Postdoctoral Fellowship at Stockholm University – Memory and Meaning in Cultures of Connectivity

Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Media Studies,
Stockholm University

Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Media Studies. Reference number SU FV-0230-15. Deadline for applications: February 28, 2015.

The Department of Media Studies (IMS) is an internationally oriented research environment encompassing the Section of Journalism, Media and Communication (JMK), the Section of Film Studies and the Centre for Fashion Studies. Both JMK and Cinema Studies have been defined as nationally outstanding and internationally prominent by Stockholm University and external examiners. The section of JMK hosts a range of large, externally funded research programmes that span broad fields of media research.

The Department now announces a post doctoral fellowship within the research programme Existential Terrains: Memory and Meaning in Cultures of Connectivity, headed by Associate Professor Amanda Lagerkvist (Wallenberg Academy Fellow), financed by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, the Marcus and Amalia Wallenberg Foundation and Stockholm University.

Within the research programme we are exploring one of the major issues of our time: what it means to be human in the digital age. Our rapidly changing communication culture offers new spaces for exploring what is important in life, but our digitalised lives also pose new challenges that heighten the vulnerabilities of being human. Digitalisation affects our existence in a number of ways, and the overarching research question concerns how people navigate the transformations involved in the digitalisation of our lifeworld. One pertinent area for such emergent existential issues is the desequestering of death in the digital age: in the Global North death has returned to everyday life in digital memory practices; on digital memorials, in communities of grief and remembrance, on suicide sites and in cancer blogs.

We live in a world where our memories and identities emerge through socio-technological ensembles, but these rely upon storage in rapidly ageing and dying machines. Questions about the quantified and wired self, and its archiving in our era of hyperconnectivity, have been accompanied by debates about the ‘right to be forgotten’ in a world where algorithms trace and shape our movements online. The very nature of memory is simultaneously transitioning in our era of temporal instantaneity. And hyper connectivity is also supplemented by different forms of disconnection.

Setting out from theoretical debates within the fields of media, religion and culture, digital memory studies and existence philosophy, and by employing a multi-method research design (combining online ethnography, interviews and analysis of digital form and content) the project aims to develop an existential approach within media studies. The purpose of the programme is to produce new knowledge about the possibilities for meaning-making in relation to the profundity of our lives, existential and spiritual issues, while acknowledging the fundamental affective ambivalence, potential loss of meaning and predicaments for existential public health in the digital age.

The successful applicant for this position will be an important contributor to the research group, and will participate in the broader research community within the Department. The position also enables international conference participation and the project generously covers such expenses.

Job assignments
The primary job assignments within this position include research within the programme, and participation in and administration of activities within the research network. The fellow may also be assigned departmental administrative duties and/or teaching

General eligibility requirements
A postdoctoral fellow is someone who is primarily hired to conduct research and who has a PhD degree, or the equivalent.

Selection criteria
Degrees should have been received within three years of the deadline for applications. If there are particular reasons the degree may have been received earlier. These my involve leave of absence du to illness, parental leave, clinical service, positions of trust and simliar etc.

In appointing the postdoctoral fellow particular emphasis will be placed on scientific qualifications. The applicant should have documented research experience of studying the internet and/or digital cultures. An applicant who has done previous research on media and memory, and on digital memory cultures in particular, or who has been engaged in research about disconnection, media phenomenology or who has done research on digital media within the field of media, religion and culture will be considered highly qualified for the post. So is someone with a particular track record of  having developed qualitative methods in studying digital cultures.

Conditions of employment
The post implies a full time employment for two years, with a possible extension if there are particular reasons. The starting date is September 1, 2015 or as agreed.

Stockholm University strives to be a working place free of discrimination, affording equal opportunities for all.

For more information about this position, contact Amanda Lagerkvist, tfn 08-164431, e-mail:

Union representatives
Anqi Lindblom-Ahlm (Saco-S) and Lisbeth Häggberg (Fackförbundet ST), phone: 08-16 2000 (vx), and Gunnar Stenberg (SEKO), phone:  070-316 43 41.

