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).

CFP Competence-Based Learning in the Digital Age (Finland)

Professional OpportunitiesInternational Week for Vocational Teacher Education: Competence-based Learning in the Digital Age, 14-18 May 2018, Tampere, Finland. Deadline: 31 March 2018.

We offer the participants interesting workshops on current topics such as Learning Analytics, Digital Literacy, and Competence-based Curriculum in Guidance Counselling Education.

In addition, the week will take you to see the National Skills competition Taitaja2018 with seminars and skills competitions, TAMK’s team enterprise learning academy Proakatemia and others.

The week is a platform for networking for the participants and the organizers as well. We will offer you a variety of opportunities to meet colleagues – for example in an environment natural to us Finns, in the smoke sauna by the lake! Don’t forget to pack your swimming suit!

The International Week is organized by the School of Vocational Teacher Education at Tampere University of Applied Sciences, and aimed at TAMK’s partner universities, as well as for other partner organisations involved in education, RDI and project activities.

Aalto U Job Ad: International Business (Finland)

Job adsAssistant Professor in International Business, School of Business, Aalto University, Finland. Deadline: 28 February 2018.

Our group focuses on understanding the phenomenon of international business through multiple theoretical lenses and methodologies. We conduct research on strategy and organization of multinational corporations, people management, sustainability in international business, multilingual organizations, emerging markets such as Russia and China, international entrepreneurship and qualitative research methods.

The International Business Group contributes to the Master’s Programmes in Management and International Business and CEMS Global Management. These programmes are designed to give students cutting-edge theoretical knowledge through a unique challenge-based learning experience. Our teaching assignments may also encompass undergraduate and PhD courses, and all courses are taught in English.

CFP IALIC 2018 (Finland)

ConferencesInternational Association for Languages and Intercultural Communication (IALIC): The “Good” Interculturalist, University of Helsinki, Finland, 29-31 August, 2018. Deadline: March 15, 2018.

The ‘good’ interculturalist yesterday, today and tomorrow: Everyday life-theory-research-policy-practice

The word ‘intercultural’ has been in use in research and practice in different parts of the world for many decades. In daily life, it is less used compared to ‘competitors’ such as multicultural or, increasingly, diversity. Interdisciplinary at heart, like all concepts, the word ‘intercultural’ is also very polysemic and politically driven.

Our interest in the notion of the ‘intercultural’ in this conference rests on the root of the word, ‘inter’, which hints at reciprocity, being located/occurring/existing between.

 This conference serves as a platform to discuss what it means to be a ‘good’ interculturalist today. We expect many and varied (discordant) voices to meet during the conference. The past and future can also be considered, in diachronic and/or synchronic perspectives. The following broad contexts, which often overlap, will be examined: everyday life, theory, research, policy and practice. The micro-contexts of (language) education, teacher education, internationalization of education, business, health care, intercultural couplehood, are of interest amongst others.

U Tampere Doctoral Fellowships: EuroAgeism (Finland)

FellowshipsTWO DOCTORAL RESEARCHER POSITIONS IN THE FACULTY OF SOCIAL SCIENCES, UNIVERSITY OF TAMPERE, FINLAND

The University of Tampere is an internationally renowned research-led university and one of the few in the world to specialize in the social sciences (more information on Finland and Tampere).

The Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Tampere, Finland, invites applications for two Early Stage Researchers (Doctoral Researcher) positions for three years (36 months) in the Marie Skłodowska-Curie, Innovative Training Network EuroAgeism research programme. The planned commencement date for the positions is in June – October 2018.

Programme overview

The EuroAgeism research programme, funded under Horizon 2020, MSCA-Innovative training network, consists of a multi-disciplinary, multi-sectorial, science-policy international network of researchers, policy makers and social and health care professionals. The goal of the network is to train professionals who can function effectively and comfortably at any of the intersections between science and policy.

EuroAgeism is a consortium of high-profile universities, research institutions and an NGO that are located in Israel, Belgium, Czech Republic, Poland, the Netherlands, United Kingdom, Finland and Sweden. Across participating universities a total of 15 Early Stage Researcher positions are being advertised.

Doctoral Researchers will benefit not only from leadership by expert research supervisors, but also from secondments in academia, policy and health organizations, training and transferable-skills courses and active participation in workshops and conferences over the course of the program.

CFP Expressions of Race & Racism Online (Finland)

ConferencesCFP: Expressions of race and racism online. This working group is part of the 14th Society for the Study of Ethnic Relations and International Migration (ETMU) Conference on Race, Power and Mobilities (October 26-27, 2017), University of Jyväskylä, Finland.

