Stellenausschreibung der Universität Bremen: Lecturer mit Tenure-Track zum Senior Lecturer (w/m/d) Blue Humanities

The University of Bremen is offering a full-time position at the postdoctoral level in English-Speaking Cultures/English in the Faculty of Linguistics & Literary Studies (Faculty 10) at the earliest possible date, subject to the confirmation of the position, for a

Lecturer with tenure track to Senior Lecturer (m/f/d)

reference no.  LK284/22

in the field of

Blue Humanities: Cultural Studies of the English-Speaking World.

Deadline: July 29, 2022

Job description

The Faculty of Linguistics & Literary Studies subscribes to a modern understanding of philology, which includes the transfer (in teaching and research) between the philological sub-disciplines and a strong focus on interdisciplinarity. We are looking for an early-career researcher in the early post-doc phase (m/f/d) with competencies in British, North American or postcolonial cultural studies, with particular attention to the innovative thematic focus of Blue Humanities. The shift in perspective from land to sea undertaken in the Blue Humanities allows for a deep engagement with topics discussed in English-speaking Cultural Studies/Cultural Histories such as global expansion and colonization, Black Atlantic and Black Pacific, concentrating on cultural, social, economic, and linguistic interrelationships in the matrix of power and resistance as well as on the workings of intersectional inequalities in the formation and transformation of knowledge. Expertise should be demonstrated in one of the following areas or a comparable topic area: shipping routes as global, historical, cultural, social, economic, linguistic, literary, and knowledge-circulating pathways; climate change and ecological development; flight and migration; Indigenous and local marine cultures and epistemes.

The tenure-track phase serves to broaden the range of qualifications. Within this framework, it offers opportunities for the independent development of a profile in the Blue Humanities.

Your tasks and responsibilities:

  •     Independent, research-based teaching in the Bachelor’s and Master’s programs “English-Speaking Cultures/English” with a focus on cultural studies;
  •     Development of disciplinary and interdisciplinary teaching concepts in the abovementioned field, including a focus on cultural studies and cultural history within the Blue Humanities;
  •     Coordination of course planning in the field of Cultural Studies;
  •     Collaboration in the continual advancement of the English-language BA/MA and teacher training programs and the development of innovative teaching formats for the field; consideration of the interlocking of issues relevant to the field with topics in literature and linguistics, possibly also with reference the school context;
  •     Research (publication activities, organization of conferences/workshops, active participation in the acquisition of third-party funding) with the aim of expanding organizational responsibility in the field;
  •     Cooperation in research, teaching and transfer in cross-disciplinary contexts (particularly within English-Speaking Cultures, the Bremen collaborative research platform „Worlds of Contradiction“ and, for example, MARUM, the German Maritime Museum Bremerhaven and the Bremen Overseas Museum);
  •     Participation in academic self-administration, including module development and administration.

Requirements

Your qualifications (hiring requirements):

  •     Above-average university degree (usually Master’s degree in English/American Studies or a teaching degree in English, or a comparable qualification);
  •     Recent doctorate with above-average grades with a recognizable or connectable thematic focus in the abovementioned field;
  •     Several years of broad experience in teaching courses relevant to the field;
  •     Language competence in German on B2 level (CEFR; to be proven at the latest at the opening of the tenure procedure after three years);
  •     Language competence in English at C2 level (CEFR);
  •     Media and presentation skills for teaching in higher education.

General hints

The appointment is initially limited to four years (pay group 14 TV-L). The fixed term is in accordance with § 2 para. 1 WissZeitVG (“Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz”, the legal framework for fixed-term contracts in the academic sector). Accordingly, only applicants who still have qualification time according to § 2 para. 1 WissZeitVG can be considered. In the case of proof of outstanding suitability, performance and ability, the tenured position of Senior Lecturer (f/m/d) can be assigned (pay group 15 TV-L) after successfully passing an evaluation. The duties in research and research-based teaching are carried out independently within the framework of the Bremen Higher Education Act (§24 Para. 2). The teaching duties are governed in detail by the ordinance on teaching duties, and comprise eight teaching hours per week per semester as Lecturer and twelve teaching hours as Senior Lecturer.

