U Queensland: Digital Media (Australia)

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Lecturer / Senior Lecturer in Digital Media, School of Communication, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia. Deadline: 28 November 2019.

The School of Communication and Arts at The University of Queensland is a large, research-intensive unit with an international reputation for outstanding research and teaching in English Literature, Art History, Communication, Media, Film and Television Studies, Journalism and Communication, Public Relations, Creative and Professional Writing, and Drama. The successful appointee is to undertake teaching and administrative duties associated with the area’s current and future offerings in Communication at undergraduate and postgraduate levels; and contribute to the continued development of our research program in communication, and its allied areas.

Swinburne U Technology: Prof/Dept Chairs in Arts, Social Sciences & Humanities (Australia)

“JobTwo Professor & Department Chair Positions in Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia. Deadline: 20 November 2019.

Swinburne University of Technology is seeking two key Department Chair positions from 2020 – one to lead the Department of Film and Animation and one to lead the Department of Media and Communication.

The two Chairs will have key roles in leading and further developing two successful departments. Successful candidates will bring leadership experiences and research expertise that contributes to the Australian fields of research codes 1902 (Film, Television and Digital Media), and FoR 2001 (Communication and Media Studies).

The appointees will work in a diverse school located at Hawthorn campus, encompassing four Departments (Media and Communication; Film and Animation; Social Sciences; and Education) and two research Centres (Centre for Transformative Media Technologies and Centre for Urban Transitions). Both positions are three-year appointments with the possibility of renewal.

CFP Languaging & Language Awareness in the Global Age (Australia)

ConferencesCall for papers: 15th International Conference of the Association for Language Awareness: Languaging and Language Awareness in the Global Age,  April 15–18, 2020, Geelong, Victoria, Australia. Deadline: 1 December 2019.

Organizers are inviting proposals for presentations at The 15th International Conference of the Association for Language Awareness to be held in Geelong 2020. The conference is organized by the Centre for Teaching and Learning Languages at Deakin University, Melbourne, and the venue will be the Waterfront Campus at Geelong.

How is the learning and teaching of languages being reconceptualised in our globalised, digital age? What are the implications for the development of language awareness, and in what new and innovative ways can teachers engage with it? How do new global paradigms and technologies further principles of language awareness such as reflection on language and the encouragement of learners to gain insights into how languages work?

Submissions may address, but are not restricted to, the following sub-themes:
* Language Awareness in Language Learning and Teaching
* Language awareness in culture, community and identity
* Language Awareness in professions and contexts outside education
* Language Awareness in the context of digital technology and social media

Monash U: Dialogue Research (Australia)

“JobMultiple positions for faculty, postdocs, and PHD students in Dialogue Research, The Laboratory for Dialogue Research, Faculty of Information Technology, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. Deadline: October 31, 2019.

The Faculty of Information Technology is establishing a new research group, The Laboratory for Dialogue Research (LDR) led by Professor Phil Cohen. The LDR has close partnerships with Monash’s new HCI Group, its renowned Centre for Data Science, the Engineering School, and with numerous universities in Australia and worldwide. Importantly, the plan is to engage with interested industry, philanthropic, and government partners on problem, data, and tool selection and development of scalable approaches. LDR’s Director is Professor Phil Cohen, an AAAI Fellow and internationally known pioneer in natural language dialogue, multi-agent systems, and multimodal interaction.

They cordially invite the interest of outstanding academics who want to join this world-class team to deliver the highest quality teaching and research that will shape the future of AI for conversational assistants, human-robot interaction, customer service, and many other application domains.

Multiple Faculty Openings in LDR are available at a Level B Lecturer (equivalent to Assistant Professor in North America), Level C Senior Lecturer (equivalent to Associate Professor in North America), and Level D Associate Professor (equivalent to Professor in North America) with a preference for expertise in the area of natural language processing (semantic parsing, generation).

Applications of interest from other areas of natural language processing or multimodal interaction that could contribute to dialogue research are also strongly encouraged. The successful candidate will join a rapidly expanding multidisciplinary group in the above areas. When applying, please indicate your area of specialisation.

For details, please download the Laboratory for Dialogue Research Flyer.

Queensland U Technology: Digital Media & Comm (Australia)

“JobAssociate Professor in Digital Media and Communication, School of Communication, Creative Industries Faculty, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia. Deadline: 20 October 2019.

The School of Communication seeks an Associate Professor who can develop and teach subjects in the School’s undergraduate and postgraduate courses, contribute to the research themes in the Digital Media Research Centre, and supervise higher degree research students.

The School of Communication is in a phase of expansion and renewal and seeks an Associate Professor who can develop and teach subjects in the School’s undergraduate and postgraduate courses, contribute to the research themes in the Digital Media Research Centre, and supervise higher degree research students.

