Post-Doc International Studies

North Carolina State University has a post-doc position in international studies open for 2011-2012.  Applications are being reviewed as they are received, so respond quickly if interested.

The successful candidate will be someone whose areas of expertise align with one or more of the graduate programs in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at NC State (see their list of master’s and doctoral programs).

As Director of the interdisciplinary doctoral program in Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media, Professor Steve Wiley would be happy to respond to inquiries from potential applicants with  expertise in international studies and digital media, including candidates with a background in rhetoric, communication research, media studies, and/or critical/cultural studies.

For more information about the CRDM PhD program, please visit their website and student blog.

Calouste Gulbenkian Prize

The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation has once again opened nominations for the Calouste Gulbenkian International Prize until next March 15th. This year the Prize will be awarded to individuals or non profit organizations that have made a valuable impact and commitment towards inter-cultural, inter-ethnic and inter-religious dialogue and the respect for difference. The Calouste Gulbenkian International Prize, worth € 100.000, distinguishes each year an individual or organization whose thoughts or actions made a decisive contribution on understanding, defending or fostering the universal values of the human condition, in the field of intercultural dialogue or respect for biodiversity (in alternate years). The Prize is open to individuals or non-profit institutions, regardless of nationality. Prize recipients from previous years in the field of intercultural dialogue include the Peace Research Institute in the Middle East (PRIME), the United Nations High-Commissioner for the Refugees (UNHCR) and the Hand in Hand Center for Jewish-Arab Education.

The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, based in Lisbon (Portugal) is a non-profit Portuguese foundation, both operating and grantmaking in the fields of arts, science, education and human development. Visit our website for more information about our activities, in Portugal and abroad.

In 2006, to commemorate its 50th anniversary, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation established the Calouste Gulbenkian Prizes in order to emphasise the multiple dimensions that influenced the Founder’s, Mr. Calouste Gulbenkian, life and personality. For further information, see the site, or contact:

Ana Barcelos Pereira
Office of the President
Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
Avenida de Berna, 45-A
1067-001 Lisboa
( [+ 351] 21 782 3540
3  [+ 351] 21 782 3035

Simon Harrison Researcher Profile

Researcher ProfilesSimon Harrison is Assistant Professor in the Department of English at City University of Hong Kong and author of The Impulse to Gesture: Where language, minds, and bodies intersect (2018, Cambridge University Press).

Simon Harrison“Having originally focused on form-based approaches to gesture in spoken discourse (specialising in the expression of negation), my view of gesture increasingly integrates notions from multimodal interaction and embodied cognitive science. This has expanded my analytical unit for gesture and attracted me to analysing more complex domains of social and professional interaction. So while I continue to study recurrent aspects of gesture, my latest studies also include eye-gaze in multiactivity among lifeguards (Text & Talk), gesture in assisted performance during collaborative learning (Lingua), embodied interaction in Chinese real estate showrooms (Metaphor & Symbol).

I am currently involved in two major projects. The Multimodal Corpus of Chinese Academic Written and Spoken English (MuCAWSE) has collected over 24 hours of video-recorded group interaction between students in authentic classrooms of English for Academic Purposes. We are currently processing, transcribing and coding this corpus to run studies of gesture in collaborative discourse and learning. The second major project is a monograph called The Body Language Myth: Understanding gesture in language and communication. This book will scrutinise the global popularity of ‘body language’ and introduce readers to alternative relations between body and language grounded in empirical research instead (i.e. ‘linguistic bodies’ and ‘embodied language’).”

Michael D. Slater Researcher Profile

Researcher ProfilesMichael D. Slater (Ph.D. Stanford University, 1988, MPA New York University, 1982, BA Columbia University, 1974) is Social and Behavioral Science Distinguished Professor at the School of Communication, Ohio State University.

His research includes theory-building efforts in message effects, persuasion, narrative influences, and dynamic processes of media selection, media effects, and maintenance of personal and social identity, with a particular interest in health outcomes, with over 130 publications in these and related areas. He has served as principal investigator of NIH-funded studies of community-based substance abuse prevention efforts, alcohol-related risk perceptions and media coverage, and responses to alcohol advertisements and warnings (representing over $12 million in funded research grants). He also has served as chair of the International Communication Association’s Health Communication Division and was founding chair of the Coalition for Health Communication.

Walls and bridges

Walls and Bridges: Translatlantic Insights
“We build too many walls and not enough bridges.”
Isaac Newton

Over the course of three 10-day series, in the winter, spring and fall of 2011 in New York City, Walls and Bridges—a program curated by the Villa Gillet (director: Guy Walter) and presented by the Conseil de la Création artistique (general representative: Marin Karmitz)—will present nearly 50 cultural events, combining about 100 speakers and artists, 30 partners and over 20 venues, ranging from the New York Public Library, Joe’s Pub and the Brooklyn Flea to bookstores, universities and various galleries.

