Canadian Journal of Communication: Announcements A journal of research and scholarship encompassing the field of communication studies giving emphasis to Canadian work and Canadian issues. en-US Tue, 22 Jun 2021 10:14:29 -0700 OJS 60 New Issue: Special Issue: Materials and Media of Infrastructure Tue, 22 Jun 2021 10:14:29 -0700 Job Posting: The Asper Fellowship in Media <p style="margin: 0cm; margin-bottom: .0001pt;"><strong>The Asper Fellowship in Media,</strong></p> <p style="margin: 0cm; margin-bottom: .0001pt;"><strong>Faculty of Information and Media Studies,</strong></p> <p style="margin: 0cm; margin-bottom: .0001pt;"><strong>Western University, London, Ontario, Canada</strong></p> <p>The Faculty of Information and Media Studies (FIMS) at Western University invites applications for the Asper Fellowship in Media. The role of the Fellow is to promote public discussion of a range of issues related to the nature of Canadian media. In reckoning with ongoing activism and policy responses to racism and inclusion, our current Asper Fellowship emphasizes the intersection of media and racialized groups in Canada and abroad, including Black communities, Indigenous communities, communities of colour and new immigrant communities of colour. We seek applications from scholars and journalists who study or produce media for and about racialized groups in mainstream or independent contexts.</p> <p>The Fellow is normally in residence for one term: for the coming year, either September-December 2021 or January-April 2022. The successful applicant will receive compensation of $20,000 which includes benefits for the term, and up to $10,000 to support project activities during the tenure of the fellowship. Travel and housing support are also available. The amount available for project support will depend upon the project’s proposed scope and an approved budget, to be determined in consultation with the Dean and the FIMS Assistant Dean, Research. Asper Fellowship teaching takes place in person, though the 2021-22 Fellowship may shift on-line pending COVID19 health and safety requirements.</p> <p>During the term of the Fellowship, the Asper Fellow will teach one course in an area of expertise in one of the Faculty’s programs, will deliver a public lecture to the Faculty and University community, and will be engaged in a significant media-related project that will lead to public dissemination. Currently, we seek projects that address the life and history of racialized groups, and/or the burdens of racism and exclusion, through a Canadian media lens.</p> <p>We anticipate that this position will appeal to journalism/media practitioners or to journalism/media scholars who would value an opportunity to engage in focused teaching and scholarly reflection.&nbsp;We also anticipate that the successful applicant will be a distinguished leader in the area of journalism/media studies who will use the Asper Fellowship opportunity to enrich teaching and scholarship or media making at Western.</p> <p>The Faculty of Information and Media Studies is a vibrant, interdisciplinary Faculty. It currently offers an undergraduate program in Media, Information and Technoculture (MIT), and a related stream Media and the Public Interest (MPI) with an enrolment of approximately 1,000 students, and graduate programs in Journalism and Communication, Media Studies, Library and Information Science, and Health Information Science. Information about the Faculty can be found at <a href=""></a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>Western University delivers an academic experience second to none. Western challenges the best and brightest faculty, staff and students to commit to the highest global standards. Our research excellence expands knowledge and drives discovery with real-world application. Western attracts individuals with a broad worldview, seeking to study, influence, and lead in the international community. Since 1878, The Western Experience has combined academic excellence with life-long opportunities for intellectual, social and cultural growth in order to better serve our communities.</p> <p>Interested candidates should submit the following: a curriculum vitae; sample publications (maximum 25 pages) or links to creative works; names and contact information of three references; a cover letter describing their qualifications and project interests, and a completed Western Full-Time Faculty Application form found here: <a href=""> </a>&nbsp;</p> <p>Applications should be sent as a single .pdf file via email to:</p> <p style="margin: 0cm; margin-bottom: .0001pt;">Lisa Henderson, Professor and Dean</p> <p style="margin: 0cm; margin-bottom: .0001pt;">Faculty of Information and Media Studies</p> <p style="margin: 0cm; margin-bottom: .0001pt;">FIMS and Nursing Building</p> <p style="margin: 0cm; margin-bottom: .0001pt;">Western University</p> <p style="margin: 0cm; margin-bottom: .0001pt;">London, ON, Canada N6A 5B9</p> <p style="margin: 0cm; margin-bottom: .0001pt;"><a href=""></a></p> <p>Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Review of applicants will begin after April 15, 2021.