From the “it’s a strange place, America” catalogue comes this from an academic position advertisement:

Purchase College SUNY is an AA/EEO employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, or Clery Act, mandates that all Title IV institutions, without exception, prepare, publish and distribute an Annual Security Report. This report consists of two basic parts: disclosure of the University’s crime statistics for the past three years; and the availability regarding the University’s current campus security policies. Purchase College’s Annual Security Report is available at

Interactive Documentary Aesthetics Pamphlet

I convened a panel at Visible Evidence XXII (2015, Toronto) around interactive documentary aesthetics. The format required each member to provide ten slides that would be on screen for thirty seconds in advance, so we each spoke for five minutes then opened it to discussion from the audience and amongst each other. (It was lively, to say the least.)

Following the panel I thought it would be of value to document it, semi-formally, if only so that some of the propositions could continue doing their work for others. It was also a sketch toward thinking about how to make the ephemeral of something like a panel discussion less so. So I curated the slides, and got the text of our talks, and built a small iBook pamphlet.

Screenworks (University of Bristol) thought about it, talked about it, and have published it not as peer reviewed (I certainly agree that it doesn’t have the necessary scale and detail to be viable for peer review) but as, in its own turn, another provocation to screen media research. This is good because it is this poking our academic habits that is one of the aims of the panel (young and established scholars, slides in advance, 5 minutes each only), and the iBook.

What is (and isn’t) screen media practice research?

Journal of Applied Journalism and Media Studies

The Journal of Applied Journalism & Media Studies aims to bridge the gap between media and communication research and actors with a say in media production, i.e. broadcasters, newspapers, radio, Internet-based media outlets, etc. It is devoted to research with an applied angle in which a clear link is made between the prevalent theories and paradigms media and communication scholars work with, and the real world where media and communication activities take place. It tackles issues and practices related to the output and organization of media outlets in our digitized age
from Delicious:

Did I?

Adrian finished the conversation by proposing that Seb’s trajectory provides a proposition for expanded documentary:

What is really interesting across the history that Seb has described is this movement from what I think of as an artefact centred practice towards an experience orientated practice…Documentary is still very much artefact driven, even though it has social agendas and experiential things there’s still this very strong artefactual basis to the practice. This move towards experiential media is a really interesting proposition to start thinking about what the work of the artefacts and its surrounding ecology of stuff might start to be.

PhD Opportunity, Sydney

Trying to put the word out there for colleagues:

Please alert potential PhD students applicants to the following opportunity:

In 2017, UNSW is launching a new PhD scholarship scheme – Sciential Scholarships. The scheme pays $40,000 tax fee per year for 4 years and up to $10,000 per year for support (travel, conferences etc).

You need to apply for a specific topic area and work with a particular supervisor. You cannot propose your own topic. Here is the topic that I (Anna Munster) will be supervising:

‘The impact of statistical forms and processes on visual culture and art’

The program for study involves:
“The project is interdisciplinary and suits candidates with a background from at least two of these fields: science and technology studies, design, and statistics. It involves building a data set using a data analytical method to track citations of visualization forms, software and image atlases used in training datasets, grey literature and statistical journals. Analyse the data set and the movement of statistical visual forms across specific domains eg from statistics to genomics to artistic visualisation. Create data visualisations of these movements of visual forms from the sciences to the humanities and arts from 1930s to the present.’
If you think you fit this description or know someone who does, please contact Anna Munster on: by Nov 11 at the latest.

We are looking for candidates who have already developed some research practices and outputs such as a few high quality conference presentations, journal articles etc and/or may have had experience as interns or worked in critical digital humanities environments (data visualisation, for example); worked a s research assistant on an academic project etc. This would be in addition to excellent undergraduate or Masters by Research qualifications. This is not a scheme that would suit a student straight out of an honours degree (unless they were exceptional researchers and had already achieved some of the above).

There is full information about the scheme here:

Study needs to be conducted in Sydney, Australia. For any intending international students, please also be aware that international student fees will be waived for the successful applicant