• Season 1 : From Thursday, January 27th to Friday, February 4th 2011
• Season 2 : From Tuesday, April 12th to Thursday, April 21st 2011
• Season 3 : From Thursday, October 20th to Sunday, October 30th 2011

Speakers and Artists
Great thinkers from France and across Europe paired with the most important American writers, thinkers and performers.
Friday, January 28
Art/Truth/Lies: The Perils and Pleasures of Deception
1:00pm | Round-table
D. Graham Burnett, Pierre Cassou-Noguès, Jean-Pierre Dupuy, Carrie Lambert-Beatty, Glenn D. Lowry
The New York Public Library – Celeste Bartos Forum
The Magical Side of Celebrity
6:00pm | Round-table
Cécile Guilbert, Laura Kipnis, Wayne Koestenbaum
The New York Public Library – Celeste Bartos Forum
Three Faiths in the Form of a Fugue
8:00pm | Performance / discussion
Salman Ahmad, Reza Aslan, Ala Ebtekar, Dan Fishback, Dan Fishback, Dan Fishback, Fabrice Hadjadj, Alicia Jo Rabins, Shirin Neshat, Damien Poisblaud
The New York Public Library – Celeste Bartos Forum
Saturday, January 29
The End of Privacy: The State and Surveillance
2:30pm | Round-table
Didier Bigo
, Mireille Delmas-Marty, Jeffrey Rosen
The New York Public Library – Celeste Bartos Forum
The New Faces of the Enemy

5:00pm | Round-table
Scott Atran
, Grégoire Chamayou, Ariel Colonomos, Philip Gourevitch
The New York Public Library – Celeste Bartos Forum
And the Pursuit of Happiness

7:30pm | Round-table
Barbara Cassin
, Daniel Handler, Maira Kalman, Sophie Wahnich
The New York Public Library – Celeste Bartos Forum
Sunday, January 30th

From Fiction to Philosophy
1:00pm | Discussion
Pierre Cassou-Noguès, Rick Moody, Avital Ronell, Benjamen Walker
Greenlight Bookstore
Fair for Knowledge: Hair
2:00pm | Fair
Laurel Braitman
, Barbara Cassin, Cécile Guilbert, Justin E. H. Smith, John Strausbaugh, Sophie Wahnich
The Brooklyn Flea
Monday, January 31st

Picturing the Self: A Philosopher Discusses a Photographer’s Work

6:30pm | Discussion
Pierre Cassou-Noguès
, Jen Davis
Aperture Gallery
Going Public: Embodying a Persona

9:00pm | Reading and performance
Cécile Guilbert
, Cynthia Hopkins, Sarah Jones
Joe’s Pub
Tuesday, February 1st

Hunter VS. Hunted: A Philosopher Discusses Short Media Pieces

7:00pm | Screening and discussion
Grégoire Chamayou
, Jamie Hook, Katie Salen
Wednesday, February 2nd

Catastrophe Practice (1/3)

7:00pm | Round-table
Jean-Pierre Dupuy
, Jonathan Lear, Michel Lussault, Josh Neufeld
The New School – John Tishman Auditorium
Thursday, February 3rd

Starting From Here: Every Place Tells a Story

7:30pm | Discussion
Reif Larsen
, Michel Lussault, Peter Turchi, Philippe Vasset
French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) – Le Skyroom
Friday, February 4th

The Shapes of Space – The Shears of Time: Why Does Philosophy Need Art to Become Truly Experimental?

6:30pm | Round-table
Brody Condon
, Elie During, Patrice Maniglier, McKenzie Wark
The New School – Theresa Lang Center

Salzburg conference call

Global Conference: Creating Cultural Synergies –
Setting Intercultural Competence to Work in a Changing World
Sept 29-Oct 1, 2011
Paris-Lodron University, Salzburg, AUSTRIA

Globalization, having brought people in contact with one another at a yet unprecedented scale, has also posed a general challenge to traditionally upheld concepts of race, gender, nation and class. For those living in this rapidly changing cultural landscape, intercultural competence has become a core skill.

The Global Conference in Salzburg aims to bring researchers and practitioners from interdisciplinary fields and settings together to discuss and share research, theory and best practices and foster a dialogue on issues related to setting intercultural theories to work. The conference will have sessions for talks, posters and workshops. We welcome papers in the following categories related to the broader theme of intercultural studies:
·         Interculturality and Leadership in Business
·         Intercultural Competence and Empowerment
·         Language, Politics and Intercultural Communication
·         Intercultural Competence in Understanding Religion
It is expected that talks should not last longer than 20 minutes. Speakers whose papers are accepted have to submit a full paper (10 pages, 20.000 – 25.000 words) by 1st November 2011 for publication.

