U Westminster Global Professorships (UK)

“Fellowships“Global Professorships, University of Westminster, UK. Deadline for initial expression of interest: 9 December 2018.

The University of Westminster is now welcoming expressions of interest from outstanding international researchers not currently working in the United Kingdom to bring their research experience to the UK and the University as part of the British Academy’s Professorships Scheme.

Each four-year appointment is intended to be a complete project in itself and is expected to involve a specific research focus, although the Academy does not have a preferred model for the balance of time to be spent between research and teaching (which may vary over the course of the award and will depend on the UK host institution’s needs). Up to ten awards each year will be offered during the course of the programme.

U Westminster PhD Studentships (UK)

FellowshipsThe University of Westminster is now part of the Technē AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership. The DTP has 57 full PhD studentships to give out each year over the next three years (beginning in Sept 2019) in the areas of the arts and humanities. The Westminster Forum for Languages and Linguistics would particularly welcome applications from prospective PhD candidates in their specialist areas in sociolinguistics and historical linguistics:

  • Historical study of the English Language
  • Language and gender
  • Language contact including creole languages
  • Migration, exile, language and spaces
  • Multilingualism including community/heritage languages

U Westminster Postdoctoral Fellowships (UK)

PostdocsBritish Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships at the University of Westminster (UK). Deadline: 22 July 2018.

The University of Westminster is committed to supporting postdoctoral and early career fellowships. This year the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities is keen to consider eligible applications from suitable PhD students and early career researchers of postdoctoral standing, whether or not they have a current affiliation with the University.

We will consider applications from candidates working in the fields of:
  • English, Linguistics and Cultural Studies
  • Modern Languages and Cultures
  • Politics and International Relations
  • History, Sociology and Criminology
  • Law

The British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships are three-year Fellowship awards made to an annual cohort of outstanding Early Career Scholars.

U Westminster Job Ad: Academic Coordinator (Uzbekistan)

Job adsSenior Academic Coordinator – UoW-WIUT Partnership, University of Westminster – Vice Chancellor’s Office (London and Tashkent, Uzbekistan).  Deadline: 7 January 2018.

The University of Westminster co-founded Westminster International University in Tashkent (WIUT) in 2002. The academic portfolio, grounded in programmes in Business Administration, Economics, Commercial Law, and Business Information Systems, has been extended to include Masters’ courses in International Business and Management, International Commercial Law and Applied Economics. WIUT as an institution has been developed on the model of a UK University and is a validated partner of the University of Westminster.

Based at the University of Westminster but with a substantial proportion of time spent in Tashkent, and reporting to the Deputy Vice Chancellor for Global Engagement, the postholder will work with UoW and WIUT colleagues to take forward the development of the partnership. The post will be of two years’ duration, in the first instance and is full time (35 hours per week) with a start date of February 2018. The post entails no line management responsibility but involves substantial work with a wide range of stakeholders, academic and administrative, at UoW and WIUT. Effective coordination across Faculties (Colleges) and Professional Services teams at UoW and across the two institutions engaged in the partnership is key to the successful execution of the role, as is the ability to produce, deliver and ensure effective monitoring of partnership development and project plans.

We are looking for a committed and talented professional, with a higher degree and substantial HE experience, including experience of programme management; project management; international partnership management; quality assurance in the international context; and effective team working. You will have excellent skills in the area of interpersonal interaction, communication and intercultural awareness; and will have strong empathy to cultural difference and diversity.

U Westminster Job Ad: Education Abroad Officer (UK)

Education Abroad Officer
University of Westminster – Education Abroad Team, London
Closes: 2nd February 2017

You will be part of the University’s successful Education Abroad Team which is responsible for the management, development and delivery of the University’s Study Abroad programmes. Your role will be multi-functional requiring you to work across all programme provision, jointly managing a large administration workload alongside a client portfolio.

You will have worked or studied abroad and possess a proven track record in the management of all aspects of international study abroad programmes. You will demonstrate a dynamic, enthusiastic and enterprising approach to your work and evidence of being able to effectively manage a busy and demanding workload, organising and delivering on conflicting priorities, while demonstrating the skills to effectively self-manage your workload and also work successfully as part of a highly motivated team.

You will contribute to the development of programmes and customer-focused systems and processes for their effective delivery, whilst managing a series of customer relationships across a broad portfolio of clients, both internal and external, and across varied levels of seniority and cultures. You will possess exceptional prioritisation and communication skills.

You will have an excellent knowledge of university administration systems and processes as well as the external study abroad market environment.

Your role will have a strong administrative focus, so it is important that you have experience in maintaining and implementing robust administration and management systems and that you possess a high level of organisational, problem-solving and IT skills.

In addition, the development of social media campaigns and the use of social media platforms, both as a marketing and communication tools, are a key skills set required to undertake this role and you will be able to demonstrate a proven track record in this area.

