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Journal Schermi – Storie e culture del cinema e dei media in Italia (Anno III, N. 6, 2019)
Deadline: March 10, 2019
Edited by Giancarlo Grossi and Myriam Mereu
Over the past twenty years the question of generations has played a central role in the academic and public debates in Italy, establishing itself as a research paradigm in several disciplinary domains. Generation and the approaches to its study are used especially to analyse collective, national and transnational identities (Bontempi, 2008); social and labour policies (Boldizzoni/Sala, 2009; Capeci, 2014), migratory flows (Leonini-Rebughini, 2010); microsocial and familial changes (Varriale, 2011); consumption and taste cultures (Capuzzo, 2003) and, above all, media experiences (Aroldi/Colombo, 2003; Scifo, 2005; Bontempi, 2008, Spaziante, 2010; Teti, 2011; Mascheroni, 2012).
The success of generation studies and theories is down to its ductility and its semantic potential, which includes at least four meanings (Boucier-Béquaert/de Banier, 2010). Firstly, generation can be considered as a cohort, that is, a group of people who were born at about the same time and have made choices and traced their biographical paths (personal and professional) in the same historical moment, sharing opportunities, limits and challenges. Secondly, we can assume the term generation as a phase of life: childhood, adulthood, seniority, with their specificities, their needs, the role and the meaning they play in society. Thirdly, generation can be understood as descent or affiliation, with a focus on microsystems, such as family or companies: in this case the focus is on legacies or changes, or rather on the conflicts that arise from the relationship among individuals characterised by different personal competencies and experiences. Finally – and this is the most popular meaning today – generation can be understood as a community, a group of people who, besides living in the same historical moment, share the same values, attitudes, trends, and tastes.
This special issue assumes the term generation with all its meanings, and with its entire heritage of theories, approaches, models of interpretation. Its aim is to apply this concept to the history of cinema and audio-visual media in Italy.
Possible topics for contributions may include:
Proposals of no more than 300 words, in Italian or English, and accompanied by an essential bibliography should be submitted to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org by 10/03/2019. Authors of the abstracts that are accepted for consideration will be invited, by 25/3/2019, to submit a complete essay (between 30,000 and 35,000 characters in length, including notes), accompanied by an abstract of 100 words, and five keywords, by 15/06/2019.
Vrije Universitet Amsterdam
Deadline: March 21, 2019
FTE: 0.8 - 1
Would you welcome the challenge of leading a team of specialists in Language and Communication Studies? In that case, please consider applying for this position.
Within the Department of Language, Literature, and Communication of the Faculty of Humanities (FGW), the chair of Language and Communication will play a vital role by studying the interplay between language, interaction and communication. The chair will investigate how the design of texts, images, and conversations, has particular consequences for participants involved, in their role of, e.g., customer, voter, or patient, and how organizations may improve communication designs tailored to relevant media platforms. The Department seeks to hire a candidate who stimulates cross-disciplinary research and has a proven expertise in adopting innovative approaches across methodologies in the domain of language and communication studies.
What are we offering?
A challenging position in a socially involved organization. On full-time basis the remuneration amounts to a minimum gross monthly salary of €5,582 (H2)
and a maximum €8,127 (H2), depending on your education and experience. The job profile: is based on the university job ranking system and is vacant for at least 0.8 FTE.
The initial employment contract will affect a period of 2 years, with the prospect of a permanent contract.
Additionally, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers excellent fringe benefits and various schemes and regulations to promote a good work/life balance, such as:
About Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
The ambition of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is clear: to contribute to a better world through outstanding education and ground-breaking research. And to be a university where personal education and societal involvement play a leading role. Where people from different disciplines and backgrounds work together on innovations and on generating new knowledge. Our teaching and research embrace the whole spectrum of science – from the humanities, the social sciences and the pure sciences through to the life sciences and the medical sciences.
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is home to more than 23,000 students. We employ more than 4,500 individuals. The VU campus is easily accessible, located in the heart of Amsterdam’s Zuidas district, a truly inspiring environment for teaching and research.
Diversity is one of our university’s core values. We are an inclusive community, and we believe that diversity and international activities enhance the quality of education and research. We are always looking for people who can enhance diversity on our campus thanks to their background and experience.