</p> <p><em>Positions are subject to budget approval. Applicants should have fluent written and oral communication skills in English. The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Western is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, members of racialized groups/visible minorities, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, and persons of any gender identity or gender expression. </em></p> <p><em>In accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. </em></p> <p><em>Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment process. If you require accommodations for interviews or other meetings, please contact Lilianne Dang at 519 661-2111 ext 86548.</em></p> <p><em>Posted on Faculty Relations website March 10, 2021.</em></p> Tue, 16 Mar 2021 01:29:38 -0700 Now Available: CJC Playlists <p>CJC Playlists are curated collections of articles that are drawn from the journal's open access archive. We are inviting scholars to develop playlists around a topic, theme, or keyword of their choosing and to introduce their collection as a constellation of work that speaks in some way to our present moment. We hope to encourage a sense of historicity, inventive new alignments for scholarship and have a little fun in the process.</p> <p>You can access our first playlists here (just click on the black arrow to access a track within a playlist):</p> <p><a href="">Melissa Aronczyk, Promotional Culture</a></p> <p><a href="">Rianka Singh, Curating Care</a></p> <p>Please find a full list of our published and forthcoming playlists <a href="">here</a>!</p> <p>If you are interested in curating a playlist, please be in touch with Chris Russill, Editor, <em>Canadian Journal of Communication</em>, at <a href="">;</a></p> Wed, 27 Jan 2021 11:09:33 -0800 CFP: Special Issue: Politics, Communication, and Alt-Rights Canadian Journal of Communication, Abstract Deadline, June 1, 2021 <p>Editorial Committee: Greg Elmer (Ryerson University), Ganaele Langlois (York University), Natalie Coulter (York University), Fenwick McKelvey (Concordia University)</p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> <p>Over the past few years, new political formations combining populism, neo-fascism, racism, misogyny, homophobia and transphobia, white supremacy, and ultra-nationalism have taken the world by storm. These so-called new alt-right movements are as much about communication and media as they are about politics. Indeed, new communities founded on a shared hatred of liberal democracy, multiculturalism and social justice and equity rely on communication and the capacity to harness digital networked media to unleash new forms of viral propaganda, target individuals, bait public opinion and recruit new members.</p> <p>The purpose of this special issue is to understand the multi-faceted aspects of alt-right movements in Canada, particularly as manifest in communicative and media practices. Going beyond simple denunciation of a monolithic Alt-Right toward understanding the many alt-right movements in existence, this special issue calls for finding new potentials for critical reflection and intervention towards rebuilding inclusive communities and forging new democratic processes and practices. Here are some key avenues of inquiry:</p> <p><strong>1. Understanding Alt-Right Movements in Canada</strong></p> <p>While mainstream media has built an image of the Alt-Right as a monolith, the reality is that it is composed of many groups and communities, some globally connected, others more local, some backed by rich sponsors, others relying on building grassroots support. Some groups are newcomers on the scene (the Yellow Vests for instance), others belong to fringe paramilitary groups (Soldiers of Odin), or in turn mix with mainstream politics (Faith Goldy’s mayoral run in Toronto). How can we understand the specificity of present alt-rights, their histories and their contingencies, particularly with regards to their presence and representation on media platforms and properties? What are the political issues and discourses that alt-right movements have developed, alongside on-the-ground political activism? How can we establish a cartography of alt-right movements and actors in Canada, their respective and possibly related audiences and communicative tactics and political goals?