Massey U Job Ad: Dean’s Chair in Communication (New Zealand)

Dean’s Chair in Communication at Massey University
School of Communication, Journalism and Marketing
Palmerston North

Massey University has an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. Our University is a single, unified institution comprising three differentiated campuses and distance delivery that positively impacts on the creative, economic, social, scientific, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Our research is inspired by real world applications. Massey University is consistently rated as one of New Zealand’s most attractive employers in the annual Randstad awards.

Massey Business School has a proud history of excellence in research and academic programs, teaching business studies since 1972. We are accredited by AACSB, AMBA (the Association of MBAs), and are a CFA® partner school. We are ranked by QS in the top 200 for Management and Business Studies, and Communication and Media Studies. The School of Communication, Journalism & Marketing is also the only school in the Asia-Pacific region to have accreditation from the ACEJMC(Accrediting Council for Journalism and Mass Communication).

A small number of prestigious Dean’s Chairs are being created to help continue Massey Business School’s journey to excellence in impactful research. The Dean’s Chair in Communication will be the first of its kind at Massey University, and in New Zealand. The successful candidate will have a track record of research excellence and academic leadership, including publications in top communication journals, membership on editorial boards of such journals, successful PhD supervision, academic programme development, external research funding and engagement with the communication professions. While the emphasis in the position is research leadership, the successful candidate is expected to be an active contributor to the full range of activities in the School of Communication, Journalism & Marketing, including its teaching programmes, school administration, outreach to the community and profession, and contributions to the wider Massey Business School and University.

This is a permanent (tenured) Professorial appointment, with the position as Dean’s Chair being an initial term of five years, after which time a further term may be available. The School offers strong support for research and a salary level that allows for a very comfortable lifestyle in New Zealand. This position is based at the University’s original home base, Manawatū campus, in Palmerston North. Our ideal commencement date for you is mid-2017.

Applications close on 31 March 2017.

Further enquiries should be directed to: Preeti Mathew Verma Staff Recruitment & HR Advisor  p.m.verma AT massey.ac.nz

Reference number: A500-16AB

Apply online.

PhD Studentships: Centre for Trust, Peace & Social Relations (UK)

PhD Studentships: Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations
Coventry University

Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Closes: 17th February 2017

As part of a continuing programme of expansion of research activity in these areas, Coventry University is offering full-time PhD studentships to well-qualified individuals, to start in September 2017.

Proposals invited

We welcome applications with proposals for PhD research projects in distinct and cross disciplinary areas related to our current research themes.

These are:
• Communities, Representation and Inclusion
• Faith and Peaceful Relations
• Global Development
• Migration, Displacement and Belonging
• Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation
• Protective Security and Resilience
• Transnational and Maritime Security
• Trust and Workplace Relations

In addition to these broad themes, we would also welcome proposals on the following topics:
• Gender and development or health and development
• Humanitarianism in conflict & disaster
• Transitional justice
• Trust in transitional societies
• Natural resource governance
• Organised crime and the privatisation of security
• Social movements and democratisation
• Religion, peace and conflict
• Religious diversity, inter-faith dialogue or intercultural dialogue
• Faith, social policy and social justice
• Religious literacy and education
• Migration and social cohesion
• Trusting individuals and trusting institutions.

We are looking for proposals that challenge existing ideas in these areas and expand current thinking, offering original insights and approaches by undertaking significant and rigorous research. We welcome PhD proposals that link to more than one member of staff’s research interests or are in related areas. It is standard practice for supervision teams to consist of three staff members. For further information about potential supervisors interests and expertise, visit the CTPSR website.

The full-time PhD studentships will cover UK/EU or overseas tuition fee equivalent, and an annual stipend for the duration of the studentship. The fee-only scholarships will cover tuition fee ONLY.

About the host Centre/Department

The Centre for Trust, Peace, and Social Relations has over 60 full-time research staff supported by a team of professional support staff. Our staff are extremely well-connected and are called upon to contribute their expertise on the national and international stage, as advisers to governments and international bodies or at conferences worldwide.