Faculty of Humanities
The Faculty of Humanities links a number of fields of study: Language, Literature and Communication, Art & Culture, History, Antiquities and Philosophy. Our teaching and research focus on current societal and scientific themes: from artificial intelligence to visual culture, from urbanization to the history of slavery, from ‘fake news’ in journalism to communication in organizations. We strive to ensure small group sizes. Innovative education and interdisciplinary research are our hallmarks.
Working at the Faculty of Humanities means making a real contribution to the quality of leading education and research in an inspiring and personal work and study climate. We employ more than 250 staff members, and we are home to around 1,300 students.
Are you interested in this position? Please apply via the application button and upload your curriculum vitae and cover letter before March 21, 2019.
If you have any questions regarding this vacancy, you may contact:
Name: Prof. dr. Diederik Oostdijk
Position: Chair of Department
Telephone: 020 59 82044
If you have any questions regarding moving to Amsterdam and working at VU Amsterdam, you may contact:
Name: Wytske Siegersma
Position: Relocation Advisor
Telephone: +31 (20) 59 85037
XV Symposium for Film Music Research
July 5-7, 2019
Kiel University, Germany
Deadline: April 30, 2019
The fifteenth Symposium of the Kiel Society for Film Music Research will be dedicated to questions about music in documentary films. For this purpose, documentary films about music should not necessarily be the center of attention. Rather, our interest is focused on films, documentaries, docudramas, reports, etc., which use music in a field of tension ranging from so-called authenticity to applications of music that are barely different from those in feature films. Film music in documentary films undoubtedly contributes to the intensity, credibility, information, understanding and reflection of the events shown. But the manipulation of feelings and an impairment of the audience‘s ability for unbiased reflection can also be observed in many cases. In documentary (even semi-documentary) formats, sound design and music are affected by different preferences, ideals and conditions of production, which sometimes differ from those in feature films, but in many cases are comparable.
A responsible approach to the film‘s topic and its protagonists is often perceived to be more crucial for documentary formats. But what does artistic and practical reality look like when filmmakers want to present a selected segment of reality? What can be learned from the use of music in the non-fictional film work on the significance of film music in general, on the attitude and goals of filmmakers and on the socio-political role of audiovisual media and formats? With which scientific methods and concepts can film music be examined in documentary film and its variants?
The following key questions can be used for guidance if you‘d like to submit an abstract:
A) History and aesthetics
1. What is the role of music in cinematic narration about or over a selected section of reality?
2. Which technical and aesthetic conditions have influenced the use of music as film music and as a subject in the history of documentary film?
3. How can the boundaries between music and sound design be explored? Does the musicalization of the soundtrack replace the use of film music in documentary film?
B) Reality reference and artistic practice
4. Is a higher demand for an "authentic" presentation of subject and protagonist in documentary film fulfilled, if the music has solely been written, performed and recorded for the film or in the context of the film?
5. What is the difference between narrative potentials of music in feature and documentary films?
6. How does film music in documentary film influence the realism of cinematic means and the documentary story?
7. Are there any other rules in the documentary film for music that, unlike images and referential sound, usually has no semantic implications?
8. How does music in the documentary essay films differ from that used in more common documentary formats?
C) Methods, function and effect
9. Does the generalizing or emotionalizing effect of music in documentary film inevitably lead to the manipulation of the audience, or can film music be a didactic aid here for translating distant content or helping to close the gap to other cultures?
10. What tendencies can be identified for film music in hybrid or ambivalent formats (eg docudrama, mockumentaries and forms that break with certain aesthetic premises and communicative contracts, etc.)?
11. How do you deal with film music in documentary film, which highlights its socio-political aspects in particular?
In addition, book presentations, practical reports, workshops or panels are welcome, which can be assigned to the general topic or individual questions and their scientific or artistic working methods. If your research interest is not mentioned in the CfP please don‘t hesitate to hand in an abstract regardless!
The conference also serves as a platform for current research projects and discussions. It therefore contains an open block to which abstracts can and should be submitted independently of the main topic.