The long-lasting idea that dematerialized online presence would downplay racial issues is vanishing as studies are increasingly showing the extent to which race is embedded in online structures, vocabulary, and users’ practices (Daniels, 2012). Though much research has been conducted on representations of race in traditional media, few studies have investigated expressions of race and racism in online and social media, and their findings underline the complexity of the topic (Sommier, van Sterkenburg, & Hofhuis, in press).

This working group therefore calls for papers tackling online expressions of race and racism to further understand associated strategies, tensions, and outcomes. Current findings point to a wide range of dialectics that should be further explored. Studies urge for holistic approaches (e.g. Titley, 2014) to attend to the interplay between colorblind and blatant racism, individual and structural aspects, local and global discourses, and traditional and social media. These broad research areas include, but are not limited to:

– users’ online practices, identity formation and social interactions (e.g. Hughey, 2008)
– the creation of racial digital divides (e.g. boyd, 2013)
– strategies used to disguise online racist discourses (e.g. Sharma & Brooker, 2016)
– methodological challenges associated with the study of expressions of race and racism in online settings

*** Important dates and practicalities ***

• Deadline for submission: August 31, 2017
• Notification of acceptance: September 15, 2017
• Registration starts September 15, 2017
• ETMU Days October 26–27, 2017

Submit your abstracts of 300–400 words directly to the working group organizer, Mélodine Sommier.

U Jyväskylä Job Ad: Intercultural & Digital Communication (Finland)

Associate Professor, Intercultural and Digital Communication, University of Jyväskylä

The University of Jyväskylä is a nationally and internationally significant research university and an expert on education that focuses on human and natural sciences. The University is Finland’s leading expert in teacher education and adult education, as well as the major exporter of education. The Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences is the only one in the country. The University of Jyväskylä is known for its dynamic operating culture and strong commitment to social responsibility.

Department of Language and Communication Studies is currently seeking to recruit an Associate Professor (tenure track), Intercultural and Digital Communication, starting January 1st 2018 for a fixed-term period of five years. The Associate Professor’s position is allocated to Department of Language and Communication Studies in the discipline of Intercultural communication. The position supports the profiling of the department at the two core fields of the University strategy (Languages, Culture and Communities in Global Change Processes, and Information Technology and the Human in the Knowledge Society) and the profiling measure Language in Changing Society.

The duties of the associate professor include active international research and publication activity, initiating and leading research projects, acquiring external research funding, active participation in national and international networks, teaching and supervision in undergraduate and postgraduate training, and leading the international master’s programme. The duty of the associate professor is in particular to develop future oriented research and teaching in the field of intercultural and digital communication.

The successful applicant needs to have strong evidence of research and teaching in intercultural communication. Research in the areas of digital communication and communication technologies is considered an asset. Success in acquiring external funding, supervision of theses, and administrative experience are also considered an asset. The emphasis in the evaluation is based on strong international research profile and on experience in teaching and supervision. In addition, the successful applicant is expected to have broad theoretical and methodological expertise.

Please submit your application at the latest on Monday, August 14th 2017 using the online application form.

U Tampere Job Ads: Social Research (Finland)

Five associate professor or professor posts in the New Social Research programme

The University of Tampere is an internationally renowned research-led university and one of the few in the world to specialise in the social sciences.  It has a lively, multidisciplinary and international research environment with a staff of 2,200 and 15,000 students.

The University places strong emphasis on rigorous scholarship in areas of significant social relevance. To help achieve this objective, the University has commenced the New Social Research programme. NSR has five core themes: governing complexity; transformation of agency and empowerment; the changing nature of work; the future of well-being, and; new forms of communication, information and interaction. NSR will become a truly international programme, working across disciplinary boundaries and in partnership with a wide range of external stakeholders nationally and internationally. More information on NSR is available at the programme website.

At the centre of the programme are eleven fully-funded associate or full professor posts. The director, Professor Rebecca Boden, and the first six appointments are already in place. The University of Tampere is now seeking to complete the team by appointing a further five associate or full professors. Appointees will have dual affiliation between NSR and an appropriate faculty, ensuring a clear career trajectory, and at the end of this period it is anticipated that they will take up permanent posts in one of the University’s faculties, as appropriate.