The department is interested in strengthening their capacity in innovative blended and digital approaches to learning and teaching and one or more of the following research areas and teaching areas (both undergraduate and postgraduate coursework): complementarity between digital communication and media industry studies; the future of digital media platforms, industries, and economies; critical data studies and digital methods; social media; algorithmic culture; emergent business practices and branding strategies; policy developments in music and other entertainment industries. Expertise in social media industries and platforms in Asian contexts will be advantageous.

CFP ICA 2020 (Australia)

ConferencesCall for papers, International Communication Association, 21-25 May 2020, Gold Coast, Australia. Deadline: 1 November 2019.

Theme: Open Communication

The International Communication Association (ICA) will hold its 70th annual convention May 21-25, 2020, in Gold Coast, Australia. With the theme of Open Communication, ICA encourages research and panels that cut across research domains and practices, and invites researchers to look beyond divisional and sub-disciplinary boundaries and also bring in perspectives from adjacent disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. In particular, ICA is encouraging submissions that focus on digital communication, the lockdown of platforms, and the interesting tensions between data science and open science practices.

Western Sydney U: VC Research Fellowships (Australia)

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50 Vice Chancellor’s Research Fellowships, Western Sydney University, Australia. Deadline: 22 September 2019.

 

Western Sydney is recruiting 50 early and mid-career researchers, nationally and internationally, over the next five years through a new Vice Chancellor’s Fellowship Scheme. One of these will be in Cultural Policy and Planning with the Institute for Culture and Society. The Vice-Chancellor’s Research Fellow or Senior Research Fellow with expertise in this focus area will work in close partnership with a range of cultural agencies, local governments and intergovernmental organizations in the analysis and design of cultural infrastructure and cultural development planning at a local level and international level, including arts strategies and cultural policies.

It is anticipated that the Research/Senior Research Fellow roles will have a 70% research component. The remainder of their workload will involve contributing to the School/Institute teaching program including, but not limited to the preparation and delivery of lectures & seminars, development of course material with the appropriate advice and support of more senior staff, marking and assessment and student consultation.

Changing the Story as a Solution to Conflict

Applied ICDIntercultural dialogue is often about finding a way to recognize and reconcile two different sets of assumptions/beliefs. A particularly graceful solution to a conflict of beliefs between locals and tourists is described below. What is uncommon is that a solution was found in acknowledging a lack of action. 

Context: Uluṟu /Ayers Rock used to be frequently climbed by visitors, but as of October 26, 2019 is to be closed to further climbing. Uluṟu is an intensely sacred landscape for the Aṉangu people.

“In regards to the climb itself, the management board did a clever thing. Rather than simply encourage visitors not to climb, they provided a way for them to feel they had contributed something by their decision. At one time, there was a visitors’ book on the summit with the title “I climbed Ayers Rock,” where climbers could record their achievement. So, at the visitors’ centre in the nearby town of Yulara, staff installed another book, with the title “I have not climbed Ayers Rock,” where visitors could make a comment about why they chose not to climb. This inspired piece of social psychology enables visitors to see their decision as an active endorsement, rather than a passive abstention. Signing becomes a record of a different kind of achievement. I glanced through some recent comments, many of which mentioned newfound respect for Aboriginal feelings. One visitor wrote: ‘I climbed it 29 years ago. Came back wiser.'”

Among the author’s conclusions: “social change may be hastened if the narratives stress mutual benefit rather than ‘us’ vs ‘them’ antagonism. The Aṉangu position was that not climbing Uluṟu was good for visitors’ bodies (safety), good for their souls (respect for sacredness), and good for building relationships between blackfellas and whitefellas.”

Warne, Kennedy. (December 10, 2017). No more shoes on Uluṟu. E-Tangata.

UTS Postdoctoral Fellowships (Australia)

PostdocsChancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Fellowships, University of Technology Sydney, Australia. Deadline for expressing interest: 17 May 2019.

The Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (CPDRF) Scheme develops research, teaching and learning, management and communication skills to shape the next generation of leading academics at UTS. The scheme includes the Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Indigenous Research Fellowship (CPDIRF), aimed at attracting and retaining outstanding Indigenous early career researchers.

Both the CPDRF and CPDIRF offer:

  • A four-year combination research and teaching appointment
  • Academic Salary Level B, Step 2 ($102,952 base salary as of 1 November 2018) plus 17 per cent employer-provided superannuation contribution
  • Research project funding of up to A$50,000

Australian National U: International Relations (Australia)

“JobAssociate Professor of International Relations, The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia. Deadline: 15 May 2019.

The Associate Professor will be a leading member of the Department of International Relations and will promote innovative research and intellectual dialogue between Australia and Korea, especially through the ANU Korea Institute and the Department of International Relations. The Associate Professor will maintain and further develop their research, disciplinary and policy networks, especially connected to Australia-Korea relations, to enhance the Department’s position both globally and nationally.