MITACs Postdoctoral Fellowship in Non-Profit Art Publishing

Public Journal is pleased to announce a competition for a two-year MITACs Accelerate Postdoctoral Fellowship position hosted by Public Journal of interdisciplinary art and York University.

PUBLIC is an interdisciplinary journal with a core focus on visual and media art practices and new approaches to online curation. It strives to be a beautiful journal about art with the timeliness and visual interest of a magazine, but the longevity of a book. PUBLIC maintains an enduring and esteemed profile in the periodicals market with its demonstrated commitment to publishing works, both written and visual, that are innovative and challenging, forward-thinking and critical, and engage both internationally and locally inflected perspectives. The journal devotes each 180+ – page, perfect-bound semi-color issue to a contemporary problem or theme and features content that combines critical writing, rich illustration throughout, and artist portfolios. PUBLIC stands apart from other publications by being conceived as a hybrid intellectual and creative forum that investigates how theoretical and critical issues intersect with art and public culture.

MITACs is a national, not-for-profit organization that builds partnerships between academia and industry. MITACs Postdoctoral Fellowships bring academic expertise into a partner organization, working on a specific project related to your area of research.

About the Research

The successful candidate is expected to focus on research into several of the following areas: diverse forms of book and journal publishing, nonprofits research and management studies, emerging social media platforms and digital curation. Research outcomes will directly inform the future publishing practices of Public as the journal evolves with online readership, accessible platforms, engagement with critical disability practices and digital curation.

We invite applications from interdisciplinary scholars who have earned a doctorate in one or more of these areas: communications, media studies, arts management, media industry studies, digital media, or art history, and have expertise in such fields such as creative publishing, online outreach/engagement, nonprofit organizations and fundraising, art book publishing and cross platform curation. The position requires strong skills and experience in research creation, knowledge translation, community arts engagement, and familiarity with social media publications. An understanding of open-source web content management systems is an asset. Required soft skills include outstanding writing and communication skills, a strong collaborative working style, good time management, and adaptability.

This postdoc position will include opportunities to produce publications, participate in conference presentations and directly contribute to content design for the journal and the creative projects of the Public Access Collective. It is expected that the candidate will divide their time between York University and Public Journal, also housed at York University’s campus.


The MITACs Postdoc will receive an annual salary of $45,000.00, office space at York University, and full access to York University Libraries. They will be supervised by Professor Janine Marchessault in the Department of Cinema and Media Arts and will work closely with Public’s Editorial Board.

Duration: Two years with a possible 1-year renewal.

Candidates must have defended their dissertation by January 30th 2023. (This is a firm deadline)

Applications are due Monday December 15th, 2022 at 5:00PM EST.

The position will begin February 1st, 2023.

How to apply

Applicants should forward a cover letter, a brief research statement (maximum 1 page), curriculum vitae, as well as the names of three references in one PDF document to

Christine Davis c/o Public Editorial Collective
Public Journal
303 Goldfarb Centre for Fine Arts
York University
4700 Keele Street
Toronto, Ontario
M3J 1P3

York University welcomes applications from all qualified individuals, including individuals within the University’s employment equity categories of women, persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities and aboriginal persons, individuals of diverse gender and sexual orientation and all groups protected by the Human Rights Code. York University is committed to employment equity and diversity, and a positive and supportive environment.


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