Posters will focus on state-of-the-art research in intercultural competence. Workshops (to be held in German and in English in parallel sessions) will concern themselves with the following topics:
·         Intercultural Empowerment
·         Intercultural Education
·         Intercultural Coaching
Proposals (400-600 words) should be emailed until 15th April, 2011 to Dr. Birgit Breninger:

Please state on the proposal whether you want to give a talk, do a poster or hold a workshop.

For more information:

New media Prof position

The Department of Communication seeks a dynamic and creative professor to join a highly productive team of interdisciplinary colleagues to develop a world-class program in integrated marketing communication. The ideal candidate will embrace a global perspective, cultural diversity, and an understanding of the new digital age of marketing and advertising. The ideal candidate will be one that reaches across academic disciplines and institutions to collaborate with colleagues in other departments, universities, and corporate entities. We seek a candidate who can teach and advise students in an integrated communications environment. Teaching responsibilities include primarily creative, but also writing including copywriting, principles and campaigns courses with knowledge and experience in creative new media advertising. Preference will be given to candidates with the ability to teach additional communication courses such as communication theory and/or communication research met!

This position may be either a tenure track or temporary appointment. A joint appointment with a local advertising company is also a possibility. Appointment and rank are based upon qualifications.

Advertising is one of six concentrations in the Department of Communication along with journalism, public relations, electronic media, organizational communication and sports communication. The Department of Communication is housed in the Caterpillar Global Communications Center, a multi-million dollar, state-of-the-art facility with digital audio and video editing facilities, universal videoconferencing technology in every classroom, high-end multimedia equipped classrooms and labs, and Internet2 connectivity.

Tenure-track appointment: An appropriate terminal degree in advertising or related field is required for appointment at the rank of tenure-track assistant professor. Applicants demonstrating progress toward a terminal degree will be considered, but are only eligible for tenure-track status upon completion of the terminal degree.

Temporary (non-tenure-track) appointment: An appropriate Master’s or Bachelor’s degree with significant professional experience is required for appointment at the rank of temporary instructor. Appointment is for one year with the possibility of annual renewal. College-level teaching experience is a plus. Applicants for this position should indicate interest in a possible joint appointment with a local advertising company.

Salary is commensurate with rank, experience and qualifications. The anticipated start date is August 2011. Qualified candidates must submit a hard copy and electronic letter of application describing qualifications for and the specific interest in the position and in Bradley University; hard copy and electronic resume/curriculum vita and hard copies of three current letters of recommendation to:

Dr. Margaret Young, Chair Advertising Search Committee
Department of Communication
Bradley University
Peoria, IL 61625

Review of applications has begun and will continue until the position is filled.

Bradley University, highly rated by U.S. News and World Report, is an independent, comprehensive university enrolling 6,000 students, 5,000 in undergraduate programs. Founded in 1897, it is among the finest universities in the Midwest. Bradley combines the advantages of larger research universities with those of smaller liberal arts colleges.

The Department of Communication, one of the departments in the Slane College of Communications and Fine Arts, is the largest department in the university with more than 550 students. Concentrations in advertising, journalism, public relations, electronic media, and organizational communication are offered. The department is housed in the Caterpillar Global Communications Center, a multi-million dollar, state-of-the-art facility. The facility includes multimedia computer labs, a videoconference center, Internet2 connectivity, digital audio and video editing bays, and high-end multimedia equipped and videoconferencing enabled classrooms. Peoria is a metropolitan area of 350,000 people located midway between Chicago and St. Louis. A locally active arts community includes ballet, opera, symphony, and theater. The region supports two daily newspapers, several weeklies, six UHF television stations, more than two dozen radio stations and two cable companies. Peoria is home to several companies with international operations and major medical facilities.

Visit Bradley University online at: or the Slane College of Communications and Fine Arts at:

Bradley University is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer. The administration, faculty and staff are committed to attracting qualified candidates from underrepresented groups.

Visiting Researcher Stipend

UCLA Film & Television Archive
UCLA Film & Television Archive is pleased to announce a Visiting Researcher Stipend for 2011. One stipend in the amount of $3,000 is available this year. The purpose of the stipend is to:
– Support the work of scholars by awarding funding to offset expenses associated with a research visit to the UCLA Film & Television Archive.
– Encourage research access to moving image collections held by the UCLA Film & Television Archive. Applications are open to current university/college students, faculty, and staff from all disciplines.

Application materials must be postmarked no later than April 15, 2011. Made possible by a grant from the Myra Reinhard Family Foundation.

About the Archive’s Collections: UCLA Film & Television Archive holds over 250,000 films and television programs produced from the 1890s to the present. The collection includes independent and studio-produced shorts and feature films, advertising and industrial films, documentaries, local and network TV programming, commercials, news and public affairs broadcasts, and 27 million feet of newsreels produced between 1919 and 1971.

