Media and Communication Visiting Fellowship, University of Canterbury (New Zealand)

Media and Communication Visiting Fellowship
University of Canterbury, New Zealand
Application Deadline: December 20, 2015

The University of Canterbury invites applications for a 5-week Visiting Fellowship available any time from mid February to mid June 2016 (the first semester of the New Zealand academic year).  The fellow is expected to offer a number of research seminars to staff/students and meet graduate research students to provide general advice and feedback. The ideal candidate will be a senior or mid-career scholar, possibly on sabbatical over this period.

The fellowship covers the cost of a return flight to New Zealand, accommodation and a per diem that should cover additional living costs for the 5-week period. The fellow is provided with an office in the department for conducting their own research, a computer and access to the university library. They are also free to travel during this period to see the many wonders of New Zealand, which will be in Summer and Autumn.

The Media and Communication department at the University of Canterbury is a research-led department with strengths in a number of areas. The University of Canterbury is committed to promoting a world-class learning environment through research and teaching excellence, and has a vision statement of “People Prepared to Make a Difference.”  The fellow will have the opportunity to work alongside members of a diverse academic community and enrich their professional and personal

To apply, please send a cover letter and CV to Dr. Babak Bahador.

Summer Communication Internships in New Zealand

(Northern) Summer Communication Internships in New Zealand

Massey University’s six week summer study abroad program for Communication, Journalism, Media Studies, Public Relations, Advertising, Marketing or related majors is worth 6-8 U.S. semester credits. The two-week National Expedition takes students across New Zealand and then in the following four weeks students are placed in internships where they work on real world problems relevant to their degrees.

National Expedition, June 13 – 25, 2016. Our exploration of Image and Identity will traverse both islands to delve into how successful the brands and images of the tourism industry are at capturing the attention of people new to the country and culture. Students explore New Zealand’s adventure capital, alpine towns and glaciers, historic settlements and the country’s geothermal playground.  Students undertake case studies examining the identity of the service-providing organizations and brands they encounter, assessing the company’s image, and identifying how effectively they appear to communicate what they offer.  Our academic staff and in-country experts provide an insider’s view of the country, culture, and organizations students canvass as they travel across the country over these two weeks.

Internship, June 26 – July 22, 2016. Interns are placed in a range of organizations across Wellington, the capital city and renowned for its arts and culture, where interns obtain rich insights into the diverse character of Wellington and the nation.  The interns’ work over these four weeks will benefit the host and the communities they serve, as well as providing the students with achievements that will bolster their resume when they return home.

Scholarship information, application materials, and an extensive list of FAQs are available online.

Massey University job ad (Wellington, New Zealand)

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Communication and/or Public Relations
School of Communication, Journalism and Marketing
Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand
Two positions, Permanent, full-time

We offer an outstanding opportunity for emerging and senior communication scholars to build their careers. The School of Communication, Journalism and Marketing seeks two communication scholars, one at Lecturer/Senior Lecturer and one open rank, to be located at Massey’s Wellington Campus. The School of Communication, Journalism and Marketing has been growing and innovating in recent years and now houses the country’s largest undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in communication, public relations and journalism. We have recently led the Massey Business School in securing external research funding and endowments. We also pride ourselves on a positive culture that enables scholars to thrive in their teaching, research and professional service, including engagement with industry.

Massey University was ranked as the NZ education sector’s most attractive employer in the 2013 and 2014 Randstad awards. Massey Business School, in which our programs are housed, is AACSB and AMBA accredited and has New Zealand’s longest running MBA, journalism and entrepreneurship and small business programmes.

The successful candidates will exhibit an established record of, or a strong potential for, a programme of research in communication that is innovative and has impact. They will also be committed and effective teachers: experience teaching large first-year classes is particularly desirable. Experience in and desire to engage with business and the public relations profession is a plus. We encourage applications from all excellent candidates, but are especially looking for candidates familiar with research and practice in at least one of the following: business communication; organisational communication; public relations. For the senior appointment, we seek a candidate who can provide effective academic leadership.