We take a multi-disciplinary approach to our work that brings together creative thinking on concerns of trust and trust repair, peacebuilding, peace and reconciliation and on the contemporary challenges of societal relationships in a diverse and connected world. Our portfolio of excellent and impactful research seeks to change lives and enhance well-being. We convene and contribute to public debates, provide effective policy guidance at local, national, regional and global levels and generate international collaborative research through our global networks.

Candidate specification
Entry criteria for applicants to PHD (standard)
• A taught Master’s degree in a relevant discipline, involving a dissertation of standard length written in English in the relevant subject area with a minimum of a merit profile: 60% overall module average and a minimum of a 60% dissertation mark.

PLUS
• The potential to engage in innovative research and to normally complete the PhD within a three-year period of study
• A minimum of English language proficiency (IELTS overall minimum score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component)

In all cases the most recent and highest qualification attained will be that utilised for assessment purposes.

Additional items for candidate specification
• A first or good upper second class undergraduate degree in a related social science or in the humanities and a strong interest in pursuing research in this field.
How to apply: Application form and covering letter, plus a 2000-word proposal addressing the research theme

PhD funding award: Bursary and/or tuition fees – UK/EU/International
Start date: Sept 2017
Duration of study: Full-Time – maximum term three years 6 months
Interview dates: 06/04/2017 – 07/04/2017
Enquiries may be addressed to: Academic enquiries may be address to Professor Matt Qvortrup, Head of PhD Programmers, matt.qvortrup@coventry.ac.uk. However the Research Admissions team will process your formal application and are the main contact point for all admission and administrative related enquiries.

Postmemory & the Contemporary World (Colombia)

Call for Proposals – Postmemory and the Contemporary World
International Interdisciplinary Conference in Medellin, Colombia
April 27 and 28, 2017

Organizers: University of Gdańsk, Poland; Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana, Colombia; InMind Support, Poland

Venue: Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana, Medellin, Circular 1 No. 70-01, Bloque 7, Piso 3, Medellín, COLOMBIA, Barrio Laureles (click here for details about Medellín)

Deadline for proposals: 28 February 2017

Conference Highlights

This version of the conference intends to bring together not only disciplines but also regions and scholars who work on the similar problems on the material of different geographical reason. In addition, the conference aims to combine arts and other sciences and the other is to how memory works for peace, with a special interest in setting our work on postmemory in the current context of the Colombian peace process.

Keynote addresses in the conference will feature scholars from Colombia, Poland and Brazil specializing in topics of urban violence, memory and artistic expressions. In addition to the academic events, the program will also include two city tours.

Conference Description

Coined by Marianne Hirsch in the 1990s, the term postmemory by now entered various disciplines who search to understand how memory form our identity and how we position, articulate or just make sense of our place in the society and our relations with it. The term postmemory problematizes the concept of memory by bringing attention to the memories that are not exactly personal but that keep on shaping one’s life and one’s way of seeing the world.

In the previous editions of our memory conference, which brought together more than five hundred scholars from around the world, we looked at the relationship between memory and solidarity (“Solidarity, Memory and Identity”, 2012 and 2016), memory and dreams (“Dreams, Phantasms and Memories”, 2013), memory and forgetting (“Memory: Forgetting and Creating”, 2014), memory and nostalgia (Memory, Melancholy and Nostalgia, 2015) as well as memory and trauma (“Memory, Trauma and Recovery”, 2016).  During this year’s conference we would like to concentrate on the phenomena of postmemory and how it keeps on shaping the contemporary world.

We are interested in all aspects of postmemory: in its individual and collective dimensions, in the past and in the present-day world, and in its potential to direct the future. Whose memory is postmemory: that of generations, communities, nations or families? How is it maintained and passed on? What is the role of imagination in its creation? What is remembered and what is forgotten? Is it always the memory of traumatic experience? How can it be taught and studied? These are some of the questions that inspired the idea of the conference.

