U Buffalo-Singapore Inst of Management job ad

Applications are invited for instructors to teach Communication courses in the University at Buffalo’s undergraduate program at the Singapore Institute of Management in Singapore. Positions are available beginning with the Fall 2012 semester, and the individual(s) hired will be employed on a single semester or a multi-semester basis.

Available courses are expected to include, among others, those in the areas of General (Introductory) Communication; Communication Theory; Organizational Communication; and Interpersonal Communication.Position salary will depend on qualifications as well as number and type of courses supported.  Accommodations in Singapore, and round-trip airfare to Singapore are provided.

Qualifications:
A Master’s degree in Communication or a closely related field and experience teaching undergraduate students in a US college or university are required; as is experience teaching Communication courses and experience teaching in an intercultural context.

A PhD degree in Communication or closely related field is preferred, as is additional teaching experience. Experience living and teaching in an overseas environment, especially an Asian environment, are a plus.

For further information, and to apply, please visit https://www.ubjobs.buffalo.edu, and search under Posting 1200135.  Application deadline: March 23, 2012.All applications must be submitted via https://www.ubjobs.buffalo.edu; applications submitted via any other method may not be considered. This is a Research Foundation of SUNY position. The Research Foundation of SUNY is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer/Recruiter

Nanyang Technological University

On February 29, 2012, I presented “Intercultural weddings and the simultaneous display of multiple identities” to the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information at Nanyang Technological University, in Singapore.

Nanyang Technological UniversityMy thanks to Dr. Vivian Hsueh-hua Chen for organizing the event, and to her colleagues and graduate students who showed up even though my visit fell during a break in classes. While there I had lunch with Dr. Chen and several members of her research team (Gina Cordero-Rahman and Zhou Qiongyuan), met her colleague, Dr. Brenda Chan, and received a tour of the outstanding media facilities at the School. (The photo above shows Drs. Chan, Chen, and Leeds-Hurwitz, as well as Gina and Qiongyuan. The one below shows Drs. Chen and Leeds-Hurwitz.) I walked away with lots of notes about potential connections to be made to researchers here, and look forward to continued contact in the future.

Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz, Director
Center for Intercultural Dialogue

Southeast Asian Cinemas Conference

CALL FOR PAPERS
7th Annual Southeast Asian Cinemas Conference
THE POLITICS, PRACTICES, AND POETICS OF THE ARCHIVE
SINGAPORE
19 – 22 JUNE, 2012

Eight years since the first Annual Southeast Asian Cinemas Conference which heralded the resurgence of cinematic new waves in the region, we turn our eyes to the state of film archiving and the relationship between cinema and the archives. Filipino film critic Alexis Tioseco’s 2009 open letter to the Film Development Council of the Philippines mentions current holdings stored in ‘deplorable conditions’. In his letter, Tioseco praises the National Film Archive of Thailand for its work in doing so much with so little. In Indonesia, the Sinematek Indonesia which was established in the early 1970s has also seen cuts that make the archive a shadow of its former glory. It is only in Singapore that a young Asian Film Archive (est. 2005) has taken root.

The 7th Southeast Asian Cinemas Conference (2012) emphasizes the politics, practices, and poetics of the archive. How does one define an archive? And who can be said to do archival work? Might DVD pirates, private collectors, cinephiles, film bloggers and film societies be considered film archivists of a sort when governments do not or no longer perceive the need to fund national film archives? If so, how does this change the public nature of an archive, and what implications does it have on the production of knowledge? What might film curators take into consideration when they select and preserve films for the archive? What are the social, political, aesthetic, and scholarly roles of the archive? How does the archive negotiate issues of power and accessibility?  What is the role of the archive in the digital age of new media?

At the same time, in interrogating the relationship between film and the archive, might film itself as a socio-cultural text not be regarded as an archive and as a necessary site to re-think temporalities and the reasons for nostalgia? As Derrida reminds us, “The question of the archive is not a question of the past” but rather “a question of the future itself.” Where does the archive lie in creating, defining, and constructing cultural memory or cultural heritage? This conference then invites papers that comment not only on the nature of what an archive is and the role it plays in South East Asia, but also how films and film archives ask us to think about the timeliness of cultural work.

Each year, the conference has included film practitioners in recognition of the crucial role they have played in increasing film education and discourse in the region. We have previously provided space for independent filmmakers and screenings of their works, focused on curriculum development, and highlighting alternative cultures of cinema. This year, the conference seeks to include workshops that bring together film archivists from within the region.

We invite panels that address this theme, particularly questions concerning:
*       Film Archival Materials as Intertexts
*       Comparative Studies of Archives or Case Studies of Specific Archives
*       Role of the Academic / Film Critic / Filmmaker in Relation to the Archive
*       Technology / New Media
*       Production of Temporalities and Spatialities
*       Politics of Taste
*       Preservation and Dissemination
*       Archival Research Methods
*       Intellectual Property
*       The Relationship between Southeast Asian Archives and the International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF)
*       Historiography
*       Scholarly Accessibility
*       Subtitling and the Archive
*       Film Policy and the Archive
*       The State and the Archive
*       Short Films and the Archive

We also welcome submissions for the open call. Please check our website archives and conference programs for past paper topics as we are less likely to accept topics that have been covered before:
http://seaconference.wordpress.com/conference-program/

Abstract Submission Deadline: Nov 30, 2011 Please send an abstract (max. 500 words) and short bio (max. 100
words) to: Sophia Siddique Harvey (soharvey@vassar.edu), Khoo Gaik Cheng (gaik.khoo@gmail.com) and Jasmine Nadua Trice (jntrice@gmail.com). We are currently attempting to get funding for travel subsidies and accommodations but cannot offer any as of yet.

Preconference on Intercultural Dialogue

On June 22, 2010, the Preconference on Intercultural Dialogue was held as part of the International Communication Association’s convention in Singapore. The Preconference Planning Committee was chaired by Evelyn Y. Ho (University of San Francisco), and included: Kristine L. Fitch (University of Iowa), Todd Sandel (University of Oklahoma), and Donal Carbaugh (University of Massachusetts at Amherst). Participants were: Warren Bareiss, Patrick Belanger, Robert Craig, Stephen Croucher, Melissa Curtin, William Davie, Juana Du, Zhou Feng, Kristine Fitch, Mahmoud Galander, Shiv Ganesh, Nazan Haydari, Evelyn Ho, Georgeta Hodis, Prue Holmes, Priya Kapoor, Michael Kent, Martin Montgomery, Mary Nguyen, Todd Sandel, Saskia Witteborn, Jock Wong, and Kaibin Xu. Others who had their key terms accepted but were unable to attend were: Donal Carbaugh, Yiheng Deng, Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz, Maria Flora Mangano Noam Shimmel, and Ma Xiangyang.

The Preconference was another follow-up activity resulting from the NCA Summer Conference on Intercultural Dialogue that led to the creation of this Center. Videos of several presentations were made, and may be made available shortly.