U Eastern Finland: Multidisciplinary Border Studies (Finland)

“JobSenior Researcher, Multidisciplinary Border Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences and Business Studies, University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu, Finland. Deadline: 27 November 2019.

The University of Eastern Finland is inviting applications for a Senior Researcher in Multidisciplinary Border Studies, as a shared position of the Karelian Institute and the Department of Social Sciences, Joensuu Campus. The position is associated with the Cultural Encounters, Mobilities and Borders (CULTCHANGE) research area of the University of Eastern Finland. The role of the Senior Researcher is to develop and carry out interdisciplinary top-level research in UEF’s CULTCHANGE research area, one of the university’s five strategic top-level international research areas seeking to find solutions to the complex challenges of our changing world. CULTCHANGE studies links between human security, social and cultural borders, and the ability of societies to demonstrate resilience and adaptability in the face of multilevel challenges to social cohesion and sense of belonging. The specific focus of this position will be in developing research strengths in relation to questions of social cohesion and ontological security. While Europe will be the primary focus, a broader comparative perspective is also welcome. As part of the CULTCHANGE community, the researcher will examine processes, impacts, and the consequences of socio-cultural bordering as well as investigate potentials for countering xenophobic and populistic tendencies.

U Oulu GenZ Visiting Scholar Grants (Finland)

International GenZ visiting scholar programme, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland. Deadline: 2 December 2019.

The GenZ profiling project introduces a new visitor programme that funds two forms of research mobility. First, its aim is to invite international and established scholars to spend a research period at the University of Oulu and take part in the activities of the GenZ project and the visitor’s host unit. Second, it offers Oulu-based researchers a possibility to visit universities and research institutes abroad.

The applicants’ research profile needs to be based on social sciences and humanities and integrally connected to the core themes in the GenZ project.

The length of the visit – for both incoming and outgoing visits – can be between two weeks and six months. The grants cover travel expenses and accommodation costs, excluding salary.

Tampere U: Communication Studies (Finland)

“JobAssistant Professor/Associate Professor/Full Professor of Communication Studies, Faculty of Information Technology and Communication Sciences, Tampere University, Finland. Deadline: 30 October 2019.

Tampere University is seeking an Assistant Professor, Associate Professor or full Professor in Communication Studies. The position will be placed in the Faculty of Information Technology and Communication Sciences at Tampere University. The Communication Sciences Unit of the faculty conducts research that delves into our increasingly digital media landscape and the role of communication technologies in reshaping not only our thoughts and sensibilities but also our relations with others. Three research centres (COMET, TRIM and T7) create new knowledge of the impact of publicity, gamification and theatre on our society and culture. Students admitted to the multidisciplinary degree programme in communication acquire a broad base of knowledge and go on to pursue careers in journalism, media research, information research and (communication. The degree programme in theatre arts brings together artistic, professional and societal perspectives.

U Oulu Postdocs: Smart Communication (Finland)

PostdocsTwo 2-year postdoctoral researcher positions in the project Smart Communication: The situated practices of mobile technology and digital literacies, Faculty of Humanities, University of Oulu, Finland. Deadline: 25 September 2019.

The ”Smart Communication” project is interested in mundane technology use and possible changes in social skills brought about by new communication technologies. Based on video recordings and multimodal conversation analysis, it suggests an empirical and micro-analytic approach to the situated use of mobile technologies (smartphones, tablets, etc.) in everyday face-to-face encounters. The project aims at the comparison of two different stages of digital socialization, i.e., deep digital socialization (young adults), and late digital socialization (elderly adults), in order to grasp possible age-related differences in technological skills and practices, as well as to describe how people engage with new technologies, regardless of their age or culture.

The successful applicants are invited to develop a research project focusing on everyday uses of mobile devices and related social practices in various types of face-to-face encounters. In close collaboration with the team members (currently the principal investigator, Florence Oloff, and one doctoral researcher), the applicants will contribute to the systematic study of linguistic, embodied and material resources that participants mobilize when using mundane technologies in co-presence. In the spirit of a cross-generational and cross-linguistic approach, the project team is to build up a comparable data set. Therefore, the postdoctoral researchers’ projects will ideally complement the already ongoing research as regards specific age groups and/or languages (currently, the project comprises one ongoing doctoral dissertation on young adults / Russian).

CFP Interaction & Discourse in Flux (Finland)

ConferencesCall for papers: Interaction and discourse in flux: Changing landscapes of everyday life, COACT Conference 2019, University of Oulu, Finland, 24-26 April, 2019. Deadline: 19 October 2018.

