U Pennsylvania 2 Job Ads: Communication & Culture

Job adsTenure and Tenure Track Professor of Communication in the Area of Communication and Culture at University of Pennsylvania

The University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication is seeking to fill one tenured (Associate Professor or Full Professor) and one tenure track (Assistant Professor) faculty position in the area of “communication and culture.” Preference will be given to scholars whose research and teaching include innovative approaches to the study of gender, sexuality, race, and/or ethnicity, as well as those whose work includes a global, transnational, or comparative dimension. Specific areas of focus may include but are not limited to algorithmic culture and platform studies; mobility and migration; technology and identity; and digital culture production. We are searching for candidates who address these or other issues using qualitative methods.

To receive full consideration, applications should be received by Monday, September 4, 2017.

Annenberg-Oxford Media Policy Summer Institute 2016 (UK)

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS:
2016 ANNENBERG-OXFORD MEDIA POLICY SUMMER INSTITUTE

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.

Symbolic Dimensions of Mediated Activism in Inter-Asia

Symbolic Dimensions of Mediated Activism in Inter-Asia
9/26/2014 Daylong PARGC, Penn SAS, SSRC Symposium

Location: Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA, Room 108
From 8:30 AM To 5:00 PM

A symposium presented by the Social Science Research Council. Co-sponsored by PARGC of the Annenberg School for Communication and Department of Sociology of the School of Arts and Sciences, University of Pennsylvania.

About the Symposium:

Symbolic Dimensions of Mediated Activism in Inter-Asia is one of many workshop discussions organized as part of the SSRC’s Transregional Virtual Research Institute (TVRI) on “Media, Activism, and the New Political in InterAsia.” Directed by Guobin Yang, this daylong workshop will explore, through comparative and historical discussions, the empirical, theoretical, and methodological issues in the analysis of the production, circulation, and impact of icons and symbols of protest and opposition in inter-Asia (China, India, and MENA). Our goal is to understand the discursive and symbolic connections and interactions of mediated activism in inter-Asia. In popular imagination, incidents of dissent and popular protest are often remembered for some critical moments with great symbolic value – the storming of the Bastille, the tank man in Tiananmen Square, the death of Neda Agha-Soltan in Iran. How are they preserved, passed down and absorbed into the repertoires of contention? How are new political symbols created and disseminated? What is the role of social media? Under what conditions do local and national political symbols become trans-local and trans-national? How do global media spectacles impinge on regional and local mobilization? These are some of the questions we will explore in this conference.

Speakers include:
Payal Arora (Erasmus University Rotterdam)
Radha Hegde (NYU)
Annemarie Iddins (University of Michigan)
Min Jiang (UNC-Charlotte)
Joe Khalil (Northwestern University in Qatar)
Marwan Kraidy (University of Pennsylvania)
Wazhmah Osman (Temple University)
Aswin Punathambekar (University of Michigan)
Steven Schrag (University of Pennsylvania)
Guobin Yang (University of Pennsylvania)
Elaine Yuan (UI-Chicago)

Please email rsvp@asc.upenn.edu to RSVP

U Pennsylvania job ad in digital culture

Tenure track assistant professor in the area of digital culture at Annenberg School for Communication

The University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication seeks to hire a tenure track assistant professor in the area of digital culture, to begin fall semester 2015. Applicants’ research and teaching should contribute to grounded theories of the relationship between digital media and ongoing cultural and socio-political transformations.

Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in Communication or related fields by the start of appointment.  Candidates who add to our School and University’s diversity are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania is a graduate school of communication theory and research, with 20 full-time faculty and approximately 80 doctoral students representing a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds and interests. The faculty also has primary responsibility for an undergraduate communication major within the School of Arts and Sciences.

Submit letter of interest, curriculum vitae, three names of references, and three articles, chapters or other research to Professor Michael X. Delli Carpini, Dean, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania via email. To be considered applications must be postmarked no later than October 3, 2014.

For more information and instructions on applying visit
http://facultysearches.provost.upenn.edu/postings/238

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Project for Advanced Research in Global Communication

 

PARGC Presents Inaugural PARGC Press Paper by Michael Curtin

The Project for Advanced Research in Global Communication (PARGC) is pleased to present PARGC Paper 1, the inaugural publication of PARGC Press, entitled In the Shadow of Official Ambition: National Media Policy Confronts Global Media Capital.

