[URBANTH-L] ANN: Visiting Research Fellowships: The Meaning of the New Networked Age

Angela Jancius acjancius at ysu.edu
Sat Apr 8 22:19:37 EDT 2006

Visiting Research Fellowships: The Meaning of the New Networked Age

Annenberg Center for Communication, University of Southern California
Deadline: April 30, 2006

**9 openings. International Candidates Will Be Considered.**

The Annenberg Center for Communication (ACC) (www.annenberg.edu) at the 
University of Southern California invites applications for up to eight 
postdoctoral positions and one visiting scholar position. These Visiting 
Research fellows will take part in a major multi-disciplinary research 
initiative to explore the "The Meaning of the New Networked Age: Innovation, 
Content, Society, and Policy." We welcome researchers from various 
disciplines including anthropology, architecture, the arts, business, 
communications, computer science, design, economics, engineering, history, 
international relations, law, library science, neurosciences, political 
science, rhetoric, and sociology.

ACC is a research institute devoted to the study of new media from a 
multi-disciplinary perspective. We are in a period of fundamental 
transformation in the nature of the networks that connect people, 
information, objects, and locations. But, what does it mean and what, if 
anything, should be done to guide the process? The ACC research program will 
explore the drivers of these changes, their meaning, and their implications 
for business and government policy.

The 2006-2007 theme investigates the structure and evolution of today's 
political, social, cultural, technological, and knowledge networks. Topics 
of interest include, but are not limited to:

1. How new technology is transforming politics and citizen engagement 
2. Communication law and policy
3. New models of intellectual discourse and citation,
4. Peer-to-peer cultural production and distribution,
5. The emergence of pervasive mobile and wireless networks.

The ACC intends to convene a multi-disciplinary cohort of scholars to focus 
on a topic of pressing concern not well addressed in more established 
disciplinary and departmental institutions. The visiting fellows will work 
with the ACC's senior fellows and also will be expected to pursue their 
research in residence at the Annenberg Center during the 2006-2007 academic 
year. They will collectively be responsible for organizing one conference 
and a monthly speakers series, and to attend two weekly Fellows' seminars of 
graduate, postdoctoral, and faculty fellows on the theme of the meaning of 
the new networked age. They may not hold any other appointment during the 
period of the fellowship.

The postdoctoral fellowship is intended for scholars who have completed 
their Ph.D since 2001, but we also will consider researchers with at least 
four years of relevant, real- world experience. The ACC fellowship carries a 
stipend of $45,000 plus benefits in addition to a limited amount of funds to 
support research and relocation expenses.

The visiting scholar position is intended for a mid-career scholar with a 
well -established track record and demonstrated leadership and expertise 
related to the theme. The stipend will be commensurate with the scholar's 
current position. ACC will also provide a limited amount of funds to support 
research and relocation expenses.

Applicants should clearly indicate whether they are applying for a 
postdoctoral position or the visiting scholar position. Applications should 
include a CV, a cover letter including a personal statement, and a brief 
statement of research goals in relation to the theme. Three letters of 
recommendation are to be sent directly by the writers (letters may also be 
faxed to 213-747-4981). Address all application materials to Elizabeth 
Harmon, Annenberg Center for Communication, University of Southern 
California, 734 West Adams Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90089-7725. Email 
contact: eharmon at annenberg.edu. The deadline for receipt in our office is 
April 30, 2006. For more information please visit: 

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