Medellín, Colombia, has been chosen as a place for this conference not by chance. Colombia is the country of the troubled past that quite successfully has been processing it on its way of recovery. The conference wants to establish and promote a dialogue between scholars, countries and continents, therefore, inviting papers of different geographic and cultural focus.

We would like to explore the phenomenon of postmemory in its multifarious manifestations: psychological, social, historical, cultural, philosophical, religious, economic, political, and many others. As usual, we also want to devote considerable attention to how these phenomenon appears in artistic practices: literature, film, theatre or visual arts. That is why we invite researchers representing various academic disciplines: anthropology, history, psychiatry, psychology, psychoanalysis, sociology, politics, philosophy, economics, law, literary studies, theatre studies, film studies, memory studies, migration studies, consciousness studies, dream studies, gender studies, postcolonial studies, medical sciences, cognitive sciences, and urban studies, to name a few.

Different forms of presentations are encouraged, including case studies, theoretical inquiries, problem-oriented arguments or comparative analyses.

We will be happy to hear from both experienced scholars and young academics at the start of their careers, as well as doctoral and graduate students. We also invite all persons interested in participating in the conference as listeners, without giving a presentation.

Overall Suggested Topics (Check the conference website for details)
• Individual experiences
• Collective experiences
III.  Remembering and Forgetting
• Representations
• Feelings and Practices
• Institutionalization
VII.  The Contemporary World
VIII.  Colombia: peace process

Submission Process

Please submit abstracts (no longer than 300 words) of your proposed 20-minute presentations, whether in English or Spanish, along with a short biographical note, by February 28. 2017 both to Prof. Wojciech Owczarski (wowczarski1 AT tlen.pl) and Prof. Polina Golovatina-Mora (postmemory2017 AT gmail.com). Confirmation of acceptance will be sent by March 1, 2017.

CFP Articulations of International Media and English

CFP: Special Issue of Journal of Communication Inquiry on “Articulations of International Media and English”

The Journal of Communication Inquiry invites submissions for the 2017 theme issue, “Articulations of International Media and English.” This issue will be devoted to the connections the global spread of English makes with media production and consumption in places where English is not the mother tongue. This includes, but is not limited to, countries where English was introduced via colonization or is treated as a foreign language. English and its global dissemination have been analyzed in terms that range from linguistic imperialism, to neoliberal hegemony, to audience uses of English to create new definitions of the local, national, and global. When approaching the spread of English from a media studies perspective, popular television shows in English, movies in English, and locally-produced English-language news and entertainment content all become objects of analysis. These contexts can include diasporic and indigenous media. JCI is seeking input from scholars in a variety of disciplines who can find ways to wed theory from the fields of media and linguistics to examine the intersections of English and media production and consumption. We strongly encourage submissions from international scholars who can provide insiders’ perspectives on the relationships between English language media and indigenous language media in places around the world.

The deadline for submitting manuscripts is 11:59 p.m. CST on February 17, 2017. All submissions will undergo peer review. Please contact JCI Managing Editor John C. Carpenter (john-c-carpenter AT uiowa.edu) with questions. Possible topics of inquiry include but are not limited to:

• How people around the world use English language media to form local, national, and global identities

• Critical examinations of the ways English media content is informed by and contributes to discourses of neoliberalism and globalization

• Is media content in English a legitimate object of study for English-speaking scholars who want to explore media environments in places where English is not the main language?

• Textual analyses that take the discourses surrounding English in both English and nonEnglish media as objects of analysis

• The ways choosing English as a language of news in countries where English is not the first language affects how journalists conceptualize and practice journalism, including in terms of imagined audience, public service, content choices, etc.

