Thursday, October 30, 2014

Employment Opportunity: University of Minnesota

As part of our commitment to world-class research, the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota is expanding support for research using qualitative and quantitative methods. The *Mixed Methods Research Associate* will work collaboratively with research faculty, graduate students, and staff throughout the College of Liberal Arts to support mixed research methods, tools, management, and dissemination.

The employee will work with the Research Support team and other teams in CLA to assist and guide researchers throughout the research lifecycle.

The employee will provide formal and informal consultation and training on mixed-methods research tools and procedures.

We are seeking candidates with a Ph.D. in a liberal arts field, who have experience as a researcher collecting, analyzing, and managing mixed-methods research data, including experience with qualitative analysis software (such as AltasTI). To view the complete position description and apply for the position, please visit:

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Dissertation Year, Dissertation Completion, and Dolores Liebmann Fellowship Application Deadlines - December 1

Please note that the internal deadline for the following Fellowships is December 1:

Please remember that the list of all COAS and UGS award deadlines is available HERE.

Wells Graduate Fellowship Internal CMCL Deadline is November 10th

Herman B Wells, who was beloved by countless individuals in Indiana and far beyond, is renowned as a great leader of American higher education in the twentieth century. He led by word and deed, devoting his life to making Indiana University an academic and cultural institution of international stature. He enrolled at Indiana University as an undergraduate in 1921, joined the faculty of the Department of Economics in 1930, was appointed Dean of the School of Business Administration in 1935, and began his legendary 25-year
presidency of the university in 1937. Upon his retirement in 1962, he was named University Chancellor, a position he held until his death in 2000.
Through his legacy, Chancellor Wells continues to support Indiana University. In his estate, he provided for an annual graduate fellowship. The fellowship will be awarded each year to students who demonstrate the qualities for which Chancellor Wells was renowned: leadership abilities, academic excellence, character, social consciousness, and
generosity of spirit. 

One fellowship will be awarded each year, although more than one award may be possible during a given year.

For more information, and to apply, click HERE.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Visiting Filmmaker AKOSUA ADOMA OWUSU - Monday, November 10th at 11:00 AM

Afrosurrealist Film Society



Visiting Filmmaker


Monday, November 10 at 11:00 AM in Brigance Library (800 E Third St. 2nd FL). Akosua Adoma Owusu will discuss her films following the 45-minute program along with IU film and media studies professor Terri Francis.

Akosua Adoma is an American experimental filmmaker of Ghanaian descent. Owusu says "through my filmmaking, I hope to open audiences up to a new dialogue between the continents of Africa and America; one that incorporates more than just stereotypes, but includes both conventionalized and unconventionalized discourses of race in its service." Owusu's filmmaking practice involves appropriation of preexisting materials and creating original footage.


ME BRONI BA (MY WHITE BABY) 22 minutes | 2009 | digital projection
"Me Broni Ba" ("My White Baby") is a lyrical portrait of hair salons in kumasi, Ghana. The tangled legacy of European colonialism in Africa is evoked through images of women practicing hair braiding on discarded white baby dolls from the West. Set against a child's story of migrating from Ghana to the United States, the film uncovers the meaning behind the Akan term of endearment, me broni ba, which means "my white baby."

DREXCIYA 12 minutes | 2010 | digital projection
A portrait of an abandoned public swimming facility located in Accra, Ghana. A one-time extravagant Ambassador Hotel of post-colonial – early Kwame Nkrumah era, the Riviera Beach Club thrived until the mid-1970s. The Olympic-sized pool, now in a dilapidated state, is used for locals for things other than swimming. Inspired by the myth of a Detroit electronic bands, Drexciya & Underground Resistance.

SPLIT ENDS, I FEEL WONDERFUL 5 minutes | 2012 | digital projection
A woman cornrows another woman’s hair, black women in hair salons get their hair plaited; and a woman models a yellow turban. Meticulous hairstyles reveal the roots of hair styling practices popular throughout the African Diaspora, including the iconic Afro, visually linked to activist and professor Angela Davis. Manipulating and re-positioning found footage as subject matter, “Split Ends, I Feel Wonderful” observes hairstyles of 1975 among African-Americans in NYC.

2014 | work-in-progress.

