PhD Scholarship – Media and Social Justice

Up to 2 PhD Scholarships on the theme of Media and Social Justice may be awarded in the UNSW Scientia Scholarship scheme at the University of New South Wales (in Sydney, Australia).

Expressions of Interest are due before 21 July, 2017. Prospective applicants should contact A/Prof Tanja Dreher at t.dreher@unsw.edu.au for further details as soon as possible.

Research theme: 21st Century Media for Social Justice

Digital media have opened up unprecedented possibilities for marginalised communities to find a voice, speak up, and share stories. Indigenous and community media are developing rapidly, while digital media are being mobilised for advocacy with refugees and asylum seekers, and used by geographically dispersed communities to maintain long distance relationships. This project investigates the opportunities and challenges for marginalized voices to be heard in the age of digital media. Key questions include: 1. What are the impacts of Indigenous, refugee and community media, online and off? In particular, how do policymakers and mainstream media professionals ‘listen’ in response to Indigenous, community and refugee media? 2. How do new technologies enable the development of transnational cyberpublics, maintaining affective relations over distance and difference? 3. What are the opportunities and challenges for minority media producers in the age of digital disruption? 4. How does the changing media environment impact on mediated identities?

http://www.2025.unsw.edu.au/apply/scientia-phd-scholarships/21st-century-media-social-justice

The Scientia Scholarship Scheme:

The UNSW Scientia PhD Scholarship Scheme aims to harnessing cutting-edge research to solve complex problems and improve the lives of people in local and global communities. Scientia scholars will have a strong commitment to making a difference in the world with demonstrated potential for contributing to the social engagement and/or global impact pillars of the UNSW 2025 Strategy.  The Scientia Scheme is targeted in that applicants will apply to a specific research area with an identified supervisory team and application is by nomination. The scheme is highly competitive across all disciplines at UNSW. Further information on the Scientia scheme:

http://www.2025.unsw.edu.au/apply/?interest=scholarships

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CfP: ‘Indigenous innovation in social media’

Call for Papers

Media International Australia http://journals.sagepub.com/home/mia

Theme Issue: Indigenous Innovation in Social Media

Theme Issue Editors: Prof Bronwyn Carlson (Macquarie University), A/Prof Tanja Dreher (University of New South Wales)

Abstracts due by 15 June 2017

Despite often being stereotyped as somehow anti-technology, researchers have found that Indigenous people globally engage with social media at high rates—often higher than non-Indigenous people (Callinan 2014). Indigenous people use social media for a great variety of ends, including connecting with family and community (Carlson 2013; O’Carroll 2013), mourning the death of loved ones (Carlson and Frazer 2015), and seeking and giving support (Carlson et al. 2015). Over the last decade, an important body of scholarly work has emerged focusing on Indigenous peoples’ use of social media for political activities (Petray 2013; Tupper 2014; Carlson and Frazer 2016; Berglund 2016). The ability to create international solidarity as well as elevating Indigenous issues to a global platform remain key strengths for Indigenous activism.

The theme of this Issue is ‘Indigenous innovation in social media’. It will foreground Indigenous voices on, and expertise with innovative uses of social media. Research and policy is too often framed by a ‘deficit discourse’ regarding Indigenous people (Fforde et al. 2013). In contrast, this Theme Issue aims to showcase Indigenous excellence, innovation and achievement. We welcome contributions that focus on, for example, comedic resistance on YouTube, Facebook-enabled cultural practices, campaigns such as #JustJustice, #IHMayDay and #IdleNoMore, new apps to stream Indigenous media and Deadly Bloggers, from social media activism to everyday social media creativity.

The collection also encourages papers from presenters at several highly successful events convened by the Forum for Indigenous Research Excellence (FIRE) at the University of Wollongong (UOW), including the symposiums, Cultured Queer, Queering Cultures: Indigenous Perspectives on Queerness and Reterritorialising Social Media: Indigenous People Rise Up! (UOW 2015); #IHMayDay16 (UOW 2016) and the Indigenous panel ‘Indigenous innovation in social media’ (ANZCA 2016).