• How news organizations respond to linguistic diversity as the movement of people and languages over the world creates mobile, multilingual identities

• How power informs the relationships between English language media and non-English language media in places around the world

• How the rising use of English in different parts of the world affects Western-based news outlets that have always published in English

• How the rising use of English affects the English language press (formerly known as the expatriate press) in countries where English is not a first language

• Given that English becomes politicized in a country in proportion to the country’s level of global engagement, how a country’s language politics affect English language media production and consumption

CFP Affirming (Global) Life

Kaleidoscope: A Graduate Journal of Qualitative Communication Research welcomes submissions for our upcoming issue. Submission deadline extended to March 15, 2017

*Special Call*
Affirming (Global) Life: Overcoming Divisive Discourses, Remembering What’s at Stake, and Doing Something Now

In addition to regular submissions, this year’s issue will feature a special section devoted to scholarly discussions of discourses charged with promoting inequality and xenophobia. 2016 has been a violently tumultuous year of global upheaval that has deeply affected public dialogue about diversity. Black Lives Matter, for example, rose to prominence with protests against the killing of unarmed Black citizens in ways that prompted even the religious blog Patheos to use the word “execution” to describe one example, the shooting of Terrence Crutcher by Officer Betty Shelby (Stone). The Orlando massacre of members of the LGBTQ community at Pulse nightclub gave rise to a rhetorical struggle to contain, clarify, and expand upon arguments about the shooter’s motivations and the implications of calls for policy reactions that struck many as Islamophobic (Green) and/or perpetuating an erasure of the intersectional LGBTQ and Latinx identities of those killed (Brammer). Other examples of such discourses this year included North Carolina’s unconstitutional bathroom laws persecuting trans people; the gender wage gap and overwhelming income disparity systemically oppressing the poor and rewarding the rich; ISIS’s fundamentalist terrorism; the desperate plight of millions of refugees fleeing their war-torn countries in search of life; and the xenophobic, racist, and misogynistic rally speeches by Donald Trump, which caused spikes in violence in the nation’s schools (Costello). 2016 has shaken many of us from any complacent perch that “things are fine the way they are,” and discourse communities from academia to the Internet debate the best ways to respond. For some, this uncertainty about the best way to respond mixes with anger and one longs for a different time “before” now – for the nostalgic comfort of a bygone world that likely never existed. At other times, such concerns stimulate pragmatic hope for different circumstances, prompting proactive efforts to foster transformational changes.
People in the U.S. and around the world are becoming collectively concerned about the future we face. The forces of terrorism, racism, xenophobia, sexism, and unmindful privilege compel many persons to close themselves off from others they perceive as overwhelmingly different in one way or another. These tactics exploit one trait or practice as determining that an entire person or demographic is dangerous and expendable. In U.S. culture especially, fundamental individualism has always been less concerned with an ethics of community than with capitalism and profiteering. But people are not inherently greedy or solipsistic. We are social creatures, vulnerable and interdependent, and we’re all stuck here together. In this (extra)ordinary way, as Levinas tells us, we are always responsible for the other before our sense of self.

This special section, then, invites essays that ask how communication theory and practice can assist in transcending discourses that demonize and scapegoat difference. How can communication studies guide this transcendence and encourage the commitment, in de Beauvoir’s words to embrace our “fundamental ambiguity” as a shared condition? How can communication studies assist those who seek to deconstruct and untangle themselves from the ethnocentrism poisoning their perceptions of others? How can communication studies undo the scripts that encourage the automatic association of Muslims with terrorism, African Americans with criminality, trans* persons with pedophilia, and women with sex objects? How can communication studies foster a communication ethics that might begin with the notion that none of us are exempt from considering our participation in some of these discourses? It is time for us to begin making decisions, as Sartre said, as if each choice mattered for the whole of humanity. And our choices do matter, because as Sartre also warned, humans are a most curious animal, and the only of its kind that has the power to destroy itself.

This special editor’s call invites authors to move beyond mere critiques of communication practices by imagining concrete pragmatic actions and building connections across difference. Additional questions to consider include: How can qualitative research disrupt the forces of de facto xenophobia, racism, sexism, classism, and other systems of marginalization? For performance scholars, how can performance art be deployed to inspire postmodern global ethics of interconnection – to remind us of our enfleshed similarities and vulnerabilities, the worthiness of well-lived lives, and the possibility of crafting joint hopes for the future? From an activist perspective, what are we doing and what can we do right now in our communities to counteract the public’s growing contempt and suspicion of foreign-others? For rhetoricians, how can we dissect, dismantle, and transform pervasively xenophobic rhetoric of hate, deficiency, and fear? What would a communication-studies-informed ethics of postmodern pragmatism entail? What might this existential calling realize?

