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Fellowship Description

Research program title

Inuit Futures in Arts Leadership: The Pilimmaksarniq/Pijariuqsarniq Project

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Program description

The objective of Inuit Futures in Arts Leadership: The Pilimmaksarniq/ Pijariuqsarniq Project is to bring together partners from the academic, public, and not-for-profit sectors to train and empower Inuit and Inuvialuit emerging academics and arts professionals to become leaders in Canada within academia and across the arts.

We aim to understand how to make education in the arts and humanities more accessible, attractive, and tailored to Inuit knowledge and ways of learning. By analyzing scholarly literature and conducting primary qualitative research on Inuit student experiences, the Postdoctoral Fellow will develop a thesis that addresses the historical and current absence of Inuit students and professionals in the arts. The Fellow will be supported in this research by our nation-wide network of dedicated partner organizations across the Arctic and southern Canada, Indigenous arts professionals, and interdisciplinary scholars across our five partner universities (all located in cities with high populations of urban Inuit).

Significantly, the successful candidate for this Postdoctoral Fellowship will take the lead on the research and development of our “flexible museum training program,” an E-Learning initiative aimed at providing meaningful distance education in museum studies and Inuit art history to students throughout southern Canada and the Arctic. This E-learning program will provide expertise in curation, museum preparations, education, and operations and will educate Inuit in the skills required to work in the arts. Through our partnership with museums, universities and online educators, we will develop the first program of its kind to offer flexible museum training that can be completed anywhere, even with limited internet access.

Academic qualifications required

PhD in Visual Art, Art History, Education, Art Education or related fields, with focus on digital media, Canadian ICT policy and access, Inuit art history, Arts Administration, Indigenous Futures, E-Learning, or related research topics.

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