Questions about this job opening can be addressed to the Dean of the Faculty, Prof. Dr. Marcus Callies, at dekan10uni-bremen.de.

The University of Bremen aims to increase the proportion of women in academic fields. It has received a number of awards for promoting gender equality and is certified as a family-friendly university. Women are therefore strongly encouraged to apply. Applications from people with a migration background as well as international applications are especially welcomed. Applicants with disabilities will be given priority if they have essentially the same professional qualifications and personal aptitude.

Please send your application with the usual documents (CV, publication list, teaching portfolio and copies of certificates/diplomas) with the abovementioned reference number by July 29th,2022 to the following address:

Universität Bremen
Fachbereich 10
Frau Çelik
– Verwaltung –
Postfach 33 04 40
28334 Bremen

Please only submit copies of your application documents (no folders) as we will not be able to return them. Your documents will be destroyed upon completion of the selection procedure.

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CFP: Everything Is Awful? Ecology and Affect in Literatures in Canada

Special Issue of Canada and Beyond: A Journal of Canadian Literary and Cultural Studies
Guest editors: Stephanie Oliver and Kit Dobson

Deadline: June 30, 2022

“Now, welcome to the Anthropocene
you battered, tilting globe. Still you gleam,
a blue pearl on the necklace of the planets.”

– Alice Major, “Welcome to the Anthropocene”

We want to restore balance, right relations, ethical being. We cannot afford delusional hierarchies. We will not race each other to the bottom. We commit to live up to the future’s call. We want our lives to not be wasted.

– Rita Wong, “Bisphenol Ache”

How might literary scholars and writers in Canada respond in meaningful ways to ongoing ecological crises? Between the crises of prairie drought, Rocky Mountain and Boreal forest fires, flooding in both Alberta and British Columbia, rapid Arctic warming, and rising sea levels, as well as politically significant ecological concerns such as logging in Fairy Creek, pipelines impacting the Wet’suwet’en, and the Site C dam on the Peace River, environmental questions are unavoidable in this moment. It becomes increasingly clear that literary critics and creative writers need to (re)train themselves to respond to the climate emergency.

This retraining, too, comes amidst a broad movement to reconceptualize writing in the place currently called Canada. Critics such as Tania Aguila-Way, Pamela Banting, Greg Garrard, Jerry Kerber, Sarah Krotz, Cheryl Lousley, Susie O’Brien, Nicole Shukin, Astrida Neimanis, Laurie Ricou and many others have shown that ecocriticism in Canada is by now an established area of study, one that is engaged in an ongoing process of reframing how criticism and writing are understood, and Ella Soper and Nicholas Bradley have argued that early writing in Canada – as well as theorizations thereof – problematically sought to understand the environment as a place of threat and danger. Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, Vanessa Watts, Zoe Todd, Adnil Gosine, Cheryl Teelucksingh, Ingrid Waldron, Beverly Jacobs, Karina Vernon, and others have also expanded the field by developing new frameworks for investigating the links between environmental risk and systemic inequities. Building on this work and more, this special issue contends that attention is needed for literatures that engage land and environment to prompt different affects. How might literary studies engage, for instance, with popular scientific discourses that contend that natural environments link to human happiness? How might narratives of happiness and resilience be meaningfully brought to bear on the necessity of adaptation to environmental crises? Alternatively, how might literary forms resist coercive demands for individualistic forms of resilience? How might land and environment connect to possibilities for resilience in a literary context?

Moreover, and as Cree-Métis scholar Deanna Reder argued during a session at the 2021 ACCUTE conference, Canadianists and scholars in allied fields need to be retrained in not only researching and teaching Indigenous literatures, but also indigenizing literary methods. For Reder, such retraining responds to call #62 of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action, and it can be linked, too, to the need to develop literary relationships to land that undo forms of colonial violence. How might narratives of resilience be reframed in such a context? What forms of resistance to colonial norms are needed in order to confront contemporary crises? How does literature engage in this work?