</p> <p><strong>2. Alt-Rightsand the Media Systems</strong></p> <p>Alt-rights undermine the liberal democratic principle of open and participatory media. Alt-rights tactics simultaneously rely on open media whilst undermining its very possibility. The special issue focuses on two particular ways that alt-rights challenge the notion of the public sphere. First, alt-right tactics integrate into a new political economy of dis- and miss information, relying on an industry of "fake news" produced by new media entrepreneurs and partisans and spread through committed political actors and media manipulation. Second, alt-right and neo-conservative phenomena often involve new forms of manipulation of attention, affects and emotions, targeting content to specific psycho-social profiles and algorithmic logics of visibility. How do we track, analyze and understand these new negative affective contagions and manipulations in order to formulate adequate responses? How do these tactics reflect the weaknesses of media systems?</p> <p><strong>3. Media Practices of Shock, Visibility and Normalization</strong></p> <p>Alt-right movements have developed multi-faceted media practices, using journalistic formats or internet-based vernaculars such as memes, and oscillating between hateful or passionate speech and pseudo-scientific and rational voices. They have a variety of targets, from liberal politicians to feminists, immigrants and activists who are in turn framed as scapegoats or dangerous enemies. Alt-right movements make use of different communicative tactics, some extremely aggressive and vitriolic (like doxing), others based on internet trolling cultures, but also work towards normalization and acceptance of their ideas through using values around free speech, human rights, citizenship and mainstream ideologies (e.g. traditional conservatism). Alt-right movements and individuals adopt different modes of engagement with others depending on the specific online platforms they act on, with shock tactics featuring heavily on 4Chan and some Reddit subforums while others deal with maintaining their visibility on platforms that have active content regulation (e.g. Facebook). How do these media practices help alt-right movements gain visibility and be accepted in mainstream politics? In turn, what are the functions of shock tactics? What is an appropriate response to these tactics</p> <p><strong>4. Counter-Practices, Pedagogical Interventions, and Inclusive Community-Building</strong></p> <p>At a time of intense media concentration and commercialization, alt-right movements also demand a restatement of the democratic function of the media. How do we respond to alt right movements and their associated tactics? What are the communicative infrastructures of inclusion, support and protection of marginalized and victimized communities thatcould be developed? What are the different policies and regulations that could be formulated? What kind of pedagogical responses should be brought forward?</p> <p>This special issue invites contributions on these themes as well as others that are related to alt-right political movements and communication and media within the Canadian context. The editorial committee welcomes a wide range of contribution formats as specified by the Canadian Journal of Communication, including:</p> <ul> <li class="show">Research articles</li> <li class="show">Research in Brief</li> <li class="show">Policy in Brief</li> <li class="show">Commentaries</li> <li class="show">Interviews</li> </ul> <p>Please go to <a href=""></a> for further details on these different types of contributions. The editorial committee is also interested in any other format that allows for better engagement with alt-right questions, including anonymous pieces.&nbsp; Please send 500 words abstracts to <a href=""></a>. Submissions are reviewed on a rolling basis.</p> <p><strong>Abstract Deadline: June 1, 2021</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 30 Nov 2020 15:24:30 -0800 CJC Focuses on Online Publishing Beginning January 2021 <p>After 46 years of print production the Candian Journal of Communication will focus on its online presence beginning with volume 46 issue 1 in early 2021. This shift out of print will provide increased opportunities for such innovations as our recently inaugurated Policy Portal and, shortly to be announced, curated collections of already published thematically related articles with overviews. CJC will continue to publish 4 issues per volume/year.</p><p>Full and immediate access will be available solely via a<strong><em> </em></strong>CJC subscription. Twelve months after publication, all journal content is openly accessible. The revenue generated via subscriptions combines with grants and other smaller income streams to underwrite the labour involved in maintaining our high editorial and production standards. CJC is a fully registered not-for-profit corporation. </p><p>Current print subscribers transitioning to online subscriptions, will experience a cost saving in addition to gaining access to CJC’s Policy Portal and other innovations in the works. For any needed subscription and payment information please contact <a href=""></a>.</p><p>Rowland Lorimer</p><p>Publisher, Canadian Journal of Communication</p> Sun, 27 Sep 2020 20:42:57 -0700