U Fribourg: Communication Studies (Switzerland)

“JobProfessor of Communication Studies (tenured), Department of Communication and Media Research, University of Fribourg, FR, Switzerland. Deadline: 1 March, 2021.

The Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences of the University of Fribourg (Switzerland) invites applications for the full-time position of Professor (tenured) in Communication Studies. The professorship is with the Department of Communication and Media Research DCM and comes with one fully funded PhD position. The appointment begins in early 2022.

The position requires a specialization in individual (micro-level) issues of communication and media research from a social scientific perspective. This includes but is not limited to research fields like media exposure, media use and media effects and/or audience studies and/or media and online communication content. Moreover, candidates should be able to contribute to teaching in other areas on the Bachelor level, for instance journalism research or media economics and media management. Finally, they should also take the digital transformation of communication and media into account in their current and/or future research and teaching activities.

U Basel Postdoc in Social Exclusion/Ostracism (Switzerland)

PostdocsPostdoctoral Researcher, Center for Social Psychology, Department of Psychology, University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland. Deadline: October 15, 2020.

The Center seeks to expand their research team in either of the two following two areas: 1) fluency research; 2) research on social exclusion/ostracism. You will be working in a highly motivated research team that combines experimental work with the use of representative survey data. This is a postdoctoral position for a period of two years with the possibility of extension by four more years. The salary is very attractive and additional resources are available for research and conference travel. Teaching can be in German or English and amounts to three courses per year. International applications are strongly encouraged.

CFP Beyond Multilingualism – Translanguaging in Education (Switzerland)

ConferencesCall for Papers: Beyond Multilingualism – Translanguaging in Education, 2-3 November 2020, University of Basel, Switzerland. Deadline extended to 15 May 2020.

The Institute for Educational Sciences of the University of Basel and the Schaffhausen University of Teacher Education invite proposals for the two-day international conference on “Beyond Multilingualism –Translanguaging in Education” at the University of Basel, Switzerland, 2—3 November 2020. This conference takes a transdisciplinary approach to translanguaging in education. It examines how translanguaging is perceived, its impact and its implications, especially in the classroom. We are particularly interested in the relationship between everyday linguistic practices and language policies in education. To what extent are multilingualism and translanguaging taken into account as institutional issues in educational public spaces? What are the linguistic practices of various stakeholders in their diverse educational institutions?

U Bern Job Ad: Sociolinguistics (Switzerland)

“JobAssociate Professorship in Sociolinguistic Methods and Analysis, Center for the Study of Language and Society, University of Bern, Switzerland. Deadline: 10 February 2019.

The Institute seeks a scholar who can work and train both quantitatively and qualitatively in the discipline, and impart the strengths of both to his/her students. In their own research, applicants need to work across a range of different empirical approaches and can teach courses which integrate method and hands-on practice as well as theory, including in real-world applications of sociolinguistics.

Relevant subdisciplines include, but should not be seen as limited to: forensic sociolinguistics, socio-pragmatics, ethnography, linguistic anthropology, interactional sociolinguistics, variationist sociolinguistics, perceptual sociolinguistics, linguistic landscapes, applied sociolinguistics, language policy, historical sociolinguistics, critical sociolinguistics, and cognitive sociolinguistics.

Franklin U Job Ad: International Management (Switzerland)

Job adsAssistant or Associate Professor of International Management, Franklin University Switzerland, Lugano, Switzerland. Deadline: 21 November 2018.

The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in Management at the time of hire with a concentration in Finance. The candidate will be able to teach undergraduate and occasional graduate courses ranging from introductory courses to financial and strategic management. The normal course load is six courses per year (36-38 ECTS annually). Consistent with the mission of the University, applicants must demonstrate a commitment to excellence in both teaching and scholarship, have an active research agenda, and contribute to the Academic Travel program, a fundamental part of Franklin’s international, interdisciplinary, intercultural curriculum. Ideally, candidates will be conversant in one of the official languages of Switzerland, have an international outlook, and demonstrate an interest in collaborating across disciplines. Practical experience in industry or corporate governance is preferred.