Music in documentary film - XV Symposium for Film Music Research
Deadline for abstracts / short biographies: April 30, 2019 (max 300/100 words)
Feedback on the acceptance of the abstracts: May 2019
Presentations, lectures or book presentations should take no longer than 25 minutes. Panels may take up a longer time slot if possible. Conference languages are German and English. Travel and accommodation costs can not be reimbursed.
Registration and contact:
email@example.com (Tarek Krohn & Willem Strank)
Inaugural symposium on Media, Professions and Society in Volda, Norway
June 17-20, 2019
Volda and Olden, Norway
Deadline for extended abstracts: February 20, 2019
We invite you to submit your original and innovative research paper for a symposium that will take place in the heart of Norwegian nature. This symposium will focus on facilitating constructive discussions on research-in-progress. Participants will give short presentations that spark lengthier discussions in the panel sessions, and throughout a symposium program marked by social networking. The number of symposium presenters will deliberatively be limited to 30-35 participants, with the intention of creating an arena for symposium participants to get to know each other and ongoing research better. Group discussions and time for personal networking and reflection, with exceptional scenery, will be interwoven into the symposium program.
All presenters will receive constructive feedback from at least two of the members of the symposium scientific panel, consisting of the three keynote speakers alongside the guest editors of a thematic issue of Media and Communication, developed in close connection to this symposium. The thematic issue is titled “Peripheral Actors in Journalism: Agents of Change in Journalism Culture and Practice” and is being guest edited by Avery Holton, Valerie Belair-Gagnon and Oscar Westlund.
3800 NOK (including lunch Tuesday - Thursday and dinner Monday - Wednesday), bus transport and gondola trip.
3000 NOK (breakfast included), three nights Monday – Thursday
More information about the symposium and submission of paper, please follow the link.
A Longitudinal Study of the Mediatization of Socialisation
Authors: Ingrid Paus-Hasebrink, Jasmin Kulterer, Philip Sinner
This book presents a qualitative longitudinal panel-study on child and adolescent socialisation in socially disadvantaged families. The
study traces how children and their parents make sense of media within the context of their everyday life over twelve years (from 2005 to 2017) and provides a unique perspective on the role of different socialisation contexts, drawing on rich data from a broad range of qualitative methods. Using a theoretical framework and methodological approach that can be applied transnationally, it sheds light on the complex interplay of factors which shape children’s socialisa
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The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Deadline: March 1, 2019
Position for a minimum of 2 years, starting in fall 2019
PROFECI focuses on the social dynamics of projecting possible futures and the role of the media in this process. It is an interdisciplinary, EU-funded ERC project headed by Prof. Keren Tenenboim-Weinblatt at the Department of Communication and Journalism at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The project focuses on several major political crossroads of recent (e.g., Brexit, the Trump campaign) and upcoming years. It aims to reconstruct how scenarios about the outcomes and implications of significant events are constructed, transformed, received, and acted upon, using a combination of computational text analysis and other social scientific methods. The key responsibility of the postdoctoral researcher will be to develop and implement, in close cooperation with Dr. Christian Baden (senior researcher in the project) and the other team members, an algorithmic strategy capable of extracting and classifying complex semantic contents in multilingual public discourse.
Suitable candidates should
Applications should comprise a statement of motivation (1 page), CV including list of publications, the names and contact details of three referees, as well as one publication (published or under review) relevant to the required expertise. Applications should be sent as PDF to firstname.lastname@example.org. Review of applications will begin on March 1, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled.
November 13-15, 2019
Univesity of Zurich
Deadline: June 15, 2019
Biannual Meeting of the Health Communication Temporary Working Group of the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA)
Annual Conference of the Health Communication Division of the German Communication Association (DGPuK)
University of Zurich (UZH), Department of Communication and Media Research (IKMZ)
The Department of Communication and Media Research at the University of Zurich (IKMZ) is delighted to host the European Conference on Health Communication (ECHC) 2019 in Zurich, Switzerland,. The conference of the Health Communication Temporary Working Group of the ECREA and the Health Communication Division of the DGPuK has a thematic focus on social aspects of health communication. It will provide a platform for discussing the interrelations between health, health communication, media, and people’s social contexts on various levels and from diverse perspectives. With the aim to represent the full scope of current health communication research in Europe, the ECHC also welcomes research on further issues of health communication.
