SOAS U London: 2 Postdocs in Pan-African Frontiers (UK)

2 Postdoctoral Researchers: Pan-African Frontiers, Politics & International Studies, SOAS, University of London, UK. Deadline: 14 October 2022.

The Department of Politics and International Studies, SOAS University of London, is looking for two Postdoctoral Researchers in ‘Regional Security in Africa’ and ‘African and Caribbean identities in the UK,’ as part of Pan-African frontiers. This is a highly collaborative and multi-disciplinary project led by Dr Daniel Mulugeta, exploring contemporary intellectual and policy discourse around pan-Africanism. The project intends to understand how to approach ideas from Africa and African diasporas. The research involves in-depth fieldwork in multiple counties, as well as engagement with policy stakeholders and partners in Africa and the UK over the whole period of the post. The project will be hosted by a new Centre for Pan-African Studies at the Department of Politics and International Studies.

The two postdoctoral researchers will be a core part of a team and will each carry out independent research programmes under the direction of the PI, involving substantial periods of fieldwork in Africa and/or the UK. Due to the multi-country and collaborative nature of the project, the postdoctoral researchers must be prepared to undertake international travel. They will be responsible for organising workshops, seminars and conferences in Africa and/or the UK. They will be expected to contribute to the design, conduct and dissemination of research, contribute to any work that increases the impact of the project, and co-lead the monitoring and evaluation of the project’s research impact.

Covid-19: International Perspectives and Transnational Collaboration

EventsCovid-19: International Perspectives and Transnational Collaboration, Institute of Modern Languages Research, School of Advanced Study, University of London, London, UK (Online), 22 April 2021, 18:00-19:30 BST.

During a ‘global’ pandemic, the capacity to learn from the experience of others and share knowledge across borders is essential. Responses to Covid-19 have varied markedly across the globe. The differences in the approaches taken are due to systemic political and economic conditions, but also to cultural and historical factors. One lesson that has emerged clearly is that only a joint transnational effort will enable us to respond efficiently and decisively to the threat of an illness that knows no borders. In this panel discussion, Humanities scholars of languages and cultures will reflect on the handling of the pandemic in their cultural/geographic area of expertise – and suggest lessons to be learned from other nations. They will then go on to explore the place of creative and cultural production in building a more transnationally interlinked post-Covid world – as well as the contributions to be made by research in the Humanities, and specifically Modern Languages.

All are welcome to attend this free event, starting at 6pm BST. The joining link for the online event will be sent out to all those registered prior to the event.

U London PHD Studentship: Multilingualism (UK)

“Studentships“PHD Studentship offered by Consortium of the Humanities and the Arts South-East England, based at SOAS, University of London: Multilingualism in perspective: Language practices, identities and ideologies in the Sylheti community in Tower Hamlets, London. Deadline extended to 17 May 2019.

Applications invited for a fully funded PhD study in collaboration with the Osmani Trust, based at the Osmani Centre (Tower Hamlets, London), with academic supervision at SOAS and at Goldsmiths, University of London (both partners in the Consortium of the Humanities and the Arts South-East England (CHASE)).  The PhD will focus on language practices, identities and ideologies in the Sylheti community in Tower Hamlets, London. The main criterion is that the candidate should have an interest in Sylheti and a commitment to community engagement. Candidates should ideally have some competence in Sylheti, or be willing to learn Sylheti; if necessary, language training will be provided through mentoring by fluent speakers. We are particularly interested in candidates with a specialisation in the sociolinguistics of multilingualism and diversity. The PhD is already partially defined in terms of data source and broad theoretical orientation, but the student will be able to put their own stamp on it. The studentship is available to UK/EU citizens, for both full-time and part-time study.

U London PHD Studentships: Impact of Religion & Belief in Britain

FellowshipsPhD Studentships: Impact of Religion And Belief In Modern British LifeGoldsmiths, University of London, Deadline: July 14, 2017

The Faiths and Civil Society Unit at Goldsmiths, University of London and William Temple Foundation are pleased to announce the creation of five full-time and fully funded Ph.D studentships to explore the role and impact of religion and belief in modern British life. William Temple was Archbishop of Canterbury in the early 1940s whose theological and political thought and national leadership were instrumental in the creation the post-war universal and comprehensive welfare state. Indeed the ‘welfare state’ was a phrase he coined.

