Gabriele Galimberti’s Toy Stories

Intercultural PedagogyGabriele Galimberti, the Italian photographer, has created an interesting comparative record in Toy Stories. “For over two years, I visited more than 50 countries and created colorful images of boys and girls in their homes and neighborhoods with their most prized possessions: their toys. From Texas to India, Malawi to China, Iceland, Morocco, and Fiji, I recorded the spontaneous and natural joy that unites kids despite their diverse backgrounds. Whether the child owns a veritable fleet of miniature cars or a single stuffed monkey, the pride that they have is moving, funny, and thought provoking.”

The photographs are available as a book, Toy Stories: Photos of Children from Around the World and Their Favorite Things. Prior collections also now published as books include In Her Kitchen: Stories and Recipes from Grandmas Around the World, and My Couch Is Your Couch: Tour the World from Inside Other People’s Homes. Each of these seems likely to be useful to anyone seeking examples of comparative cultural analysis.

Additional resources include several of the Key Concepts in Intercultural Dialogue, specifically: Cultural PluralismMulticulturalismMultimodality, and Cultural Mapping.

U Illinois Chicago job

The Latin American and Latino Studies Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago invites applications for a tenure-track position in media and film studies at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning August 16, 2012, pending budgetary approval. We seek a scholar of Latin American and/or Latino studies with expertise and a transnational/global perspective in any of the following areas: cultural study of media and multimedia forms; film and moving images; photography and other forms of visual expressions; and/or new media. Applicants must have  PhD or have completed all requirements for doctoral degree in film studies, media studies, ethnic studies or related field by the time of appointment.

Candidates must complete an on-line application and attach an application letter, a curriculum vitae, and one writing sample. Please provide the names and emails of 3 references. Deadline for submission of application is *November 15, 2011*. The University of Illinois at Chicago is an AA/EOE. Women and minority candidates are encouraged to apply.

For questions please contact Javier Villa-Flores (Javier@uic.edu), Chair of Search Committee, Latin American and Latino Studies (MC 219), University of Illinois at Chicago, 1511 University Hall, 601 South Morgan Street, Chicago, Illinois 60607-7115