Authors should clearly mark in their cover letter that their submission is for this special call. Submissions should be no longer than 2,000 words (excluding references) and be prepared using the same citation conventions as regular submissions.

To submit a manuscript, please visit opensiuc.lib.siu.edu/kaleidoscope
Inquiries should be emailed to kalscopejrnl@gmail.com.

Kaleidoscope is a refereed, annually published print and electronic journal devoted to graduate students who develop philosophical, theoretical, and/or practical applications of qualitative, interpretive, and critical/cultural communication research. We welcome scholarship from current graduate students in Communication Studies and related cognate areas/disciplines. We especially encourage contributions that rigorously expand scholars’ understanding of a diverse range of communication phenomena.

In addition to our ongoing commitment to written scholarship, we are interested in ways scholars are exploring the possibilities of new technologies and media to present their research. Kaleidoscope welcomes scholarship forms such as video/audio/photos of staged performance, experimental performance art, or web-based artistic representations of scholarly research. Web-based scholarship should be accompanied by a word-processed artist’s statement of no more than five pages. We invite web-based content that is supplemental to manuscript-based scholarship (e.g., a manuscript discussing a staged performance could be supplemented by video footage from said performance).

Regardless of form, all submissions should represent a strong commitment to academic rigor and should advance salient scholarly discussions. Each submission deemed by the editor to be appropriate to the style and content of Kaleidoscope will receive, at minimum, anonymous assessments by two outside reviewers: (1) a faculty member and (2) an advanced Ph.D. student. For works presented in video/audio/photo form, we may not be able to guarantee author anonymity. The editor of Kaleidoscope will take reasonable action to ensure all authors receive an unbiased review. Reviewers have the option of remaining anonymous or disclosing their identities to the author via the editor.
Submissions must not be under review elsewhere or have appeared in any other published form. Manuscripts should be no longer than 25 pages (double-spaced) or 7,000 words (including notes and references) and can be prepared following MLA, APA, or Chicago style. All submissions should include an abstract of no more than 150 words and have a detached title page listing the author’s/authors’ name(s), institutional affiliation, and contact information. Authors should remove all identifying references from the manuscript. To be hosted on the Kaleidoscope website, media files should not exceed 220 MB in size. Larger files can be streamed within the Kaleidoscope website but must be hosted externally. Authors must hold rights to any content published in Kaleidoscope, and permission must be granted and documented from all participants in any performance or presentation.

Works Cited:
Brammer, John Paul. “Why it Matters that it was Latin Night at Pulse.” Slate, 14 June
2016,http://www.slate.com/blogs/outward/2016/06/14/it_was_latin_night_at_the_pulse_orlando_gay_bar_here_s_why_that_matters.html. Accessed 18 Nov. 2016.
Costello, Maureen B. Southern Poverty Law Center. “The Trump Effect: The Impact of thePresidential Campaign on our Nation’s Schools.”  https://www.splcenter.org/sites/ default/files /splc_the_trump_effect.pdf. Accessed 18 Nov. 2016.
de Beauvoir, Simone. The Ethics of Ambiguity. 1948. Open Road, 2015.
Green, Emma. “The Politics of Mass Murder.” The Atlantic, 13 June 2016, http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/06/orlando-political-reactions-homophobia-gun-rights-extremism/486752/. Accessed 18 Nov. 2016.
Levinas, Emmanuel. Otherwise Than Being. 1974. Duquesne University Press, 1998.
Sartre, Jean-Paul. Existentialism is a Humanism. 1946. Yale University Press, 2007.
Stone, Michael. “Tulsa Police Execute Unarmed Black Man.” Patheos, 19 Sept. 2016, http://www.patheos.com/blogs/progressivesecularhumanist/2016/09/tulsa-police-execute-unarmed-black-man/. Accessed 18 Nov. 2016.