Thematic panels on social aspects of health communication
Health and health-related behaviors are embedded in social contexts in various ways, which comprise both risks and opportunitiesfor individual’s health. Communicable (i.e., infectious) diseases, such as HIV or influenza, are spread through social contacts between persons, and unfavorable health behaviors (e.g., alcohol and drug abuse) might be reinforced by social influence. On the other hand, social support can ease the coping with diseases in everyday life (e.g., diabetes, depression), and social norms may promote favorable health behaviors (e.g., doing sports or eating healthily). Since social aspects—such as social influence, support, and norms—unfold their effect through communication, they deserve special attention by health communication scholars to protect, maintain, and improve individual and public health.
The conference aims to address the complexity of individuals’ social contexts and the full breadth of communication—ranging from interpersonal communication to mass media, online to offline, intended to unintended etc. It therefore calls for proposals analyzing the interrelations between social aspects, different forms of health-related communication, and health at the individual, interpersonal, and societal level.
To illustrate the conference’s scope, exemplary questions and concepts are provided in the following. Please note that these examples are not intended to limit the range of possible submissions. Proposals that do not explicitly address the following aspects but refer to social aspects of health communication in other ways are very welcome.
The conference calls for basic research describing and explaining these aspects but also refers to applied research seeking to solve practical health communication issues. It is interested in theories, methods, and study designs that allow studying social aspects of health communication at different levels as well as the integration of various levels within a single approach.
Besides submissions that address the thematic focus, the conference invites proposals presenting research on current issues of health communication. Especially welcome are contributions presenting a European perspective. This may include case studies from European countries, comparative studies, and Pan-European initiatives.
The ECHC invites empirical—quantitative or qualitative—, methodological, as well as theoretical contributions. In the case of empirical submissions, data collection should be completed, and (at least preliminary) results should be reported in the submission.
Proposals can be submitted as presentation and poster proposals. Both—presentation and posters proposals—should be submitted in the form of extended abstracts with a maximum length of 8.000 characters (incl. space characters, excl. references, tables and figures). Abstracts must be written in English and have to be submitted via the ECHC 2019 submission platform until 15 June 2019. The submission system will open on 30 April 2019.
Please note that you will have to specify whether the submission is a proposal for the thematic or the open panel when submitting your abstract. Additionally, you will be asked to indicate whether the proposal is to be presented as a presentation or a poster in the case of acceptance, or whether both options are equally suitable for your proposal.
All submissions will be reviewed in an anonymous review process on the basis of the following criteria.
You will be informed about the acceptance of your submission by 31 August 2019.
The ECHC 2019 will take place at the City Campus of the University of Zurich, located in the center of Zurich. Further information on the conference venues, accommodation possibilities, and the program will be announced on the ECHC 2019 website in due time.
The University of Glasgow
Deadline: March 26, 2019
To lead the University’s research and teaching in media histories, with a focus on the moving image. The Senior Lecturer will undertake and promote international research within the College of Arts. You will play a vital role in leading the agenda of the School of Culture and Creative Arts and the College of Arts, in line with the University, College and School strategic objectives.
Standard Terms & Conditions
The salary will be on the Research and Teaching Grade 9, £51,630 - £58,089 per annum.
This is a full time, open ended post.
Interviews will take place 02 May 2019.
The successful applicant will be eligible to join the Universities' Superannuation Scheme. Further information regarding the scheme is available from the Superannuation Officer, who is also prepared to advise on questions relating to the transfer of Superannuation benefits.
All research and related activities, including grants, donations, clinical trials, contract research, consultancy and commercialisation are required to be managed through the University’s relevant processes (e.g. contractual and financial), in accordance with the University Court’s policies.
New entrants to the University will be required to serve a probationary period of 6 months.
Relocation assistance will be provided where appropriate.
It is the University of Glasgow’s mission to foster an inclusive climate, which ensures equality in our working, learning, research and teaching environment.