This Theme Issue privileges Indigenous voices, however non-Indigenous contributions will be considered if the primary author is Indigenous.

Support for less experienced Indigenous contributors, especially early career researchers and Post Graduate students, will be provided by facilitating opportunities to work with Indigenous and/or non-Indigenous co-authors.

We are inviting proposals for contributions that address the broad themes of Indigenous innovation in social media.

Timeline:

15 June 2017: abstracts due

15 July 2017: authors notified of decision

15 January 2018: paper due for refereeing

15 May 2018: revised papers due

November 2018: Theme Issue published by Media International Australia

About the editors:

Prof Bronwyn Carlson (Macquarie University)

Bronwyn Carlson is an Aboriginal woman who was born on and lives on D’harawal Country in NSW. She has been awarded two consecutive Australian Research Council Discovery Indigenous grants for her research on Indigenous people and social media. Aboriginal Studies Press has recently published her book, The politics of identity: who counts as Aboriginal today? which includes a chapter on identity and community on social media. She is currently a Professor of Indigenous Studies at Macquarie University. She has previously co-edited themed issues for the Australasian Journal for Information Systems, ‘Indigenous people and activism on social media’ Carlson, B., Wilson, A.& Sciascia, A. (2017) and AlterNative: An International Journal of Indigenous Peoples, ‘Indigenous people, popular pleasure and the everyday’ Carlson, B. & Harris M. (2016).

A/Prof Tanja Dreher (UNSW)

Tanja Dreher is an ARC Future Fellow in the School of Arts and Media at the University of New South Wales. Tanja’s research focuses on the politics of speaking and listening in the context of media and multiculturalism, Indigenous sovereignties, feminisms and anti-racism. She has previously edited themed editions of Continuum, borderlands, and Transforming Cultures journals, as well as the book Dreher, T. and Ho, C. (eds) (2009), Beyond the Hijab Debates: New conversations on gender, race and religion with Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

For further details on the Theme Issue, or to submit an abstract for consideration, please email Tanja Dreher t.dreher@unsw.edu.au or Bronwyn Carlson bronwyn.carlson@mq.edu.au

Submissions should include a Title, abstract (200 words) and author bio (150 words). Please attach these details in a WORD document and send via email to the Editors by 15 June, 2017

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Media Justice: Race, borders, disability and data

DRAFT PROGRAM

Link to this program: http://bit.ly/mediajustice-ICA2017

Thursday 25 May, 201

Sherman Heights Community Centre

2258 Island Avenue
San Diego, CA 92102
https://www.facebook.com/ShermanCenter/

www.shermanheights.com

ABOUT: The Media Justice pre-conference to the International Communications Association 2017 conference will be held on May 25th, 2017, at the Sherman Heights Community Center in San Diego. It will bring together activists, advocates, and researchers to advance the shared theory and practice of media justice. For more info, please read our full Call for Papers: http://www.icahdq.org/mpage/PC10CFP

REGISTRATION: There is no cost to participate but registration is essential. Please register online at: https://goo.gl/forms/VexG67XSFg1d4n5j2

International Communications Association Preconference Sponsored by the Philosophy, Theory and Critique Division and Communication and Technology Divisions of the International Communication Association

AGENDA

9.00 am: Welcome coffee

9.15 am: Opening remarks

  • Ricardo Dominguez (UC San Diego and Electronic Disturbance Theatre)
  • Maegan Ortiz (Institute of Popular Education of Southern California)
  • Gerard Goggin (University of Sydney)
  • Sasha Costanza-Chock (MIT)
  • Tanja Dreher (University of New South Wales)

9.45 am: Panel 1 – Race and borders

  • Steven Rendero, Center for Media Justice
  • Dorothy Kidd, “Media Justice in the San Francisco Bay: A Continuing Research
  • Lana McDonnell, “ Mothers in Prison, Media Justice, and How to Counter Silence”
  • Kristin Shamas, “Skirting Issues of Access: Arab American Efforts toward Media Justice”
  • Amparo Cadavid, “From the borders of survival: resistance practices in Colombia’s South Bolivar region”

