Monday, July 28, 2014

Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Alexander von Humboldt Insitute for Internet and Society

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow - Internet Infrastructure and Governance
12 Months

The Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) seeks applications from post-doctoral researchers for the position of a research fellow in Internet Policy and Governance. The candidate is expected to develop a research program focussing on governing infrastructures in digital societies.

This post is a 0.75 FTE position and is available immediately for 12 months in the first instance, with the possibility of renewal thereafter, funding permitting. The salary is based on public sector wages (salary grade: TV-L 14, approx. € 35-40k p.a. gross salary, depending on your working experience, plus child allowances).

Applications are invited from outstanding candidates with a PhD in social sciences. The succesful candidate will join the Internet Policy & Governance research team which investigates public and private forms of ordering from a social science perspective with a focus on the interplay between socio-cultural, technical and legal norms shaping the development of the Internet. In order to complement these research activities we seek a post-doctoral research fellow who investigates questions at the intersection of technologies, regulation, discourses and culture (in short: society) with regard to internet infrastructure. Along these lines, the research perspective shall not be restricted to a regulatory perspective on infrastructure but rather represent an articulate sensibility for “governing infrastructures” taking the the politics of infrastructures and technologies into account.

Job Description
The succesful candidate is expected to develop and carry forward a research strategy addressing the governance of internet infrastructure and relevant discourses (eg. Net Neutrality, Routing, Big Data, Politics of Platforms).

A core task of this position is the acquisition of third-party funding facilitating the sustainable developement of this research agenda.

The successful candidate will develop and implement empirical case studies taking the lead in project management, data collection and analysis, and the dissemination of results.

The ideal candidate enjoys working with a multidisciplinary team of researchers and actively contributes to the intellectual exchange but also the management and administration of the research unit; the fellow will also mentor junior researchers and support the director.

The succesful candidate is expected to publish in top-rated journals and open-access outlets and to give presentations at national and international conferences.

There are no teaching obligations attached to this position, but teaching agreements with Berlin’s Universities are possible.

This position is an ideal opportunity for a scholar whose work draws on a diverse set of disciplines (eg. political science, STS, media and communication studies, sociology, computer science) to bring empirical and analytical perspectives to complex socio-technical issues. It allows for the development of an outstanding academic profile that combines empirical and theoretical originality, multidisciplinary perspectives and management expertise on an international level.


  • A completed PhD or doctoral degree in a subject relevant to the position (preferably social science).
  • Expertise and experience in writing research proposals.
  • Research focus on infrastructural and/or technological aspects of Internet Policy and Governance.
  • Academic ambition and curiosity grounded in a solid methodological, analytical, and theoretical foundation.
  • A strong academic record with theoretical contributions and empirical projects reflected in academic publications in key outlets and paper presentations at international conferences.
  • Proficiency in English is expected. An advanced level of German is desired but not obligatory.

Working Environment
The research activities of the growing Institute in Berlin provide excellent conditions to develop your own research ideas and to advance a range of research projects related to the study of Internet and Society. Our interdisciplinary-oriented projects are planned and implemented in small teams, working in an office located in the heart of Berlin. The Institute has a strong international focus and is currently, together with the Berkman Center at Harvard, the co-lead of a Global Network of
Interdisciplinary Internet & Society Research Centers bringing together leading academic institutions from all across the world.

For more specific information about the Institute and the research area Internet Policy and Governance, please visit our website

The application should contain:

  • a letter of motivation,
  • an academic CV (incl. complete list of publications, presentations and projects),
  •  a research statement (max. 3 pages) that sketches a research agenda relevant to the position, ideally connecting it to your previous research and the research conducted by the HIIG and/or the Internet Policy and Governance team,
  • one or two publications or excerpts relevant to the position (as pdf),
  • and list of two referees including contact details.

Please submit your application electronically via the application form provided on the website of the Institute:

Application review will begin 04 August 2014 and continue until the position is filled. You are welcome to direct your questions to Research Coordinator Christian Katzenbach (

CMCL Students Win Brantlinger-Naremore Essay Prizes

Matthew Von Vogt, PhD student in the Department of Communication and Culture, received first place for his essay "Benjamin and the Nineteenth-Century Cultural Vernacular: An Investigation into Colportage." The essay was produced in C701 Topics in Cultural Studies:
Benjamin's Arcades Project, taught by Professor Jon Simons.

Elizabeth Kaszynski, PhD student in the Department of Communication and Culture, received second place for "Feeding the Dream: The Sleep Cycle of Capitalism and Waking to a New World." The essay was produced in C701 Topics in Cultural Studies: Benjamin's Arcades Project, taught by Professor Jon Simons.