Also, and unavoidably, such retraining comes at a time when scholars and writers are navigating the “return to normal” that ostensibly comes with COVID becoming endemic – “as if that normal was not in contention,” Dionne Brand cautions. How is literature uniquely positioned to investigate what this “return” will look like? Instead of individualistic forms of adaptation, how, instead, might the literary point toward alternative, social lines of flight away from an environmentally destructive form of “return”?

In this special issue, we are interested in the following, non-exhaustive questions:

  • How are notions of resilience and happiness reworked and set in dialogical interaction in / through literature?
  • What are the literary affects of this moment of ecological crisis?
  • What models do writers offer for thinking and feeling through these crises?
  • Anthropocene, chthulucene, capitalocene, and more: how might literary works help to define this epoch?
  • If “decolonization is not a metaphor” (Tuck and Yang), what does that mean for environmental literary studies, given literature’s reliance upon metaphor itself?
  • How might literary works play a role in mobilizing readers’ ecological senses to incite climate action?
  • What role do the senses play in representing the (complex, striated) relationships between humans, non-humans, and places at this moment in time?
  • How might literature offer what rita wong terms a “syntax of hope”?
  • To what will we “return” in literary studies and / or classrooms? How might we conceptualize such a return?
  • (How) can literary studies in Canada (and beyond!) become an environmentally just practice?

All submissions to Canada & Beyond must be original, unpublished work. Articles, between 6,000 and 7,500 words in length, including endnotes and works cited, should follow current MLA bibliographic format. The editors also encourage alternative forms of scholarship and creative engagement. Submissions should be uploaded to Canada & Beyond’s online submissions system (OJS) (https://revistas.usal.es/index.php/2254-1179/index) and simultaneously sent to ssoliver@ualberta and christopher.dobson@ucalgary.ca by June 30, 2022. For more information please contact the guest editors at the e-mail addresses above.

This CFP is part of the work conducted within the international research project Narratives of Happiness and Resilience.

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Call for Sessions: Indigenous Studies in the United Kingdom & Europe (hybrid)

Indigenous Studies Discussion Group (ISDG), University of Cambridge, Cambridge/UK

September 22-23, 2022

Deadline: June 27, 2022

https://antczako2.wixsite.com/mysite/post/call-for-sessions-indigenous-studies-in-the-united-kingdom-europe-sept-2022

The Indigenous Studies Discussion Group Research Network (ISDG) at the University of Cambridge is excited to announce a two day hybrid conference which aims to further interdisciplinary discussions under the broadly conceived heading ‘Indigenous Studies in the United Kingdom & Europe: Pasts, Presents and Futures’. The conference will take place over 22-23 September 2022.

In seeking to broaden debate and de-centralise knowledge sharing as much as possible, we are opening calls for conference panels from individuals and groups. Panels will comprise three papers followed by an invited speaker who may either tie the papers together or offer comment on them under a central theme.

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CFP (Un-)Making Canada: Fragmentations, Contestations, Reconciliations / (Dé)Faire le Canada : Fragmentations, contestations, réconciliations