11.00 am: short break

11.15 am: Panel 2 – Surveillance Countermeasures: Biopolitical Governance, Flawed Policing Reform and Resistance

  • Marika Cifor, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Britt Paris, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Stacy Wood, University of California, Los Angeles

12.00 pm: Lunch (provided)

12:30 – 1:30 VozMob/Vojo)

Hands-on workshop facilitated by Sasha Costanza-Chock (MIT) and Maegan Ortiz (Institute of Popular Education of Southern California),

1:30 pm: short break

1.45 pm: Panel 4 – Disability

  • Meryl Alper, “Keeping Voices Attached to People: Disability, Demagogues, and Design in Media”
  • Gracen Brimyer, “Problematizing Notions of Accessibility in the Digital Archive”
  • Filippo Tevisan, “Crowd-sourced disability storytelling, mobilization and the problem of ‘being heard’”
  • Gabi Shaffzin, “Reclamation Through Reification of Quantified Self Data”
  • Katie Ellis “Systemic Injustice and the rhetoric of Working on It: The Fight for Captions on New forms of television in Australia”

3.00 pm: Coffee Break

3.30 pm: Panel 5 – Digital Political Activism Research

  • Sarah J. Jackson, Northeastern University
  • Sasha Costanza-Chock, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Charlton McIlwain, New York University
  • Paromita Pain, “Justice through media: Framing citizen journalism as a creator of social movements in India’s Video Volunteers and CGNET Swara”
  • Christina Dunbar-Hester, “Tracing Outward: People, Places, and Politics in Open Technology Diversity Advocacy”

4.45 pm: Discussion, wrap and next steps

The event will be live captioned

This will be a fragrance-free event. We aim to maintain a welcoming and accessible environment for all conference participants. Please refrain from wearing scented products such as perfumes/colognes, scented lotions, clothing with strong detergent scents, etc. while attending this event as they can trigger serious health issues for those with fragrance allergies. Thank you for your consideration for all members of our community. For more information visit: https://eastbaymeditation.org/resources/fragrance-free-at-ebmc/ or http://www.brownstargirl.org/blog/fragrance-free-femme-of-colour-realness-draft-15

 

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Media Justice: Race, borders, disability, data

DRAFT PROGRAM

Thursday 25 May, 2017

Sherman Heights Community Centre

2258 Island Avenue
San Diego, CA 92102
https://www.facebook.com/ShermanCenter/

REGISTRATION: There is no cost to participate but registration is essential. Please register online at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1FJ0kBhViNaFvvaR7jbhgDEh6nbkyAb76ppDglImEnfw/edit?ts=58d1e1a9

International Communications Association Preconference Sponsored by the Philosophy, Theory and Critique Division and Communication and Technology Divisions of the International Communication Association

9.00 am: Welcome coffee

9.15 am: Opening remarks

  • Ricardo Dominguez (UC San Diego and Electronic Disturbance Theatre)
  • Maegan Ortiz (Institute of Popular Education of Southern California)
  • Gerard Goggin (University of Sydney)
  • Sasha Costanza-Chock (MIT)

 

9.45 am: Panel 1 – Race and borders

  • Center for Media Justice Centre TBC
  • Dorothy Kidd, “Keeping Voices Attached to People: Disability, Demagogues, and Design in Media”
  • Lana McDonald, “Mothers in Prison, Media Justice, and How to Counter Silence”
  • Kristin Shamas, “Skirting Issues of Access: Arab American Efforts toward Media Justice”
  • Amparo Cadavid, “From the borders of survival: resistance practices in Colombia’s South Bolivar region”

11.00 am: short break

11.15 am: Panel 2 – Surveillance Countermeasures: Biopolitical Governance, Flawed Policing Reform and Resistance

  • Marika Cifor, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Britt Paris, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Stacy Wood, University of California, Los Angeles