The Cultural Studies Program congratulates these students for their impressive contributions to the field!

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Comic Studies at the University of Calgary

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Comics Studies under the supervision of Dr. Bart Beaty 
The University of Calgary - $50,000 (Canadian dollars)

Dr. Bart Beaty is currently recruiting a candidate for an Eyes High Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the University of Calgary. The ideal candidate will have a completed PhD in any discipline with a focus on on the study of comics and will be interested in pursuing an ongoing research project in this field under my supervision. The position must commence between October 1 2014 to March 1 2015. Remuneration will be $50,000 Canadian per year for up to two years (total $100,000). As this is a research position, there is no teaching expectation attached to the Fellowship, although the Fellow may be able to secure adjunct teaching at the University. Any teaching would be a paid position in addition to the Fellowship.

The successful candidate will join a research intensive faculty in one of the most dynamic and fast-growing cities in North America. The University of Calgary is committed to becoming one of the five most research intensive universities in Canada by its fiftieth anniversary in 2016. The University of Calgary is the top-ranked university under the age of 50 in Canada, and second-ranked in North America. Presently, seven graduate students are pursuing comics-related projects in the Department of English with a number of others engaged in comics-related research in other departments. 

Dr. Bart Beaty is Professor of English at the University of Calgary and Convenor of The Canadian Federation of the Humanities and Social Sciences’ Annual Congress in 2016. He is the author of several books including Fredric Wertham and Critique of Mass Culture (2005), Canadian Television Today (2006), Unpopular Culture: Transforming the European Comic Book in the 1990s (2007), David Cronenberg's A History of Violence (2008) and Comics Versus Art (2013). He has translated books by Thierry Groensteen (The System of Comics (2007)), Jean-Paul Gabilliet (Of Comics and Men (2010)), and Thierry Smolderen (The Origins of Comics (2014)). He is the editor of the eight volumes of The Salem Critical Survey of Graphic Novels (2012-2013) and the co-editor of The French Comics Theory Reader (2014). His forthcoming books include Twelve-Cent Archie (Rutgers University Press), The Cambridge Companion to Comics (Cambridge University Press), and The Cambridge History of Comics (Cambridge University Press). He is currently at work on a project, funded by a grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, examining intermediality in the artistic practice of comics artists. He is a columnist for The Comics Journal and his writing appears regularly on

Applications, including a complete CV and a two-page research proposal, should be forwarded directly to Dr. Bart Beaty ( by September 1, 2014. 

CFP - Cinephile 10.2, New Queer Theory in Film & Television

Deadline for draft submissions: September 5, 2014. 

The emergence of queer theory from the fields of post-structuralism and feminism in the 1990s sought to destabilize identity and its attendant heteronormative and cisgendered ideological constructions. Grounded in discussions of gender and sexuality as social constructs subject to flux, queer theory resists the violence of identity politics and challenges the idea that gender and sexuality are part of the essential self. Queer is most often associated with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities (LGBT), but may also be applied to such topics as cross-dressing, intersex, and gender ambiguity. It is less an identity than a critique of identity: a challenge to the male/female binary and to the normative and deviant classifications of sexuality.  
What is the place of queer theory today? Are we entering a new chapter in queer theory and, if indeed we are, how may its interaction with film scholarship enrich and evolve the theoretical landscape of queerness? The scholarship of Judith Butler, Jack Halberstam, Lauren Berlant, and Lee Edelman (among others), as well as the work of philosophers Michel Foucault and Jacques Derrida has endowed queer theory with a vibrant academic framework upon which to expand. Texts such as Butler's Gender Trouble (1990), Edelman's No Future: Queer Theory and the Death Drive (2004), and Halberstam's In a Queer Time and Place: Transgender Bodies, Subcultural Lives (2005) and The Queer Art of Failure (2011) have the shaped the lively and ongoing discussion of queer politics and theory. 

In Cinephile 10.2, coming Winter 2014, we seek submissions that explore the current state of queer theory in cinema, addressing its political legacy and its philosophy, as well as the possible epistemological and methodological shortcomings that arise from queer theory's deconstructionist project. Prospective contributors are encouraged to focus upon queer theory's application to a range of cinematic and televisual texts and should not feel limited to discussions of queer-identified cinema. While use of queer visual texts is welcomed, we do not wish to discourage scholars taking queer scholarship in new directions by applying it to discussions of homosocial or heteronormative visual texts, for example. We also welcome intersectional perspectives and value contributions that address queer theory as one part of a network that resists cultural hegemony. 