September 29-30, 2022 at Paderborn University & Online

Deadline: August 1, 2022

Download the CFP here

Canada has successfully defied definition for centuries. And yet, as a young and most
diverse country relying on immigration to maintain population growth, questions of what
Canada is, was, has, and will become are of utmost importance to many of its inhabitants
and its governmental institutions alike. With the theme „(Un-)Making Canada“, the 19th
annual conference of the Emerging Scholars‘ Forum of the Association for Canadian Studies in German-Speaking Countries will inquire into practices of fragmentation, contestation, and reconciliation that have (in-)formed Canada’s political institutions and systems as well as processes and strategies of identity-building, community formations, and nation-making.
As a country, what is now Canada has been shaped by conflicting and overlapping federal,
provincial, municipal, and Indigenous jurisdictions, its transition from Indigenous
self-government through French and British colonial rule to a confederation of provinces and territories, and it continues to be characterized by increasing transnational mobility and the challenges of an increasing movement/ongoing flow of refugees and migrants. In an era of resurgent conservatism, and growing numbers of physical, social, and political attacks on, for instance, ethnic racial, cultural, linguistic, and religious minorities, this conference is devoted to examining historical perspectives as well as the role of current events and crises (e.g., COVID-19, the war in Ukraine, etc.) in the fragmentation, contestation, reconciliation, or general negotiation of Canadian political, societal, and cultural issues and identities.
In recent years, a wide range of social and protest movements have erupted across Canada
(e.g., Black Lives Matter, Idle No More Indigenous sovereignty, Missing and Murdered
Indigenous Women and Girls, Me Too, or movements surrounding womxn’s and
2SLGBTQIA+ rights). Most recently, the COVID-19 pandemic and the uncovering discovery of unmarked mass grave sites near Canadian residential schools have rendered visible and intensified racial, gender, and socioeconomic inequities/injustices inequalities in urban and rural areas. Uneven responses to COVID-19 across provinces problematized Canadian notions of equality and universal access to healthcare, and, along with the effects of the global economic crisis (e.g., unemployment, bailouts to large corporations, and rising inflation), highlighted the challenge of addressing the needs of all inhabitants of what is now Canada. The discovery of unmarked mass grave sites near Canada’s residential schools brought the intergenerational trauma among Indigenous communities to the fore, exposed the ongoing denial of genocidal policies and their impacts on public memory as well as broached Canada’s continued struggle to reconcile with Indigenous peoples, if reconciliation is even possible.

Canada’s nation-building practices, the formation and sustaining of its communities, and the negotiation of its political, societal, and cultural identities continue to be sculpted by multitudinous processes of contestation and reconciliation. To open and sustain a dialogue about the making and unmaking of Canada across a wide range of disciplinary, theoretical, and methodological approaches, we invite contributions along three thematic axes:

(1) Fragmented, Contested, and Reconciled Identities and Policies,
(2) (Un-)Making Canada in Literature, Art, and Media, and
(3) (Re-)Configuring Settler, Rural, and Urban Space(s).

Contributions from master’s and PhD students, early-career researchers, and
emerging scholars may include, but are not limited to:

● Memory culture(s) of fragmentation, contestation, or reconciliation (e.g.,
cultural amnesia, intergenerational trauma, Canada’s residential school
system, the 60s Scoop, national/public memory, ongoing injustices against
marginalized and vulnerable communities, Canadian exceptionalism),

● Everyday processes and practices of fragmentation, contestations, or
reconciliation within and between different communities (e.g., Indigenous
peoples, racialized communities, disabled people, the 2SLGBTQIA+
community, migrants, or religious groups, different linguistic groups),

● Literary and media (television and film, social media, digital and multimedia
arts) representations and/or negotiations of forms of fragmentation,
contestation, and reconciliation (e.g., misrepresentations/
underrepresentation/appropriations of Indigenous peoples, diversities, and
minorities, representations of national identity, or portrayals of public opinion
on key societal issues),

● Historical perspectives on contested or shifting practices of identity-building,
community formation, and nation-making (e.g., the politics of multiculturalism,
Indigenous self-determination/sovereignty, Canadian nationalism, settler
colonial, and imperial Canada, the post-national state),

● Current events (e.g., COVID-19, the war in Ukraine) and their role in the
fragmentation, contestation, and negotiation of Canadian political, societal,
and cultural issues and identities,

● The role of protest movements (e.g., Idle No More, MMIWG, women,
2SLGBTQIA+ rights, Black Lives Matter, climate justice, migrant rights,
Québec sovereignty, labor, white supremacy/white nationalism,
anti-vaccination, Trucker protest/”Freedom Convoy”) in the (un-) making of
Canada,

● Multi-scalar processes of fragmentation, contestation, and reconciliation
across rural and urban spaces in Canada (e.g., different place-/space-based
identities across ethnic, racial, and gender groups in urban and rural spaces,
Indigenous conceptions of land in urban and rural settings, socioeconomic
and political inequalities in these spaces).

