U Otago: Communication Studies (New Zealand)

“Job2 Lecturers in Communication Studies, Media, Film, and Communication Program, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. Deadline: May 23, 2021.

The University of Otago is seeking to appoint two outstanding Lecturers to join the Media, Film, and Communication Programme. These roles are full-time, permanent (confirmation path) positions. Both Lecturers will teach primarily into the Communication Studies area.

The positions provide the opportunity to work within a strong and forward-looking programme dedicated to excellence in teaching and research, as well as a spirit of collegiality. The successful candidate will contribute to teaching and curriculum development at undergraduate level, be involved in postgraduate supervision, and carry out a programme of independent research.

People in this role will be expected to make a strong contribution to several of the following areas of the developing curriculum:

  • Critical communication and cultural theory
  • News media
  • Advertising and consumer culture
  • Intercultural communication
  • Surveillance studies
  • Environmental communication
  • Writing for the media
  • Indigenous or intersectional approaches.

They particularly welcome applications from Māori and Pasifika scholars with research interests in any area of Communication Studies, in particular Indigenous and/or intersectional approaches. The Media, Film, and Communication Programme is committed to strengthening its curriculum and research in mātauranga Māori and Pasifika and to supporting the University of Otago’s Māori Strategic Framework and Pacific Strategic Framework.

CFP Space, Race, Bodies Conference (New Zealand)

Space, Race, Bodies: Geocorpographies of the City, Nation and Empire is a forthcoming conference hosted by the Department of Media, Film and Communication (MFCO), the Postcolonial Studies Research Network (PSRN) and the Somatechnics Research Network (University of Arizona) at the University of Otago between the 8-10th December, 2014. The title of the conference is taken from Joseph Pugliese’s ground-breaking work on technologies of surveillance, law and terrorism. The conceptual merging of the corporeal body with geography—geocorpographies—draws attention to the institutional, cultural and legal forces that influence the global movement of people, capital and technology across cities and national borders.

Space, Race, Bodies will be the first Somatechnics conference held in New Zealand. The Somatechnics Research Network (SRN) facilitates connections between a vast array of scholars and institutions producing research on bodies and technology. SRN has fostered a truly interdisciplinary field of inquiry that includes the biological sciences, sport, gender and sexuality studies, media, film and music studies and postcolonial studies.

The Postcolonial Studies Research Network (PSRN) brings together an interdisciplinary group of established and emerging scholars whose research engages with a range of aspects of postcoloniality. These include the historical cultures of empire, and the contemporary cultural politics of indigeneity, of (post)colonial settlement, and of the diasporic condition.

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University of Otago 2014

Constructing Frames flyerOn March 21, 2014 I presented “Constructing frames: Goffman, Bateson, and frame analysis as a neglected part of social construction theory” at the University of Otago, in Dunedin, New Zealand. This was my second talk at Otago (description of the first was posted in 2012). Last time I was hosted by the Department of Languages and Cultures; this time by Media, Film and Communication.

Despite meeting late on a Friday afternoon, there was a large crowd, so local dedication to scholarly conversations is impressive. A personal first for me was having someone, in this case Rosemary Overell, tweet about my talk as it was occurring.

The fact that faculty and graduate students from across the campus attended on a Friday afternoon was even more impressive. In addition to multiple members of the Media, Film and Communication department, I talked to people from Theatre Studies, Sociology, Anthropology, Tourism, German, the Higher Education Development Centre, Applied Sciences, the Centre for Science Communication, and several other parts of the university.

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Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz and Michael Bourk

My thanks to my host, Michael Bourk, who organized the event, to Vijay Devadas, Head of Department, who supported it with a generous reception and dinner, and to department staff members Maureen and Paulette for managing the details. In the days before and after the talk, I met with several graduate students and faculty members about a variety of other subjects, ranging from intercultural communication to ethnographic methods. I look forward to continued conversations on these and other topics, and hope to have the chance to visit the University of Otago again in the future.

Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz, Director
Center for Intercultural Dialogue

U Otago job ad tourism faculty

Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor in Tourism-1302076

We are seeking applications from research active staff at the level of Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor in Tourism. This vacancy offers applicants the opportunity to join the staff of the well-established and progressive Department of Tourism, at the University of Otago.

Applicants for the position of Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor must hold a PhD and have a demonstrated record of publication in high quality academic journals. Candidates who have the capability to teach events management and/or tourism product development will be viewed favourably. Applicants who demonstrate a capacity to work with industry are especially welcome to apply. All applicants should be able to demonstrate a clear commitment to team work and the ability to enhance the teaching, learning and research environment of the Department of Tourism. Experience in supervision of postgraduate students is also a critical component to this position.

The successful applicant will have the opportunity to continue developing their academic career in a vibrant and dynamic tourism context.  Tourism is a cornerstone of the New Zealand economy and is of great significance to New Zealand’s environment and society. The Department is located in the South Island’s southern tourism region which includes Queenstown, the Central Otago Lakes region and Fiordland which are famed for adventure and wildlife tourism products, ski fields, extensive alpine national parks, and indigenous Maori tourism enterprises, among other things. Dunedin is a harbour city of outstanding Victorian heritage set adjacent to the Otago Peninsula and its unique marine wildlife. It offers a temperate climate and an excellent quality of life.

The preferred starting date for the successful applicant will be mid 2014 to late 2014 (start date will be open to negotiation).

Specific enquiries may be directed to Associate Professor Hazel Tucker, Head of Department, contact details below.

Applications quoting reference number 1302076 will close on Friday, 31 January 2014.

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Location About Dunedin

Primary Location: NZL-SI-Dunedin
Employment Status: Permanent Full-time
Salary Level and Range Senior Lecturer / Senior Research Fellow ($94,832 to $109,669) or Associate Professor / Research Associate Professor ($124,079 to $136,888)
Organisation: Tourism
Job Function: Research and Teaching


University of Otago

On February 7, 2012 I presented “Integrating new technologies into higher education pedagogy in the United States: What problems do they solve? What problems do they create?” at the University of Otago, in Dunedin, New Zealand.

U of OtagoMy thanks to Dr. Masataka Yamaguchi, of the Department of Languages and Cultures, for organizing my talk, Prof. Simon Ryan, Head of that department, for hosting a faculty lunch, and David Paterno, a graduate student in Communication, for managing the logistics of my stay.

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Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz, Masataka Yamaguchi, David Paterno

For those who have not yet visited Dunedin, the entire area is just stunning. I had the opportunity to see albatrosses, blue penguins, fur seals, and had a possible wild kiwi sighting on campus at Knox College. There are high cliffs at the edge of the ocean both north and south of Dunedin, and in center city is Baldwin Street, the steepest street in the world.

Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz, Director
Center for Intercultural Dialogue