NOTE: There is a second position available, for International Relations and Political Science.

U Lugano Studentship: Migration, Diversity & Intercultural Communication (Switzerland)

FellowshipsUniversità della Svizzera italiana (USI), Lugano, Switzerland. Ph.D. Student and Research Assistant. Deadline: June 30, 2018; open until filled.

Applications invited for a fully funded, full time, 3-year doctoral position in migration, diversity and intercultural communication. The applicant will work on a project fully funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation. The candidate will join the research team of Prof. Jolanta Drzewiecka at the Institute for Public Communication.

The project advances a novel approach to migrant belonging by exploring how identity capital and emotions mediate Eritrean settled refugee’ identities and belonging in Switzerland. We will extend the understanding of belonging as a discursively, materially and emotionally habituated practice. The project connects multidimensional notions of capital and affect to migrant belonging within a material-affective-discursive approach. It adopts a transnational perspective on Eritreans settled in Switzerland to elucidate how regional, ethnic, migration generation, gender and class distinctions shape belonging. It employs ethnographic methodology.

Continue reading “U Lugano Studentship: Migration, Diversity & Intercultural Communication (Switzerland)”

CFP ECREA: Centres & Peripheries (Switzerland)

ConferencesThe European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA) in partnership with USI Università della Svizzera italiana call for proposals to be presented at the 7th European Communication Conference, to be held in Lugano, Switzerland, from 31 October to 3 November 2018. The Conference has chosen the key theme of “Centres and Peripheries: Communication, Research, Translation.” Deadline: 28 February 2018.

First, the conference examines the issues of “core” and “margins”, inviting scholars to stretch the boundaries of media and communication research as an academic discipline. We welcome presentation of research that seeks to take communication and media studies to new territories and new fields of application.

Second, the key conference theme of centres and peripheries means reconsidering geographical, cultural and linguistic borders or boundaries. Many areas of media and communication research have been dominated by American and European scholarship, but these traditions can learn methodological and theoretical insights coming, for example, from Asian, South American and African research.

U Neuchâtel PHD Candidate Positions: CA/Interactional Linguistics (Switzerland)

FellowshipsThe Centre for Applied Linguistics at the University of Neuchâtel (Switzerland), member of the Competence Centre CRIS (Centre for Research on Social Interaction) is inviting applications for two PhD-candidate positions (= two 50% doctoral assistant positions) in Conversation Analysis / Interactional Linguistics.

Start date: October 1, 2017
Duration: 4 years

The successful candidate should hold an MA degree in Linguistics (or an equivalent degree), be trained in conversation analysis and/or interactional linguistics, and motivated to develop an original PhD thesis project in either one of these fields. He or she should show an interest in contributing to one of the Centre’s main research areas (interactional competence, second language talk, grammar-in-interaction). He or she should have an operational mastery of French (or develop such a mastery
within one year), allowing him or her to interact with students and colleagues and to participate in data sessions where French conversational data is being analyzed.

CFP Argumentation & Language (Switzerland)

The second edition of the conference “Argumentation & Language” will take place from 7 to 9 of February 2018 at USI – Università della Svizzera italiana in Lugano, Switzerland.

Building on the success of the first ARGAGE conference, held at the University of Lausanne in 2015, the goal of the conference is to further explore the intersections of argumentative and language practices. Scholars are therefore invited to submit proposals dealing with the interrelations between language (its units, its levels, its functions and modes of processing) and the way argumentation functions. Contributions must be related to at least one of the following five research axes:

1. Argumentation in spoken interaction
2.  Semantics and argumentation
3.  Argumentative indicators
4. Corpora annotation and argumentation
5. Rhetorical devices

Priority will be given to proposals that make their methods and analytical categories explicit and that privilege the description of empirical data collected in corpora or empirically. Submissions will be evaluated on the basis of anonymized abstracts.

