U Virginia Job Ad: Media & African or African-American Studies

Assistant/Associate Professor of Media Studies at University of Virginia

The Department of Media Studies at the University of Virginia seeks to hire a tenure-track Assistant Professor or tenured Associate Professor. We welcome applicants specializing in media and the African American experience or media and African and/or African Diaspora studies, with a preference given to those in the first area. The appointment begins with the fall term of 2017, with an anticipated start date of July 25, 2017. The successful candidate at the assistant professor level must have a Ph.D or be ABD with expected completion by May; show evidence of research promise in the field of media studies; and demonstrate a commitment to innovative and effective teaching. Associate professor candidates must have an outstanding publication record of innovative research in media studies and proven teaching excellence. In either case, the successful candidate must hold a Ph.D at the time of appointment.

This position is part of a larger University of Virginia hiring initiative in the Global South that seeks to foster inter-disciplinary and cross-disciplinary teaching and research. The candidate hired will be appointed for the first two years as an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow with the Institute of Humanities and Global Cultures, an appointment that will provide one course release per year.

To apply, candidates must submit a Candidate Profile through Jobs@UVA, search for posting number 0619561, and electronically attach the following: a cover letter of interest that describes research agenda and teaching experience, a curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references. Also, separately by e-mail, please arrange for three (3) confidential letters of recommendation that speak to research excellence be sent to: Professor Aniko Bodroghkozy, Search Committee Chair at this address: mediastudiessearch[at]gmail.com

For priority consideration, please submit all application materials and letters of reference by November 1, 2016. The position remains open until filled. Questions regarding the application process may be sent to the Search Committee Chair: ab4vs[at]virginia.edu

The University will perform background checks on all new faculty hires prior to making a final offer of employment.

The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

CFP Black & African-Oriented Media

Call for Proposals
Black and African-Oriented Media: Content, Audience Reception, and Global influence

Black media outlets have been a significant pillar of community and identity for African Americans in the United States. Currently production, distribution, and representation have seemingly increased with the success of programs like Empire, Black-Ish, Shonda Rhimes’ programs and a host of films starring Black leads. However, according to a recent New York Times article (Embers and Sandos, 2016) Black ownership has also been decreasing in recent times. This same trend can be said of some African produced media (Karikari, 2010); while ownership of print outlets is decreasing, there is also a growth in broadcast, film and music production as well as its global reach. Previous seminal work and collections including those of  Beretta E. Smith-Shomade, Robin Means Coleman, Venise T. Berry, and Catherine Squires have led the way in giving voice to Black American oriented media. An aim of this project, however, is to provide a space for which both African and Black American media are explored. The purpose of this edited volume is to gather literature which explores media created by members of the African diaspora, examines its relationship with diasporic audiences as well as its impact on mainstream culture in general. In addition, this volume will catalogue interdisciplinary research on the topic of Black and African diasporic media, as well as establish media produced by African and African Americans as a significant site to explore questions of identity, culture, audiences and cultural influence. Case studies, essays, and research (accessible to a broad audience) from a diverse range of methodologies and disciplines are welcome. Possible topics include, but are not limited to, analysis of Black/African-oriented media content (e.g. film, television, print, music), critiques of industries that impact Black/African-oriented media, globalization of Black/African oriented products, transnational audiences, audience reception, psychological effects, and its relation to Black and African’s identity and socio-cultural experience. For more possible examples see tentative outline below. Adjustments may be made depending on submissions.

African Diasporic-Oriented Media and Consumers (working title)
Foreword: Catherine Squires
Introduction: Omotayo Banjo Adesagba

News and Print Media
–      Traditional print media (e.g. magazines, newspapers), its relationship to Black/African diasporic communities, framing, storytelling and/or effects
–      Cultural impact of broadcast or online news or social media (e.g. Black Twitter) that relate to Black/African diasporic communities
–      Influence of Black or African disaporic literary work on diasporic communities and mainstream culture (e.g. Beyonce and Warsan Shire)

–      Success and/or audience reception to “Black Films” in the United States
–      Success and/or audience reception to television shows created by African/African Americans or other members of the diaspora
–      Representation of Blacks and Africans in film and television in Black/African-oriented media.
Radio and Music
–      Black radio stations and community relations (especially during Black Lives Matter and/or political movements)
–      Influence of African music or on popular culture
–      Responses and/or effects of Hip Hop and R&B music in U.S. and/or abroad

Black-African Relations
–      Portrayals of Blacks or Africans in Black/African media content
–      Music collaborations between Black /African diasporic music artists (e.g. Akon, Damian Marley, Wizkid, Don Jazzy)
–      Identification or cultural connection to Black/African diasporic-produced media

1.     Deadline for chapter proposals (approx. 500 words excluding citations):  September 1, 2016.
2.     Submissions should adhere to APA Style created in MSWord or RTF.
3.     Include a cover page with all of the author’s’ contact information, key terms, and a abridged c.v. for each author.
4.     Submit proposals to Omotayo (Banjo) Adesagba via email to omotayo.banjo[at]uc.edu with “African Diaspora Media”  in the subject line.
5.     If selected, your chapter submissions must be original works of 3000-6000 (estimate) words, references included. Chapter deadline:  January 15, 2017.