Successful applicants will co-design and curate one public impact event each year (at Goldsmiths, University of London or elsewhere – as appropriate) highlighting their research methodologies and or findings, as well as contributing regular blogs and social media feeds for both FCSU and WT Foundation platforms.

Applications are invited from potential researchers in the following areas:

  • Faith-based social enterprise and its contribution to current debates and practices about the efficacy of the social enterprise model for economic and community/relational regeneration.
  • Non-religious forms of belonging and belief as generators of social capital and community resilience.
  • Progressive localism: Comparative partnerships between local authorities and faith sector and implications for both renewed democracy, inclusion and a performative apologetics.
  • Christian/faith based environmental movements in the UK and emerging critical theologies of the environment.
  • Women-curated spaces of Christian/Muslim dialogue and their impacts on both internal (religious) and external (social/civic/political) structures as well as methodologies of dialogue and cohesion.

Each PhD scholarship is for a total of £25,170 over three years to cover fees (£4,195 per annum) and maintenance (£4,195 per annum). This opportunity is open to home/EU applicants.

Newton International Fellowships (UK)

Newton International FellowshipsThe deadline for expressions of interest for the 2017-18 round is 22nd February 2017

All School of Advanced Study, University of London member institutes welcome proposals from suitably qualified applicants for the Newton International Fellowships scheme. These enable early-stage postdoctoral researchers from any country outside UK to work at UK research institutions with the aim of fostering long-term international collaborations.

Applicants must have a PhD, or be in the final stages of their PhD, provided it will be completed by the start of the fellowship. Fellowships are tenable for up to two years. They include a subsistence award of up to £24,000 per year, up to £8,000 per year for research expenses and a one-off payment of up to £2,000 for relocation expenses. Further specifications are available on the British Academy (for humanities and social sciences) and the Royal Society (for natural sciences) websites.

Deadline: Wednesday, 22nd March 2017.

Process: Expressions of interest must be sent to the relevant institute director (CC research AT by 22nd February 2017.

Once approved, the application process will be coordinated by the School research service.



U London Job Ad: Sociolinguistics (UK)

Lecturer A/B in Sociolinguistics
Birkbeck, University of LondonApplied Linguistics and Communication
Deadline: March 2, 2017

The Department of Applied Linguistics and Communication in the School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy invites applicants for a lectureship with a track record and relatively extensive experience in the research area of Sociolinguistics. We would welcome applicants with expertise in the study of sociolinguistics in multilingual and intercultural contexts.

U London Job Ad: Lecturer in Marketing (UK)

Lecturer in Marketing
Royal Holloway, University of London – School of Management
Closes: 9th February 2017

Applications are invited for the position of Lecturer in Marketing. The successful applicant will join the Marketing subject group. Applicants will contribute to high quality research and teaching in order to consolidate and advance the School’s strong national and international standing.

We wish to appoint a scholar, educated at doctoral level, with an emerging research profile. The successful candidate will also contribute to our leading research in any one or more of the following research themes:
• Critical and historical perspectives on management
Intercultural and international perspectives on management
• Knowledge and organisational learning
• Sustainability, responsibility and ethics
• Working life

Applicants are expected to have a developing track record of good quality research outputs published in peer-reviewed outlets, and the potential to further develop this record, in one or more of the above areas. We encourage candidates with a background in quantitative research methods to apply.

This is a full-time and permanent post, available from March 2017. The post is based in Egham, Surrey where the College is situated in a beautiful, leafy campus near to Windsor Great Park and within commuting distance of London.

To arrange an informal discussion about the post, please contact Dr Sameer Hosany, Head of the Marketing Subject Group at Sameer.Hosany AT

To view further details of this post and to apply please visit The RHUL Recruitment Team can be contacted with queries by email at: Please quote the reference: 1216-379. Interview Date: Interviews will take place on Thursday 23rd February 2017

The College is committed to equality and diversity, and encourages applications from all sections of the community.

Language and Conflict: Politics of Language and Identity across Contexts (London)

Call for Papers
Language and Conflict: Politics of Language and Identity across Contexts
School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London
20th May 2016

Call Deadline: 25-Mar-2016

This one day workshop brings together scholars and graduate students working on the role of language in on-going and post-conflict contexts. Examples could include (but are not limited to) the Middle East, Africa, the Balkans, and Western Europe, including diaspora and migration contexts.

