Two Postdoctoral Positions in Participatory Digital Media and Digital Humanities

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Two Postdoctoral Positions (two years each) in Participatory Digital Media and Digital Humanities

We encourage applicants with an interest in/alignment with both positions to submit two applications. Please indicate in your applications that you are applying for both positions.

Position: Humanities, culture and the digital (digital humanities)

HUMlab explores the intersection between the humanities, culture and the digital. We are now extending our core research group through another planned postdoctoral position in the digital humanities. The work in HUMlab is canalized through a strong studio space and associated digital environments. See here for the HUMlab movie trailer.

The lab encourages and supports multiple modes of engagement between the digital and the humanities: tool, object of inquiry, expressive medium and exploratory laboratory.

Humanities and cultural studies, their objects of study and practices are profoundly affected  by information technology and the digital. Examples of possible areas for postdoctoral projects include (but are not restricted to): Computer games studies, visualization of humanities materials, Fan Fiction, online practices, digital humanities as a research area, embodiment and the digital, gender and information technology, digital art, digitally mediated language and communication, academic activism, humanities infrastuctures, interactive architecture, aesthetic theory, digital creative industries and new digital means of publication for the humanities. Applicant’s research background may be in a humanities subject or from another relevant area.

For further information about the digital humanities position, please contact Patrik Svensson, patrik.svensson@humlab.umu.se. Visit the website (Swedish language): http://www.humfak.umu.se/forskning/humaniora-och-it/. Official announcement (in Swedish) is available here.

Reference number 315-127-11.

Position: Participatory Digital Media

The Faculty of Humanities at Umeå University is seeking a Postdoctoral Researcher to be placed at the Department of Culture and Media Studies. The researcher will conduct studies relating to the continuities between participatory culture and civic engagement. As such, qualified candidates should be aware of current research trends in digital culture, new media, online activism, web and citizen journalism, and fan studies, and should be ready to apply that knowledge to case study research.

The media landscape of today is characterized by active audiences that increasingly take control over the flows of communication. New spaces for engagement and user-created content are formed through social media. Audiences now respond more and more via media to the content that is presented to them from traditional institutions in politics, journalism and culture. Hybrid media places become the springboard for new forms of social movement, as well as more or less individualized expressions that challenge the previously established boundaries and cultural contracts of the public sphere.

The postdoctoral researcher will have earned an advanced degree and should have conducted previous qualitative research in one or more of the above-mentioned areas. Successful candidates must be able to work independently and apply knowledge of domestic and international participatory cultures and civic action to the development of innovative analyses and models of civic learning and identity.

The position will also be affiliated with the Media Places research program at HUMlab (Umeå University) and particularly to the research theme Media Places as Hybrid Practice and Representation. Within this theme, analyses are carried out of how physical, digital and symbolic properties of our lived experience come together in rich media places, and how hybrid practices and representations develop. The research carried out by this postdoctoral researcher, in the field of participatory media and activism, will function as part of this wider framework, and the researcher will also be able to gain from collaboration and exchange with other researchers within the program.

For further information about the position, please contact Simon Lindgren, simon.lindgren@soc.umu.se, phone number +46 90 786 95 19. Official announcement (in Swedish and English) available here.

Reference number 315-150-11.

Applying

Applications shall include

  • A complete curriculum vitae (CV)
  • A list of publications
  • A research plan of 5-8 pages

Applicants must have obtained their doctorate within the last three years and not held a postdoctoral position before.

Documents sent electronically should be in MS Word or PDF format. Your complete application, marked with the reference number should be sent to jobb@umu.se (state the reference number as subject) or to the Registrar, Umeå University, SE-901 87 Umeå, Sweden to arrive March 21, 2011 at the latest.

Union information is available from SACO, +46-(0)90-786 53 65, SEKO, +46-(0)90-786 52 96 and ST, +46-(0)90-786 54 31.

We look forward to receiving your application!

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