The application should be written in Swedish or English and should contain:

* a cover letter;
* a resumé;
* a copy of your PhD Degree Diploma;
* a research plan (2 pages), where the purpose, materials and methods of the proposed study are specified. The assignment is here to describe how the study  will contribute to the programme Existential Terrains: Memory and Meaning in Cultures of Connectivity, and to the new emergent field of research surrounding digital media and existential issues;
* a list of publications;
* references.

Welcome with your application marked with SU FV-0230-15, and submit it no later than February 28, 2015 by e-mail to:

Files submitted electronically should be in Word or pdf-format. NOTE: refer to the number SU FV-0230-15 in the subject area of your e-mail message.

Amanda Lagerkvist
PhD Associate Professor
Wallenberg Academy Fellow

Dept. of Media Studies (IMS/JMK)
Stockholm University
PO. Box 27861
115 93 Stockholm

Eight Assistant/Associate Professors in Media Studies

8 Assistant/Associate Professors in Media Studies (1,0 fte each)

Specificaties – (uitleg)
Locatie Faculty of Humanities
Functietypes Professors, associate professors, assistant professors and lecturers, Research, Development, Innovation, Education
Wetenschappelijke discipline Language and Culture
Uren 24,0 – 40,0 uren per week
Salaris € 3324 – € 6160
Werk-/denkniveau Doctorate
Vacaturenummer 713871
Vertalingen en
About employer Utrecht University

Solliciteer binnen 23 dagen op deze vacature


For the 8 available positions, we are searching for candidates in particular who have demonstrably good qualifications in the field of education, research and education management and who would be able to provide a combination of the following areas of education:

(new) screen theory
mobile and urban screen media and culture
film theory
contemporary national and international cinema
historic transformation of television
media archives and archiving (television, cinema, new media)
television within the digital context and participation
media production and creative industry
social media
games and play
narrativity (cross-media, seriality, narrative complexity)
non-fiction (film, television, internet)
the broader, cultural study of (digital) communication
cultural and political issues in the field of new media and the theory of new media
data analysis and digital methods

In the field of education, the training courses that MCW provides (BA Media Studies, BA Communication and Information Sciences, BA Language and Cultural Studies; MA Media Studies) are aimed at an integrated and interdisciplinary approach to media and media culture. Attention to the (historic) transformation of media and media culture and the role of media in society form the main focus, with a concentration within the education on research skills and qualitative research methods.

Candidates who can be deployed broadly in several areas of education, preferably across mediums, will be given preference. We also prefer candidates with demonstrable affinity to communication science issues. Good methodological knowledge and skills which also translate to education, are required for all the positions.

Please indicate in your application whether you aspire to a position as assistant professor (UD) or associate professor (UHD). For the latter positions in particular, extensive experience in the area of education management is a requirement.


We require:

experience in teaching at both Bachelor and Master level;
considerable research output, evidence of which include a finished PhD and publications at an internationally recognized level;
experience with successful applications for external funding is desirable;
experience in a coordinating position is advantageous;
good communication skills and team spirit;
basic Teaching Qualification (BKO) according to Dutch university standards (or to be obtained within two years);
fluency in English, preferably close to near-native standard;
fluency in Dutch has to be obtained within two years.

For Associate Professor (UHD) position:

experience in teaching at BA/ MA and PhD level
excellent research output at an international recognized level
extensive experience with national and international research funding application processes
experience in coordination of teaching- and research programmes
excellent managerial skills
senior Teaching- and Research Qualification (SKO) according to Dutch university standards (or similar experience and to be obtained within two years)


The initial appointment will be on a temporary basis for a period of two years. Subject to excellent performance, this will be followed by a permanent position. The gross monthly salary for an assistant professor’s position will range from € 3,324 to € 5,171, for a full time position, consistent with the cao scale 11/12 (Collective Labour Agreement) for Dutch Universities, and for an associate professor it will range from €4,607 to € 6,160, consistent with cao scale 13/14.

The salary is supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8% and an end-of-year bonus of 8.3% per year. In addition, we offer a pension scheme, partially paid parental leave, flexible employment conditions, the possibility to participate in a collective health care plan, and other benefits. Conditions are based on the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities.