The workshop aims at exploring the intersection of language and conflict on several levels, stressing the role of language and identity:
– Firstly, a micro level with a particular focus on the interactional construction or discourse of conflict (and resolution)
– Secondly, we focus on the macro structures of conflict, drawing on processes of language policies and revitalization in such contexts
– Thirdly, we focus on the potential role of languages in inter-community, intra-community or social cohesion.

We welcome papers from fields such as:
– Sociolinguistics
– Linguistic Anthropology
– Critical/ Discourse Analysis
– Political Science
– Conflict, Peace, Violence and Development Studies
Interdisciplinary studies are especially welcome.

This event is a one-day workshop with an opening keynote presentation by Prof. Hilary Footitt, University of Reading, followed by presentations by selected speakers (max. 20), in parallel sessions. Each of the presenters would have 20 minutes for the talk, plus 10 minutes for questions.

We invite 20-mintute-long papers contributing to the debate on the relationship between language and conflict contested on interactional and policy-based dimensions.

Submissions of 300-word abstracts should be sent to the Organising Committee: Birgul Yilmaz and Dr. Julia Sallabank.

The deadline for submissions is: 25th March 2016.
Accepted speakers will be notified on: 10th April 2016.
*Attendance to this workshop is free.

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

Moving Memories: Remembering Conflict, Protest & Social Unrest in Connected Times (London)

*Moving Memories. Remembering and Reviving Conflict, Protest and Social Unrest in Connected Times*

The one-day seminar explores the role memories play in contemporary political conflicts, protest movements and social unrest that have become increasingly conducted through connective and ubiquitous media. It assembles a rich array of scholarly work and participatory experiences with regard to the impact of past beliefs, tactics and bonds in current times of struggle and rebellion, in terms of remembering past and reviving novel conflicts. It does so with a special focus on the production and circulation of memories for protest via digital technologies, new media and art. The day will end with a round-table discussion and book launch entitled ‘Art Activism in Post-Dictatorship Argentina’

Organized by: Jordana Blejmar (IMLR/University of Liverpool), Andrea Hajek (University of Glasgow), Christine Lohmeier (University of Munich) & Christian Pentzold (Technische Universität Chemnitz/Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society, Berlin). Sponsored by: The Institute for Modern Languages Research (IMLR), the Institute of Latin American Studies (ILAS), University of London, and the Unit for Global Justice Funds, Goldsmiths
Date: 27 November 2014, 10:00 – 17:00
Place: School of Advanced Study, University of London, Room 243,
Senate House, University of London, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

Free and open to all but to attend the seminar please register with Christine Lohmeier.

The full programme and information about the talks and speakers can be accessed from here.

Welcome and Introduction: Katia Pizzi (IMLR/Centre for the Study of Cultural Memory)

Andrea Hajek, Christine Lohmeier and Christian Pentzold – Movements, media and memory: Building blocks of a moving relation

Keynote lecture: Joanne Garde-Hansen (University of Warwick) – Iconomy and Memory: on remembering as digital, civic and corporate currency in Brazil and the UK in a time of social protest

Panel 1: Memory and Activism in Southern Europe
Andrea Hajek (University of Glasgow) – The witches are back! Mediating memories of second-wave feminism in contemporary Italy
Ruth Sanz Sabido (Canterbury Christ Church University) – Selective memories: Memory and anti- austerity protests in Spain
Respondent: Bart Cammaerts (LSE)

Panel 2: Memory and Mobilization in Eastern Europe
Félix Krawatzek (Nuffield College, University of Oxford) – Restaging Russia’s controversial past: memory in political youth mobilization
Rolf Fredheim (Girton College, University of Cambridge) – August 1991 and the memory of communism in Russia
Respondent: Terhi Rantanen (LSE)

Closing round
Pollyanna Ruiz (University of Sussex) – Technology, activism and the dynamics of intergenerational memory
Respondent: Marianne Franklin (Goldsmiths)

Roundtable and book launch – Vikki Bell’s The Art of Post-dictatorship: Ethics and Aesthetics in Transitional Argentina (Routledge, 2014)
Chair: Jordana Blejmar

Vikki Bell (Goldsmiths, University of London) – Post-dictatorship, before memory: Ethics & in/aesthetics
Graciela Sacco (Visual Artist) – Admissible tension
Mara Polgovsky Ezcurra (University of Cambridge) – Nudities: León Ferrari’s political bodies and/in intimate exposure
Claudia Fontes (Visual Artist) – Citizens, tourists and idiots

A wine reception will conclude the day.

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