The University of Tampere is seeking highly motivated and accomplished academics who will be active and innovative co-builders of the NSR programme as research leaders. In addition to developing a strong individual research profile within the broad remit of NSR’s activities, you would work collaboratively with fellow NSR researchers to achieve significant programme synergies. Activities would include: effective research leadership (particularly of early career academics); facilitating the development of the NSR profile nationally and internationally; and seeking, winning and managing major research funding. A key role of the NSR programme is to make a major contribution to the further development of the University’s research profile more generally. As such, you would be expected to work collaboratively and constructively with appropriate faculties to embed programme gains across the institution.  Whilst the main emphasis of these roles for the first five years is on research, you would be expected to make a gradually increasing and expertise-appropriate contribution to research-led teaching, curriculum development and research student supervision in the faculties.

What you can offer
You must have: a doctoral degree in a field relevant to the research programme; high-level scientific expertise; an excellent international publication record; and teaching/supervision skills and experience across the range of levels.

Additionally, successful candidates will have a proven track record of international scientific cooperation, and the ability to offer advanced research-led teaching and supervision. Your research interests will be aligned to one or more themes in the NSR programme, but you will be able to demonstrate how you would develop those further. NSR especially welcomes applications under the theme the changing nature of work and is less likely to make any appointments of candidates whose principal contribution would be in the theme governing complexity.

Your proposed work for the duration of the programme will evidence a good fit with NSR objectives and how you would work in an inter- and multidisciplinary environment. Ideally you will have experience of leading or making a major contribution to a research group and a track record of successful applications for external research funding.

What we offer
The University of Tampere offers a dynamic and international research community with strong national and international collaborative networks. Tampere University of Applied Sciences (TAMK), Tampere University of Technology (TUT) and the University of Tampere have recently agreed to merge and will be working collaboratively together to build a unique model of higher education offering an innovative, multidisciplinary and internationally attractive research and learning environment built on demonstrably excellent foundations.  Appointment to NSR offers an opportunity to develop, lead and maintain a dynamic research programme leading to national and international recognition within this environment.

Finnish people almost universally speak English to a high level. Finland is a well-ordered and culturally sophisticated EU country which enjoys world-leading free schooling (including in English), affordable child care, excellent public services, moderate taxation and low levels of bureaucracy.  The Tampere region is one of the fastest-growing urban areas in Finland. Tampere is the largest inland city in the Nordic countries and Finland’s second largest city. The city offers an extremely pleasant environment in which to live and work. Whilst a traditional industrial centre, with an attractive heritage built environment, today the city is best known for its high-tech expertise. The city has a lively cultural life, with many theatres, galleries and museums etc. and is the most popular city to study in amongst Finnish students.

We appreciate that relocation can be daunting and the University’s HR Services provide intensive support for international recruits, especially on matters such as residence permits, registration, taxation, retirement pensions, social security issues, finding accommodation, daycare for children, schooling, health care and other local services in Tampere. You can contact the International HR Team during your application process with any specific queries or see our Join us!-pages on our website. The University of Tampere received the European Commission’s acknowledgement of HR Excellence in Research in March 2015.

The University of Tampere offers a comprehensive package of employee benefits. These include occupational health care, flexible working hours and high-quality sporting facilities. These posts include membership of the generous Finnish statutory earnings-related retirement pension scheme, further details of which are available here.

Finnish universities operate a national University Salary System and salaries will be determined by reference to that. At commencement, the minimum monthly salary of an associate professor will range between €5,000 and €5,600 a month and that of a professor between €5,700 and €6,400 a month. Higher salaries may be agreed dependent upon experience and/or performance.

These posts are subject to a four month probationary period. Initial appointment as associate professor is for five years and, subject to successful performance, post holders will become tenured members of faculty staff at the end of the five year period. The evaluation of suitability for a tenured position will commence after four years in post and appointees will be supported throughout the five year period to ease transition to faculty positions.  Full professors will hold a permanent appointment from the outset.

The application process
Applications should be written in English and submitted electronically via the University of Tampere’s electronic
recruitment system by 15:45 pm. on 2 May 2017.

The following documents should accompany your application:
A CV (excluding publications).
A list of publications compiled according to the Academy of Finland guidelines. Please indicate your ten most important publications.
A letter of application in which you set out the reasons why you are applying for the post and why you are particularly suited to it.
A five page research plan, outlining your proposed research within the programme.
The names, positions and contact details of two referees who can support your application.

Enquiries
For queries related to the NSR programme please contact the Programme Director, Professor Rebecca Boden. For queries related to the application process please contact the Faculty Head of Administration Sari Saastamoinen.