Michael Curtin gave PARGC’s Inaugural Distinguished Lecture in Global Communication at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania, on September 18, 2013— less than three months after PARGC’s founding on July 1, 2013.

The Publication of the lecture as PARGC Paper 1 inaugurates a new venture, PARGC Press, dedicated to publishing PARGC papers and co-publishing books resulting from PARGC symposia.

PARGC Paper 1 draws on Curtin’s current book project, Media Capital, which compares cities that have become centers of the global film and television industries, such as Bombay, Lagos, and Miami. In the paper, Curtin explores the implications of Chinese cultural policy within the broader context of media globalization, providing a framework for understanding the logics of media capital and the challenges confronting national governments, making comparisons to Arab, African, and Indian media, reflecting on the prospects for creativity and diversity in film and television.

Download here: http://bit.ly/1kqlBZ0

Contact:
Marina Krikorian
Project Coordinator
Project for Advanced Research in Global Communication
The Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania

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Project for Advanced Research in Global Communication

PARGC 2014 Symposium
The Revolutionary Public Sphere: Contention, Communication and Culture in the Arab Uprisings

The Project for Advanced Research in Global Communication is proud to present the Inaugural PARGC Symposium:
The Revolutionary Public Sphere: Contention, Communication and Culture in the Arab Uprisings
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Annenberg School for Communication
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA

The popular rebellions that have swept Arab countries since December 2010 have spawned an active field of insurrectionary cultural production. Scholars from around the world will gather at the Annenberg School for PARGC’s inaugural symposium. Putting primary sources in dialogue with theory, we seek to understand aesthetic experimentation and stylistic innovation in this revolutionary public sphere. Together, we will strive to shed light on the ways in which various revolutionary and counter-revolutionary activists and regimes have attracted, upheld, and directed popular attention to themselves and to their opponents. Our exploration of contention, communication and culture in the Arab uprisings will yield conceptual tools to understand revolutionary public spheres at large.

Speakers & Topics:
Yakein Abdelmagid (Duke University): Independent music production in Cairo
Omar Al-Ghazzi (University of Pennsylvania): The symbol of Omar al-Mukhtar in the Libyan uprising
Anahi Alviso-Marino (Université Paris-1 Panthéon-Sorbonne): Contentious politics and street art in Yemen
Walter Armbrust (University of Oxford): Egypt’s June 30th rebellion as social drama
Donatella Della Ratta (University of Pennsylvania): Syrian internet memes and the politics of cultural (re)production
Tarek El-Ariss (University of Texas, Austin): Literary writing and violence in the Arab Spring
Nouri Gana (University of California, Los Angeles): Rap music in the Tunisian revolution
Nour Halabi (University of Pennsylvania): Hezbollah logos and carnivalesque humor in revolutionary times
Adel Iskandar (Georgetown University): The politics of memes in revolutionary Egypt
Marc Owen Jones (University of Durham): Satire and social media in the Bahrain uprising
Amal Khalaf (Serpentine Galleries): The Pearl Roundabout and public space in Bahrain
Shayna Silverstein (University of Pennsylvania): Syrian revolutionary music and the politics of memory
Jakob Skovgaard-Petersen (University of Copenhagen): Revolutionary and Islamic content in Ramadan musalsalat (long TV drama)
Leila Tayeb (Northwestern University): Utopian impulses in Libyan revolutionary performances
Edward Ziter (New York University): The anecdotal in Syrian oppositional theatre

Contact:
Marina Krikorian
Project Coordinator
Project for Advanced Research in Global Communication
The Annenberg School for Communication
University of Pennsylvania

CFP ICTs, Governance & Peacebuilding in Africa

Call for chapter proposals: ICTs, Governance & Peacebuilding in Africa

New information technologies (ICTs) such as mobile phones hold great potential to affect peacebuilding, statebuilding, governance, transparency, and accountability in Africa. ICTs ubiquity and ability to interact with older media enables citizens to experiment with innovative ways of influencing politics.  Despite strong assertions in the existing research regarding the usefulness of ICTs (and media more generally) in political and post-conflict transition, governance, and development, there is very little understanding of how people and communities in Africa actually use these ICTs, and how these uses contribute to governance and peacebuilding.

The Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania and the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy at the University of Oxford are currently seeking papers for a forthcoming workshop and an edited volume. Authors are asked to provide critical analyses of how the public uses, makes sense of, and engages with ICTs, and the relationship between ICTs, the public, and governance or peacebuilding. Strong preference will be given to chapters that provide empirical evidence for the arguments put forth. Analyses should be applicable to Africa, and chapters focused on Eastern Africa are especially welcome. Academics from African universities are particularly encouraged to apply.

Funding will be provided for successful authors to attend the workshop, which will be held either in New York, USA or Oxford, UK in June or July 2014.

For chapters incorporating empirical research, we are particularly interested in qualitative methodologies (case studies, ethnography, interviews, etc.) but all approaches are acceptable.

Contributions may focus on, but are not limited to:

• The use of crowd-sourcing in conflict-affected regions • The role of ICTs in accountability or transparency initiatives • Local perspectives on citizen ‘voice’ and the use of ICTs • The use of ICTs in transitional justice processes • The intersection or merging of old and new technologies to impact peacebuilding or governance • ICT innovation at the grassroots level

Abstracts (max. 2000 words) and author biography (max. 100 words) are due by March 6, 2014.

Please send abstracts, as well as any questions, to Libby Morgan.

Notification of selected authors: March 20, 2014
Deadline for submission of rough papers in APA format: June 15, 2014
Deadline for submission of final papers in APA format (6,000-8,000
words): August 15, 2014

This book is being funded by a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York and is part of a multi-year research project on ICTs, Statebuilding and Peacebuilding in Eastern Africa.

Annenberg-Oxford Media Policy Summer Institute 2014

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 16th annual Annenberg-Oxford Media Policy Summer Institute, to be held from Monday, June 30 to Friday, July 11, 2014 at the University of Oxford.

For the past sixteen years, the Annenberg-Oxford Media Policy Summer Institute has brought together young scholars, media lawyers, practitioners, regulators, and activists for two weeks to discuss important recent trends in technology and international politics and the influence that these developments have on global media policy. The objective of the program is to help prepare, motivate, encourage and support students and practitioners who aspire to pursue a career in communications media, may it be in academia, business or in policy-related fields. Participants come from around the world; countries represented at previous summer institutes include Myanmar, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iran, Kenya, China, Brazil, Egypt, Nigeria, Jordan, Italy, Iran, Colombia, El Salvador, among others.

Annenberg-Oxford alumni continue to engage in the program and collaborate through network ties that are furthered throughout the years. To learn more about past participants, speakers, and curricula, please click here.

Applications are welcomed from students and practitioners working in communications, media, law, policy, regulation, and technology. We are especially interested in applicants with specific research projects focusing on issues surrounding global internet policy and politics, media and peace-building, freedom of expression, and media development.

For questions, please email Laura Schwartz-Henderson. Limited funding is available for a select number of participants, although applicants are encouraged to seek alternative funding sources.

U Penn ASC job ad

The University of Pennsylvania‘s Annenberg School for Communication is seeking to fill a tenured or tenure track faculty position (open rank) in “digital culture” to begin fall semester 2014.  Preference will be given to early and mid-career scholars whose research and teaching contribute to field, interpretive, and/or critical approaches to the study of culture and its intersection with digital media such as the internet, social media, mobile media, virtual reality, online games, user-generated sites, and/or location-aware media. The specific cultural practices or objects of study are open and could include cultural production, digital design, technoculture, global culture and transnational flows, gender, race and ethnicity, surveillance studies, and/or intellectual property.

Applicants must hold a Ph.D. (in Communication or a related field or discipline) and have a strong record of teaching and research. Responsibilities include conducting a program of research and publication, teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels (including supervising doctoral dissertations), and contributing service to the school and university.

The Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania is a graduate school of communication theory and research, with 18 full-time faculty and approximately 80 doctoral students representing a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds and interests. The faculty also has primary responsibility for an undergraduate communication major within the School of Arts and Sciences.

Submit letter of interest, curriculum vitae, three names of references, and up to three articles, chapters or other research to Professor Michael X. Delli Carpini, Dean, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania via http://facultysearches.provost.upenn.edu/postings/8. To receive full consideration, applications should be received by September 16, 2013.