12.00 pm: Lunch

12:30 – 1:30 VozMob/Vojo

Hands-on workshop facilitated by Sasha Costanza-Chock (MIT) and Maegan Ortiz (Institute of Popular Education of Southern California),

1.45 pm: Panel 4 – Disability

  • Meryl Alper, “Keeping Voices Attached to People: Disability, Demagogues, and Design in Media”
  • Gracen Brimyer, “Keeping Voices Attached to People: Disability, Demagogues, and Design in Media”
  • Filippo Tevisan, “Crowd-sourced disability storytelling, mobilization and the problem of ‘being heard’”
  • Katie Ellis TBC
  • Gabi Shaffzin, “Reclamation Through Reification of Quantified Self Data”

3.00 pm: Coffee Break

3.30 pm: Panel 5 – Digital Political Activism Research

  • Sarah J. Jackson, Northeastern University
  • Sasha Costanza-Chock   Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Charlton McIlwain   New York University
  • Paromita Pain, “Justice through media: Framing citizen journalism as a creator of social movements in India’s Video Volunteers and CGNET Swara”
  • Mark Tseng Putterman, “Practicing Solidarity in the Pursuit of Media Justice: Activism in Asian, Asian American, and API communities TBC
  • Christina Dunbar-Hester, “Tracing Outward: People, Places, and Politics in Open Technology Diversity Advocacy”

4.45 pm: Discussion, wrap and next steps

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CFP – Media Justice: Race, borders, disability, data


International Communications Association Preconference, 25 May 2017
Sherman Heights Community Centre, San Diego

CALL FOR PAPERS

Call for the ICA 2017 Pre-Conference “Media Justice: Race, borders,
disability and data,” Sponsored by the Philosophy, Theory and Critique
Division and Communication and Technology  Division of the International
Communication Association

Summary: This is a call for abstracts and session proposals for the Media Justice
pre-conference at the 2017 International Communications Association
meeting in San Diego. The Media Justice pre-conference, to be held on
May 25th, 2017, at the Sherman Heights Community Center in San Diego,
will bring together activists, advocates, and researchers to advance the
shared theory and practice of media justice.

We welcome proposals for academic papers, more informal presentations and panels.

Deadline for proposals: 15 February, 2017 (200 words abstract)

Organisers: Prof Gerard Goggin (University of Sydney), Dr Sasha
Costanza-Chock (MIT), Dr Tanja Dreher (University of Wollongong), Prof
Ricardo Dominguez (UCSD), Maegan Ortiz (Institute of Popular Education
of Southern California)

In the United States, there is an active media justice movement, yet the
concept is rarely used in international academic, activist or advocacy
work. Media justice organizing is based in the realization that social,
racial, gender, disability, cultural, economic, and other forms of
justice require changes in the distribution and control over media and
communications technology (Gregg 2011; Cyril 2005). The Center for Media
Justice explains: “we organize under-represented constituencies for
media rights, access and representation to win social and economic
justice” (http://centerformediajustice.org/about/our-story/our-vision).
Media justice campaigns have focused on media representation, network
neutrality, phone and broadband access, the communication rights of
incarcerated people, policing and surveillance technology, community
media, and public interest cable franchising agreements, among other
areas. Media justice advocates emphasise the struggle against the
broader matrix of domination (Hill Collins, 1990) and links with social
justice movements outside the media field. Given the location of ICA
2017 in San Diego, and the role of the media in the stunning victory for
the Trump campaign’s open appeal to racism, misogyny, homophobia and
transphobia, xenophobia, islamophobia, ableism, and anti-Blackness, this
is the ideal time and place for a preconference on Media Justice.