For an agricultural and ecological exception…

As a founding member of the Michel Serres Institute for Resources and Public Goods, I received a link to this manifesto and a request to sign. I am posting it here because food is at least as important as other cultural goods, if not more so, since it is essential to survival. Read if you have a few minutes, and sign if you are so moved.

Food ExceptionFor an agricultural and ecological exception

It is widely accepted that certain cultural goods, instead of being considered merely as merchandise, should be kept separate from trade on the free market, with the aim of protecting the traditions and the vitality of all cultures and, ultimately, of protecting our shared humanity. Should this not also be the case for food – that is, for the very goods and services which provide for the basic human need to eat? Because eating is an inherently human, vital and social act, it is important for all of mind, body and spirit. Wherever we might be, whilst living or eating or farming, we may often think along the lines of the philosopher Heraclitus who, questioned as to why he was fascinated by a simple bread oven, replied: ‘Because even here the gods are present’. The General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) was drawn up following the end of the Second World War. The GATT is considered a prelude to both the formation of the World Trade Organisation and of globalisation along the lines of free trade, and allowed for the exclusion of certain cultural products, including films and important national monuments. It was originally intended that natural resources – the products of farming, forestry and fishing – should also be excluded, but the Havana Charter of 1948 which would have established this was in fact never ratified. The result is that the recognition of a ‘cultural exception’ (exception culturelle in French) does not extend to that of an ‘agricultural exception’. This “agricultural and ecological exception” could be achieved with a new charter, agreement or deal following the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions which was adopted by UNESCO on 20 October 2005.

Such an agreement should have three aims, dovetailing with the definition of food security drawn up by the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), i.e. permitting access to sufficient and nutritious food, access to food which is safe, and access to the kind of food that people want. Just as with access to culture, it would not be sufficient to simply have a uniform range of food made available to all through the globalised economy. Many have picked up on the fact that in March 2012 Olivier de Schutter, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, commented that today’s systems of food production are ‘making us sick’. Beyond matters of hygiene and overconsumption which can lead to obesity and diabetes, this sickness is moral (e.g. mistrust of industry and loss of diversity); social (indebtedness and decline in the quality of life of farmers); environmental (reduction of bio-cultural and genetic diversity); political (disengagement of the public sector); and economic (the apparent omnipotence of multinational companies and the system of free trade). In this context, it is easy to see how people do not have access to food that is culturally appropriate; and that corresponds to the global diversity of gastronomy, farming systems, traditions and religious considerations. Just as, for example, it is hard to imagine how everyone’s right to culture would be served by only having access to the same few TV series. We believe that just as the diversity of cultural expression needs to be protected, so does that of agricultural (bio)diversity. And this is why we, the undersigned, make the following calls:

1. To emphasize food democracy Big issues in food production should not be the exclusive realm of large firms, lobbyists, unions, technicians and engineers. They are also social and political matters that deserve more than ever to be treated as part of a democratic process. Within the democratised food system that we are calling for, each citizen would be a consequential actor who can judge, taste, evaluate and choose, with the result that public opinion would no longer just be something consulted at the end of the production chain. We, as members of a food democracy, would be on the side of farmers, and would support the principle of food sovereignty. Indeed we would be co-producers, in the sense that we would become more aware of the origin of food, the work of farmers, the conditions livestock are kept in, the way products are made, environmental constraints, commercial considerations, hygiene regulations, matters of nutrition, and ultimately more aware of the sum of cultural and chemosensory properties of food which are as essential to basic human nutritional needs as they are to our shared humanity.

