Developed by a cohort of Film and Moving Image PhD students at Concordia University, this blog’s aims are two-fold. Firstly — and specifically tied to our own field of study — we aim to lobby the board of the Society of Cinema and Media Studies, encouraging them to strike a new committee that deals with […]Read more "ABOUT ACADEMICTRAP: A FORUM FOR ACADEMIC LABOUR DISCUSSION"
This survey is a tentative start to map out the current film/media job posting available in North America and Europe (most notably in UK), and tries to give a rough sense of the potential job market condition. Of course, the data collected here is far from complete, and we only just push outside a US-centric […]Read more "Film and Media Studies job posts data (until March 2015) and reflection"
The purpose of this letter is to encourage the board of the Society of Cinema and Media Studies to strike a new committee that engages with issues relating to academic labour. The letter, which will also be sent directly to the board, encourages them to visit this site, utilise its resources, and hopefully consider striking […]Read more "OPEN LETTER TO SCMS BOARD"
To read the full report, please follow this link Here is an excerpt from our analysis: To begin, let us consider how some of the expenses of graduate students are covered. 87% of participants had received funding in order to support their education but only half of them reported that it was sufficient to cover […]Read more "Casualised Academic Labor Study – Official Report"
Thank you to everyone who participated in this survey! Although we have concluded the survey for this academic year, the form will remain open. You can view the raw data directly, or take a look at our report also published on this site. Some useful information that is not available in the report is a list […]Read more "Casualised Academic Labor Study – Results"
Hi everyone! SCMS came, conquered, and left Montreal. The beast is too big to tackle from our position of graduate students trying to begin a serious conversation on academic labour, but I open here a forum to share impressions on the issue during the 25-29 March 2015 Conference: Graduate Teaching Workshop; politics and practical advice […]Read more "SCMS recap; having the conversation"
For three weeks now, the University of Amsterdam (UvA) has been shaken by a wave of student protests against the neoliberalization of higher education and the lack of democratic accountability in internal decision-making. The student occupation at the University of Amsterdam speaks to a deepening crisis of higher education not just in the Netherlands but […]Read more "In Amsterdam, a revolt against the neoliberal university"
Recently in Canada there was a series of strikes at universities across the country, with teaching staff from the University of Toronto, the University of Northern BC and York University out on picket lines. Their goal: to re-evaluate the new reality of working as an educator at Canadian universities, and how those working conditions translate […]Read more "Contract university lecturers strike, demand quality education (CBC)"