Internship on Cultural Studies and Alternative Knowledge Mobilization

Internship on Cultural Studies and Alternative Knowledge Mobilization

The Centre for Culture, Identity and Education (CCIE): is inviting applications from graduate students in the Department of Educational Studies to fill a 12 month (60 hours) position as Intern in Cultural Studies and Alternative Knowledge Mobilization.

The field of cultural studies is notable for being an innovative discourse, manifested in everything from its disciplinarity (starting off as an interdisciplinary, indeed anti-disciplinary field to becoming a reluctant discipline) to its relationship to politics of knowledge (turn from structuralism to culturalism, from the traditional range of politics within disciplines to exclusive overt representation, equity and social justice orientation). Cultural studies as praxis has been more interested in engaging what best addresses the sociocultural and political issues at hand than in the traditional disciplinary dictates on issues, theory and methodology. Even as it holds that “culture is ordinary,” cultural studies has been invested in engaging the latest technological advances, not as an end in themselves but as a means of contributing to addressing social, cultural and political issues of importance.

In the spirit of a cultural studies of education praxis, the Centre for Culture, Identity and Education (CCIE) is inviting applications to fill the position of an Internship in Cultural Studies and Alternative Knowledge This entails a conceptualization of the CCIE as a node of knowledge production and knowledge mobilization. This means some engagement in traditional knowledge production and dissemination (writing of journal articles, books, chapters and reviews) but more importantly and predominantly engaging in the production and utilization of new media
(webinars, videos, blogs, podcasts, etc.) as academic and popular texts. The intern will work directly with CCIE director, Handel Wright in designing, capturing and disseminating (and where appropriate participating in) CCIE events, including digital publications and identification of reviewers. The student may be invited to serve on the CCIE Executive Board and the body of work undertaken will add to their research and service record.

The ideal candidate would be a graduate student with a strong background in new media and knowledgeable about cultural studies and one or more related discourses (e.g. critical pedagogy, anti-racism, critical multiculturalism, queer theory, feminism, Africana and other diasporic identity and identification). They will have the following profile:

• Background in social and political theory (especially on issues of identity, representation and justice)
• Background in progressive institutional and/or community organizing and activism
• Knowledge and experience with new media production and utilization
• Knowledge of web design and maintenance
• Experience or keen interest in design and innovative capture and dissemination of academic and popular talks, panels, symposia, conferences and their representation in new media.

Please send letter of interest, current CV and names and contact information of two referees on or before Sept. 29, 2023 to