Landscapes of Injustice
A SSHRC Partnership Project
Job Opportunity: Website Co-Author and Co-Editor
Join a national Research Collective and play a key role in developing a website to communicate a history of vital importance.
Dates: April 26- August 31, 2018
Pay Rate: $20/hr
Total Hours: 550
Job location: Victoria, BC
Landscapes of Injustice seeks an outstanding writer and researcher to join our Research Collective as a co-developer of a website that will communicate four years of innovative multi-disciplinary research on the dispossession of Japanese Canadians. The website will be developed in collaboration with museums and teachers across the country and woven together with other forms of public dissemination. It will be hosted by the SFU Library, alongside its very successful (100,000 hits/year) Komagata Maru website.
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. Join us to help tell this story to a large public audience.
Applications will be accepted from today until 4 pm PDT on April 2, 2018. See details below.
The Research Assistant will work directly with Project Director, Dr. Jordan Stanger-Ross, to conceive, curate materials for, and develop the Landscapes of Injustice narrative website.
Collaborators at SFU Library will provide technical and design expertise, allowing the website authors and editors to focus on content. Assistant Professor Laura Madokoro, McGill University, will read and comment on materials, as will other members of the national Research Collective. The content developers 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 post-secondary student in the 2017-2018 academic year.
The successful candidate should demonstrate:
- Outstanding writing skills
- Experience in primary source research a plus
- Some technical expertise/experience in website design a plus (but not necessary)
- Some technical expertise/experience in digital audio recording/editing a plus (but not necessary)
Applicants should submit a cover letter, all official transcripts, a CV, a writing sample of less than 10 pages and contact information for three referees to the Project Director, Jordan Stanger-Ross, Associate Professor of History, University of Victoria.
Applications will be accepted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be opened starting April 2 and shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
Project Director, Landscapes of Injustice
Associate Professor, History
University of Victoria