Project for Advanced Research in Global Communication

PARGC 2014 Symposium
The Revolutionary Public Sphere: Contention, Communication and Culture in the Arab Uprisings

The Project for Advanced Research in Global Communication is proud to present the Inaugural PARGC Symposium:
The Revolutionary Public Sphere: Contention, Communication and Culture in the Arab Uprisings
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Annenberg School for Communication
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA

The popular rebellions that have swept Arab countries since December 2010 have spawned an active field of insurrectionary cultural production. Scholars from around the world will gather at the Annenberg School for PARGC’s inaugural symposium. Putting primary sources in dialogue with theory, we seek to understand aesthetic experimentation and stylistic innovation in this revolutionary public sphere. Together, we will strive to shed light on the ways in which various revolutionary and counter-revolutionary activists and regimes have attracted, upheld, and directed popular attention to themselves and to their opponents. Our exploration of contention, communication and culture in the Arab uprisings will yield conceptual tools to understand revolutionary public spheres at large.

Speakers & Topics:
Yakein Abdelmagid (Duke University): Independent music production in Cairo
Omar Al-Ghazzi (University of Pennsylvania): The symbol of Omar al-Mukhtar in the Libyan uprising
Anahi Alviso-Marino (Université Paris-1 Panthéon-Sorbonne): Contentious politics and street art in Yemen
Walter Armbrust (University of Oxford): Egypt’s June 30th rebellion as social drama
Donatella Della Ratta (University of Pennsylvania): Syrian internet memes and the politics of cultural (re)production
Tarek El-Ariss (University of Texas, Austin): Literary writing and violence in the Arab Spring
Nouri Gana (University of California, Los Angeles): Rap music in the Tunisian revolution
Nour Halabi (University of Pennsylvania): Hezbollah logos and carnivalesque humor in revolutionary times
Adel Iskandar (Georgetown University): The politics of memes in revolutionary Egypt
Marc Owen Jones (University of Durham): Satire and social media in the Bahrain uprising
Amal Khalaf (Serpentine Galleries): The Pearl Roundabout and public space in Bahrain
Shayna Silverstein (University of Pennsylvania): Syrian revolutionary music and the politics of memory
Jakob Skovgaard-Petersen (University of Copenhagen): Revolutionary and Islamic content in Ramadan musalsalat (long TV drama)
Leila Tayeb (Northwestern University): Utopian impulses in Libyan revolutionary performances
Edward Ziter (New York University): The anecdotal in Syrian oppositional theatre

Marina Krikorian
Project Coordinator
Project for Advanced Research in Global Communication
The Annenberg School for Communication
University of Pennsylvania

Study abroad England 2014

Graduate Study in England, Summer 2014

CCOM 7070 International Corporate Communication and Culture
Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Wroxton College, Oxfordshire, England
May 20 – June 2, 2014
3 credits, graduate level, Communication

The course consists of invited speakers, case studies, site visits, and trips to London, Stratford-upon-Avon, and Oxford. The main objective of the course is make students familiar with the cultural, historical, and political contexts in which international business transactions take place. Students will have two full-day opportunities to work with students from the MA in Corporate Communication offered by the University of West London. Students will also attend a day of seminars at the Harris-Manchester College of Oxford University ending with High Dinner with the Oxford students.

Wroxton College is the British campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University, situated in the ancestral home of Lord North in Oxfordshire. The main College building is Wroxton Abbey, a fully modernized Jacobean mansion on 56 acres of its own lawns, lakes and woodlands. Originally constructed as an Augustinian priory in 1215, Wroxton Abbey has accommodated several British monarchs and statespeople such as Theodore Roosevelt. It now houses the College’s classrooms and seminar rooms, the library, fully modernized student lodging facilities, and computer laboratories.

At Fairleigh Dickinson University, participating students are drawn from the MA in Corporate and Organizational Communication and the MA in Organizational Behavior.Students from other universities and colleges are warmly invited to register with permission of the course leader, Dr. Gary Radford.


