U Loughborough job ad: Research Fellowships

University of Loughborough
Vice-Chancellor’s Research Fellowships

Our researchers are renowned for the quality and relevance of their work, driven by the need to address real-life issues. They contribute at the very highest levels to new knowledge and understanding, helping business and industry to compete more effectively, shaping public policy and, ultimately, improving the quality of people’s lives. Now we are looking for the brightest stars to become Vice-Chancellor’s Research Fellows. You’ll be creative and passionate about your research, with a clear vision of how it could make a difference to the world – and the ambition to make it happen. With a growing international reputation for the quality of your work, developed through your post-doctoral experience, you will become a research leader of the future. With us you’ll achieve that potential in a supportive, collaborative and family-friendly research environment. If you’re interested in applying, you must have a completed PhD and be able to show how your research is affiliated to one of Loughborough’s Schools.

Closing date for applications: 11 March 2016

Job description
These Vice-Chancellor’s Research Fellowships are a critical part of our investment in research excellence and are designed to support early-career individuals who are developing an international reputation for the quality of their research. Each Fellowship will significantly enhance the research capability of the University in the area(s) proposed by the Fellow and agreed with the hosting School.

PhD Studentship: Migration, Refugee & Global Curriculum (UK)

Migration, refugee and global curriculum in the 21st century: an interdisciplinary response at Key Stages 2 & 3
University of Sheffield – School of Education, Faculty of Social Sciences
Closes: 6th March 2016

The School of Education is advertising a funded ESRC PhD White Rose Collaborative Studentship based at the University of Sheffield and Development Education Centre South Yorkshire (DECSY) and seeks to attract high quality applicants. In 2014, the School was ranked first for research impact, and fourth overall in Education in the UK. Ninety-four percent of our research was ranked 3* and 4*, making us the leading School of Education in the UK. The successful applicant will join a collaborative research environment that supports world-leading and internationally excellent research.

The aims of the PhD are to: a) investigate ‘Promoting British Values’ (PBV) policy and the global school curriculum in Humanities subjects at Key Stages 2 and 3 amongst recently arrived and established migrant students, their parents and teachers and b) conduct participatory research with students, parents and teachers to co-construct curriculum units for anti-racist global curriculum.

With changing patterns of global migration, the ethnic diversity of schools increases and intercultural relations become a pressing issue for teachers. Eurocentric perspectives dominate the English school curriculum (Lambert and Morgan, 2011; Harris, 2013; Winter, 2015) and whilst Gillborn illuminates institutional racism in schools (2008, 2015), recent ‘Promoting British Values’ (PBV) policy raises concerns about inciting Islamophobia (Richardson, 2015). This studentship investigates curriculum policy discourses of nationhood, national and global identity (Anderson, 1991) and the emergence of new ‘cultural hybridities’ (Bhabha, 1994) through Geography, History and Religious Education (RE)/Citizenship curricula in case study multi-ethnic schools.

A questionnaire survey will be administered to parents of KS2 and 3 students in a sample of multi-ethnic schools in 3 English Local Authorities (LA). The questionnaire will focus on parents’ views about global learning; perspectives on PBV policy and topic suggestions for curriculum development. Semi-structured focus group interviews will be conducted with KS2 and 3 students in three case study primary and two secondary schools. Interviews will be held with Humanities teachers and in a sample of case study classes, students, parents, teachers and PhD student will develop the curriculum.

The main collaborator is DECSY, with inputs from the Geographical (GA) and Historical Associations (HA).

Principal supervisor: Dr Christine Winter, School of Education, University of Sheffield
Co-Supervisors: Dr Louise Waite, School of Geography, University of Leeds and Mr Rob Unwin, DECSY, Sheffield.

Interested candidates should, in the first instance, contact Dr Christine Winter.

