[digital media lecture series: uppsala university]

Microsoft Word - Thomas Tufte_Announcement.doc

Media@UU Programme Autumn 2011

Full programme, abstracts, descriptions:

LOCATION Ekonomikum, Kyrkogårdsgatan 10, Uppsala.

* Monday, September 12, 2011, 10:00-12:30: Workshop “Digital Media and Political Change” (with Lance Bennett, Christian Christensen, Christian Fuchs, Muzammil M. Hussain, Gail Ramsay, Kristina Riegert, Alexandra Segerberg), room A138
* Thursday, September 29, 09:00-11:00, Thomas Tufte (Roskilde University, Denmark): Citizen Media and Citizen Tactics, hörsal 2 (HS2).
* Thursday, September 29, 14:00, hörsal 2 (HS2): Defence of Cecilia Strand’s dissertation “Perilous Silences and Counterproductive Narratives Pertaining to HIV/AIDS in the Ugandan, Lesotho and Namibian Press“,  opponent: Thomas Tufte
* Monday, October 3, 2011, 14:15-16:00, Hart Cohen (University of Western Sydney, Australia): The Idea of “Social” in Social Media, room B105
* Wednesday, October 5, 2011, 10:00-12:00, Yuezhi Zhao (Simon Fraser University, Canada): The Politics of Intellectual Publicity in China’s Brave New Media World, room A138
* Thursday+Friday, October 6+7, 2011: Conference “Global Media Worlds and China”, Ekonomikum; keynote speakers: Yuezhi Zaho (Simon Fraser University, Canada), Daya Thussu (University of Westminster, UK), Susan Brownell (University of Missouri, USA)
* Wednesday, November 2, 2011, 15:15-17:00, Tobias Olsson (Jönköping University, Sweden): Mediated Participation and “Social” Media: Some Critical Remarks, room F332

The Media@UU lecture series is organized by the Department of Informatics and Media, Media and Communication Studies. In addition to lectures by representatives of our own department, researchers from other disciplines, as well as well-known international scholars, present current research. The series is dedicated to highlighting research on media, or media-related issues, from across the broad intellectual spectrum at Uppsala University, and beyond. It focuses on contemporary hot issues relating to the role of the media in society, such as for example: media, conflict & war, online politics, online economy, Internet/social media/web 2.0, media & globalization, or media power.

Our autumn lecture series features a workshop about digital media, political change and the Arab world, a public PhD defence, a conference about China and the media and talks about social media and citizen media.

Prof. Christian Fuchs
Chair in Media and Communication Studies
Department of Informatics and Media
Uppsala University
Kyrkogårdsgatan 10
Box 513
751 20 Uppsala
Tel +46 (0) 18 471 1019
NetPolitics Blog: http://fuchs.uti.at/blog
Editor of tripleC: http://www.triple-c.se
Book "Foundations of Critical Media and Information Studies" (Routledge 2011)
Book "Internet and Society" (Paperback, Routledge 2010)


[employment: assistant, associate or full professor, information studies]

The School of Information Studies (SOIS) at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) invites applications for a full-time tenure-track position in Information Studies at the rank of Assistant, Associate or Full Professor. The selected applicant will teach courses in the School’s graduate and, possibly, undergraduate programs. A PhD and MLIS (or comparable degree) are required as is demonstrated ability in research and teaching.

Applicants should have a strong background in information policy, including, but not limited to, ethical, cultural, technological or political issues as they relate to the information professions, systems, and infrastructures that make up our global information society.

Experience or demonstrated ability in design and delivery of courses in a variety of formats, including distance learning modes, is highly desirable. The Applicant should demonstrate the ability to teach in at least one of the core areas in the SOIS MLIS program and advanced graduate elective courses in her/his areas of expertise. Opportunities will also be available to teach in the School’s Bachelor of Science program in Information Science and Technology. The Applicant should be willing to work closely with doctoral students and to serve on dissertation committees. Experienced researcher a plus. Applicants who are eligible for a senior level appointment are especially encouraged to apply.

The preferred expected start date is January, 2012, and no later than August 2012. 

For full details and to apply, visit the official posting (position #2730): https://jobs.uwm.edu/postings/6802


[employment: assistant professor in communications]


POSITION: Assistant Professor of Communication Studies, tenure-eligible.

BEGINNING DATE: Late August 2012

QUALIFICATIONS: Ph.D. by September 1, 2012 (ABD considered). The
successful candidate should demonstrate a commitment to teaching
excellence and to maintaining an active scholarly agenda.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Full-time teaching load: 6 courses divided over
fall, January and spring terms. Teaching load will include
Introduction to Interpersonal Communication, Intercultural
Communication, Organizational Communication, Communication Theories,
electives that complement existing offerings, as well as contributions
to the interdisciplinary programs of the college. Additional duties
include advising and committee work.

SALARY: Commensurate with academic qualifications and professional experience.

Luther College, a Phi Beta Kappa institution affiliated with the
Lutheran Church (ELCA), is committed to fostering cultural diversity
in its faculty, staff, and students, and so we welcome applications
from the widest range of candidates who meet the qualifications listed
above. Women and persons of diverse ethnic backgrounds are especially
encouraged to apply. Excellent teaching is of paramount importance.
Additional information about the college is available by visiting the
college website: www.luther.edu.