The Wellington campus is located in New Zealand’s political and cultural capital. The city is consistently ranked amongst the most liveable in the world. For further information, please contact Dr Elizabeth Gray.

Apply online by  7 September 2015

Clothing as a Tool of Intercultural Dialogue: New Zealand and India

New Zealand fashion students recreate modern-day wear from traditional Indian silk saris

In a unique celebration joining New Zealand and Indian cultures, 15 New Zealand Fashion Tech students won Prime Minister’s Scholarships for Asia, covering travel to the Bannari Amman Institute of Technology in India to participate in a five week Apparel and Textile Practicum. Students earned the awards by creating garments made from traditional Indian sari fabrics. The inaugural Resene Designer Selection showcased the hand-crafted silk from Southern India made especially for their garments. Four of the NZ students were Maori. The goal was to take students outside the classroom and give them an international and applied perspective.

Further information about this project is available in a New Zealand journal article entitled “A pattern for success” published in Educator Review, and in an Indian newspaper article entitled “Indian silk, New Zealand patterns”. Continuing descriptions by the students of their experiences are also available on their university’s website.

CFP Media, War and Memory (New Zealand)

Conference Call for Papers: Media, War and Memory
September 18–19, 2014
Venue: Sir Paul Reeves Building, AUT University (Auckland, New Zealand)

Keynote Speakers: Andrew Hoskins, University of Glasgow and Fay Anderson, Monash University

A century after 1914, it is timely to consider how World War I was started, prosecuted and reported on, from different national perspectives. How does this conflict appear in retrospect? As a prequel to World War II? The ‘beginning’ of the 20th century? Or as an avoidable, stand-alone catastrophe? These questions provoke wider reflection upon the connections between media, war and memory. What are these connections? How have they changed over time? Conference participants will, we hope, respond to these questions.

To this end, the following themes suggest themselves:
World War I
• Paths to war, patterns of news coverage
• Diplomacy, communication and the telegraph
• Atrocities and propaganda
• Frontline testimonials, journalism, poetry
• Domestic dissent

Race, culture, genocide
• Imperialism, colonialism, indigineity
• Jewish holocaust
• Armenian massacres
• Testimonies, amnesia Gender and depictions of war
• Masculinity, heroism
• War and patriarchy
• War, rape, testimony
• Women war journalists
• Women combatants

Journalism, media, civil conflict
• Spanish civil war
• Sri Lanka
• Balkans, Bosnia, Serbia
• US civil war
• Occupation, resistance, testimony

War, historiography and revisionism
• War novels
• Non-fiction tomes, wars, battles
• Military biographies
• Documentaries
• Conflicting retrospectives of major conflicts

Australia and NZ coverage of ‘overseas’ conflicts
• Boer War, WWI, WWII
• Cold war conflicts; Malaysia, Vietnam, Timor, Kuwait, Iraq, Afghanistan etc.
• ANZAC mythologies
• Wartime censorship
• War, mobilization and dissent

War, propaganda, ideology
• Chomsky, Herman and the ‘propaganda’ model
• News ‘framing’ and war coverage
• Orientalism and colonial wars
• War and national identity
• Memorialism; ceremonies, monuments, museums
• Forgotten wars

Frontline war reporting
• War correspondents
• ‘Embedded’ journalists • Journalistic ethics
• Patriotism and ‘independent’ reporting

Information-communication technologies and war
• Global television, 24/7 ‘real time’ wars
• War and media spectacle
• Media space, battle space, ‘full spectrum dominance’
• Information and cyber warfare
• Online journalism, blogospheres, social media

Media constructions of ‘terrorism’
• Legitimate vs. illegitimate violence
• Terrorists, revolutionaries, freedom fighters
• Post 9-11 media discourses in US, Middle East
• Terrorism and orientalism

Abstracts due: July 30, 2014 (400 words maximum)

Send to: Verica Rupar
Curriculum Leader, Journalism
School of Communication Studies
AUT University

CFP Space, Race, Bodies Conference (New Zealand)

Space, Race, Bodies: Geocorpographies of the City, Nation and Empire is a forthcoming conference hosted by the Department of Media, Film and Communication (MFCO), the Postcolonial Studies Research Network (PSRN) and the Somatechnics Research Network (University of Arizona) at the University of Otago between the 8-10th December, 2014. The title of the conference is taken from Joseph Pugliese’s ground-breaking work on technologies of surveillance, law and terrorism. The conceptual merging of the corporeal body with geography—geocorpographies—draws attention to the institutional, cultural and legal forces that influence the global movement of people, capital and technology across cities and national borders.