If you are a driven individual who is able to demonstrate a combination of robust administration skills, business acumen, a proven recruitment track record and a strong customer focus, then we would welcome an application from you. Interviews are likely to be held on: 22nd February 2017

For further information about careers and benefits at the University of Westminster, please click on the following link: http://www.westminster.ac.uk/about-us/careers-westminster/vacancies

Candidates should apply via our website at http://www.westminster.ac.uk/about-us/careers-westminster/vacancies.

A full job description and an online application form can be found under the reference number: 50014950

Administrative contact (for queries only): Recruitment@westminster.ac.uk

Please note: We are unable to accept any applications by email. All applications must be made online. CVs in isolation or incomplete application forms will also not be accepted.

CFP History in the Making: Arab Media

History in the Making: Arab Media and Processes of Remembering
Conference organised by the Arab Media Centre
Communication and Media Research Institute (CAMRI),
Date: Friday 24 April, 2015
Venue: University of Westminster, Regent Street Campus,
309 Regent Street, London W1B 2UW

Keynote Speaker:  Kay Dickinson, Concordia University, Montreal. Author of Off Key: When Film and Music Won’t Work Together (2008) and co-editor of The Arab Avant-Garde: Musical Innovation in the Middle East (2013).

‘If history is a term that means both what happened in the past and the varied practices of representing that past, then media are historical at several levels’. These words of Lisa Gitelman in her 2008 book, Always Already New: Media, History, and the Data of Culture, highlight the multiple ways in which media are implicated in our retelling of history. It is not just a question of journalism being seen as the first ‘rough draft’ of history (an observation credited to a former publisher of The Washington Post), or the fact that what are now sometimes called ‘legacy media’ were themselves new media several decades ago. It is also the role of films and other entertainment media in our awareness and understanding of the past, as well as the deliberate or unwitting silencing of histories through the highly selective processes of media representation. Such silencing is compounded when archives, or parts of archives, are neglected or destroyed.

Yet digital media and political upheaval in Arab countries raise new theoretical and practical questions about historical records. On one hand, online archiving of user-generated content seems to contradict the old maxim that history is written by the victors. On the other, who now has the right to be forgotten? Online digital infrastructures make it possible to trace dissident voices and sources in ways that threaten to sustain the entrenched control mechanisms of dictatorships.

Perhaps because Arab media outlets have expanded so rapidly in recent years, historical dimensions of media development or media use in the region have received limited attention. Eric Davis noted in the 1990s how much writing about the Arab world suffers from a ‘presentist’ fallacy, whereby inadequate or cursory coverage of historical forces contributes to essentialist constructions, which in turn represent the Middle East as incomprehensible political spectacle. More recently Walter Armbrust has pointed out the dangers of what he describes as a ‘relentless presentism’ and predominant ahistoricism in Arab media studies, born in his view from a form of technological determinism.

This one-day conference will seek to address issues raised by the place of media in history, the function of media artefacts as historical sources, and the processes involved in documenting and storing media images and accounts that will make the past accessible to future generations. A focus on history seems appropriate for what will be the tenth in the Arab Media Centre’s series of annual international conferences.

We welcome papers from scholars and media practitioners that engage critically with the issues outlined above. Themes may include, but are not limited to, the following:
·       Arab media history and historiography
·       The place of history in Arab media studies
·       Methodological questions in researching Arab history: the place of media
·       Oral histories of Arab media
·       Formation of film and broadcasting through colonial and postcolonial times
·       Suppressed histories from the media sector
·       Historicising the rise of subversive media across different political contexts
·       Archiving and digitizing: who decides what and how?
·       The performance of museums and libraries in preserving media artefacts
·       Translation of historic media texts
·       Gender, media and social history
·       Media and memory studies
·       Historic patterns in media coverage of Arab affairs
·       Audience feedback in 20th century Arab media

PROGRAMME AND REGISTRATION
This one-day conference, taking place on Friday, 24th April 2015, will include a keynote address, plenary sessions and parallel workshops. The fee for registration for all participants, including presenters, will be £110, with a concessionary rate of £59 for students, to cover all conference documentation, refreshments and administration costs. Registration will open in February 2015.

DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACTS
The deadline for abstracts is Monday, November 3rd, 2014. Successful applicants will be notified early in mid-December 2014. Abstracts should be 300 words. They must be accompanied by the presenter’s name, affiliation, email and postal addresses, together with the title of the paper and a 150-word biographical note on the presenter. Please send all these items together in a single Word file, not as pdf, and give the file and message the title ‘AMC 2015’ followed by your surname. The file should be sent by email to the Events Administrator, Helen Cohen, at journalism@westminster.ac.uk

TRAVEL EXPENSES
Participants fund their own travel and accommodation expenses.

PUBLICATION
There will be various openings for publication of selected conference papers, which will be discussed further after the conference.

