Lecturer in Cultural Studies

Melbourne, Australia
27 Feb 2020
End of advertisement period
27 Mar 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Work type: Fixed Term
Location: Parkville
Division/Faculty: Faculty of Arts
Department/School: School of Culture and Communication
Salary: $102,967 - $122,268 (Level B)
Role & Superannuation rate: Academic - Full time - 17% super

The Faculty of Arts promotes a workplace that actively seeks to include, welcome and value unique contributions of all people. People from Indigenous, culturally & linguistically diverse backgrounds and people with disabilities are encourage to apply, and if seeking support in submitting an application are welcomed to contact the Faculty by emailing their contact details and position number to arts-hr@unimelb.edu.au

About the Faculty of Arts - School of Culture and Communication

The School of Culture and Communication is a thriving research hub for critical thinking in the humanities. This agenda is led by world-leading scholars whose fields of research include literary and cultural studies, art history, cinema and performance, media and communication and Australian Indigenous studies. The School is also host to a range of funded research concentrations, such as the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, the Australian Centre, the Centre for Advancing Journalism, and the Research Unit in Public Cultures More broadly, our academics publish, speak and blog on topics as diverse as romanticism, poetry, Asian popular culture, digital media, climate change, network societies, gender and sexuality, racism, cosmopolitanism, and contemporary arts.

About the role

We are seeking an emerging scholar for a three year fixed-term, teaching and learning contract to enrich and advance our program in Screen and Cultural Studies. The Screen and Cultural Studies Program at the University of Melbourne is an innovative and distinctive formation that fosters research and teaching in both Screen Studies and Cultural Studies, as well as the critical intersections between these disciplines. This particular role will teach into the Cultural Studies stream.

Our Cultural Studies stream focuses critical attention on how cultural life is being transformed by three key developments: the intensified mobility of people and cultures in globalization; the impact of new media technologies in everyday life; and the far-reaching environmental and social aftermaths of industrial modernization. These developments produce a number of effects that shape contemporary cultures globally: the reconfiguration of older forms of collective social life into multiple, transnationally inter-connected publics; the transformation of ethnic, gendered, sexual and other identities in the context of cultural superdiversity; unprecedented levels of cultural complexity in public cultures, in everyday life, and in workplaces; and the new cultural centrality of environmental risk. Cultural Studies at Melbourne prepares students to enter this fast-changing world by directing critical attention to six central themes that reflect current conditions: 

  • Globalization and the intensified mobility of culture;
  • Multiculturalism, cultural complexity, and superdiversity;
  • Transforming identities (gendered, sexual, ethnic and others);
  • The uses and experiences of media in everyday life;
  • Cultural and environmental sustainability;
  • New cultural flows in the Asia-Pacific region, and Australia’s place within these.

The successful candidate will be responsible for teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and will assist in the development of new subjects as appropriate; supervision of RHD students is also a requirement. The incumbent will also undertake research resulting in publications with leading publishers in the field, foster engagement links with external networks/partners nationally and internationally and will take on administrative tasks associated with the appointment.

About you

To be considered for this role, you will have a demonstrated research specialisation in relation to one or more of: globalization and the intensified mobility of culture; multiculturalism, cultural complexity, and superdiversity; transforming identities (gendered, sexual, ethnic and others); the uses and experiences of media in everyday life; cultural and environmental sustainability; new cultural flows in the Asia-Pacific region, and Australia’s place within these. You will also have demonstrated excellence in teaching Cultural Studies at a tertiary level and a capacity to supervise Honours, graduate coursework and research higher degree theses on Cultural Studies-related topics.

The successful applicant will also have capacity to work effectively in a team environment, build local and international partnerships, deal with administrative tasks efficiently and interact positively with academic and professional staff.

How to Apply

Please provide a cover letter, copy of your CV and response to selection criteria by completing the application form via Apply Now.

Position Description

Applications close: 27 Mar 2020 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Daylight Time