Call for Visiting Lecturers: Media and Peace MA Program at University for Peace

The University for Peace, established by the General Assembly of the United Nations, located in San Jose, Costa Rica is seeking visiting lecturers to teach courses within the MA in Media and Peace program of the Department of Peace and Conflict Studies for the academic year 2019-2020. Visiting lecturer-ships are available for the following courses and will be held on the dates mentioned below.

  • Introduction to Media and Peace: 30 October-19 November 2019
  • Global Structures and Cultures, Media and Conflict: 25 November-13 December 2019
  • Censorship, International Law and Media 13-31 January 2020
  • Conflict, Media Technoculture and Peace: 3-21 February 2020
  • Culture Wars, Peacebuilding and Media Representations: 15 April-05 May 2020

For detailed description of the courses, see further below.

Appointment will be on the basis of a short-term, full-time contract for the three-week duration of the courses. The University for Peace will cover the financial costs of your travel: ticket in economy class, hotel accommodations and a daily allowance amount of US$55.00 to cover meals, personal transportation and miscellaneous expenses. The honorarium for the course will be US$4,500.00. Please be aware that in accordance with the Income Tax Law of the Republic of Costa Rica, the UPEACE will withhold from the amount to be paid (US$4,500.00) 15% (fifteen percent).

Interested applicants are requested to review the attached course descriptions and determine the course for which they want to be considered as a lecturer based on their relevant academic expertise and/or equivalent professional experience. They are then invited to apply for the positions to the following persons (copying both):

Dr. Saumava Mitra
Coordinator, MA in Media and Peace
[email protected]

Dr. Heather Kertyzia
Head, Department of Peace and Conflict Studies
[email protected]

Emailed applications must include 1) a detailed curriculum vitae (Max. 5 Pages) and 2) a cover letter mentioning which course the applicant is applying to teach, and describing briefly how their relevant experience and expertise in the topic area makes them a suitable candidate (Max. 2 Pages). 3) a teaching statement which clearly states examples of pedagogy as they might be used in the course (Max. 2 pages). Please include the words ‘UPEACE Media Visiting Lecturer’ in the subject line of the email. Successful applicants will demonstrate exceptional research and pedagogic expertise in the topic area of the relevant course and/or up-to-date outstanding practical and training experience in the intersectional area of Media and Peacebuilding.

Emailed applications must reach by 11: 59 PM Central Standard Time, February 28 2019.

About the Department: The Department of Peace and Conflict Studies of the University for Peace offers a range of postgraduate programs in the areas of peacebuilding and conflict transformation, gender studies and peace education. Since its inception in 1980, it has also been home to cutting edge research and pedagogy at the cross-disciplinary area of Media and Communication Studies and Peace and Conflict Studies. In the academic year 2019-2020, the department is re-launching its MA in Media and Peace as a full-fledged postgraduate program. This program is a revitalization of the MA in Media, Peace and Conflict that was previously offered by the department and extends the current Specialization in Media, Peace and Conflict offered within the MA in Peace and Conflict Studies program. For more information see www.upeace.org.

About the University: The University for Peace is renowned for its globally inclusive research and pedagogy in the broad area of Peace and Conflict. Home to the departments of Peace and Conflict Studies, Environment and Development, and International Law, it attracts a global body of students drawn from every continent of the earth every year. The University was established as a Treaty Organization of the United Nations with its own Charter in an International Agreement adopted by the General Assembly in Resolution 35/55 in December 1980. Its mission is “to provide humanity with an international institution of higher education for peace and with the aim of promoting, among all human beings, the spirit of understanding, tolerance and peaceful coexistence, to stimulate cooperation among peoples and to help lessen obstacles and threats to world peace and progress, in keeping with the noble aspirations proclaimed in the Charter of the United Nations”. For more information see www.upeace.org.

For informal inquiries about the visiting lecturer-ships, contact the program coordinator at [email protected]

University for Peace Media and Peace MA 2019-2020: Courses open for visiting lecturers

The list below outlines the five courses of the Media and Peace MA Program for which we are seeking visiting lecturers. Dates when the courses will be held are mentioned in brackets beside the title of the course. Applicants are requested to kindly make sure that they are available to travel to Costa Rica and teach these courses on these dates before applying as dates of the courses are non-negotiable and re-scheduling is not possible. MA courses offered at UPEACE are intensive and consist of five three-hour sessions per week during the three week period. Typically, final assignments by the students are due within the course period or shortly thereafter.

Introduction to Media and Peace [30 October -19 November 2019]

This course will draw on theories and prior knowledge from both Media and Communication studies and Peace and Conflict Studies to identify the areas where ideas, concepts, theories and practices of the two disciplines merge and can help augment each other. It will particularly aim to provide students with a clear understanding of how media and conflict, communication and peace, are inter-related with each other. It will also apply this knowledge through student-led analysis of real world examples of contemporary conflicts and peacebuilding efforts. The course will ideally culminate in student projects of case study analyses of media’s role in a particular conflict-affected context or type of social conflict.

Global Structures and Cultures, Media and Conflict [25 Nov-13 Dec 2019]

This course will build a critical understanding of how political-economic and socio-cultural inequities in the macro structures that govern media in today’s globalized world, form obstacles to peace, and fuel conflict in and between societies. Including the influential and still-relevant debate surrounding the New World Information and Communication Order (1980) of the UN General Assembly, this course will focus on the continuities and changes before and since in the political and economic structures that underlie global media. It will focus on understanding how globalization, media structures and contemporary conflicts are inter-related and influence each other. A special focus within this broader discussions will be to create understanding of what role news media and journalism has traditionally played in reporting and representing conflict in ways that have been detrimental to peace-related goals of the international community.

Censorship, International Law and Media [13-31 January 2020]

Taking advantage of synergies between the fields of International Law and Human Rights on one hand, and Media and Peace on the other, this course will offer a critical analysis of the relationship between law and media around the world. It will include topics such as legal and illegal censorship of news and other media in different national contexts, as well as the international rights to communication and freedom of expression, enshrined in regional and international legal frameworks. Specific sessions will describe how national and international media-related legal structures and policies can encourage or discourage processes of conflict transformation, peacebuilding, and humanitarian advocacy.

Conflict, Media Technoculture and Peace [3-21 Feb 2020]

This course will focus on the emerging techno-cultural forces in the ‘new’ digital media environment and relate these to issues of peacebuilding and conflict transformation. It will focus on citizen journalism as well as other user-generated content to explore how conditions of peace and conflict can be affected by them in different contexts. These intersections between ‘new media’ and peace will include discussions of privacy and surveillance in an online environment, cyber-wars and cyber-terrorism on the one hand and potentials for global civic engagement and empowerment of the dis-enfranchised through digital media tools and platforms, on the other. Ideally, the students will be encouraged to build their own digital media-based communication product aimed for conflict transformation or social justice as the final student project for this course, with the option to instead critically analyze existing examples of digital platforms and communications from a peacebuilding perspective.

Culture Wars, Peacebuilding and Media Representations [15 Apr-05 May 2020]

The course will focus on introducing students to the theories of critical cultural studies and identity politics as it applies to media representations of peacebuilding processes and contemporary conflicts. The course will focus on existing research and real-world examples to show how different types of media, can perpetuate conflicts in societies and between societies through visual and textual representations that underscore racial, gender-related and cultural differences. It will also build critical knowledge of how media is currently used in humanitarian communication that aims to bring down boundaries between groups with different identities and how it can be improved for peacebuilding purposes. Ideally, the course will culminate in a choice for students to critically analyze a humanitarian campaign or to create a media campaign for a humanitarian purpose, of their choice.

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