Film and Media Studies, the Black Film Center/Archive, American Studies, Cultural Studies, and the Department of African and African Diaspora Studies cosponsor this presentation of the Afrosurrealist Film Society.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

CALL FOR PAPERS - Journal of City, Culture, and Architecture

Call for Papers 

Journal of City, Culture and Architecture  

Journal of City, Culture and Architecture concentrates on publishing the highest quality original research of scholars in a broad range of disciplines, including architecture, art, cultural studies, anthropology, urban studies, geography, and demography, and their relations with history, psychology, sociology, and statistics.The Journal seeks to explore the ways of improving comprehensive examination of various interdisciplinary approaches to studying urban culture, city identity, metropolitan life and architecture various forms of art by focusing the roles of human communication in space and symbolic borders between different communicative practices and the cultural aspects of urbanization.

The primary goal is to promote pioneering research on cultural diversity and richness of traditional and local societies, urban structuralism to the semiotic perspectives of poststructuralism, cultural institutions and heritage and the spiritual-material products and the architectural structures throughout the life time of mankind, and to make a strong link between past and future. The cultural manufacturing types and the art of living that are formed throughout centuries and experiences, when considered its contribution both to multi-cultural social life and keeping cultural memory alive, will be remembered as the most striking evidence for cultural and social originality of a society which tell its own aesthetic idea by its produced arts. Research Areas Include:

- City and City’s Identity
- Urban Culture and experience of modernity
- Cultural values, City and Conservation
- Urbanization and Health
- Regeneration of City and Challenges
- Architectural features of urban culture, 
- The environment and sustainability in the city life,
- The impact of design and culture on cities and architecture.
- The mapping and the imagination on cities
- Sustainable Architecture Strategy, Optimization, Modelling
- City Policy, Planning and Design,
- Land use and Land cover on cities

The quick (30 days) and double blind review process, rich editorial board, zero tolerance for plagiarism and high respect for publication ethics, a strong commitment for scheduled publication are the key features of the Institute’s journals. The journal accepts online submissions only.

 Macroworld journals do not have page charges, color figure charges or submission fees. 

Submission and Publication Information:
Submission deadline: January 5th,  2015
First round decisions announced: March 20th, 2015
Authors submit revised manuscripts: May 28, 2015
Final manuscript submissions to publisher:  July, 2015
Number of papers: 5 to 7 papers

For more information, visit the official website of the journal 

If you would like to discuss your paper prior to submission, or seek advice on the submission process please contact the Journal of City, Culture and Architecture, Editorial Office, at the following email address:

Eren Erdener, Ph.D.
University of Oklahoma
College of Architecture

Employment Opportunity: University of Massachusetts, Amherst

The Department of Communication at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, seeks a performance studies scholar with strong roots in or an ability to converse with critical approaches to rhetoric (broadly conceptualized), including critical race studies, postcolonial studies and decolonizing theories, transnational feminism, queer studies, or civil rights. We are seeking talented applicants qualified for an Assistant Professor position.  However exceptional candidates at any rank will receive consideration. 
The hire would join a faculty who work at the intersection of performance and rhetorical studies in a department deeply committed to critical approaches to media and culture, and should contribute to this engagement. The ideal scholar would be committed to social justice through public advocacy, community-based research and teaching, or service-learning education, and should be willing both to teach the introductory course in performance and rhetoric and to contribute new courses at the undergraduate and graduate level. Preference will be given to those candidates whose research and teaching occurs at the intersection of the social sciences and the humanities.  A Ph.D. in Communication or related field is required by September 1, 2015.
Please submit letter of application, curriculum vitae, a research sample, evidence of teaching effectiveness (such as student evaluations), and contact information for three letter writers through the Interview Exchange website at: 
by November 14, 2014.

The university is committed to active recruitment of a diverse faculty and student body. The University of Massachusetts Amherst is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer of women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities and encourages applications from these and other protected group members. Because broad diversity is essential to an inclusive climate and critical to the University’s goals of achieving excellence in all areas, we will holistically assess the many qualifications of each applicant and favorably consider an individual’s record working with students and colleagues with broadly diverse perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds in educational, research or other work activities. We will also favorably consider experience overcoming or helping others overcome barriers to an academic degree and career.