Hackett describes media activism as ‘the movement of movements,’ and
argues that all social justice movements have an interest in the
transformation of media representations, production processes,
platforms, and policies. Media are addressed as a site of intervention,
rather than merely providing publicity for social justice movements. In
contrast to liberal media reformers, media justice advocates call for
significant structural and institutional changes beyond the tightly
focused field of media policy (Hackett 2011). Media justice advocates
further stress the importance of power redistribution in order to
address past injustices:

Media justice is more than an oppositional framework or simple effort at
political contrast. It is a multi-layered, emerging analysis that draws
on civil and human rights, globalization struggles, corporate
accountability and cultural studies. It starts with a structural
analysis but it doesn’t stop there because media doesn’t stop there. Who
owns it, what’s on it and how it makes us feel are all spheres we must
address simultaneously. Where we go from here has to take into account
where we’ve been and who has been advantages and who has been hurt. And
it is this analysis that separates media justice from the fight for
media democracy, because without a vision that seeks to repair the
impact of the past and the privilege, we’ll have the same old oppression
with better, high-speed resolution. (Makani Themba-Nixon, n.d., cited in
Cyril, 2005: 97).

While some notion of media justice has always been implicit within media
and cultural studies (e.g. the tradition of work on alternative,
citizens,’ and community media), and grassroots organizers have been
developing a praxis of media justice for more than a decade, relatively
little has been published on media justice in either academic or popular
venues.

This pre-conference considers the ways in which recent attention to
race, borders, disability, and data might offer productive resources for
research and practice aimed at media justice. The program brings
together researchers, scholars, activists, and advocates in media
justice organizing in order to advance shared development of theory and
practice. We will discuss questions of justice in regards to media and
communications practices, infrastructures, and representation, as well
as the many ways in which media are vital to wider processes of social
justice and transformation.

We welcome contributions on the following topics (for example):

* Media justice in the time of Trump, Brexit, and resurgent
authoritarian power

* What have we learned from media justice organizing around race and
borders?

* How does thinking from disability challenge and transform ideas of
media justice, communication rights, voice, and listening?

* What are the key challenges for media justice in the age of ‘Big Data?’

* What are the implications of current developments in the
communications infrastructure (especially the internet, including
‘privatised’ networks, the ever expanding surveillance apparatus, the
likely end of net neutrality, etc) – for the above issues?

* How can we further develop a research and advocacy agenda around media
justice?

In order to encourage productive dialogues between communication rights
researchers and practitioners, the program will include invited speakers
from a range of advocacy and activist organisations, and researchers
working on media justice. The program will be facilitated to identify
points of connection, possibilities for ongoing collaborations, and
further development of engaged research and practice.

Deadline for submission of abstracts: 15 February 2017

To submit a proposal, please prepare a title and
200 word abstract; submit your proposal via this form:
http://bit.ly/mj-ica2017-submitabstract.

Please direct any questions to: Prof. Gerard Goggin (University of
Sydney) gerard.goggin@sydney.edu.au, Dr. Tanja Dreher (University of
Wollongong) tanjad@uow.edu.au, or Dr. Sasha Costanza-Chock (MIT)
schock@mit.edu

The Sherman Heights Community Centre is approximately 1.5 miles from the
San Diego Hilton. Participants will have the option of taking a local
bus, a short taxi ride, or walking (approx. 30 mins); we will also
organize transportation at attendee request.

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PhD Scholarship: Media and the politics of listening

Deadline for applications: Monday 14 November 2016

A PhD scholarship is available in association with the ARC future Fellowship Project, ‘Listening in’. Successful candidates will be supervised by ARC Future Fellow Dr Tanja Dreher (www.tanjadreher.net). They will be expected to research topics which complement the Future Fellowship research.
Listening in – improving recognition of community media to support democratic participation and wellbeing
New media forms and the community media sector in Australia provide increasing opportunities for diverse communities to speak up, share stories and find a voice. This project analyses the political listening practices necessary to support the potential for voice in this changing media environment. The project contributes to community wellbeing by asking to what extent community media is heard in key mainstream institutions. Case studies examine the ways in which policymakers and journalists listen in to media produced by Indigenous, Muslim and Sudanese Australians. The research engages with Indigenous knowledges, feminist political theory, critical race and whiteness studies to generate policy-relevant analysis of ethical responsiveness to activist and community media.
Potential topics include:

