Fully funded PhD position at the Visual Studies and Media Culture Research Group (ViSMeC) of the University of Antwerp

Digital images have today, in many parts of the world, become ubiquitous. We consume and produce them daily through our computers, smart-pads and mobile phones. Yet, to what extent do such practices intervene upon the politics of our everyday lives? Can digital-imaging practices really help us constructing a more just world? And, more specifically, can digital images help bringing about instances of empowerment among marginalized individuals and groups?

If you are interested in conducting in-depth, transnational research on these topics then consider applying for the fully funded PhD position at the Visual Studies and Media Culture Research Group (ViSMeC) of the University of Antwerp.

Research will be conducted within the framework of the project “Defying Social Invisibility: A Transnational Study of Empowerment And Social Intervention in the Field of Contemporary Digital Imaging Practices” a transnational ethnography-based project focusing on Belgium, South Africa and India.

The Project

Digital images filter today most of our experiences of ourselves and of the world surrounding us. We consume them daily through our computers and mobile phones and, given in particular the spread of latest-generation mobile phones, we also constantly produce them. It is estimated that every day 6.7 billion people view the world through their own lens. Despite their ubiquitous character digital images are, however, conventionally approached as a matter of entertainment detached from the material and social conditions of our lives. Questioning such stances, this study looks at digital imaging as an instrument of empowerment and social intervention. Focusing on a number of image-based projects in Belgium, India and South Africa that aim to combat social marginalization in the fields of respectively youth, urban poverty and HIV-AIDS, the study explores the manifold ways in which digital images can actually bring about change. The innovative aspect of this study is that it addresses questions of digital empowerment though a specific attention to images, a language with enormous potential to favour communication across boundaries of language and culture. The study will also give birth to an integrated methodological model for the study of digital imaging at global level in which participant-observation, interviews, audio-visual recordings and digital ethnography will be integrated into a coherent whole.

The Team

This research project is funded by the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO) and supervised by Dr. Paolo Favero (visual anthropologist) and Dr. Luc Pauwels (visual sociologist). The research project will be embedded within the Visual Studies and Media Culture Research Group (ViSMeC).

The Tasks

Conducting ethnographic fieldwork abroad for a period of approximately 12 months in total in two or more of the following countries: Belgium, India and South Africa.

Writing and completing a PhD dissertation within four years.

Actively participating in the activities of the Visual Studies and Media Culture Research Group (ViSMeC) and the Dept. of Communication Studies.

Collaborating with the team in research and publications.

Participating in conferences, workshops, seminars and other scholarly activities.

The Candidate’s Profile

A Master’s degree in Anthropology, Sociology, Communication Studies, Urban Studies, Social and Cultural Geography (or any other degree relevant to the project) and preferably with distinction.

Interest in research and ability to work both independently and in team.

Interest in the use of image-making and digital technologies as research tools. Previous experience in these fields will be considered a plus.

A high standard of spoken and written English is required.

Relevant experience in one or more of the countries described in the project and strong qualitative research skills will be considered a plus.

Master students in their final year may also apply.

The offer

A full-time PhD scholarship starting on 1 October 2014. The appointment is initially for one year, but renewable for three (so four years in total to complete a PhD).

A dynamic and stimulating work environment of experienced scholars, post docs and PhD candidates.

A very competitive gross monthly salary of minimally € 2.124,11 (= approx. € 1.860 net income).

To apply send:

a CV

a short motivation letter (max. 1 page).

a reference letter.

one proof of your writing skills (paper, article or thesis) preferably in one of the fields addressed by the project.

and, importantly, a preliminary sketch (approx. 2 pages) of the project that you would like to realize for your PhD. This sketch must be approximately 2 pages long and focus on some of the topics, areas and fields described above. If you have concrete examples of projects, associations, artists etc. working in these fields do please mention them as to make your proposal more concrete.

These materials have to be sent to Prof. Paolo Favero (paolo.favero@uantwerpen.be) and Prof. Luc Pauwels (luc.pauwels@uantwerpen.be).

To facilitate our job kindly write “Application for PhD position in Digital Imaging and Empowerment” in the subject of your e-mail.

