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September 3, 2008

Rhetoric of the Image: Visual Culture in Political Islam

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Conference to be held at Copenhagen University, Denmark
Saturday and Sunday, March 21-22, 2009.


While narrative sources and oral communication were key in the formation and transmission of Islamic culture in the pre-modern period, an increasing use of visual media in the cultural production of modern Islamic societies has effectively placed the image alongside– if not above– text-based rhetorical models. Over the course of the twentieth century, visual media such as film, television, the graphic arts, illustrated books, and pamphlets were mobilized in the drive to modernize and to define a role for Islam in the public domain of everyday politics. In more recent years, new media forms like satellite television and the internet have offered further possibilities to use visual rhetoric for the public representation of Islamic subjectivities. The use of image-based narratives in modern Islamic culture generates an increasingly visualized public sphere that enables states, political groups, and individuals to construct and deploy ideological messages through culturally recognizable symbols.

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August 26, 2008

Visual Culture/Critical Studies (Non-Western)

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Position:
Liberal Arts Full Time Faculty – Visual Culture/Critical Studies (Non-Western)

Job Description:
The Liberal Arts Department at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan invites applications for a full-time faculty member in Visual Culture/Critical Studies (Non-Western). We are looking to hire an individual who can contribute to the excellence of the academic community through his/her active research agenda, exceptional teaching, and enthusiastic service to the college and the Detroit community. The members of the department are committed to the investigation of art and visual culture from a wide range of theoretical perspectives within historical context(s). Interested candidates should have a non-western subject specialty and be capable of teaching a broad spectrum of subjects and themes including a range of visual culture courses in historic or contemporary periods; History of Design and/or Graphic Design; Film, Media Studies, Semiotics, Ethnic Studies; and at least one interdisciplinary freshmen seminar each semester. A full-time position represents a 3-course load per semester, as well as participation on departmental and institutional committees. As a small department in the midst of curriculum renewal, we are looking for colleagues who are comfortable with contemporary educational principles in curriculum design, assessment, and learner centered teaching. In addition, we are looking for candidates who can demonstrate creative use of academic technology. Experience teaching in an Art and Design setting is a benefit.

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August 13, 2008

Power to Empowerment: Critical Literacy in Visual Culture

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Papers are solicited for an international, transdisciplinary conference examining visual literacy as it is shaped by, shapes and integrates private and public identity and subjectivity through social institutions and forces including design, education, politics, ethics, technology, media, marketing, commerce, the environment and society. The conference understands visual literacy from the perspective of individuals, communities, groups and organizations to mean the ability to successfully compose and deliver meaningful communication as well as decode and interpret visual messages. It involves perceiving visual images as components of a larger culture matrix, constituting their meaning and significance, discerning relationships between their intended and actual purposes and audiences, and acting with or upon them. Visual literacy generates and is affected by relationships between the visual, literacy and power, including disenfranchisement. Particular themes or topics for papers may include but are not limited to the economics of visual culture, constructing the visual landscape, visual culture and affiliations and disenfranchisements, brands and users, ethnographies of visual culture, the charge of education to superintend visual literacy, visual literacy and power, visual illiteracy, visual culture and social difference, and visual cultures of everyday life.

Abstracts between 250-500 words are sought for 15-20 minute paper presentations.

Please send your abstract electronically as a word-document to Keith Owens, Assistant Professor, Communication Design, University of North Texas College of Visual Arts & Design, kowens@unt.edu.

Important Dates:

February 1, 2008, Deadline for abstracts
March 1, 2008, Notification of acceptance
June 7-8, 2008, Conference dates

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August 13, 2008

Working Films Seeks Candidates For George Stoney Fellowships

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Deadline March 31, 2008

Working Films is seeking candidates with a demonstrated commitment to social justice and an interest in the role of documentary filmmaking and new technology for the George Stoney Fellowship. Candidates will be assisted in conceptualization, writing and research on Working Films campaigns. Regular responsibilities include sitting in as colleagues in
all development meetings between filmmakers, activists and other Working Films staff, and traveling when necessary to rough-cut screenings and community organizing meetings.

The fellowship is expected to last 8-10 weeks in the Wilmington office, starting in May or June 2008. The Fellow will serve as part-time, temporary staff, earning $10-15 an hour.? For more information about the work of Working Films and how to apply, please see www.workingfilms.org.

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August 13, 2008

Margaret Mead Film and Video Festival 2008

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Submissions are open for the 2008 Margaret Mead Film and Video Festival!

The 2008 Mead Festival will take place in November at the American Museum of Natural History in New York.