Mark Quigley
Archive Research & Study Center
UCLA Film & Television Archive
310.206.5392 [fax]

DC Internships available

Washington D.C. Summer Fellowship Program
Consortium for Media Policy Studies (COMPASS)

The Annenberg Schools for Communication at the Universities of Pennsylvania and Southern California, and the Departments of Communication at the Universities of Illinois and Michigan are pleased to announce a new collaborative summer fellowship program, designed to provide Ph.D. students in Communication and Media Studies with hands on experience in the development and implementation of communication policy. Fellows would intern (8-weeks from mid-June to mid-August) in DC-based government offices or agencies, think tanks, political party or advocacy organizations, or other communication-related public or private sector institutions. All Fellows would also participate in an orientation prior to beginning their internship, and a follow-up retreat at which they will share their experiences and how these experiences might be connected to their research and teaching with a small group of scholars and practitioners.

Fellowships include assistance in locating an appropriate internship placement, a stipend of $5,000, and travel expenses for attending the follow-up retreat. Students’ home graduate institutions are expected to provide support for housing/expenses in DC ($2,000), though a limited number of scholarships are available if home institutions are unable to provide support.

Up to eight fellowships are available for the summer 2011. Candidates for these fellowships must Ph.D. students in Communication or Media Studies, and must be nominated by their home department or school (applicants must be US citizens, or international students enrolled in US institutions and holding student visas).  Applications should include: (1) a brief nomination letter from the department/school indicating whether or not you would be able to provide $2,000 in housing support and living expenses; (2) a letter of recommendation from the student’s advisor or another faculty member familiar with the student’s work/ability: and (3) a letter from the student indicating how a summer internship would connect to/enhance his or her research and/or teaching, and what kind of placement would be most useful in this regard.

Completed applications are due no later than Monday, February 28, 2011 and should be sent Larry Gross []. Students who have been accepted will be notified by Monday, March 14, at which point the placement process would begin.

The Washington D.C. Summer Fellowship Program is a project of the Consortium for Media Policy Studies (COMPASS) and is made possible through the generous support of the Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands.

COMPASS Co-Directors:
Michael X. Delli Carpini, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania
Susan Douglas, Depart of Communication Studies, University of Michigan
Larry Gross, Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, University of Southern California
Robert McChesney, Department of Communication, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

HJFRT Call for articles

“A Newsreel of Our Own”: the culture and commerce of local filmed news
Special issue of the Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television.

The international history of the ‘major’ newsreels and their activities in free-market countries has been relatively well studied by film historians. There is also a growing corpus of literature on newsreel production and distribution in ‘closed’ markets that were controlled by authoritarian regimes: “No-Do” in Franco’s Spain, “Luce” in Mussolini’s Italy, “Die Deutsche Wochenschau” in Hitler’s Germany, and several newsreels in the Soviet Union. However, there is a lack of comparative research on local producers’ attempts to break the hegemony of international newsreel companies.

Many small countries without a national film industry or centralized newsreel production were worried about the creeping cultural and economic imperialism (particularly from the United States, Great Britain, and France) that foreign-made filmed news represented. Individual businessmen and organized interest groups (political parties, cultural organizations) therefore tried to create newsreels of their own, which were to ’emancipate’ or ‘enlighten’ their own people. Most of these newsreels were produced without substantial government funding and therefore expensive, which made it easy for international companies to undersell them. In addition, local production companies typically did not have a large catalogues of feature films at their disposal, making it difficult or impossible to sell their newsreels as part of a larger distribution package. These conditions often doomed local newsreels to a short existence and has relegated them to footnotes in film history. 

This thematic issue of the HJFRT will explore the history of locally-produced newsreels. The focus is on the initiatives of small companies, organizations and communities. State produced newsreels, funded or made obligatory by political regimes, will not be included. Submissions are welcomed on the commercial aspects (financing, production, and distribution) of local newsreels as well as on their structure and content. Of particular interest is the extent to which local newsreels did (or did not) model themselves after their international competitors. The substance of the newsreels is also of special interest, particularly the ways in which those newsreels tried (or not) to offer ‘other’ kinds of news. Also welcome are analyses on the political, social, and cultural discourses surrounding those newsreels.

If you would like to be considered for inclusion in the issue, please send a short abstract by 4 April 2011, where you summarize your contribution. Please also include a short CV and a selected list of publications. The editors of this theme issue will get in touch with everyone before 4 May 2011 and invite some authors to submit a complete manuscript. Articles, ideally between 6000 and 8000 words (including notes and references), should be sent to the editors by 3 October 2011. Accepted and revised contributions will be due by 6 February 2012, with the issue scheduled to appear in the second half of 2012.

Please send your proposals to Daniel Biltereyst (, to Brett Bowles ( and to Roel Vande Winkel (