Topics for consideration may include, but are not limited to:
  • Stereotyping and the politics of representation
  • Masculinity and male homosexual desire
  • Femininity and female homosexual desire 
  • Homosocialty and homosocial desire
  • Fetishism and scopophilia
  • Queer spectatorship and the queering of the look
  • Visibility and invisibility
  • Queer space, place, and time
  • Queer bodies and embodiment
We encourage submissions from graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and faculty. Papers should be between 2,000-3,500 words, follow MLA guidelines, and include a detailed works cited page as well as a short biography of the author. Submissions should be directed toward and general inquiries toward
Cinephile is the University of British Columbia's film journal, published with the continued support of the Centre for Cinema Studies. Previous issues have featured original essays by such noted scholars as Jason Mittell, Sarah Kozloff, K. J. Donnelly, Barry Keith Grant, Matt Hills, Ivone Margulies, Murray Pomerance, Paul Wells, and Slavoj Žižek. Since 2009, the journal has adopted a blind peer-review process and has moved to biannual publication. It is available both online and in print via subscription and selected retailers. 

Incoming editor: Claire Davis

Incoming artist: Kerry Grainger

CFP - Special Issue of Culture, Theory and Critique

ART MATTERS: Philosophy, Art History and Art’s Material Presence

The aim of this special issue of Culture, Theory and Critique scheduled for April 2016 publication is to rethink the relationship between art history, on the one hand, and the development of a materialist philosophy of art on the other. There are three points that will provide the issue with its points of orientation. 

1      The first stems from one of the most important recent developments within art history, namely the way historians of art, and their related projects, have become the focus of academic inquiry. This is to say that the writing of art history has itself been constituted as an object of study; not only are there now detailed investigations of the art historical projects linked to Walter Benjamin and Aby Warburg, there is an increasing interest in and work on the writings of Wölflin, Wittkower, Wind, Saxl, Panofsky, to name some of the more important. The significance of this development is that it is beginning to provide a space in which the philosophical commitments of art history can be examined.

2.     In addition to this first development, there is a growing recognition that philosophical writing on art can no longer remain intentionally ignorant of art history or reduce the content of art history to a series of examples. The implication of this is that philosophical writing on art has to begin to take up the question of the history of art as already being a philosophical problem. In other words, philosophical writing on art is becoming increasingly aware of the fact that works of art are not just historical, but that the presentation of works of art within art history already involves specific determinations of historical time. In sum, art history brings with it, either implicitly or explicitly, commitments to different determinations of historical time.

3.     This idea of the specificity of the work of art plays out not only in time but also within the work of art itself. Indeed, the third point that we wish to address concerns the particular ways that works stage themselves as art, the ways in which the work of art is always a stage on which art’s works is played out. Art rarely, if ever, evinces the caricature of realism in which the work is taken to be no more than the immediate presence internally of that which is present externally, a position that can be defined as the Parrhasius myth. If this mythic structure were followed – and it is a structure that continues to haunt accounts of presentation – it would be as though internality were externality’s immediate presence. To the extent that this structure is not applicable – and its non-applicability can be taken as axiomatic – what works of art inscribe within themselves as part of their being as art is the way their presence is originally mediated. This is to say, then, that the process of mediation is part of the way the work stages itself as art. This process – art’s self-staging – is an important trope in the development of any philosophical encounter with the work of art. What is more, the latter, which is to say the presence of the work as originally mediated, means that any account of art’s work will demand recourse to art’s material presence. Or to put this another way, the impossibility of immediacy necessarily provides an opening towards a materialist philosophy of art. 

We invite contributions that address any or all of these questions and that, therefore, interrogate the philosophical and theoretical contributions that might be born of a more situated form of philosophical writing on art in terms of historical and/or material specificity. Topics might include but are not restricted to:

  • The work of art in Object Oriented Ontology
  • Speculative histories of art
  • The work of art criticism and/as philosophy
  • The work of art as criticism
  • The historicity of art history

Completed essays should be submitted by February 1, 2015 at which time the editors will make initial decisions. All essays submitted will be subject to the normal double blind peer review processes used by Culture, Theory and Critique. Essays not chosen for the special issue may, if the author is in agreement, be considered for an open issue of the journal.
The length of essays is to be between 5,000-7,000 words including notes. Authors should follow the style guidelines found here:

All submissions should be made online at the Culture, Theory and Critique ScholarOne Manuscripts site: New users should first create an account. Once logged on to the site, submissions should be made via the Author Centre. Online user guides and access to a helpdesk are available on this website. In the space provided, indicate that your essay should be considered for the special issue on “Art Matters” and please indicate also if you are happy for your essay to be considered for an open issue should it not be chosen for the special issue.

Send queries about the journal or availability to review for this special issue to Lisa Braverman, editorial assistant (

Andrew Benjamin, Monash University (
Greg Hainge, University of Queensland (