U Louvain job ad

The Université catholique de Louvain (Belgium) is looking for a full time (100%) specialist in Communication (Communication and Culture).

The successful candidate will carry out research in the field of organizational communication within the Center of Research of Communication (RECOM). RECOM is part of the Institute of Language and Communication (IL&C) that favors synergies among scientists in communication and linguistic sciences. Specifically, the successful candidate will carry out research in the field of Communication and Culture.

The successful candidate will teach bachelor courses (e.g., Introduction to communication theory) and master courses related to communication and culture (day classes as well as evening classes) primarily on the site of Mons, and also on the site of Louvain-La-Neuve.

The successful candidate will have teaching assignments in the above-mentioned field within the various degree programmes organised by the Faculty.

Special qualifications
– The successful candidate will show a strong expertise in the field of information and communication sciences.
– An expertise in the field of Culture (cultural politics, cultural studies, cultural mediation,…) and particularly in the analysis of the relationship between cultural events and communication sciences will be
– The successful candidate will contribute actively to the deployment of information and communication programs at UCL Mons (recruitment, tutoring programs, and teaching program evaluation).

Additional information :
Prof. Marc Lits, Dean ESPO –
Prof. Liesbeth Degand (Mrs), President IL&C –

Vacancy reference :   1135 / ESPO 085M / ILC / 2013  (to be quoted in any correspondence)

Localisation :
Sector : Human Sciences (SSH)
Faculty : Faculty of Economic, Social and Political Sciences and Communication (ESPO)
Institute : Political Sciences Louvain-Europe Institute (IL&C)

How to apply ?
Composition of the application file

General conditions

Tasks :  The applicant will :
* be responsible for teaching courses at the three study levels (i.e. undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate), as well as in programmes of continuing education;
* supervise the final diploma work (i.e. master thesis) of undergraduate students, as well as PhD theses;
* be involved in (and/or supervise, promote) research programmes;
* contribute to the international visibility of the University through teaching and research excellence;
* contribute to activities of the University with a societal impact in the fields of the economy, socio-cultural changes or cooperation with developing countries.

Qualifications :  The applicant will have :
* a PhD degree in degree in Communication Sciences or equivalent qualifications;
* a significant scientific record proved by international publications;
* either studied abroad for an extensive period or had substantial experience outside UCL;
* experience in and aptitude for teaching at university level;
* the capacity to work within a team of teachers and to integrate research findings in their courses;
* creativity and must be open to pedagogic innovation and interdisciplinarity;
* the capacities required to undertake academic research at a high level and to advise, or lead, a research team;
* a good knowledge of both spoken and written French and English. If this is not the case, the applicant should accept to learn French and/or English in order to be able to teach in French and English within
2 years.  Fluency in other languages is an additional advantage.


U San Francisco job ad

Tenure-track, Assistant Professor, Communication and Technology
University of San Francisco
Arts & Sciences
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Summary:
The Department of Communication Studies at the University of San Francisco invites applications for a tenure-track position in Communication and Technology. This position will be at the Assistant Professor level to begin in Fall 2013.

Job Responsibilities:
Teaching responsibilities will include, inter alia, a methods-level course (Qualitative and Interpretive Methods), a foundational course for the major (Communication and Culture, Rhetoric and the Public Sphere, or Communication and Everyday Life), and upper-division courses in the area of his/her expertise. Individuals with strong lines of research in the following areas are encouraged to apply: technology, social media, or critical/interpretive organizational communication. The Department continues to increase course offerings at the junior-senior level and looks to faculty to develop compelling new courses that complement our existing course offerings. Successful applicants will have training and teaching experience in Qualitative Research Methods and one of the foundational course areas, and should also detail what possible new upper division courses they could contribute to the Department. The teaching load at USF is two 4-unit courses per semester with an additional third 4-unit course every fourth semester (2-2-2-3 over two years).