Entry requirements and eligibility criteria:
• White Rose DTC ESRC awards are only available to nationals from the UK and EU and are not open to applicants who are liable to pay academic fees at the international fee rate.
• Applicants must hold at least a UK upper second class honours degree or equivalent
• Applicants should hold or be eligible for DBS approval
• This project is suitable for a candidate with an academic background in Education; Cultural Geography; Cultural/Postcolonial Studies; Geography, History, Religious Studies or Citizenship, Language and Literacy Education. The following experience would be an advantage: a) PGCE and teaching experience in English primary/secondary school classrooms b) teaching experience with NGO/INGO educational programmes c) school curriculum development experience d) community-based third sector educational experience.
• The successful candidate would need to travel regularly to participating schools.
• UK applicants will be eligible for a full award (paying fees and maintenance at standard Research Council rates). EU applicants are normally eligible for a fees only award, unless they have been resident in the UK for 3 years immediately preceding the date of the award.

How to apply.

Coventry U job ad: Media & Communications (UK)

Senior Lecturer in Media & Communications
Coventry University – Faculty of Arts & Humanities
Closes: 28th February 2016

Committed to research and teaching excellence and passionate about the arts, design and media, Faculty of Arts and Humanities is a vibrant community of scholars, researchers and practitioners with profile across the globe and a heritage of quality built up over 150 years.

The Department of Media has a long-sustained reputation for innovation and enjoys a rising profile. It has established a highly distinctive ‘Open Media’ approach towards its teaching, research and professional practice and offers exciting undergraduate and postgraduate courses covering media and communications, journalism, media production and photography. This post underpins this ethos and the enhancement of teaching and learning activities in the Department of Media.

We are seeking an academic with an established profile in a distinctive field within Media & Communications, to join our thriving, innovative course. You should hold a doctorate in a relevant subject or equivalent professional experience and be able to relate the key debates framing the transformation and location of media in contemporary culture to teaching contexts. In addition, you must have a proven track record of delivering a first-class student experience within a higher education environment. Experience of education innovation would be advantageous.

You will undertake teaching assessment and curriculum development on the BA in Media and Communication and the MA Communication Culture and Media courses, with a particular focus on emerging forms of Media, communication and cultural practice and its theoretical analysis. You must have capabilities in utilising web/mobile/networked and social media platforms for academic purposes.

With a strong track record of research/scholarship (contributing to REF, and subsequent evaluations), you will have engaged actively in research, publication, income generation and/or professional practice in recent critical/theoretical approaches to new forms of media and mediated cultures. Preferably you will have expertise in new modes of theoretical analysis: e.g. post-humanism / post-cultural studies, ANT, New/ Post-materialism. As well as one or more of the following: everyday and presume media practices; digital, connected, mobile and smart media/cultures; media activism / activism and participatory cultures; emerging regimes of ownership and control; globalised / transcultural media; Urban, excluded, marginal and precarious social cultures; emergent creative/media industries, social enterprise, third sector; big data/information critique, ethics, privacy-security.

You will need to demonstrate a continuing engagement with pedagogic development – those without a teaching qualification will be required to undertake Coventry University’s PGCHE and/or secure HEA fellowship; and you must have a proven track record of delivering a first-class student experience within a higher education environment.

For an informal discussion about this post please contact Dr Shaun Hides, Head of Media.

Ariane de Rothschild Fellowship 2016

The Ariane de Rothschild Fellowship represents a unique experience for social entrepreneurs, social leaders, those who practice innovative business for good, from a Jewish /Muslim cultural background (others are welcome as well) and have an interest in cross-cultural dialogue. This is an amazing opportunity to spend about 2 weeks at the University of Cambridge in the UK to network and work on your project with other social entrepreneurs.

Aspire to be an AdR Fellow if you believe you have within you the moral strength and character to lead; and understand that being a leader surpasses personal ambition, it is also service, requiring the will, humility and generosity of spirit to inspire fellow human beings. Aspire to be an AdR Fellow if you believe in reconciliation, peace and the power of business to effect prosperity among all human beings, who should share equal opportunities in this world.