This conference explores how changes in society emerge in interactions and discourses. How do these changes influence, and how are they influenced by, participants in various contexts of work and everyday life? Organizers warmly welcome contributions that outline future trends and present new perspectives on interaction and discourse studies. Presentations may investigate the complexity of different settings, data, methods and theories.

COACT – Complexity of (inter)action and multimodal participation is a research community at the University of Oulu. Its members explore complexity from diverse perspectives and focus on examining how social participants manage, coordinate and adapt to complexity, and display complexity socially to others, through skilled multimodal participation. COACT is also interested in studies that expand the notion of interactional complexity to include the participants’ histories and interactions across multiple timescales.

CFP Ethnography of Communication and Interdisciplinary Moves (Finland)

ConferencesCall for Papers: Ethnography of Communication and Interdisciplinary Moves. June 11-14, 2019, Helsinki, Finland. Deadline: December 1, 2018.

The University of Helsinki cordially invites scholars working on or interested in Ethnography of Communication to Helsinki, Finland for a conference to be held June 11-14, 2019 The conference is titled Ethnography of Communication and Interdisciplinary Moves. This is the fourth conference devoted to Ethnography of Communication approaches; other conferences have gathered in Washington, Omaha, and most recently in New York.

The theoretical-methodological approach of Ethnography of Communication is a particular way to study culture, communication and interaction. It lives in and nourishes multiple languages and countries and pulls on different academic communities such as linguistics, sociolinguistics, anthropology, anthropological linguistics, folklore studies, media studies, conversation analysis, etc.

The June 2019 conference has a two-fold structure designed to benefit local and international researchers. First, invited workshops and paper presentations will explore the ways in which Ethnography of Communication relates in particular with language ideology, folklore studies, and media ethnography. All three approaches or disciplines are alive and strong at the University of Helsinki, and they are closely related to Ethnography of Communication. Second, individual papers and panels will present recent research and other works on the Ethnography of Communication.

Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies Fellowships (Finland)

FellowshipsHelsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies offers each year 20–25 fellowships for researchers in different career stages both in Finland and abroad, thus giving them an opportunity to pursue their research in an intellectually stimulating and encouraging environment. Deadline for Core Fellowships: 13 September 2018.

CFP Ethnography with a Twist (Finland)

ConferencesCall for Papers and Panels: ETHNOGRAPHY WITH A TWIST, 12–14 February 2019, University of Jyväskylä, Jyväskylä, Finland. Deadline: 31 August 2018.

Contemporary political, environmental, and social challenges and crises, rapidly changing societies, development of technology, and encountering of people and cultures produce new environments of research and a need to rethink innovative research methods. The ETHNOGRAPHY WITH A TWIST conference will bring together researchers from diverse disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. We welcome papers and panels that explore ethnographic research from a wide range of perspectives that reflect the variety of backgrounds and/or address personal and affective experiences of the researchers. The conference will provide an interdisciplinary arena for lively discussion and exchanges in an inspiring environment that allows ethnographic research to be approached without the weight of tradition and encourages thinking outside the box and the usual comfort zones in our respective fields.

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CFP Ethnography with a Twist (Finland)

ConferencesCall for Papers and Panels: ETHNOGRAPHY WITH A TWIST, 12–14 February 2019, Jyväskylä, Finland. Deadline: August 31, 2018.

Contemporary political, environmental, and social challenges and crises, rapidly changing societies, development of technology, and encountering of people and cultures produce new environments of research and a need to rethink innovative research methods. The ETHNOGRAPHY WITH A TWIST conference will bring together researchers from diverse disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. Organizers welcome papers and panels that explore ethnographic research from a wide range of perspectives that reflect the variety of backgrounds and/or address personal and affective experiences of the researchers. The conference will provide an interdisciplinary arena for lively discussion and exchanges in an inspiring environment that allows ethnographic research to be approached without the weight of tradition and encourages thinking outside the box and the usual comfort zones in our respective fields.

U Oulu PHD Studentships (Finland): CA/Interaction

FellowshipsThree 4-year and salaried doctoral student positions in conversation analysis / interaction analysis open at the University of Oulu in the COACT (Complexity in (inter)action) research community. Deadline: May 31, 2018.

1. Doctoral student, Faculty of Humanities (Topic: The use of mobile devices in face-to-face interaction).

2. Doctoral student, English philology, Faculty of Humanities (Topic: Interaction in international crisis management).

3. Doctoral student, English philology, Faculty of Humanities (Topic: Linguistic and embodied features of interactional multitasking).