||Landscapes of Injustice, Ryerson University
Description & Details
Landscapes of Injustice is a seven-year
multi-sector, interdisciplinary project that aims to explore and narrate the
history of the dispossession of Japanese Canadians and to share this history
with audiences across Canada and beyond. Research findings will be disseminated
in a traveling museum exhibit, teaching materials for elementary and secondary
schools, educational websites, popular and scholarly publications, and public
presentations across the country. Many Canadians know that people of Japanese
ancestry, the vast majority of them Canadian citizens, were uprooted from the
British Columbia coast during the 1940s. Less widely known is the Government
policy to forcibly sell all of their property and most possessions. The
dispossession of Japanese Canadians caused enduring and, in some ways,
irreparable harms. It left Japanese Canadians without homes to which they could
return after restrictions were finally lifted in 1949. It forced the
eradication of Canada's historic Japanese-Canadian neighbourhoods and
settlements, thereby transforming individual lives and subjectivities, as well
as the landscapes of Canadian ethnic and urban life. It resulted in material
hardships and its memory has reverberated across multiple generations.
The Postdoctoral Fellow will assist Dr. Pamela
Sugiman, Professor of Sociology, Ryerson University, in the management of the
oral history research cluster of the Landscapes project. The successful
candidate will contribute to the intellectual direction of the cluster and
assist in the supervision of graduate and undergraduate research assistants.
She/he must furthermore demonstrate a strong interest in and understanding of
oral history, in depth interviewing, and issues of racism and racialization.
A goal of the oral history cluster is to conduct
interviews with various groups of individuals who experienced the internment,
directly and indirectly, with a focus on property loss: Japanese Canadians who
were dispossessed during the Second World War, Hakujin (non-Japanese)
bystanders and witnesses of the dispossession, and the descendents of both of
these groups. This cluster will also integrate existing interviews into its
research materials. In addition to assisting in the supervision of research,
the Postdoctoral Fellow will be involved in the administration, analysis, and
presentation of materials related to this research, as well as the larger
intellectual development and activity of the Landscapes project. Finally, the
Postdoctoral Fellow will teach a one-semester course in the Sociology
Department at Ryerson University, subject to the conditions set out in the
Ryerson University-CUPE 1 collective agreement.
The Postdoctoral Fellowship is valued at
$40,000/year and is renewable for a total of two years. Additional funds will
defray the cost of the Postdoctoral Fellow's travel for research and
presentation of project materials.
Applications should include a cover letter, a
CV, three letters of recommendation and if available, a writing sample.
Please e-mail applications and inquiries to Dr. Jordan
Stanger-Ross, Project Director, Landscapes of Injustice, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Application reviews will begin on July 25, 2014 and will continue on a rolling basis until
the position is filled.