2. To change the current agricultural order To mitigate the worsening conditions experienced by farmers, a top to bottom review of the models of innovation and organisation of farming practices will be necessary. Before the Green Revolution, farmers had to rely on their own experience, expertise and judgments in their farming practice. Now, the food and farming industries, through their R & D departments and laboratories, promote and even dictate innovations. These are then standardised as intellectual property – intellectual property that can even extend to living things – at the same time as farmers become increasingly dependent on innovations which are prejudicial to their own expertise. We want therefore to raise awareness of the bottom-up innovations that come from farmers; innovations which address day-to-day environmental, economic and cultural challenges. It is the mission of alternative agricultural movements and salons to raise awareness of and to help promote the kind of expertise that could change the current agricultural order.

3. An ecological transition in farming There has never been a better time to institute root and branch reforms of the agricultural sector. Social networks will allow farmers and citizens to widely and freely share expertise on the production of food. And, to take only a few examples, we can point to the ever-growing number of ecologically-conscious farming initiatives which are taking place today, such as organics, conservation grade farming, agroecology, agroforestry, permaculture, polyculture, diversification, and so on.

4. To rethink the question of price Contrary to what we might hear from certain quarters at the Salon de l’Agriculture, consumers of food and drink have motivations beyond the bottom line; and their interest in things other than price has been well served through alternative channels of food supply (cooperatives, box schemes, and local food associations, for example). A large-scale rethinking of the question of price would entail a bold new policy of supporting local food networks and investing in rural areas, as well as taking into account the geographic diversity of food crops, the varied cultural importance of different flavours, and gastronomic customs. It would follow therefrom that the exchange value of goods and services could build on their use value; better calibrating the supply of local resources and the demand they can meet. Proponents of free trade argue that the low cost of food supports the growth of democracy, but in fact the opposite is true! The low cost argument – illustrated, for example, by the recent news coverage of the problems relating to the intensive production of cheap pork in Brittany – implies that food has a negligible, almost null value; something shown in how its price, whilst potentially highly volatile, can always be driven lower.

5. To reposition small producers and farmers at the forefront of agricultural innovation Instead of just resisting, saying ‘no’, or imagining a retreat to traditional methods that have lost some of their relevance, we need to valorise and invent new methods of farming, growing, rearing animals, manufacturing food and selling it; activities which draw on experience and expertise but which are also open to experimentation, and which would be central parts of food democracy in the future. What weight does food democracy carry at the moment? Is it an embryonic idea, a minority pursuit, something rather insignificant in comparison to the vast power of the market? Well, if so, history shows us that minorities can brilliantly cultivate new sensibilities and forge new mind-sets, eventually allowing for revolution and great innovation.

6. To respond to health challenges We need to think of the agricultural exception as being in the public interest, a response to global health challenges; the health of citizens, societies and ecosystems. A co-evolution between society and nature is needed, and this would be the primary and immediate condition of a renewed model of civilization. We still need to imagine and put into practice what the agricultural exception could contribute along these lines. We see that there are obvious parallels between the right of access to food and the right of access to culture; this justifies our comparison of an agricultural exception with a cultural one. We hope this initiative by our collective will make it possible to establish an international convention on food democracy along the lines of the convention on culture.

It is with this object in mind that we are calling for an “agricultural exception” and with it, a New Deal for food and farmers.

Sign the manifesto.


Text by Olivier Assouly , Philosopher, specialist of the food François Collart Dutilleul, law professor at the University of Nantes Gilles Fumey, géographe, Professor (teaching and research), Sorbonne-university and ISCC-CNRS Ioan Negrutiu, biologiste, Director of the Institute Michel Serres at the ENS of Lyon Pierre Hivernat, Chief editor of Alimentation Générale Elisabeth Martin, Director of the Alimentation Générale’s events With the mentoring of Michel Serres from the Académie Française


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Åbo Akademi University Job Ad: Minority Studies

Assistant/Associate Professor in Minority Studies (tenure track)

Åbo Akademi University, Finland, invites applications for a position as Assistant/Associate professor in Minority Studies, more specifically cultural and linguistic diversity studies with focus on multicultural and multilingual education through Tenure Track beginning August 1 st 2017 The position is placed at the Faculty of Education and Welfare Studies.