Deadline for applications: Friday, March 18th 2016, 12:00AM (EST New York)

Application guidelines:
1-If you have applied using the electronic form system from previous year please note that the system has been updated and you will thus have to create a new username and password to be able to enter the form.
2-If you face any issues and require a pdf form for application please email.

The AdR Fellowship represents a unique experience for social entrepreneurs, social leaders and those who practice mindful business, from a Jewish /Muslim cultural background (others are welcome as well) who have an interest in cross-cultural dialogue.This is an amazing opportunity to spend about 2 weeks at the University of Cambridge in the UK to network and work on your project with other social entrepreneurs, all expenses paid.

About the Fellowship
Years ago the minds behind the AdR Fellowship recognized three things: One, that there is an urgent need to bring innovation to the field of cross-cultural dialogue; two that a business mindset can be of great value to build tangible impact; and three that there is an exciting opportunity to better expose social entrepreneurs to the knowledge and analytical frameworks offered by social sciences. “Distinct fields such as dialogue and entrepreneurship cannot afford to exist in isolated ivory towers” says Ariane de Rothschild. The continuing disconnect between social sciences and business prevents the emergence of sustainable solutions to tackle the world’s most pressing problems. How can you design solutions for a problem if you lack an understanding of the historical and political context of the people you are trying to help? And how can you do good without going broke? “When blended together, business, academic scholarship and empathy provide an extraordinary force for change” adds Firoz Ladak, CEO of the Edmond de Rothschild Foundations.

Thus since 2009, the AdR Fellows through this unique design thinking model have engaged with a wide range of thinkers and practionners from universities such as Columbia, Cambridge, the University of Montreal, the School of Oriental and African Studies, the London School of Economics and Cornell.

This is what the AdR Fellowship is about: harnessing the entrepreneurial drive of mainly Jewish and Muslim social entrepreneurs to build sustainable impact and at the same time develop a new brand of dialogue and leadership.

The AdR Fellowship is:
Instrumental: in providing the tools that allow the AdR Fellows to think ‘outside the box’ – using their analytical skills to unravel the real issues behind the challenges they face and applying a multidisciplinary approach to design solutions for their projects.
Conceptual: in contributing to the understanding of global issues, reframing debates and understanding history, politics and business theory.
Transformative: through capacity-building and personal development.

Annenberg-Oxford Media Policy Summer Institute 2016 (UK)


The Center for Global Communication Studies at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania and the  Programme for Comparative Media Law and Policy at the University of Oxford (PCMLP) are pleased to invite applications to the 18th annual Annenberg-Oxford Media Policy Summer Institute, to be held from Monday, June 27 to Friday, July 8, 2016 at the University of Oxford.

For seventeen years, the Institute has brought together top early career communications scholars, media lawyers and regulators, internet governance experts, and freedom of expression and human rights activists from countries around the world to discuss the effects of technology and policy from a global and multidisciplinary perspective. The Summer Institute provides participants with an intensive two week interdisciplinary curriculum that combines expert instruction from media policymakers and scholars with hands-on activities such as stakeholder mapping, policy analysis, group case studies, and participant presentations.

The 2016 Annenberg-Oxford Summer Institute seeks applicants whose research or work is related to the relationship between international media laws and national jurisdictions, online censorship and surveillance, the role of the media in political change and conflict, strategic communications and propaganda, online extremism and social media, and global internet governance processes. Applications are welcomed from students studying communications, sociology, political science, international relations, area studies, anthropology, information studies, and  related disciplines. Practitioners working in
media, law, policy, regulation, and technology are also encouraged to apply.