Minimum Qualifications:
Qualifications include Ph.D. (ABD considered) in Communication or a related field earned by August 2013, university teaching experience, evidence of a strong commitment to teaching, evidence of a strong and ongoing scholarly research program, experience and willingness to work in a culturally diverse environment, and an understanding of and commitment to support the mission of the University and a dedication to service to both the Department and the University. Individuals with a record of securing grants or research funding are strongly encouraged to apply.

To apply for this faculty position, applicants must submit the following information:

1) Applicants must apply for this job on USF’s Human Resources website by creating a username and login. Once logged in, applicants must fill out the pertinent contact information.
2) Applicants must submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, graduate transcripts, brief description of their research agenda, samples of published research, statement of teaching philosophy, evidence of teaching ability (including copies of official teaching evaluations), and three letters of recommendation. As many as possible of these elements should be submitted electronically to as separate pdf documents.

Any remaining elements that cannot be submitted electronically should be mailed to:
Communication Studies, Associate Professor, Search Committee Chair, Evelyn Ho, Ph.D.
Department of Communication Studies
University of San Francisco
2130 Fulton St
San Francisco, CA 94117-1080

Applications must be received by October 1, 2012 in order to ensure full consideration.

The University of San Francisco is located in the heart of one of the world’s most innovative and diverse cities, and is home to a vibrant academic community of students and faculty who achieve excellence in their fields. Its diverse student body enjoys direct access to faculty, small classes and outstanding opportunities in the city itself. USF is San Francisco’s first university, and its Jesuit Catholic mission helps ignite a student’s passion for social justice and a desire to “Change the World From Here.”

EEO Policy
The University of San Francisco is an equal opportunity institution of higher education. As a matter of policy, the University does not discriminate in employment, educational services and academic programs on the basis of an individual’s race, color, religion, religious creed, ancestry, national origin, age (except minors), sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, medical condition (cancer-related and genetic-related) and disability, and the other bases prohibited by law. The University reasonably accommodates qualified individuals with disabilities under the law.


U Illinois job ad

Assistant Professor of Race and Ethnicity

The Department of Communication at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign seeks a full-time faculty member in race and ethnicity at the rank of tenure-track assistant professor or tenure eligible associate professor. A PhD is required at time of appointment. The target start date is August 16, 2013. Salary level is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

We seek an outstanding candidate who specializes in any area of race and ethnicity in communication; this may include studying issues of race and/or ethnicity in relation to communication and culture, health, interpersonal/intergroup, mass media, new technology, organizations, or rhetoric. Applicants who incorporate humanistic, qualitative, and/or quantitative approaches to understanding race and/or ethnicity and communication are welcome to apply.

Applicants at the assistant professor level must have or show clear promise of developing a distinguished record of undergraduate and graduate teaching and research. Applicants at the associate professor level must possess a record of publication, teaching, and professional leadership commensurate with that rank.

Successful candidates will join departmental colleagues with varied disciplinary backgrounds in a unit of 22 graduate faculty members. The department supports undergraduate and master’s programs (including a new online MS program in health communication) as well as one of the nation’s oldest and most distinguished doctoral programs.

To apply, create your candidate profile and upload application materials: application letter, curriculum vitae, and teaching materials (including evidence of teaching excellence). Three letters of reference will be required by the committee; please submit the names and contact information for your three references with your online application. Referees will be contacted electronically soon after the submission and completion of the application. To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by October 1, 2012.

For further information please contact John Caughlin, Professor and Search Chair; phone: (217) 333-2683.

Illinois is an Affirmative Action /Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity.

Howard U job ad-Dean

Dean, School of Communications
Under the leadership of President Sidney A. Ribeau, Howard University invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of the School of Communications.