Space, Race, Bodies will be the first Somatechnics conference held in New Zealand. The Somatechnics Research Network (SRN) facilitates connections between a vast array of scholars and institutions producing research on bodies and technology. SRN has fostered a truly interdisciplinary field of inquiry that includes the biological sciences, sport, gender and sexuality studies, media, film and music studies and postcolonial studies.

The Postcolonial Studies Research Network (PSRN) brings together an interdisciplinary group of established and emerging scholars whose research engages with a range of aspects of postcoloniality. These include the historical cultures of empire, and the contemporary cultural politics of indigeneity, of (post)colonial settlement, and of the diasporic condition.

Call for Papers

Keynote Speakers

Conference Registration



Stephen Croucher Researcher Profile

Researcher ProfilesStephen Croucher (PhD, University of Oklahoma, 2006) is Head of the School of Communication, Journalism and Marketing, Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand.

Stephen Croucher

His research focuses on three main area of interest. First, the cultural adaptation process. Within this area of study he has explored adaptation in 15 nations. Within these studies he has shown through qualitative and quantitative analyses that current models of adaptation do not adequately describe: the fusion of identities that occur during adaptation, and the influence/resistance of the host culture. Second, and closely related to cultural adaptation, is his work into integrated threat theory. In these studies Croucher has shown how many dominant cultural groups in Europe, North America, and Asia fear immigrant and minority communities. These fears (prejudice) lead to less acceptance of adaptation overtures from the minority groups. Third,  he studies the relationships between communicative behaviors/traits and religious identification and religiosity. In this line of work he has found religion (identity and religiosity) to have a significant effect on a variety of traits/behaviors.

Croucher has published 4 books and more than 50 articles in journals such as: Communication Monographs, Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, Management Communication Quarterly, Communication Studies, International Journal of Conflict Management, and Journal of Intercultural Communication Research. 

Croucher is active in various professional associations and has served in a variety of capacities: Vice-Chair of the Intercultural Division of the International Communication Association, editor of the Journal of Intercultural Communication Research and Speaker & Gavel, and World Communication Association Vice President for Europe. He has also served on the editorial board of numerous journals: Communication Studies, Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, International Journal of Conflict Management, Mass Communication and Society, and the Western Journal of Communication. 

University of Otago 2014

Constructing Frames flyerOn March 21, 2014 I presented “Constructing frames: Goffman, Bateson, and frame analysis as a neglected part of social construction theory” at the University of Otago, in Dunedin, New Zealand. This was my second talk at Otago (description of the first was posted in 2012). Last time I was hosted by the Department of Languages and Cultures; this time by Media, Film and Communication.

Despite meeting late on a Friday afternoon, there was a large crowd, so local dedication to scholarly conversations is impressive. A personal first for me was having someone, in this case Rosemary Overell, tweet about my talk as it was occurring.

The fact that faculty and graduate students from across the campus attended on a Friday afternoon was even more impressive. In addition to multiple members of the Media, Film and Communication department, I talked to people from Theatre Studies, Sociology, Anthropology, Tourism, German, the Higher Education Development Centre, Applied Sciences, the Centre for Science Communication, and several other parts of the university.

Leeds-Hurwitz, Bourk
Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz and Michael Bourk

My thanks to my host, Michael Bourk, who organized the event, to Vijay Devadas, Head of Department, who supported it with a generous reception and dinner, and to department staff members Maureen and Paulette for managing the details. In the days before and after the talk, I met with several graduate students and faculty members about a variety of other subjects, ranging from intercultural communication to ethnographic methods. I look forward to continued conversations on these and other topics, and hope to have the chance to visit the University of Otago again in the future.

Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz, Director
Center for Intercultural Dialogue

U Otago job ad tourism faculty

Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor in Tourism-1302076

We are seeking applications from research active staff at the level of Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor in Tourism. This vacancy offers applicants the opportunity to join the staff of the well-established and progressive Department of Tourism, at the University of Otago.

Applicants for the position of Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor must hold a PhD and have a demonstrated record of publication in high quality academic journals. Candidates who have the capability to teach events management and/or tourism product development will be viewed favourably. Applicants who demonstrate a capacity to work with industry are especially welcome to apply. All applicants should be able to demonstrate a clear commitment to team work and the ability to enhance the teaching, learning and research environment of the Department of Tourism. Experience in supervision of postgraduate students is also a critical component to this position.

The successful applicant will have the opportunity to continue developing their academic career in a vibrant and dynamic tourism context.  Tourism is a cornerstone of the New Zealand economy and is of great significance to New Zealand’s environment and society. The Department is located in the South Island’s southern tourism region which includes Queenstown, the Central Otago Lakes region and Fiordland which are famed for adventure and wildlife tourism products, ski fields, extensive alpine national parks, and indigenous Maori tourism enterprises, among other things. Dunedin is a harbour city of outstanding Victorian heritage set adjacent to the Otago Peninsula and its unique marine wildlife. It offers a temperate climate and an excellent quality of life.

The preferred starting date for the successful applicant will be mid 2014 to late 2014 (start date will be open to negotiation).

Specific enquiries may be directed to Associate Professor Hazel Tucker, Head of Department, contact details below.

Applications quoting reference number 1302076 will close on Friday, 31 January 2014.

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Location About Dunedin

Primary Location: NZL-SI-Dunedin
Employment Status: Permanent Full-time
Salary Level and Range Senior Lecturer / Senior Research Fellow ($94,832 to $109,669) or Associate Professor / Research Associate Professor ($124,079 to $136,888)
Organisation: Tourism
Job Function: Research and Teaching


Massey U job ad

The College of Business at Massey University is searching for a Head of School for the School of Communication, Journalism and Marketing, to be located at either the Palmerston North or Wellington campus. Location at the Albany campus could be considered, although is not preferred.

Massey University

The Head of School provides academic leadership and strategic management of the School within the strategic framework of the College and wider University. He or she contributes to the mission and strategic objectives of the College as a member of the College Board and College Executive Team.

The successful candidate will be a dynamic, innovative and effective academic leader who will work with the Pro Vice-Chancellor to lead a large and diverse School across three campuses. The College’s strategic priorities are academic excellence, engaged staff and stakeholders, impactful research, an enterprising culture and outstanding reputation.

Employment will be on an ongoing (tenured) basis with the appointment as Head of School being an initial term of three years after which time a further term may be available or the appointee would take up an academic position within the School. The Head of School should be appointable at Professor Level.

In 2013 Massey University was ranked New Zealand’s fifth most attractive employer in in the annual Randstad Awards, an international survey conducted across 14 countries. It was also the education sector winner. The College of Business has a proud history, with New Zealand’s longest running MBA, journalism and entrepreneurship/small business programmes. The College comprises five schools: Accountancy; Aviation; Communication, Journalism & Marketing; Economics & Finance; and Management. We have programmes on three campuses (Albany, Palmerston North, and Wellington) plus New Zealand’s oldest and most substantial distance education offering. We are accredited by AACSB and AMBA, alongside several discipline-specific endorsements.

The Palmerston North campus is located in the Manawatu region, set between the Tararua and Ruahine ranges in the east and the vast Tasman Sea in the west. Manawatu combines the charm of rural New Zealand with the sophisticated city appeal of Palmerston North. It has a thriving arts and sport scene and is reputed to have the highest number of restaurants, eateries and cafe bars per capita in New Zealand.

Wellington is New Zealand’s capital, with a population of approx. 400,000. The 2010 Mercer Quality of Living Survey ranked Wellington 12th in the world. In 2011 Lonely Planet named Wellington as fourth in its Top 10 Cities to Visit, referring to the New Zealand capital as the “coolest little capital in the world”.

Closing date: 08 January 2013
Reference number: A359-13SF