Conference Components and Format
Presentation Panels: Panels include individual 20-minute presentations and
10-minute discussion sessions.
Idea Café: The Idea Café informally combines the presentation of new research
ideas and/or project posters with the opportunity for participants and guests to mingle
and engage in conversations with each other.

Abstract Submission
Panel Presentation: Please submit abstracts of max. 300 words and a short bio note of max. 150 words in English, French, or German to Yvonne K. Jende (ykjende@mail.upb.de), Louise Louw (louisielouw@gmail.com), and Emiliano Castillo Jara (s6emcast@uni-trier.de) by August 1st, 2022. Please outline which of the three main axes above your paper speaks to (if any).

Idea Café: Please submit a short idea/project outline of max. 150 words and a short bio note of max. 150 words in English, French, or German to to Yvonne K. Jende (ykjende@mail.upb.de), Louise Louw (louisielouw@gmail.com), and Emiliano Castillo Jara (s6emcast@uni-trier.de) by August 1st, 2022.

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Charles R. Batson (Union College, USA): „Cirque du Soleil and Beyond: Quebec’s Expanding Circuses“ (Haus der Wissenschaft, Bremen)

Wednesday, June 15, 2022, 15.30-16.30 hours
Haus der Wissenschaft, Sandstr. 4/5, Bremen, Olbers-Saal

Poster

Abstract
With its billion-dollar annual revenue stream, its international touring shows and its striking cultural presence in such destination-cities as Las Vegas, Cirque du Soleil has greatly contributed to the image of Québec as a world-renowned capital of the circus arts. This talk offers an exploration of this brightly shining figure by anchoring it in historical and cultural specificities that helped shape the development of Québec’s highly influential cirque nouveau. The presentation examines ways in which we can see that Québec’s cirques is not just Cirque du Soleil, as Québec’s circus worlds find significant expansion beyond any one enterprise and beyond provincial and national borders.

Bio
Charles R. Batson is Professor of French and Francophone Studies at Union College, Schenectady, NY, and immediate Past President of the American Council for Québec Studies. He has published widely on Québecois, French, and Francophone cultural production and performance, including as co-editor, with Louis Patrick Leroux, of a compendium of essays on Québec’s contemporary circus called Cirque Global: Québec’s Expanding Circus Boundaries (McGill-Queens University Press, 2016). He is co-leading a series of research encounters in the new field of inquiry currently called Circus and Its Others.

Organized as part of the teacher training day “Kanada und Québec | Canada and Québec | le Canada et le Québec.” Inquiries and registration welcome: Dr. Paula von Gleich (bikqs@uni-bremen.de)

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CFP: Visual Cultures of the Circumpolar North – A NiCHE & Jackman Humanities Institute Series

Proposal Deadline: June 10, 2022

Series Publication: August & September 2022

In  partnership  with  NiCHE,  we  are  inviting  submissions  of  500-1000  words  for  a series  that  brings  together  interdisciplinary  perspectives  on  the  cultural,  social,  and environmental  dynamics  across  Indigenous  communities  and  settler  populations  in Alaska,  Canada,  Greenland,  the  Nordic  countries,  and  Russia  to  examine  the complex visual/textual  cultures  of this region.  Proposals of 150 words will be accepted until June 10th with publications running from  August through to the end of September.  If  you  are interested  in  contributing  to  this  series,  please  email  your  proposal  and  a  short  bio to  Isabelle  Gapp  at  isabelle.gapp  [@]  utoronto.ca.  Please  also  feel  free  to  write  to Isabelle  if  you would like any additional information or have any questions.  An honorarium  is  available  for  contributors  without  adequate  or  consistent  access  to institutional financial compensation, assistance or support.  For more information, pleaseconsult the following link:  https://niche-canada.org/2022/05/12/call-for-submissions-visual-cultures-of-the-circumpolar-north/

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CFP: „Crisis“ and Forced Migration: Manifestations of power in a changing world – 14th Annual Conference of the Canadian Association for Refugee and Forced Migration Studies

Hosted virtually in collaboration with the Human Rights Program at St. Paul’s University College at the University of WaterlooNovember 2-4, 2022