We strongly endorse the principles of Athena SWAN, including a supportive and flexible working environment, with commitment from all levels of the organisation in promoting gender equity. Applications are therefore particularly welcome from women and other under-represented groups. In line with the commitments in the University of Glasgow’s Gaelic Language Plan, we also welcome and value skills in Gaelic language for anyone working within areas where key Gaelic services are delivered, in particular within the School of Humanities / Sgoil nan Daonnachdan and the College of Arts.
The University of Glasgow, charity number SC004401.
November 6-8, 2019
The histories of racism and religion are entangled. To understand how processes of racism, nationalism, and exclusion come about in different forms we need to view these developments as intertwined with religion and ideas of religion and religiosity.
The rise of islamophobia and antisemitism, discrimination and violent persecution of minorities in the name of religion or secularism, and controversies around the visibility of religious practices in public space, all point to the need for a deeper understanding of in what ways religion historically and in the present plays a central role in producing and upholding racism and colonial practices/structures.
Religion has also played a central role in counter movements such as civil rights, indigenous rights, anti-colonial and, anti-apartheid movements. An additional aspect to explore is religious symbols and representations that have been part of anti-racist art and music and the place of spiritualism in artistic resistance to racism. What role has and does religion play in developing and upholding racist and nationalist structures? In what ways are different entangled forms of racism and religion being manifested? How can we for example understand antisemitism and islamophobia on a global and local scale? What does it mean to be living in a supposedly post-racial, post-secular world? What role does religion and/or spirituality play in antiracist struggles and movements?
The Center for Multidisciplinary Research on Racism (CEMFOR) invites scholars to send in abstracts for paper presentations and/or session proposals.
Racism, Religion, Secularism, Post secularism, Intersectionality, Spirituality, Colonialism, Cast, Race, Racialization, Class, Gender, Antisemitism, Islamophobia, Antiracism, Fascism, Interreligious activism, Activism, Oppression, Minority persecution, Globalization, Tradition, Nationalism, Modernity.
Abstracts and/or session proposals can (but are not restricted to) include the following themes:
You are welcome to contact us on email@example.com.
Please use our form for the submission of the abstract: http://doit.medfarm.uu.se/kurt13423
Deutsches Historisches Institut London
Deadline: March 4, 2019
Full time (40 hours per week), to a fixed-term post for three years, based in London WC1, starting as soon as possible.
The position forms part of a three-year project undertaken by the International Standing Working Group (ISWG) ‘Medialisation and Empowerment of Women’, supported by the Max Weber Foundation. The research group will investigate the ways in which feminist ideas circulated in twentieth-century mass media and impacted on society and activism. These questions will be explored in a global context, involving partners at research institutions in Britain, India, Germany and beyond.
The post-doctoral researcher will:
We are looking for candidates who:
The salary, which is based on the German Embassy´s pay scheme, is £3801 per month (£3953 after a six-month probation period). Andre Tummernicht (tummernicht(ghi)ghil.ac.uk) can answer any questions relating to salary and support for families.
The Max Weber Foundation is a family friendly employer and promotes a good work-life balance. We also work towards achieving gender equality among our staff and attempt to compensate for existing imbalances. We therefore expressly encourage qualified women to apply. According to law candidates with a severe disability who are equally qualified (in terms of aptitude, ability, and achievement) will be given preference, and equally qualified women will be given preference over men.
To apply, please send a full CV including an outline of your project, university examination grades, a covering letter explaining your motivation and what makes you suitable for the role, the addresses of two referees, and any other documents that might support your application in a single pdf file only (reference: ISWG) to reach bewerbungen(ghi)ghil.ac.uk by 4 March 2019.
For questions about this role please contact:
Frau Prof. Dr. Christina von Hodenberg
Interviews will be held in London on 4 April 2019.
Applicants must be able to demonstrate their legal right to work in the UK. The salary will be taxable in Germany unless you are a British citizen and do not also hold German citizenship.
By submitting your application you agree that your application will be forwarded to external selection committee members in the course of the selection process. Applications will be used exclusively for the purpose of the selection procedure and will be deleted after completion of the procedure in compliance with data protection regulations.
This position is subject to final approval of the project by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research.
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