Preparing, motivating, and supporting students and practitioners who aspire to pursue a career in media policy, the Annenberg-Oxford Institute endeavors to broaden and expand the pool of talented young scholars engaged in media studies and to connect these individuals to elite scholars and practitioners from around the world. The Institute’s alumni are a vibrant group who continue to engage in the program, collaborate through network ties, and have become leaders at the top national and international nonprofits, advocacy organizations, government agencies, corporations, and academic institutions. Recent past Institutes have included participants from India, Kenya, Brazil, the Philippines, Jordan, Turkey, Pakistan, China, Italy, Israel, Colombia, Iran, Myanmar, South Sudan, and Nigeria.

The application for the 2016 Summer Institute is now open and can be found here. The deadline for all applications is Monday April 4, 2016 at 5:00 PM EST. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis before the deadline, so please submit as soon as possible.

Several partial scholarships are available to top applicants. For more information about the program and the application, please see our FAQ page.

CFP Online Discourse, Talk & Interaction (UK)

Call for papers
4th International, Interdisciplinary Symposium: Microanalysis Of Online Data (MOOD-S)
Media City UK, University of Salford, UK | 15th-16th September 2016

The Microanalysis Of Online Data (MOOD) network is an interdisciplinary group of scholars who explore theoretical and methodological issues related to the study of online discourse and interaction. In particular, we are interested in developing novel methods that are tailored towards multimodal environments, including talk, text, images, sound and video.

The two keynote speakers for the 2016 symposium are:
Professor William Housley, Cardiff University
Dr Janet Smithson, University of Exeter

We invite proposals for paper presentations that address theoretical and methodological issues related to the analysis of online discourse and interaction. We particularly encourage submissions related to the following topics:
• The application of conversation analysis and a range of discourse analyses, including – but not limited to – interactional sociolinguistics, pragmatics, Foucauldian discourse analysis, systemic functional linguistics and ethnomethodology, to the study of online interaction
• Methodological challenges related to carrying out micro-analyses of online discourse and interaction in textual and multi-modal environments
• Theoretical and methodological considerations around analysing online talk, text and interaction e.g., addressing how video, audio and images can be analysed alongside more traditional forms of computer-mediated communication
• New and innovative ways of collecting online data suitable for micro-analysis
• Ethical dilemmas inherent to the study of online textual and visual interaction

Submission instructions:
Proposals (max. 500 words excl. references) for presentations (15 minutes) should be submitted as Word documents to mood.organizers@gmail.com by 29th February 2016. Please include the full title of your proposed paper, institutional affiliation, and contact information (including email). Decisions will be made by the end of April 2016.

We also invite proposals for data sessions using data from any online platform e.g., online forums, games, Wikipedia, Twitter. For proposals for data sessions please send a brief description of your data and some indication of your particular interest in this data (max 500 words). These should also be submitted as Word documents via email by 29th February 2016.

Media & Governance in Latin America – an IAMCR 2016 pre-conference

Media & Governance in Latin America: Past, present and future of communication in the region
An International Association for Media and Communication Research IAMCR 2016 pre-conference

Description: The pre-conference will explore the connections between the media and models of governance in Latin America and the Caribbean, from both a comparative and an interdisciplinary perspective, paying particular attention to changes in the communication patterns of governments, interest groups, journalists and news organizations, NGOs and civil society. We are interested in paper presentations exploring empirical, theoretical and methodological issues connected to research on media and communications in the region, and raising issues about how Latin American scholarly traditions, approaches and cases can better dialogue and inform academic debates of global relevance.

Location: School of Media and Communication, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK

Date and time: 25-26 July 2016

Contact: conference.mediagovla@gmail.com

Organisers: Dr Jairo Lugo-Ocando and Antonio Brambila (University of Leeds), and Ximena Orchard and Sara Garcia Santamaria (University of Sheffield)

Oxford University job ad: Research Fellow in Qualitative Audience Research (UK)

Research Fellow (Qualitative Audience Research)

The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism (RISJ) in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford is seeking to appoint a researcher to work for one year as part of a larger project aimed at analysing media developments in a sample of more than twenty European countries, with a particular emphasis on digital media, news, and politics.