The School of Communications:
Howard University’s School of Communications seeks to maintain an environment in which students engage in the pursuit of knowledge within a framework of academic excellence, professional ethics and social justice, and prepare themselves for leadership roles in the complex fields of communications, whether as teachers, researchers, or professional practitioners.  The School of Communications is the University’s third largest and currently consists of four academic departments:  Communication and Culture; Communication Sciences and Disorders; Journalism; and Radio, Television and Film.  It offers undergraduate degrees with concentrations in legal communications, speech and applied communications, advertising, broadcast news, print/on-line journalism, public relations, audio production, television production, telecommunications management, and film.

The school also offers an M.F.A. degree in film (and is the only historically Black college/university with this degree offering).  In conjunction with the Graduate School, the School of Communications offers an accredited M.S. degree in communication disorders and speech language pathology and Ph.D. degree concentrations in speech language pathology, mass communications and media studies.  Fifty-five full-time faculty members are distributed among these programs, and another thirty-four part-time faculty members teach specialized courses.  The School also sponsors an endowed undergraduate honors program and a center for excellence in advertising.  Its current student body consists of 1,200 undergraduate students and 160 graduate students.

Duties and Responsibilities:  The Dean is responsible for the overall academic, administrative and fiscal leadership of the School of Communications.  The Dean reports to the university’s Provost and Chief Academic Officer.  Major responsibilities include: maintaining academic programs of high quality; promoting an organizational climate that fosters excellence in teaching, research, professional practice, and service; enhancing the unit’s contribution to communications research; identifying  and securing external sources of support for academic programs and initiatives; fostering the continued professional development of faculty and staff; and recruiting and training students who will serve as future leaders in the communication professions and in the academy. Consistent with the university’s emphasis on interdisciplinary collaborations, the Dean will also be responsible for encouraging their growth both within the school and between the school and the other academic and research units. Additionally, the Dean will be expected to articulate a commitment to shared governance and faculty collegiality as well as advance the academic renewal goals of the university and the school.

Minimum Qualifications:  Preferred candidates will possess an earned Ph.D. in an academic discipline related to communications.  In addition, the candidate will have a demonstrated record of success at senior levels of academic leadership, including responsibility for accredited programs; a distinguished record of scholarship, teaching and service that merits the rank of professor at a research university; and a successful record of budgetary, organizational and personnel management.

Alternatively, candidates may possess a master’s degree in communications or a related discipline and a record of high achievement as a professional in communications, preferably at the executive level, with significant experience leading complex organizations; managing creative, innovative people; and managing operational and capital budgets. The successful candidate has a record that merits the rank of professor at a research university.

Salary and Benefits:  Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The preferred starting date is July or August 2012.

The University:  Chartered by Congress in 1867, Howard University is the world’s largest and most comprehensive university with a predominantly African-American enrollment. Its faculty, staff and student body include persons of all colors, creeds and nationalities. Howard University is a private university accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.  Thirteen schools and colleges offer undergraduate and graduate academic programs in the arts and sciences, business, communications, education, engineering, and health sciences, and graduate professional training in dentistry, divinity, medicine, law, and social work.  The faculty consists of more than 1, 100 full-time and approximately 450 part-time members, whose ranks included nationally and internationally recognized scholars.  Its 10,500 students pursue studies in more than 120 disciplines leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees.  The Carnegie Foundation for  the Advancement of Teaching classifies Howard University among the Research Universities with High Research Activity.

Review of Applications and Nominations:  Candidates should address the above criteria in a letter of interest along with current curriculum vitae and the names, telephone numbers, and e-mail and mailing address of four references.  Review of applications will begin immediately.  To assure full consideration, applicants are advised to submit their materials by April 20, 2012.  Nominations and applications should be submitted electronically to:  Inquiries and submissions may also be addressed to:  The Search Advisory Committee, School of Communications, Office of the Provost, Suite 405, Howard University, 2400 Sixth Street, NW, Washington, DC  20059.

Equal Employment Opportunity: Howard University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, sex, marital status, religion, or disability.

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