered a graduate appointment in one of the Departments of Anthropology, Art, English, History, Political Science, Religion, or Sociology, or in the Cinema Studies Institute or the Centre for Drama, Theatre, and Performance Studies. He or she will participate in teaching and supervision in the graduate unit.
The Faculty of Arts and Science at the University of Toronto has both a collegiate and departmental structure. University College is the founding college of the University and has a long-standing commitment to challenging its diverse body of over 4200 undergraduate students to excel intellectually and to preparing them to engage in the wider world. In addition to the Canadian Studies Program, University College sponsors two other interdisciplinary undergraduate programs – Cognitive Science and Health Studies – and is affiliated with the Drama Centre and the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies.
All qualified candidates are invited to apply by visiting: http://uoft.me/academicopportunities. Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching dossier (including a statement of teaching philosophy), a sample of academic writing, and a statement outlining current and future research interests. If you have questions about this position, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. All application materials should be submitted online.
The U of T application system can accommodate up to five attachments (10 MB) per candidate profile; please combine attachments into one or two clearly labelled files in PDF/MS Word format. Submission guidelines can be found at: http://uoft.me/how-to-apply.
Applicants at the associate professor level should provide us with the names of at least three referees whom we should contact for letters in support of your application. Applicants at the assistant professor level should ask at least three referees to send letters directly to the College via e-mail to email@example.com.
This address may also be used to send additional documents that cannot be accommodated using the online application system.
To ensure full consideration, all application materials should be received by November 1, 2013.
The University of Toronto offers the opportunity to teach, conduct research and live in one of the most diverse and cosmopolitan areas in the world. For more information about University College, please visit
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.
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