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Landscapes of Injustice

A SSHRC Partnership Project

Job Opportunity Digital Archives -revised

Job Opportunity: Research Assistant, Digital Archives

Join a national Research Collective and play a key role in developing

digital archive for generations of researchers.

Dates: Full time April 26- August 31 2018 & part time to completion of hours

Pay Rate: $15/hr

Total Hours: 714

Job location: Victoria, BC

Landscapes of Injustice seeks an undergraduate student to join our project as Research Assistants in the Digital Archives Cluster. The archive will be developed in collaboration with the Nikkei National Museum (Burnaby) and will feature the diverse results of four years of research. 

Landscapes of Injustice is a 7-year (2014-2021) multi-sector and interdisciplinary project to uncover and tell the history of the dispossession of Japanese Canadians during the 1940s. The first years of the project included research in a range of areas necessary to telling this history. In the summer of 2018, our project pivots to begin the production of a traveling museum exhibit, teaching materials for elementary and secondary school classes, podcasts, digital archives, and a narrative website. Our collective includes 15 institutions and over 30 specialists from universities, community organizations, and museums across Canada.  The project is funded by a major grant from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada and by participating institutions.

Most Canadians know that people of Japanese ancestry, the large majority of them Canadian citizens, were uprooted from the British Columbia coast during the 1940s. Fewer know that the policies included their dispossession of all of their property, which made their uprooting permanent. The dispossession is a story about the violation of human and civil rights at a time of perceived insecurity, about measures taken in the name of national defense that made no one safer, about the enduring harms of mass displacement and the loss of home, and about the resilience people confronting injustice. It is a story for our times. Help us create an archive that will make this history available to community members, students, and researchers for years to come.

Applications will be accepted from today until 4 pm PDT on April 2, 2018. See details below.

Job Opportunity: Research Assistant, Digital Archives

Position Details

The Research Assistant will work directly with Cluster Co-Chair, Stewart Arneil (UVIC Humanities Computing and Media Centre) to extract metadata from digital materials and prepare it for incorporation into a public archive.

The cluster will also maintain ongoing contact with other areas of project activity, including partners in museum and public education sectors, ensuring thematic and design coherence across multiple communication platforms.

Eligibility: The candidate must have been enrolled as a student at the University of Victoria in the 2017-2018 academic year.

The successful candidate should demonstrate:

  • Ability to process complex information in accordance with established guidelines and in a timely fashion
  • Ability to meticulously and precisely execute detailed job/work tasks
  • Strong organization and professional skills
  • Experience with database entry a plus

Application Details

Applicants should submit a cover letter, all official transcripts, a CV to Stewart Arneil, Programmer/Consultant, Humanities Media and Computing Centre, University of Victoria.

Applications will be accepted by email at sarneil@uvic.ca. Applications will be opened starting April 2 and shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Stewart Arneil

Programmer/Consultant, Humanities Media and Computing Centre Associate Professor

University of Victoria



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