The purpose of the larger project is to develop a better understanding of media developments in these countries (and their implications), including the interplay between analogue and digital media and the relation between news provision and news consumption. The project output includes both academic publications and publications oriented primarily at media industry professionals, practicing journalists, and policy-maker audiences.

The person appointed to this one-year position will primarily be working with RISJ Director of Research, Dr Rasmus Kleis Nielsen, on a specific piece of qualitative research using interviews and other methods to understand why a significant minority of people—about 7% in the UK— largely seem to avoid news even as they are surrounded by an abundance of easily available content and by media organizations that actively seek their attention. The work will be part of the wider project, which expands our ongoing, annual Reuters Institute Digital News Report. The role is specifically tied to the issue of news avoidance but will also include working with the wider project team including the principal investigators, the project coordinator, a team of other Oxford-based researchers, as well as a wider network of outside partners from both the academy and the media industry as part of the larger project. The position is an exceptional chance to be part of one of the largest international studies of news media use in the world.

This post is based on fixed-term full-time contract terms at the Reuters Institute, 13 Norham Gardens, Oxford, and is available immediately.

The successful candidate will be able to undertake advanced survey research and qualitative analysis and have attained a PhD/DPhil or equivalent experience in a substantive area of political or other social science including journalism/media studies, or be near completion of doctoral research. Candidates will also require excellent editing and communication skills (verbal and written) to demonstrate a potential to write at an international level.

Applications for this vacancy are to be made online, quoting reference 121546.
Closing date for applications is noon (UK time) Monday 25th January 2016.  Applications received after the closing date cannot be considered.
Applications must be made through the university website.

CFP Frontiers and borders of superdiversity (UK)

Frontiers and borders of superdiversity: theory, method and practice
International Conference, Birmingham 23-24 June 2016

The unprecedented speed, scale and spread of international migration and the global refugee crisis have firmly placed migration at the top of the political agenda in Europe and elsewhere and further increased the diversification of diversity that Vertovec describes as superdiversity. Researchers have an important role to play in producing empirically informed knowledge, unpacking discourses and narratives on migration and diversification, developing new methods and theories to advance understanding of a rapidly changing and increasingly complex society.

To date much academic research on superdiversity has been focusing on specific localities in which people of different backgrounds meet and interact. The concept of superdiversity needs to expand these earlier works on local social relations by way of looking at what kinds of categorical differences make a difference in varying contexts and scales.

The aim of the conference is to map the state of the art in knowledge on superdiversity and reflect on the analytical and heuristic uses of the concept, its potential and limits.
Invitation to submit

The Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRiS) at the University of Birmingham is organising the second international interdisciplinary conference on superdiversity. The conference will be held at University of Birmingham on the 23 -24 June 2016. It will feature keynote speeches, invited plenaries, academic panels, and a research/policy roundtable on topics at the forefront of the superdiversity research agenda.
We are inviting paper and panel submissions on the following themes:
• The migration and refugee crisis and changing demographies in Europe
• Diasporized and creolized worlds: superdiversity and transnationalism
• Urban complexity and experiences of place
• Axes of differentiation and politics of difference
• Private and public interactions and encounters
• Policy, rights, service delivery and citizenship
• Xenophobia, racism and social exclusion
• Identity, representations and belonging
• Researching and (re)presenting superdiversity
• Superdiversity, work and enterprise
• Gendering superdiversity

We welcome academics from a range of disciplines, including, but not exclusively, anthropology, sociology, social policy, geography, linguistics, history, psychology, economics, business, medicine, demography, politics, and development studies, policy makers and practitioners to submit innovative papers, and panel proposals.
Doctoral researchers are welcome to submit their work. The conference will be an opportunity for meeting early career researchers and senior academics working on superdiversity.