Åbo Akademi University Job Ad: Minority Studies

Assistant/Associate Professor in Minority Studies (tenure track)

Åbo Akademi University, Finland, invites applications for a position as Assistant/Associate professor in Minority Studies, more specifically cultural and linguistic diversity studies with focus on multicultural and multilingual education through Tenure Track beginning August 1 st 2017 The position is placed at the Faculty of Education and Welfare Studies.

Åbo Akademi University is an internationally acknowledged research university with an extensive responsibility for providing education in Swedish in Finland. The activities cover research and education in most disciplines from humanities, pedagogics and theology to social sciences, natural sciences and technology.

The Minority Studies profile
The assistant/associate professor will together with earlier appointed assistant and associate professors within the profile form the backbone of Åbo Akademi University’s Minority Studies research profile, the recent expansion of which is based on a major grant from the Academy of Finland. The grant foresees the establishment of assistant/associate tenure track professorships which, after successful attainment of individually set goals, will lead to full professorships. At the same time, Åbo Akademi University is recruiting visiting professors who will support and further strengthen the profile.

The Minority Studies profile aims at shaping and developing current strengths within the fields of education, social sciences and humanities at Åbo Akademi University into a leading centre for minority studies and research. Linguistic, cultural, and religious differences together with issues related to in-group and out-group positions pose major challenges to societal cohesion and peace in both European and non-European societies. For instance, current global development is marked by an increasing polarisation of values associated with explicit xenophobic racist attitudes and other radicalising tendencies. This calls for consequent, long-term educational action in order to prevent violence, prejudices and negative attitudes and marginalization related to (minority) languages, cultures and religions/worldviews. There is also a strong need to identify resources for empowerment and promotion of educational and linguistic human rights. Furthermore, it is time to investigate the societal strengths and educational advantages of genuine multilingualism, as well as the potential of multilingual education in relation to the general democratic goal of (comprehensive) education.

With reference to the above Åbo Akademi University’s Minority Studies profile will focus on interdisciplinary minority research with the capacity to recognize and comprehend the complexities involved in the construction and development of minority positions and identities and related issues. This profile is directly connected to the strategic mission of Åbo Akademi University as a university for the Swedish speaking language and cultural minority in Finland. Current research on minorities includes, minorities as part of past nation building and present political mobilization, minority rights and legislation, sexual and gender minorities as well as intersections of ethnic and gender categorizations.

The research area for the assistant/associate professor in Minority Studies is cultural and linguistic diversity studies with focus on multicultural and multilingual education. This research area includes norms and identities related to minority and majority language relations, as well as teaching and learning in educational settings characterised by bi- and multilingualism, for example immersion and non-standard language varieties.

Job description
The appointed assistant/associate professor will be expected to work together with the coordination of Åbo Akademi University’s Minority Studies profile and to explore possibilities for joint interdisciplinary research projects. Administratively, the appointee will be members of Faculty of Education and Welfare Studies. In combination with other measures, the appointee is expected to position Åbo Akademi University as an internationally leading institution in interdisciplinary cutting-edge research in the area of Minority Studies. Information about the positions and the qualifications for the positions as well as information about the field of research and teaching can be found in the appointment plan.

In order to have a successful start with the work the person appointed to the position will have the support from a Supervisory Committee consisting of the Deans for he above-mentioned faculties as well as the Vice-Rector for Research. The appointed person will receive a starting grant of 40 000 euro to be used for the employment of a doctoral student or to otherwise support their research.

International applicants are especially encouraged to apply. Åbo Akademi University will provide support for non-Finnish candidates in being able to teach in Swedish within some years after commencing their appointments. A relocation package can be offered to the recruited persons, the terms will be negotiated separately with the recruited persons.

Applications
Instructions for the written application can be found in the appointment plan. Applications in English or Swedish should be sent electronically, with enclosures (in English), to the following address: registrator@abo.fi. Please indicate in the subject line “Application / Minority Studies, Faculty of Education and Welfare Studies”. The closing date for applications is January 20th 2017 at 15.00 Finnish time.

Additional information
For questions, please, contact the Vice-Rector for Research Affairs, Niklas Sandler niklas.sandler AT abo.fi, or Dean Petri Salo (Education and Welfare Studies) petri.salo AT abo.fi, or HR Specialist Solveig Vaherkylä solveig.vaherkyla AT abo.fi.

 

Åbo Akademi University is working for equal gender distribution and diversity in all staff categories.