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Two Postdoc Positions in Journalism and Environmental Humanities

University of Aarhus - Department of Media and Journalism Studies

Location: Aarhus - Denmark
Salary: Not Specified
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 23rd September 2022
Closes: 7th November 2022

The Department of Media and Journalism Studies within the School of Communication and Culture at Aarhus University invites applications for two postdoc positions with a focus on journalism studies, environmental humanities or a combination of both. The two postdoc positions are central to the research project ‘Seasonal Journalism as Vernacular Phenology’ funded by the Aarhus University Research Foundation (AUFF) and led by Associate Professor Henrik Bødker in collaboration with Dr. Michelle Bastian (University of Edinburgh).

The postdoc positions are full time and fixed-term, 19-month positions. The positions start on 1 January 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The School of Communication and Culture is committed to diversity and encourages all qualified applicants to apply regardless of their personal background.

Project

The project ‘Seasonal Journalism as Vernacular Phenology’ is an investigation of everyday observations of the timings of natural phenomena in what we term ‘seasonal journalism’ (for example, recurrent articles on gardening, first flowering, agricultural timing) in the last 25 years. We approach these observations as a form of vernacular ‘phenology’, which, in ecology, refers to the study of cyclical and seasonal occurrences. The project is an exploratory one which will combine insights into temporality from journalism studies and environmental humanities. Our interest is in identifying how a local awareness of climate change can be traced in media outputs from Denmark and Australia since the turn of the century. Based on the available material, both analogue and digital, the project seeks to develop methodologies for framing, gathering and analysing data on seasonal media and communicating findings more widely. The research team will work collaboratively, building on our individual strengths, and we are open to applicants suggesting novel framings within our overarching interest of investigating seasonal journalism.

Postdoc profiles

We are looking to fill the two postdoc positions with applicants interested in participating in and developing research in journalism studies, the environmental humanities and/or ecological timing at an international level. It is expected that the successful applicants will have a good command of current debates in one of the designated research fields and are able to set out a convincing approach for how they will identify and develop synergies between them. Within the overall framework, successful applicants will have the opportunity to develop their own ideas and projects that are in line with their interests and expertise. In addition to that, we plan to build a team with good communications skills and a reliable work ethic. 

Teaching and supervision

While each postdoc position is primarily research-based, at our department it also involves a degree of teaching and supervision or other department tasks (approximately 20% of the postdoc’s employment). The successful applicant will thus take part in some of the department’s teaching and supervision activities at the MA level. 

Qualifications

Applicants must have a PhD degree or must document equivalent qualifications in any field related to the representation of climate change and/or other environmental issues. 

We respect the balance between work and private life and strive to create a work environment in which that balance can be maintained. See Family and work-life balance for further information. 

Deadline: 07 November 2022 

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