Types of contributions

Individual presentation
The deadline for submission is 30 June 2017.

Panel proposals can be submitted until 30 April 2017.

PhD Studentship on Reframing in Mediation (Switzerland)

The Institute of Argumentation, Linguistics and Semiotics (IALS) of USI Università della Svizzera italiana invites applications for a PhD position (100%, 3 years). The PhD candidate will develop his or her dissertation within the project: “The inferential dynamics of reframing within dispute mediators’ argumentation”, funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation. This dissertation will be supervised by Prof. Sara Greco.

The research project
The selected candidate will develop his or her dissertation in the framework of a research project directed by Prof. Sara Greco; this project proposes a novel interpretation of reframing as an argumentative competence of dispute mediators. The PhD candidate will be equally expected to substantially contribute to activities related to this research project, both at the scientific and at the organizational level. The project “The inferential dynamics of reframing within dispute mediators’ argumentation” is part of a broader stream of research concerning argumentation in dispute mediation that is carried out at the IALS. Within this project, regular interaction with professional mediators in Switzerland will be required.

Place of work
Lugano. Availability to travel to other parts of Switzerland and abroad (for purposes of collaboration and research) is required.

The IALS institute represents a lively research environment for a PhD student who specializes in argumentation. Interaction with several researchers specializing on argumentation in different contexts, as well as interdisciplinary interactions with colleagues inside and outside the Faculty is an asset for a PhD candidate who wants to work on argumentation in a specific communication field such as conflict resolution. The candidate will also take part in the activities of the Laboratory for the study of Argumentation in the Contexts of the Public Sphere (LACoPS).

• A Master (or equivalent title) in argumentation, communication, language sciences, social sciences, psychology, conflict studies, or related disciplines.
• High personal interest in the analysis of discourse and argumentation. Proven attitude for a fine-grained analysis of communicative interaction. Inclination towards the study of argumentation, discourse analysis, and the linguistic specificities of the discourse of conflict resolution.
• Interest for dispute mediation and other conflict resolution practices; nuanced understanding of the human and social value of conflict resolution.
• Fluency in English is necessary. Fluency in French is also strictly required, as the PhD candidate will conduct his or her research in collaboration with a board of experts, including academics and mediators, who are largely based in the French part of Switzerland. Knowledge of Italian will be considered an added value; in any case, it is expected that the selected candidate will learn to communicate in Italian during the PhD.
• Motivation to engage in the elaboration of a PhD dissertation. Ability to work in team and autonomy in scheduling research steps. Interest for teaching and availability to collaborate with colleagues (engage in scientific dialogue, listen and think critically) are required. The ability to establish good working relations with professional mediators will be considered an important asset.

Job description
The PhD candidate will participate in all phases of the research project. He or she will have the task of setting up a collection of data for his or her dissertation, while at the same time pursuing the goals of the project. Data collection will require interaction with professional mediators in Switzerland.

The PhD candidate will write a dissertation related to the research topic of the project. He or she will collaborate in the organization of scientific and dissemination activities related to the project. It is expected that he or she will regularly collaborate with researchers at the IALS as well as other scholars who are in the scientific board of the project.

The PhD candidate is also asked to present papers at scientific conferences, and produce publications for scientific journals.

Contract terms
The project is financed by the Swiss National Science Foundation and the PhD student will be receiving a salary according to the SNF policies.

Starting date
1st March 2017 (at the earliest). However, the position will be kept open until a suitable candidate has been found.

Applications must include: a motivation letter, a complete CV, copies of university titles, an electronic version of a research work (Master thesis or other scientific publication). The latter must be accompanied by a short summary in English (1 page maximum). A support letter written by the Master thesis supervisor (or another Professor who knows the candidate well) is equally welcome.

Applications must be sent to Prof. Sara Greco in electronic format (sara.greco AT usi.ch). For any further information about this position, please contact her.

Deadline for applications
The deadline for applications is February 10, 2017; but applications will be received until the position is filled.