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Call for Participation in Research and Teaching Activities 2021/22 on “Transnational Feminism, Solidarity, and Social Justice”

Off-University is inviting proposals for two undergraduate online courses to be taught in English on Off-University’s secure online learning platform. The courses will take place in the framework of a research-teaching collaboration on Transnational Feminism, Solidarity, and Social Justice lead by Prof. Agata Lisiak at Bard College Berlin within the Open Society University Network. In collaboration with scholars from Al-Quds Bard College, American University of Central Asia, Bard College, Bard College Berlin, Central European University, and SOAS, University of London, two courses are to be developed following the idea of network courses[1]: the courses developed within this program will share several crucial readings and assignments, while maintaining distinct angles rooted in the faculty’s expertise and interests. As the participating faculty come from disciplines ranging from political science through media studies and English literature, the joint development of the courses will be not just an international, but also a radically interdisciplinary endeavor.

 

After a year-long (September 2021-August 2022) preparation phase featuring faculty workshops, lecture series, and a conference, the inaugural network courses will take place in Fall 2022 across selected colleges. The courses aim at assisting students in developing critical thinking and recognizing the global connections between social inequalities. Students will learn from each other how to express their observations, demands, and desires in academically informed ways, and also how to stage interventions.


We call for applications for two separate positions as adjunct scholars who will work towards the preparation of networked courses and also prepare to teach them through 2022-2023.

 

1. An introductory course on feminist theory and methods with a strong art component to be taught in Fall 2022. Students enrolled in this course will learn to identify basic concepts in feminist theory, reflect on their own experiences through a feminist lens, apply feminist theories and methodologies to case studies, employ feminist methodologies as a means to question knowledge paradigms and dominant intellectual traditions, experiment with forms of expression, and plan and manage creative projects.

2. An advanced course on transnational feminism and social justice to be taught in Spring 2023. Students enrolled in this course will learn to identify challenges for transnational feminism and implement tactics to overcome said challenges, critically evaluate the subject of feminist inquiry, explain the legacies of empire and colonialism in feminist histories, develop civic-engagement projects, and work with local and international organizations.

 

Selected scholars will receive 5000,00 € per course as an honorarium. In the first year this collaboration will focus solely on the preparation of the network course and will equally be remunerated. The continuation and thus indeed teaching of the networked course for two more years depends on a positive evaluation of the progress of the whole project.

Off-University’s online-learning platform offers a virtual classroom including chat options, video livestream, a virtual blackboard, and a shared file management system. Over the last four years, we have hosted a total of 43 interactive online courses, which have all been certified by German and North American universities with recognized credits. ECTS credits can be transferred to the students’ home university after completion. Off-University, however, is open for anybody to join, not only students enrolled at a university.


Application Requirements (please only apply if all of these criteria are met):

- Being politically (1) persecuted and/or displaced and (2) unemployed and/or in material need

- Ability to teach a self-organized course in your field of research

- University degree (at least MA)

- Instructors are required to act in accordance with the Off-University Code of Conduct, which can be found here.[2]

 

Application Material in English:

!! Please indicate whether you submit a proposal for the introductory or the advanced course!!

1. Two-page-long course outline (14 weeks) or an example of a course taught before on a topic related to the course area. The outline should describe objectives, planned outcome, requirements and expectations from the students). If you apply to teach the introductory course, please share how you would incorporate artistic components into your teaching. If you apply to teach the advanced course, please discuss your experience with social justice projects.

2.  Academic CV with detailed teaching and research experience

3.  2-5 min long video describing the applicant’s approach to interactive online teaching and the thematic orientation of the proposed.

4. A short statement of persecution and material situation and/or immigration status (max. 500 words)

The interactive online course is to be delivered in English to a diverse group of about 15-20 students. Please indicate your experience in teaching an online course and your knowledge on interactive e-learning methods in your application.

Off-University is committed to an academic life connecting teaching and research. It therefore encourages applications for courses that involve the course participants in the instructor’s actual research activity. This can be achieved by, for instance, collective data collection and analysis that involves the participants in an intellectually demanding way, the critical evaluation of the instructor’s draft research papers by the participants, the involvement of participants in future common publications or other ways of knowledge dissemination (blogs, wikis, films, conferences etc.). We offer advice on how to integrate research activities into future courses and provide assistance in further developing teaching activities in this direction.

Applicants of non-cis-male gender and POC are strongly encouraged to apply and will be given priority where qualifications are equal. Applicants with a disability will be given priority where qualifications are equal.

Important note: This is a project funded by the Open Society University Network. Recipients of funds who are not US citizens are subject to administrative review. OSUN does not share any information on vetted individuals with the U.S. Government. This is an internal OSUN process, which screens program participants through Visual Compliance[3], a software system widely used by US higher education institutions. OSUN vets program participants before they receive funds or anything of value from OSUN.

 

Application Process:

To apply, we kindly ask you to inform us via courses@off-university.de or if you prefer secure communication via Signal (+49 176 233 622 47) that you would like to apply at least one week before the application period ends. Please be aware that e-mail communication discloses your identity and information in your application material. Do not send your application to us via e-mail!

After we hear from you, we will create a personal folder on your name on our platform. You will receive a private message inside of the platform with further instructions on how to upload your application material and how to record your video. Please note, that for reasons of confidentiality all communication will take place via the platform messaging system and not via e-mail. Please make sure to log in periodically to receive information and updates on the application process.

If you have already an account on  www.coworkingsquares.de please write a short note to courses@off-university.de or via Signal. We will create a personal folder there for you.

Applications should be submitted on the platform by July 15th. You will be notified by August 9th, 2021 about the outcome of your application.