For questions kindly contact: paolo.favero@uantwerpen.be

DEADLINE: 18th June 2014.

Information and Communication Studies at the Lecturer or Assistant Professor level

The Department of Social Science at the University of New Brunswick Saint John invites applications for an 8 month position [filling a sabbatical leave] in Information and Communication Studies at the Lecturer or Assistant Professor level.

The appointment will commence on September 01, 2014 and is subject to budgetary approval. Candidates should have a PhD or be near completion in communication or a related discipline, and have undergraduate teaching experience. The ideal candidate should be able to teach introductory communication studies, new media, communication theory, and be able to cover other courses offered by the program.

More information: Lectures and applications details.

Open Position: Associate Curator of Film Exhibitions – Rochester, NY

Employment Opportunity
George Eastman House
International Museum of Photography and Film, Rochester, NY

Job Title:  Associate Curator of Film Exhibitions
Start Date:  ASAP
Status:  Full Time Position
Application deadline: Position open until filled

George Eastman House is seeking candidates for the full-time position of Associate Curator of Film Exhibitions in the Museum’s Moving Image Department. A significant portion of George Eastman House’s film and media program in the Museum’s Dryden Theatre (500 seats), Curtis Theatre (100 seats) and other exhibition galleries is held through George Eastman House’s collection of over 28,000 titles preserved in all film, video, and digital formats.

The Associate Curator of Film Exhibitions directs and manages the Museum’s ongoing film exhibition program (with a minimum of one daily film program) and special Dryden program events; personally administers the program’s budget; oversees front of house activities (box office and theater management staff); develops and maintains contacts with prominent filmmakers, time-based media artists, the academic, scholarly, archival, museum and film festival communities. The professional profile of the applicant should include, but not be limited to, the following:

•         An informed, dynamic approach to the selection, curatorship and public presentation of film exhibitions according to the highest standards in the field;
•         The ability to promote the best achievements of film and media art in a manner that is both accessible and culturally meaningful;
•         An in-depth knowledge of US and international film history, with special emphasis on the preservation of the moving image;
•         Enthusiasm for experimenting with new and innovative approaches to film exhibition, as a means to fostering collaboration with diverse local constituencies;
•         Proactive advocacy of the highest technical standards in the public presentation of films and other time-based media in the format of their original release;
•         A tangible record of the candidate’s skills in networking with notable filmmakers, artists, critics and scholars;
•         Outstanding public presence, social interaction skills, and ability to engage with specialized and non-specialized audiences;
•         Excellent written and oral communication skills, with special emphasis on program notes, film introductions, and public conversations with filmmakers and film personalities;
•         Eagerness to engage in teaching, training, educating new generations of film curators, scholars and film practitioners, within the context of the Museum’s certificate and graduate programs of the L. Jeffrey Selznick School of Film Preservation;
•         A firm commitment to the Museum’s overall mission as a cultural institution.

Qualifications and Requirements:

Candidates should possess at the minimum: a) a degree in film studies (preferred) or a degree in a related liberal arts field, with an extensive knowledge of film history; b) at least three years of programming experience in the cultural sector (more experience preferred); c) experience in administration, budgeting, successful grant-writing, and in supervising staff. They should also have demonstrable skills in the following:

Seeking and maintaining technical excellence in the projection of moving images;
Creating and supervising special events with visiting filmmakers and film personalities;
Establishing and developing productive contacts with the local, national and international film community;
Handling issues where attention to detail, multi-tasking, and troubleshooting are essential to the success of the program.

NOTE: George Eastman House accepts applications from US and non-US citizens.

Application Materials:
Send the following information via email to Caroline Yeager, Assistant Curator, Motion Picture Department (cyeager@geh.org):

A letter of intent;
A full curriculum vitae;
Names and contact information for at least three professional references.

*George Eastman House is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Caroline Yeager
Assistant Curator
Moving Image Department
George Eastman House
900 East Ave.
Rochester, N.Y. 14607
PH: 585-271-3361 x375
FAX: 585-256-3397
cyeager@geh.org

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