Review of applications begins September 15, 2011 and continues until
position is filled. The successful applicant will be required to
complete Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9 of the U.S.
Immigration and Naturalization Service. All correspondence, including
letter of application, curriculum vitae, evidence of teaching
excellence, syllabi, three letters of recommendation, and official
graduate and undergraduate transcripts, should be sent to:

Dr. Kimberly Powell, Search Committee Chair
Department of Communication Studies
Luther College
700 College Drive
Decorah, Iowa 52101
Telephone: 319/387-1362
Fax: 319-387-1336


[employment: communications assistant or associate professor]

The Department of Communication Studies at Northwestern University seeks to hire in
organizational communication for an appointment beginning September 1, 2012.  The
appointment will be either a tenure-track position at the rank of assistant
professor, or, in the case of a truly exceptional candidate of appropriate
experience, a tenured position at the rank of associate professor.  The successful
candidate will be expected to publish innovative research, teach undergraduate and
graduate courses, and perform professional service commensurate with rank.

We welcome applicants from a range of theoretical and methodological approaches who
study either formal or informal organizations, or the process of organizing more
broadly. We are particularly interested in scholars who study the communicative
aspects of distributed work, social movement processes, innovation, globalization,
technological change, virtual worlds, or organizing processes in healthcare or the
creative industries.  Potential to attract external funding is expected.  The
position includes the opportunity to teach in a professional master’s degree

The Department of Communication Studies supports a popular undergraduate major and
graduate programs in Media, Technology, and Society, Interaction and Social
Influence, and Rhetoric and Public Culture, as well as the interdisciplinary Ph.D.
program in Technology and Social Behavior.  Through special resources for research
support and scholarly event programming, the department is able to offer rich
opportunities for scholarly development.  School of Communication faculty also can
have opportunities during their career at Northwestern to teach and conduct research
at the Northwestern University campus in Doha, Qatar.

Candidates should send a letter of application, CV, a publication or work in
progress, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and three letters of reference to
Professor Ellen Wartella, Department of Communication Studies, Northwestern
University, 2240 Campus Drive, Room 2-118, Evanston, IL 60208,
orgcommsearch2011@northwestern.edu.  Review of applications will begin October 1,

Northwestern University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action educator and
employer.  Hiring is contingent on eligibility to work in the United States.

Organizational Communication Search Chair: Ellen Wartella

Search No. 17812

Department of Communication Studies
2240 Campus Drive, Room 2-118
Evanston, IL 60208


[meat cutting = postmodern frankensteins]

School Of Meat Cutting

Friday 26th August 12:00 – 18:00
nnnnn, Unit 73a, Regent Studios, 8 Andrews Road, London, E8 4QN

A workshop in low life circuit bending, blasting, and building. Using the
circuits from various electronic detritus and building your own circuitry,
you will learn to create and construct your own psychotic synthesisers and
noise machines.

These will then be used to bind together various bits of meat and flesh
(such as sheep heads, beef heart, cow eyes, brains, skulls, etc.) to
create a some kind of deformed mutant meat machine. Through integrating
the dead flesh with electricity and electronic components, the lifeless
meat will, in a way, reanimate.

The basic idea is for everyone to work together to create some kind of
mutant sculpture which will form the center piece for the evenings
performance event.

By the end of the workshop you will have learnt how to circuit bend,
blast, and build; rewire basic electronics; build noise machines with
555's, CMOS chips and op-amps; integrate unconventional, everyday objects
into your circuits; be adept at soldering; learn how to saw through bone
and molest rotten flesh. Workshop participants take away what they've made
with them at the end, if they can salvage it from the rotten flesh.

Fee and Booking
Workshop is limited to 15 participants maximum.
£30 Unemployed/JSA/Student/etc (ID required)
£35 Employed
Fee covers all materials and equipment, but you are always welcome to
bring your own extra bits too.

To reserve a place please contact info@nnnnn.org.uk and pay online here

Workshop leaders
Andy Bolus (Evil Moisture) http://schoolofmeatcutting.free.fr/


[twitter and perceived credibility of professors]

Interesting findings - students who read profs' social tweets saw them as more credible:

Learning, Media and Technology

The effect of Twitter posts on students’ perceptions of instructor credibility

Free access
pages 21-38
Available online: 24 Mar 2011

Greater numbers of instructors are turning to social networking sites to communicate with students. This study examined whether posting social, scholarly, or a combination of social and scholarly information to Twitter has an impact on the perceived credibility of the instructor. Participants were assigned to one of three groups: a group that viewed social tweets, one that viewed scholarly tweets, and one that viewed a combination of social and scholarly tweets. Participants were then asked questions about the instructor’s perceived credibility. Results show that participants who viewed only the social tweets rated the instructor significantly higher in perceived credibility than the group that viewed only the scholarly tweets. No other significant differences were found among the groups. These results have implications for both teaching and learning, as there is an established link between perceived instructor credibility and positive learning outcomes.


[communicating science or science communication]

I'm currently working on the design of a new course for all undergrads in the Faculty of Agriculture, Life and Environmental Science at the University of Alberta. The topic: communications. I would like to align the course closely with the content - so focus the communication skills on those very pertinent to what the students are learning. I also want to entwine aspects of new media and transliteracy through the course.

I'm researching how scientists share their findings (not just peer reviewed papers but blogs, tweets, etc..) and how they "translate" scientific jargon and concepts into a generalist language that readers who come across a blog post (for example) can understand.

The notion of context comes in here and a report created by Felicity Mellor, Stephen Webster and Alice R. Bell (part of the Science Communication Group at Imperial College London) highlights the importance: http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbctrust/assets/files/pdf/our_work/science_impartiality/appendix_a.pdf