Submission Guidelines
Abstracts should be submitted electronically, using the online submission system by 15th January 2016.
 Paper submissions should include an abstract (max 250 words) and short biographical note (100 words) about the author including his/her current position and relevant experience related to superdiversity. Submission form for Papers
 Panel submissions should include the names of three speakers and a chairperson, an overview abstract (250 words) and an abstract for each associated paper (250 words). Submission form for Panels
Acceptance decisions will be communicated at the beginning of March 2016.
Presentation Format: The selected papers will be grouped by themes in parallel sessions. Each presentation will last 20 minutes and followed by 10 minutes discussion.
Conference Publications: Delegates will be offered the opportunity after the conference to submit their papers for consideration to be included in an edited book and/or journal special edition.

Other: Travel and accommodation expenses should be covered by the participants. However, there will be a limited number of registration fee bursaries for participants under exceptional circumstances.

Further info: please contact Ann Bolstridge, IRiS manager.

CFP Conference on Social Media & Society (London)

2016 International Conference on Social Media & Society (#SMSociety)
July 11-13, 2016
Goldsmiths, University of London, UK

Dec 23, 2015(extended!): Workshops/Tutorials/Panels
Jan 15, 2016: Full & WIP Papers
Mar 4, 2016: Poster Abstracts

Data, data everywhere. With faster computers and cheaper storage, bigger data sets are becoming abundant. Social media is a key source of big data in the form of user and system generated content. What do we do with all of the social data and how do we make sense of it? How does the use of social media platforms and the data that they generate change us, our organizations, and our society? What are the inherent challenges and issues associated with working with social media data? What obligations do we have as social media researchers to protect the privacy of the users? These are just a few questions that will be explored at the 2016 International Conference on Social Media & Society (#SMSociety).

Now, in its 7th year, the conference is an interdisciplinary academic conference focusing exclusively on social media research. The conference brings together top researchers and practitioners from academia and industry who are interested in studying and understanding social media impact and implications on society. This year’s conference offers an intensive three-day program comprising of workshops, tutorials, paper presentations, panel discussions, and posters covering wide-ranging topics related to social media research.

PUBLISHING OPPORTUNITIES: Full papers presented at the conference will be published in the Conference Proceedings by ACM International Conference Proceeding Series (ICPS). All accepted papers (full and WIP) will also be invited to submit their extended papers to Special Issues of Big Data & Society (BD&S) and American Behavioral Scientist (ABS) published by SAGE Publications.

2016 ISRF Early Career Researcher Essay Competition

ORGANIZER: Social Media Lab at the Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University, Canada

HOSTS & CO-ORGANIZERS: Big Data & Society Journal (BD&S) and the Centre for Creative & Social Technologies (CAST) at Goldsmiths, University of London, UK

Social Media & Big Data
*         Data Visualization
*         Analytics & Data Mining
*         Scalability Issues
*         APIs
*         Data Curation
*         Virality & Memes
*         Big and Small Data
*         Ethics
*         Privacy, Surveillance, & Security

Social Media Impact on Society
*         Politics
*         Journalism
*         Sports
*         Health
*         Public Administration
*         Business (Marketing, PR, HR, Risk Management, etc.)
*         Sharing Economy / Crowdsourcing
*         Academia (Alternative Metrics, Learning Analytics, etc.)
*        Mobile

Theories & Methods
*         Qualitative Approaches
*         Quantitative Approaches
*         Opinion Mining & Sentiment Analysis
*         Social Network Analysis
*         Theoretical Models

Online / Offline Communities
*         Case Studies of Online or Offline Communities
*         Trust & Credibility
*         Online Community Detection
*         Measuring Influence
*         Online Identity (Gender, Private Self/Public Self)

2016 #SMSociety Organizing Committee:
Anatoliy Gruzd & Philip Mai, Ryerson University, Canada
Jenna Jacobson, University of Toronto, Canada
Dhiraj Murthy & Evelyn Ruppert, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK

2016 #SMSociety Conference Advisor:
Barry Wellman, University of Toronto, Canada

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