Utrecht University strives for excellence in teaching and study performance. This also holds for the clearly defined research profiles with respect to four core themes: Sustainability, Life Sciences, Dynamics of Youth, and Institutions. Utrecht University has a strong commitment to community outreach and contributes to answering the social questions of today and tomorrow.

The Faculty of Humanities has around 7,000 students and 900 staff members. It comprises four knowledge domains:

Philosophy and Religious Studies
History and Art History
Media and Culture Studies and
Languages, Literature and Communication.

With its research and education in these fields, the Faculty aims to contribute to a better understanding of the Netherlands and Europe in a rapidly changing social and cultural context.

The enthusiastic and committed colleagues and the excellent amenities in the historical city centre of Utrecht, where the Faculty is housed, contribute to an inspiring working environment.

The Department of Media and Culture Studies at Utrecht University is an internationally renowned teaching and research consortium composed of scholars in Theatre, Dance, Film, Television, Music, Arts Policy, New Media, Game and Gender Studies. It is dedicated to an interdisciplinary approach to media, performance, and culture in general. Attention to the (historic) transformation of media, performance and culture and their role in society form the main focus.

Culture is a dynamic mix of artistic, creative and everyday activities, with which people shape their identity and actions and within which societal structures and institutions gain shape. Media (old and new) have a crucial role in how this is happening. The Department offers a variety of courses at the Bachelor, the Master and the Doctorate level.

The research of the Media and Culture Department is being coordinated by the Institute for Cultural Enquiry (ICON). Researchers at MCW participate in three ICON programmes: Gender Studies, Media & Performance Studies, and Musicology. All three have received excellent assessments in the most recent research visitation. Furthermore, researchers in our department play an important role in the university-wide focus area ‘Cultures, Citizenship and Human Rights’ and ‘Game Research’. The Media and Culture department also hosts the Netherlands Research School of Gender Studies (NOG).
Additionele informatie

For additional queries please contact Prof Dr Eggo Müller:

For more information about our courses, please consult:

Bachelor Film en Televisiewetenschap
Master Film- en Televisiewetenschap
Communicatie- en informatiewetenschappen
Media and Performance studies
New Media Digital Culture

For more information about our research, see:

Institute for cultural inquiry
New Media Studies
Game Research
Cultures, Citizenship and Human Rights

Cfp: Color in Animation, Comics and Literature

“Color in Animation, Comics and Literature”

Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film /Literaturhaus Stuttgart, Wednesday, May 6 2015

An academic symposium at the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film 2015 in collaboration with the Society of Animation Studies, the School of Art, Design and Media at Nanyang Technological University Singapore, the Institute of Media Studies at Eberhard Karls University Tübingen and the Literaturhaus Stuttgart.  The symposium is aiming to be highly interdisciplinary and international in nature, bringing together scholars, students, academics and artists from diverse fields of research and professional practice.

Call for papers:

This one-day symposium welcomes papers, which negotiate the role and use of color in the fields of literature, illustration, graphic storytelling and animation.

The symposium invites abstracts for 20-minute presentations and welcomes proposals on all aspects of color in book illustration, comics (graphic novels) and animation/film in general.  Proposals, which relate to the symposium topics in the wider sense will be preferred.

Topics can include, but are not limited to:

-Color and visual storytelling

-Color as a dramatic tool in animation and comics

-Use of color in book illustrations

-The role of color in adaptations for comics and/or animation/film

-Socio-cultural context of color in illustration, animation and comics

-Techniques of coloring in comics and animation

-Comparative studies of digital coloring versus traditional methods

Please e-mail abstracts of 250 words maximum (excluding title) to the attention of the conference review committee at:

Abstracts should include your name, affiliation, e-mail address, and the title of your proposed paper. Please do also provide a short CV, with a maximum of 300 words as a separate document.

The deadline for submissions is Monday, March 9, 2015. Authors of accepted papers will be notified in the last week of March.

The call is open to all interested scholars, researchers and practitioners. Accepted speakers as well as visitors of the symposium will need to get an accreditation for professionals at the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film 2015. This will allow full access to the symposium as well as to the complete program of Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film for a very moderate fee-details will follow closer to the conference date.

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