Vancouver summer program

International Joint Summer School
Communication and Global Power Shifts
Vancouver, Canada, June 3-14, 2013

Hosted by:
The School of Communication, Simon Fraser University
The National Centre for Radio & Television Studies, Communication University of China
The Communication and Media Research Institute, University of Westminster
The School of Journalism and Communication, Chinese University of Hong Kong

What Is The Summer School About?
The School offers short and intensive courses on media and communication issues of contemporary relevance. Faculty members from sponsoring institutions, along with other invited international scholars, will deliver lectures and lead discussions on topics related to their own research. The atmosphere of the School is informal and inviting. Students are encouraged to participate fully in all discussions with both faculty and their fellow students. Since its inception in 2009, the campus of the Communication University of China in Beijing has been the site of this School. This year, the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University is pleased to host the Summer School at its downtown Vancouver campus, in conjunction with an international conference in celebration of the School of Communication’s 40th anniversary.

The 2013 Summer School Topic
Building upon SFU’s School of Communication’s 40th anniversary international conference on Communication and Global Power Shifts, June 7 – 9, 2013, the Summer School examines the mutually constitutive relationships between rapidly transforming global communication systems and shifting structures of global political economic and cultural power. Competing claims of global power shifts are analyzed from the multidimensional perspectives of political economy and policy, critical cultural analysis, and technology and society studies, as well as through critical categories such as empire, class, nation, race, and gender. Lecture topics, which build up and extend conference topics, include but are not limited to:
*      Historical and theoretical analysis of communication and global power shifts
*      Continuities and changes in the dynamics of global communications, with specific attention to South-South and/or intra-regional communication and cultural flows
*      Foreclosures and opportunities for a more just global communication order in areas such as Internet governance regimes, social movement media, and communication rights
*      Continuing relevance of the ‘audience commodity’ to current debates about digital labor power and struggles
*      Decolonization of the foundations of knowledge-power and engagement with alternative epistemologies
*      Constraints, challenges and opportunities in communication for ecological sustainability

In addition to lecturers from the four sponsoring institutions (Enda Brophy, Robert Hackett, Zhengrong Hu, Dal Yong Jin, Jack Linchuan Qiu, Katherine Reilly, Robert Prey, Xin Xin, and Yuezhi Zhao), other confirmed Summer School presenters include Yahya R. Kamalipour, Richard Maxwell, Kaarle Nordenstreng, B. P. Sanjay, Dan Schiller, and Raka Shome. The conference keynote speaker is Gerald Taiaiake Alfred, and plenary panelists are Mark Andrejevic, Glen Coulthard, Guillermo Mastrini, Richard Maxwell, Raka Shome, Audra Simpson, and Dolores van der Wey.

How Will The Summer School Be Organized?
The School will take place at Harbour Centre, part of the Simon Fraser University Vancouver campus. Harbour Centre is located at 515 West Hastings Street in Vancouver’s downtown core and is well served by public transport, a food court, and other amenities. There will be 12 days of lectures, seminars, conference sessions and ample time for informal meetings, leisure and tourism. The working language of the Summer School will be English. With the possible exception of SFU students and Canadian students whose institution is covered by the Western Canada Dean’s Agreement regarding credit recognition, the Summer School will not be able to offer formal course credits to participants. However, the organizers will issue certificates of completion to those participants who require them.

Who Can Attend The Summer School?
The School is open to anyone with a genuine interest in the current state of global communication. Participants may or may not present a paper at the conference. However, those who do not present a paper at the conference must be able to present a paper on a topic of their own choice at the Summer School. Apart from that requirement, there are no restrictions on age, status or nationality, but the organizers believe that the School will be particularly valuable to doctoral students and junior scholars.

How Much Will The Summer School Cost?
Attendees need to cover their own costs for air fare and other travel expenses.  The Summer School does not charge any registration or tuition fee. In order to attend the Summer School, all participants will have to register for the June 7-9 SFU conference and pay the conference registration fee (the faculty rate is Can. $285 plus taxes; the student rate is Can. $75 plus taxes). Participants will need to arrange their own accommodation. They may also consult the “Communication and Global Power Shifts” website for useful hotel information.

How Can I Apply To Attend the Summer School?
A copy of the application form is here.
Please note that registration for the June 7-9 SFU School of Communication conference “Communication and Global Power Shifts” and the Summer School are handled separately. Those who wish to both present a paper at the conference and participate at the Summer School will need to submit separate applications. Paper proposals for the June 7-9 conference should be submitted tocmns40 AT sfu.ca by February 15, 2013. SFU School of Communication’s conference organizing committee will evaluate paper proposals and be responsible for conference related correspondences.

All applications for the Summer School will be handled by the Summer School Secretariat and completed forms should be sent to bjss2009 AT gmail.com. We welcome other supporting documents, such as a CV, a personal statement, a detailed research proposal or an academic paper, which will be helpful for the organizers to evaluate your application.  The organizers will, on request, provide the necessary letters and any other necessary documentation for the purposes of issuing visas to foreign visitors.
The Summer School application deadline is April 1st 2013. If you have any questions or requests, please feel free to contact either Ms. Birgit Schroeder (cmns40 AT sfu.ca) or Dr. JI Deqiang (bjss2009 AT gmail.com).

2013 International Joint Summer School Application Form
1. Name
2. Nationality
3. Institutional Affiliation
4. Position
5. Contact: Address, Telephone, Email
6. Research Topic
7. Abstract (No More than 300 words)