Åbo Akademi University is an internationally acknowledged research university with an extensive responsibility for providing education in Swedish in Finland. The activities cover research and education in most disciplines from humanities, pedagogics and theology to social sciences, natural sciences and technology.

The Minority Studies profile
The assistant/associate professor will together with earlier appointed assistant and associate professors within the profile form the backbone of Åbo Akademi University’s Minority Studies research profile, the recent expansion of which is based on a major grant from the Academy of Finland. The grant foresees the establishment of assistant/associate tenure track professorships which, after successful attainment of individually set goals, will lead to full professorships. At the same time, Åbo Akademi University is recruiting visiting professors who will support and further strengthen the profile.

The Minority Studies profile aims at shaping and developing current strengths within the fields of education, social sciences and humanities at Åbo Akademi University into a leading centre for minority studies and research. Linguistic, cultural, and religious differences together with issues related to in-group and out-group positions pose major challenges to societal cohesion and peace in both European and non-European societies. For instance, current global development is marked by an increasing polarisation of values associated with explicit xenophobic racist attitudes and other radicalising tendencies. This calls for consequent, long-term educational action in order to prevent violence, prejudices and negative attitudes and marginalization related to (minority) languages, cultures and religions/worldviews. There is also a strong need to identify resources for empowerment and promotion of educational and linguistic human rights. Furthermore, it is time to investigate the societal strengths and educational advantages of genuine multilingualism, as well as the potential of multilingual education in relation to the general democratic goal of (comprehensive) education.

With reference to the above Åbo Akademi University’s Minority Studies profile will focus on interdisciplinary minority research with the capacity to recognize and comprehend the complexities involved in the construction and development of minority positions and identities and related issues. This profile is directly connected to the strategic mission of Åbo Akademi University as a university for the Swedish speaking language and cultural minority in Finland. Current research on minorities includes, minorities as part of past nation building and present political mobilization, minority rights and legislation, sexual and gender minorities as well as intersections of ethnic and gender categorizations.

The research area for the assistant/associate professor in Minority Studies is cultural and linguistic diversity studies with focus on multicultural and multilingual education. This research area includes norms and identities related to minority and majority language relations, as well as teaching and learning in educational settings characterised by bi- and multilingualism, for example immersion and non-standard language varieties.

Job description
The appointed assistant/associate professor will be expected to work together with the coordination of Åbo Akademi University’s Minority Studies profile and to explore possibilities for joint interdisciplinary research projects. Administratively, the appointee will be members of Faculty of Education and Welfare Studies. In combination with other measures, the appointee is expected to position Åbo Akademi University as an internationally leading institution in interdisciplinary cutting-edge research in the area of Minority Studies. Information about the positions and the qualifications for the positions as well as information about the field of research and teaching can be found in the appointment plan.

In order to have a successful start with the work the person appointed to the position will have the support from a Supervisory Committee consisting of the Deans for he above-mentioned faculties as well as the Vice-Rector for Research. The appointed person will receive a starting grant of 40 000 euro to be used for the employment of a doctoral student or to otherwise support their research.

International applicants are especially encouraged to apply. Åbo Akademi University will provide support for non-Finnish candidates in being able to teach in Swedish within some years after commencing their appointments. A relocation package can be offered to the recruited persons, the terms will be negotiated separately with the recruited persons.

Applications
Instructions for the written application can be found in the appointment plan. Applications in English or Swedish should be sent electronically, with enclosures (in English), to the following address: registrator@abo.fi. Please indicate in the subject line “Application / Minority Studies, Faculty of Education and Welfare Studies”. The closing date for applications is January 20th 2017 at 15.00 Finnish time.

Additional information
For questions, please, contact the Vice-Rector for Research Affairs, Niklas Sandler niklas.sandler AT abo.fi, or Dean Petri Salo (Education and Welfare Studies) petri.salo AT abo.fi, or HR Specialist Solveig Vaherkylä solveig.vaherkyla AT abo.fi.

 

Åbo Akademi University is working for equal gender distribution and diversity in all staff categories.

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