Submission deadline: July 15, 2022

Detailed call for papers available at

https://pheedloop.com/carfms22/proposal/start/?call=CALXZ134B27KWAU

The 2022 CARFMS Conference will bring together researchers, policymakers, NGOs, practitioners, students, displaced persons, and advocates from diverse disciplinary and regional backgrounds to discuss how to claim, exercise, or resist power in responses to the multiple, overlapping global forced migration crises that currently face the world. The conference will feature keynote and plenary speeches from leaders in the field and refugees, and we welcome proposals for individual papers, organized panels and roundtables Contact Info: Anna Purkey, Assistant Professor and Director of the Human Rights Program at St. Paul’s University College at the University of Waterloo. Contact Email: apurkey@uwaterloo.ca

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Jennifer Dummer: „Chanson, Rock, Pop, Rap – die vielfältige, bunte und belebte Musiklandschaft Québecs“ (Zoom)

Donnerstag, den 9. Juni 2022; Beginn: 8.30 Uhr über Zoom
Übertragung in Raum S213

Universität Regensburg, Institut für Romanistik
Anmeldung und Zoom-Zugang über dagmar.schmelzer@ur.de

Die Musikszene der frankokanadischen Provinz ist von vielen Einflussen geprägt. Ein Blick in die Geschichte Québecs zeigt, woher diese kommen und auch welche Umbrüche und Krisen es gab. Die Analyse ausgewahlter Lieder zeigt zudem, was die Québecer Musik kennzeichnet. Dass die Szene heute so vielfaltig und belebt ist, liegt auch an umfangreichen Förderangeboten verschiedener Institutionen und an zahlreichen Plattformen, die die lokale Musikszene präsentieren.

Jennifer Dummer studierte französische Literaturwissenschaft in Mainz, Berlin und Montréal. Auf jennismusikbloqc.com und quelesen.com informiert sie über die Québecer Musik- und Literaturszene. 2020 erschien ihre zweisprachige Anthologie Pareil, mais différent — Genauso, nur anders (dtv) mit Kurzgeschichten von frankokanadischen und Québecer Autor-innen, 2021 folgten die Bücher Uiesh —Irgendwo von Joséphine Bacon und Reiz der Rache von J. D. Kurtness, die sie zusammen mit Andreas Jandl für den Berliner KLAK Verlag übersetzt hat. www.jenniferdummer.com

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CFP War College of the Seven Years’ War

Fort Ticonderoga, NY/USA, May 19-21, 2023

Deadline: July 31, 2022

https://www.fortticonderoga.org/call-for-papers/

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has brought war to Continental Europe in a form not seen in decades. The outbreak of a continental war, the invasion of a neighboring territory, and even the players in today’s unfolding saga remind us of many historical examples, including the Seven Years’ War. During this global conflict unprovoked invasion and a drawn out war in Europe featured as some of the many aspects of this cataclysmic struggle. Whether from a comparative lens, or more specifically plumbing the nuances of the specific period 1754-1763, Fort Ticonderoga seeks proposals for papers broadly addressing the period the Seven Years’ War for its Twenty-Seventh Annual War College of the Seven Years’ War to be held May 19-21, 2023.

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CFP edited collection Spheres of Interaction: A handbook of Global Oceanic Encounters

Deadline for abstract: September 30, 2022

Global Encounters Monash (GEM) The Global Encounters Monash project explores relationships between First Nations peoples and those who come from across the seas. While our prime focus is on Australian First Nations and their history of encountering and interacting with people, technologies, plants, animals, and ideas from across the seas, we are interested in comparative stories of oceanic encounters and interactions. The Global Encounters team are looking beyond Australia’s coasts as we explore the nature of encounters around the world, from the perspectives of both insiders looking out and outsiders looking in. We are imaginatively examining encounters onboard the visiting ships, as well as those that took place on the traditional lands of Indigenous peoples. This project takes an expansive view of archives and sources as we explore texts, oral histories and stories, rock art and material culture, plant and vegetation histories, introduced animals, and language and linguistic evidence.

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