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Fellowship Description

Research program title

Landscape of Hope: An Interdisciplinary Program Investigating Innovative Interdisciplinary Practices for Building Resilience to Cyber Pressure

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Program description

We seek to hire a Horizon PDF to an interdisciplinary, multi-stakeholder, pan-Canadian project – Landscape of Hope - that investigates innovative research and creative practices that address and confront the growing social ills associated with discriminatory, prejudicial, xenophobic, and hateful conduct perpetrated on social media. Landscape of Hope guides youth through pathways to pluralistic dialogue via innovative social media analytics, workshops supporting key mental health indicators, and co-created multi-media production and practice-based art installations and performative events. The Horizon PDF program of research will have a first focus on investigating the socio-demographic as well as contextual conditions that impact marginalised youth experiences and perceptions of discrimination in an era of polarization and uncertainty. A second focus will be on drawing out the relationships between the psychological, mental health as well as social variables that impact youths’ use of the internet, perceptions of misinformation propagation, levels of critical thinking and other markers of digital literacy. The third and final focus of the Horizon PDF will be to investigate how developing creative media production skills that go beyond the constrained offerings provided by popular social media apps (e.g., Instagram filters) can support participants in negotiating difficult subjects such as hate, bias, fear, and hope, and allow for the articulation of different and more hopeful forms of identity.

Academic qualifications required

  • PhD in Media Studies, Art Education, Communication, Humanities or related disciplines.
  • Experience in devising and running research-creation projects will be an asset.

The Postdoctoral Fellow must start their appointment by March 1, 2022.

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