–       impact of Indigenous, community or alternative media
–       listening practices of journalists and/or policymakers
–       the politics of listening in the digital age
–       intersectional or decolonizing strategies for media justice
–       listening in media and political theory
–       media and socio-cultural wellbeing
The Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts at the University of Wollongong offers a vibrant, interdisciplinary research environment. Co-supervision possibilities are available across the faculty. The successful HDR candidate will have access to the emerging international network of scholars focused on the politics, ethics and practices of ‘listening’.
Eligibility and Application Details

Applications are invited for commencement in early 2017. PhD scholarship applicants should have attained one of the following qualifications: Honours First Class, a Masters degree by research or equivalent. An Honours degree is a four-year degree which includes a thesis component.  Candidates with lived experience of Indigineity or refugee communities are particularly encouraged to apply.
Both domestic and international prospective students are eligible to apply.
For further information about the project and the PhD scholarship, please contact Tanja Dreher at tanjad@uow.edu.au. Applicants are strongly advised to discuss the application and proposed research project by email with Dr Dreher before submitting an application.
The scholarship stipend for 2017* is approx. $27,000 pa, incremented annually for 3 years. PhD candidates are eligible to apply for faculty conference and fieldwork funding.
Applicants should submit:
a cover letter detailing relevant experience, a CV and an academic transcript to Tanja Dreher at tanjad@uow.edu.au
The deadline for applications is Monday 14 November 2016
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PhD Scholarship in Media Studies: Community media and the politics of listening

Deadline for applications: Monday 14 November 2016

A PhD scholarship is available in association with the ARC future Fellowship Project, ‘Listening in’. Successful candidates will be supervised by ARC Future Fellow Dr Tanja Dreher (www.tanjadreher.net). They will be expected to research topics which complement the Future Fellowship research.

Listening in – improving recognition of community media to support democratic participation and wellbeing
 
New media forms and the community media sector in Australia provide increasing opportunities for diverse communities to speak up, share stories and find a voice. This project analyses the political listening practices necessary to support the potential for voice in this changing media environment. The project contributes to community wellbeing by asking to what extent community media is heard in key mainstream institutions. Case studies examine the ways in which policymakers and journalists listen in to media produced by Indigenous, Muslim and Sudanese Australians. The research engages with Indigenous knowledges, feminist political theory, critical race and whiteness studies to generate policy-relevant analysis of ethical responsiveness to activist and community media.
 
Potential topics include:

–       impact of Indigenous, community or alternative media
–       listening practices of journalists and/or policymakers
–       the politics of listening in the digital age
–       intersectional or decolonizing strategies for media justice
–       listening in media and political theory
–       media and socio-cultural wellbeing

The Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts at the University of Wollongong offers a vibrant, interdisciplinary research environment. Co-supervision possibilities are available across the faculty. The successful HDR candidate will have access to the emerging international network of scholars focused on the politics, ethics and practices of ‘listening’.

Eligibility and Application Details

Applications are invited for commencement in early 2017. PhD scholarship applicants should have a record of excellent academic performance and have attained one of the following qualifications: Honours First Class, a Masters degree by research or equivalent. An Honours degree is a four-year degree which includes a thesis component. Additional relevant research experience and/or peer-reviewed research activity, awards and/or prizes will be regarded favourably. Candidates with lived experience of Indigenous and refugee communities are particularly encouraged to apply.
 
Both domestic and international prospective students are eligible to apply.
 
For further information about the project and the PhD scholarship, please contact Tanja Dreher at tanjad@uow.edu.au. Applicants are strongly advised to discuss the application and proposed research project by email with Dr Dreher before submitting an application.
 
The scholarship stipend for 2017* is approx. $27,000 pa, incremented annually for 3 years. PhD candidates are eligible to apply for faculty conference and fieldwork funding.

Applicants should submit:
a cover letter detailing relevant experience, a CV and an academic transcript to Tanja Dreher at tanjad@uow.edu.au
 
The deadline for applications is Monday 14 November 2016

 

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