PhD Position: Initiative for Indigenous Futures at Concordia

The Initiative for Indigenous Futures (IIF) develops alternative visions of Indigenous communities tomorrow in order to better understand where we need to go today. IIF’s initiates, supports and sustains multidisciplinary research-creation that asks: what futures do we want to imagine, and then create, for our Indigenous communities? The project employs a research-creation approach in order to connect Indigenous youth to their heritage, provide them with the skills to be successful creators now, and enable them to imagine how they and their communities will look in the future.

IIF supports four major components. The Skins Workshops integrate storytelling from Indigenous communities with technical instruction in digital media production to teach youth how to use emerging forms of communication to tell their own stories. The Residencies host artists, scholars, and community members at the Milieux Institute for Arts, Culture and Technology, where they leverage the facilities, faculties and students to think, write, and create work that investigates and illuminates the Indigenous future imaginary from their own disciplinary or interdisciplinary standpoint. The Symposia bring together the members of the nation-wide team to share research findings, as well as invite in guest presenters to talk about similar work elsewhere. The Archive documents Indigenous artists who use new media technology in their practice.

Academic qualifications required

  • PhD in Indigenous Arts, Indigenous Art History, Indigenous Studies, Media Arts, Media Arts History, Anthropology, Sociology, Communication Studies, Humanities, Design, Critical Studies, Cultural Studies, Computational Media, Visual and Performing Arts, Computer Science, or related fields
  • Experience working on alternative media and technological histories

Eligibility requirements

  • Applicants must not currently hold a postdoctoral appointment at Concordia
  • Priority will be given to postdoctoral fellows who have obtained their PhD from another university although in exceptional cases Concordia graduates may be considered
  • Applicants must adhere to the postdoctoral fellow eligibility criteria outlined in Concordia University’s Postdoctoral Policy

Timeline and application process

Application deadline: open until the position is filled but no later than October 31, 2016
Fellowship start date: no later than January 1, 2017
Submission process: all documents must be submitted to Cynthia Raso
Please include the reference number with your application

Application checklist

  • One to three (1-3) page research statement demonstrating fit with the program described above.
  • Current curriculum vitae demonstrating research excellence and a capacity for leadership in the domain (maximum 5 pages).
  • Two letters of reference from academic supervisors or current employers to be sent via e-mail directly to Cynthia Raso


The prestigious Horizon Postdoctoral Fellowships are valued at $47,500 per year plus benefits and full access to Concordia’s services, including GradProSkills.

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