Criteria for submissions are as follows:

  • films must be documentary or experimental non-fiction (including animation and new media)
  • production year must be 2006, 2007 or 2008
  • films can be any length
  • no resubmissions

Special focus for 2008 – films regarding global warming (short, feature-length, animation or new media). If you’d like to submit your film, please fill out an entry form (available at www.amnh.org/mead) and send a DVD (multi-zone or zone 1 preferred, any zone acceptable) or VHS (PAL or NTSC) to:

Margaret Mead Film and Video Festival
American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West at 79th Street
New York, NY 10024 USA
+1 212.769.5305

There is no entry fee. Entries must be postmarked by April 30, 2008. Entries will not be returned.

If you have questions or need more information, contact us at meadfest@amnh.org or visit our website www.amnh.org/mead.

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August 13, 2008

Instructor position in Cultural/Visual Anthropology

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WESTERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY
Potter College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Department of Folk Studies and Anthropology
Visiting Assistant Professor/Instructor, Anthropology

Visiting Assistant Professor or Instructor rank. One year appointment. August 15, 2008.

The Department of Folk Studies and Anthropology invites applications for a Visiting Assistant Professor or Instructor position in Cultural/Visual Anthropology beginning August 15, 2008. Ph.D. at time of appointment required for Assistant Professor rank. Teaching experience required. Applicants must have an ongoing program of research and commitment to undergraduate teaching, including multiple sections of introductory courses. Ability to teach Introduction to Cultural Anthropology and Visual Anthropology required. Expertise in teaching ethnographic video production strongly preferred. Broad training in anthropology, ability to teach a wide variety of undergraduate courses, and experience in educational technology desired.

The Department of Folk Studies and Anthropology has an undergraduate program in anthropology with approximately 70 majors and an MA program in folklore. Western Kentucky University also offers a minor in Film Studies and an undergraduate degree in photojournalism.

Review begins June 1st and will continue until position is filled. Interested candidates should submit a letter of application, CV, graduate transcript, teaching evaluations, sample course syllabi, and three current letters of recommendation to:

Anthropology Search
Department of Folk Studies and Anthropology
Western Kentucky University
1906 College Heights Blvd 61029
Bowling Green, KY 42101-1029

All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply including women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and disabled veterans. Western Kentucky University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

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August 13, 2008

Program and Administrative Manager

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The Flaherty/International Film Seminars is seeking a detail-oriented, self-starter for the position of Program and Administrative Manager.

The Flaherty is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the proposition that independent media can illuminate the human spirit. The Flaherty presents the annual Robert Flaherty Film Seminar (coming up on its 55th year) and also produces year round screening programs and events in New York City. Under the supervision of the Executive Director, the Program and Administrative Manager will be responsible for managing daily office operations, as well as assisting in the management and implementation of the Robert Flaherty Film Seminar and other Flaherty programs.

Responsibilities:

  • Manage the logistics of Flaherty programs including the Seminar, Leo Awards, and Flaherty on the Road screenings;
  • Write, edit and circulate monthly e-newsletter blasts and update website with current program information as needed;
  • Coordinate the production of printed materials, including the annual friends drive letter, program flyers, and the postcard, brochure, and catalogue for the Seminar;
  • Secure and foster new relationships with media outlets, non-profit media organizations, and universities, for outreach and promotion of our programs;
  • Manage the office’s purchasing and contracting activities and day-to-day operations;
  • Create program timelines and deadlines in order to assure successful events;
  • Answer email and phone inquiries regarding the Flaherty Seminar and the organization;
  • Secure and supervise seasonal staff and interns throughout the year;
  • Interact with board members, donors, vendors, film/video artists, etc.;
  • Assist the Executive Director in developing and coordinating other projects, such as screenings, publicity, film distribution, archiving and restoration.

Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree and at least three years relevant experience in an office environment;
  • Program management, personnel supervision and organizational leadership experience a must;
  • Proven experience in juggling multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment with frequent deadlines;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • Must be a self-starter, detail-oriented, and able to work independently;
  • Must be computer/internet proficient (MAC-based office): Word, Excel, FileMaker Pro;
  • Knowledge of financial management (Quickbooks) and Web-programs (Dreamweaver) helpful.

This is a full time position with good benefits.
Salary is commensurate with experience.
Resumes must be received by Wednesday, August 27th.

TO APPLY: Send cover letter and resume to jobs@flahertyseminar.org.
No phone calls please.

The Flaherty/International Film Seminars
www.flahertyseminar.org
email: ifs@flahertyseminar.org

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