COVENTRY UNIVERSITY

Professor of Postdigital Cultures

Location
Coventry, United Kingdom
Posted
Tuesday, 27 August 2019
End of advertisement period
Tuesday, 17 September 2019
Ref
REQ007220
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

Application closing date 17/09/2019
Faculty / School or Service Faculty of Arts & Humanities
Salary Competitive
Package As one of Coventry's biggest employers, we offer some pretty impressive benefits including an excellent pension scheme and generous holiday allowances
Job category/type Academic

Job description

Coventry University is seeking to appoint a Professor of Postdigital Cultures within the Centre for Postdigital Cultures, Faculty of Arts and Humanities. Appointment to this position offers an opportunity to lead the Centre's research on digital media and humanities. It also allows the successful candidate to provide academic leadership in an area of critical importance to the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, and to cement its growing international reputation and ambitious research agenda.

The Centre for Postdigital Cultures (CPC), established in2017, builds on the strong and distinctive track-record of scholars at Coventry University encompassing a range of disciplines in the arts and humanities. Ledby Professor Gary Hall, the CPC explores how innovations in postdigital cultures can enable 21st century society to respond to the challenges it faces in relation to the digital at a global, national and local level.

The CPC takes an innovative stance in exploring (post) digital phenomena. It is our position that the "digital" can no longer be understood as a separate domain of media and culture. If we actually examinethe digital - rather than taking it for granted we already know what it means -we see that today digital information processing is present in every aspect ofour lives. This includes our global communication, entertainment, education,energy, banking, health, transport, manufacturing, food, and water-supply systems. Attention therefore needs to turn from "the digital", to the various overlapping processes and infrastructures that shape and organise the digital, and that the digital helps to shape and organise in turn. Put another way, what we are interested in is how we are born out of our relation to media, rather than seeing the media simply as an external instrument or tool, the latter being the classical Aristotelian view that has dominated our understanding of media technologies to date.  The CPC investigates such enmeshed digital models of culture, society, and the creative economy for the 21st century "postdigital" world. 

The successful candidate is expected to have aninternational reputation with a successful record of accomplishment in terms of their leadership experience, high-quality research outputs, income generation and public profile. Candidates with an expertise in urban postdigital transformations and Artificial Intelligence are especially encouraged to apply,but we are open to expertise in other areas of digital media.

As one of Coventry's biggest employers the University will provide an excellent benefits package and a personal and professional development programme that will help you to achieve your aspirations. 

For more information on the Centre for Postdigital Cultures, see https://www.coventry.ac.uk/research/areas-of-research/postdigital-cultures/.

Informal enquiries about this post should be addressed to Professor Gary Hall (gary.hall@coventry.ac.uk)

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