The University of Pennsylvania is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

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Santoi Wagner-microgrant report

NCA Micro Grant Report
Santoi Wagner, University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Eun Sung Park and Dr. Santoi Wagner
Drs. Eun Sung Park and Santoi Wagner

In May 2013, with support from a Center for Intercultural Dialogue micro grant funded by the National Communication Association, I traveled to Seoul, South Korea, to meet with Dr. Eun Sung Park of Sogang University. We are both applied linguists, though we have different research concerns: my interests lie at the interface of language and social interaction while Dr. Park’s work has centered on cognitive aspects of second language acquisition. However, given our professional roles in working with TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) teachers, we share common interests in second language teaching and learning, and how to effectively educate teachers in both theory and practice. I am currently the Acting Director of TESOL at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education. Dr. Park is an Associate Professor of TESOL/Applied Linguistics and Director of the General English Education Program at Sogang. Although we had corresponded briefly via email about the possibility of working together, we had not previously had the opportunity to engage in an extended discussion. I envisaged our conversation to be an exploratory step to examine an issue that has been of particular interest to me over the past few years: how well do Master’s TESOL (Teaching English as a Second Language) programs prepare international students to teach in classrooms in their home countries that may be very different from those experienced via study and fieldwork in their graduate programs?

My preparations for the trip were fairly smooth. While the micro grant did not quite cover the entire airfare to Seoul, I was fortunate to able to fund the remainder through my faculty conference/travel fund. One of the more difficult aspects of preparation was to find a suitable time to travel given my teaching responsibilities and the fact that I wanted to be able to meet with Dr. Park while her university was still in session. By planning several months in advance, I was able to schedule my summer teaching to fit in with my plans to travel as soon as my spring semester had finished. This also gave me time to track airfares to ensure I found the best price possible (I used a tracking and notification tool available on Kayak).

Dr. Park was very generous with her time while I was visiting. We had broad and informative discussions, ranging from the teacher training and credentialing process in South Korea and the changing environment of English teaching there in terms of a greater emphasis on oral skills, to the career paths of graduates who have studied overseas and returned to Korea. Very interestingly, Dr. Park described how, in her experience, native English speaking teachers are perceived by students at her university to be better teachers than non-native English speaking teachers, but how more often than not, it is the non-native English speaking teachers who receive better student evaluations. This particular theme was not one that I had initially considered, but we brainstormed on the various ways we might go forward with this idea, including accessing and analyzing the available data, and we will follow up our discussion on email and hopefully arrange a meeting at a conference in the United States next year.

During my time in Seoul, two opportunities arose that I had not originally planned for. Firstly, Dr. Park arranged for me to observe a graduate class she was teaching, ENG 6217: Second Language Acquisition. The class was conducted in English as the program has a number of overseas students. Dr. Park asked me to speak to the students about studying in the United States and to answer questions about applying to doctoral programs there. I enjoyed this experience as it enabled me to engaged directly with the students (and to do some promotion of my home institution’s program!)

Dr. Wagner with students
Dr. Wagner with students

Secondly, I was also able to meet with a former graduate student from my home institution who was teaching English at Sogang. Our conversation was particularly beneficial as we talked about her experience of a TESOL Master’s program in the US and how it had prepared her for teaching in Korea. Two rather surprising issues arose. One was the unrealistic expectation held by international students on entering the Masters program with regards to the ease of finding a good teaching position in their home country after they complete their degree. The other related issue was the perception of the most significant benefit from obtaining the degree. Rather than improving one’s pedagogy or knowledge about teaching, as I might have posited, the former student pointed to the increase in her authority that stemmed from her students’ knowledge of her educational background. Although my methodology in my original project proposal is centered on the micro-analytic examination of classroom interaction, this meeting underlined the usefulness of such conversations in generating ideas and developing possible themes for further inquiry.

I am deeply appreciative of the time I spent in Seoul, and for the NCA micro grant that enabled me to make such a trip. Although I initially had formulated quite firm proposal ideas, the conversations I had were extremely valuable in opening up my perspective about the possible and effective ways to further my research goals, and possibly expand them to encompass new directions for my work. I feel that the grant’s support of “participation in intercultural dialogue through academic interactions” is especially important in the exploratory stage of research. Dr. Park and I are not in the same sub-fields of our discipline, and so this type of in-depth conversation might be less likely to happen through regular conference or peer contacts. Phone, email, or even video-conferencing would have been poor substitutes for this type of exploratory discussion: I am grateful for the opportunity to meet potential collaborators in person, engage in face-to-face interaction, and establish productive professional relationships.

[NOTE: Santoi Wagner’s original project proposal is available here.]