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Indrykket 09-08-2019

Postdoc in Gender and Media Studies

The Department of Communication and Arts, Roskilde University, invites applications for a position as postdoc in gender and media studies from January 1. 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter. The position as postdoc is limited to a period of 2 years.

 

The postdoc is part of the research project Feminist Activism in Transition (FAT) funded by the Independent Research Fund Denmark. The project is located at Roskilde University, and the successful applicant will be associated with the research groups Intercultural Studies and Audiences and Mediated Life at the Department of Communication and Arts. The successful applicant will work in close collaboration with the project leader Associate Professor Lene Bull Christiansen.

 

The project

The research project Feminist Activism in Transition (FAT) is an investigation of the Danish body activist movement, which aims at contributing to a broader understanding of feminist activism and social movements in the age of web 2.0. It focuses on the connection practices that contribute to the repositioning of Danish feminist body activism from the margins of the media landscape (primarily social media) to the mainstream. The overall project investigates two interconnected fields: content producers (journalists, bloggers, celebrities, intellectuals) and Instagrammers and their followers. The postdoc project will focus on the community making processes of Instagram followers who become an activist community. The postdoc project is aimed at understanding how communities form around and in interaction with individual body activists output on social media. The project will investigate how feminist activist practices are renegotiated in the de-territorialisation and de-spacialisation of social media and web 2.0, in order to understand the relationship between social media-based body activism and feminist community building.

 

To obtain a full academic description of the project, please contact Lene Bull Christiansen: bull@ruc.dk.

 

Academic profile

The ideal candidate is an excellent gender studies scholar, who has experience in media studies particularly the new empirical and methodological developments in social media. The candidate should be familiar with or have a strong interest in a transdisciplinary methodological approach, which involves both big data, digital methodology and ethnography. The ideal candidate will also have a strong interest in feminist body activism, fat studies and queer feminist traditions.

 

The candidate is expected to demonstrate:

 

  • Excellent command of both written and spoken Danish, as a prerequisite of conducting ethnographic studies in Denmark (applicants with no or poor command of Danish will not be considered).

  • A strong grounding in gender studies and/or in queer and gender activism (as a prerequisite of engaging with body activists).

  • A grounding in media studies (particularly social media) will be considered a strong asset.

  • Knowledge of (or a strong demonstrated interest in) digital methods within media studies and of digital ethnography is of vital importance for the project. Likewise, experience (or a strong demonstrated interest) in applying traditional ethnographic methods to media studies will be considered an asset.

  • Good command of English is necessary, and experience in publishing in English is considered an asset.

  • Applicants with experience in research collaboration will be preferred, as vital parts of the research project will be conducted in collaboration with the project leader.

 

 

Responsibilities and tasks

The ideal candidate shall be enterprising and possess good communication skills, be visible and involved in the departments daily activities, in addition to being willing to engage in disciplinary and interdisciplinary collaboration across the department.

 

The candidate is expected to:

 

  • Be an active collaborative partner in the research project.

  • Conduct and complete an independent research project in collaboration with the research leader.

  • Publish independently and in collaboration with the research leader in relevant peer reviewed journals.

  • Plan and contribute to panels at relevant international conferences.

  • Plan and participate in research seminars and network meetings.

  • Contribute to popular dissemination of research findings in the Danish media and via a project podcast (DeFedeFeminister).

  • Participate actively in the research groups Intercultural Studies (https://ruc.dk/en/research-group/intercultural-studies) and Audiences and Mediated Life (https://forskning.ruc.dk/en/organisations/audiences-mediated-life).

  • Be an active and present colleague in the Department of Communication and Arts

 

 

Qualifications

Applicants must hold a PhD or the equivalent within gender studies and/or media studies. Qualifications within the following areas are required:

 

  • Gender Studies

  • Media Studies

  • Additionally, qualifications within the following areas are preferred:

  • Fat Studies

  • Digital Ethnography

  • Big Data and Social Media

  • Feminist Theory

 

 

Assessment

In the assessment of the candidates, consideration will be given to:

 

  • scientific production and research prospective (an individual research plan based in the existing project description)

  • the ability to promote and utilize research results

  • ability to collaborate closely with research partners

  • ability to contribute to development of the departments internal and external cooperation

 

 

Questions

For further information about the postdoc, please contact project leader Lene Bull Christiansen on tel. (+45)46742446/(+45)50908845 or E-mail: bull@ruc.dk.

 

Terms of employment

The employment is on full time, 37 hours per week and you will refer to Head of Department Hanne Løngreen.

 

The position will be filled according to the Agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC) and Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities. 

 

Application procedure

After the deadline for applications the Head of Department will shortlist applicants for assessment with assistance from the recruitment committee including the chairperson of the assessment committee.

 

Shortly after the application deadline all applicants will be notified whether or not their application has been selected for assessment.

 

The shortlisted applicants will be informed about the composition of the assessment committee, and each applicant will be given the opportunity to comment on the composition of the committee and - later on - their assessment.

 

Once the recruitment process is completed, all applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application.

 

Application

To apply for the position go to www.ruc.dk/en/job/  

 

Applications in Danish will be preferred.

 

Applications must include:

 

  1. Cover letter

  2. CV

  3. Documentation of education

  4. Research prospective

  5. A complete list of publications

  6. A maximum of 5 relevant scientific works that you want included in the assessment  If any of the publications that you want included in the assessment are the result of a joint effort, the extent and the nature of your contribution to each individual work must then be clarified in a co-author statement (find template here)

 

 

Please submit your application no later than September 12, 2019

Material received after this date will not be taken into consideration.

 

Roskilde University wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

Praktisk information
Oprettet:
09-08-2019
Udløber:
12-09-2019
Kviknummer:
LJA-74743609
Jobtype:
Fuldtid
Arbejdsområde:
Forskning og undervisning