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[Commlist] Job Post: Open rank Professor “Locarno Film Festival Professor for the Future of Cinema and Audiovisual Arts”
Mon Nov 09 18:09:10 GMT 2020
*Open rank Professor “Locarno Film Festival Professor for the Future of
Cinema and Audiovisual Arts” (USI, Università della Svizzera italiana,
* Institution: USI Università della Svizzera italiana, Faculty of
Communication, Culture and Society
* Deadline: Applications received by the end of January 2021 will be
* Call and more info:
/Profile of the University, the Faculty and the Locarno Film Festival/
Università della Svizzera italiana (USI) is one of the 12 certified
public universities in Switzerland and member of /swissuniversities/.
USI is a young and lively university, a hub of opportunity open to the
world where students are offered a quality interdisciplinary education
in which they can be fully engaged and take centre stage, and where
researchers can count on having the space to freely pursue their
initiatives. USI and its affiliated research institutes attract a
substantial amount of competitive research funds every year, mainly from
the Swiss National Science Foundation
<http://www.snf.ch/en/Pages/default.aspx>and the European Union. USI is
featured in the most important international rankings. In particular it
ranks 26th worldwide in the prestigious QS Top 50 Under-50; 54th in the
Young University Rankings' of the Times Higher Education, and 20th in
the 'THE world's best small universities 2020’ rankings.
The Faculty of Communication, Culture and Society is committed to
research and teaching excellence in innovative fields of humanities and
social sciences, and offers an edgy and highly international context.
With a strong interdisciplinary approach, it especially explores the
complex challenges that society is faced with, namely: digital
technologies and global communication networks; cross-cultural
interactions; the way communication and marketing decisions in profit,
public, and non-profit organisations intersect markets, culture, and
society; and, paradigmatic shifts in the way culture is shaped and conveyed.
The Locarno Film Festival (LFF), one of the longest-lived and most
important film festivals in the world, was created after the end of
WWII, capturing the cultural ferment of the post-war period and the
newfound values of freedom (a spirit that has always distinguished its
guidelines ever since). LFF aims at launching the works of independent
filmmakers, focusing on the distribution and support of films made by
young directors, to offer the public an overview of the most recent
auteur and popular productions – often world or international premieres
– and to deepen and broaden the knowledge of the history of cinema,
through its annual retrospectives. Thousands of film fans and industry
professionals meet at the Festival every summer, with in common a
craving and a passion for cinema in all its diversity. The audience is
the soul of the Festival, as embodied by the famous evenings on the
Piazza Grande, whose magical setting can accommodate up to 8,000
filmgoers every night. In recent years, the Festival has also
consolidated its commitment to the training and inclusion of young
people, thanks to the activities of Locarno Pro and the Locarno Academy.
Unable by the health crisis to take place in its usual form, in 2020 the
Locarno Film Festival accelerated a process of reflection and change,
launching a signal of solidarity with the film industry and enhancing
the possibilities offered by digital. It was with this in mind that the
Locarno Film Festival began to collaborate with USI to reflect on the
future of events and to ensure that the Locarno Film Festival continues
to be an avant-garde model of an international festival, maintaining a
world primacy while having a strong local relationship, and following
the fundamental values that define it: having courage, defending freedom
and being aware that culture contributes to the upholding human dignity.
One of the main current challenges of the Locarno Film Festival is to
identify the fields of activity in which technology makes it possible to
go beyond the "geographical boundaries" of an event organised in the
city of Locarno and the "temporal boundaries" of an 11-day programme.
The synergy between the Locarno Film Festival and USI has taken shape
over the past twenty years, though, in several key activities of the
Locarno Academy, such as the Documentary Summer School, and the
selection of short films made by the students of the USI Academy of
Architecture. These have been joined by more recent collaborations,
namely the Strategic Development Partnership in the field of strategic
and organisational development of the LFF, but also the Locarno Media
City initiative, a partnership with the City of Locarno, the Palacinema,
and Swisscom, which, among other innovations, will enhance the role and
utilization of the Locarno Film Festival archives.
The subject focus of the candidate shall be in that of cinema and/or
cultural production and management in the audio-visual context. Ideally,
she/he is also competent in curating and organising cultural events and,
in general, she/he reflects on cultural events, on the evolution of film
storytelling and film criticism.
A profile defined by transversal training and/or professional curricula
that privileges interdisciplinary approaches. The candidate is also
familiar with artistic experimentation, as an act of creativity and
research. In full continuity with the spirit of the Locarno Film
Festival, which has always been marked by the desire to discover new
talents, the candidate will manage to broaden the boundaries of the art
of film and experiments with new lines of research, artistic action and
/Scientific and personal profile/
The candidate has an international professional, research and training
experience. She/he combines academic activity – research and teaching –
with a broad and international reach and involvement in the film and/or
audio-visual sector (or related), as event curator, film critic and
experimenter of new practices of reflection on motion pictures. The
candidate’s activity encompasses the digital dimension, not only in the
production of digital images but also in the digital distribution of
cinema and/or audio-visual content.
A profile, which is also strongly focused on practice, favours
interdisciplinary experimentation and dialogue. The candidate’s research
is supported by the performative use of its engagement in the cinema
and/or audio-visual sector.
The candidate has a marked ability to dialogue with different audiences,
both internal and external, starting from USI and LFF, to manage
inclusive reflection and innovation processes and to activate networks
of contacts within the communities of reference.
To this end, the candidate has expertise in the development and
financing of research and open innovation projects involving the various
communities of reference for the LFF.
Her/his research captures trends in the field of cinema, audio-visual
and their production, as well as their design and development also as
cultural events. In particular, the candidate studies the
transformations offered by the change in production, consumption and
communication/marketing of cinema in society. Through teaching and
thought leadership activities, the candidate is also able to communicate
and foster these trends, making them become reference practices. She/he
does so with an awareness of what is changing, thanks to a deep
knowledge of classical and contemporary cinema. As a disseminator, the
candidate is able to orchestrate an articulated training project.
The cooperative and communicative spirit of the candidate will allow
him/her to bring a large academic community into the festival, which
goes beyond the one she/he is personally and directly in contact with.
Moreover, this community does not only include the one related to its
area, cinema and audio-visual, but also includes other artistic sectors
and application skills. The candidate is able to promote and manage
interdisciplinary logics with the aim of co-devising a context of
reflection and project paths within the LFF and USI, and with the
involvement of third party entities. In this sense, the candidate’s
profile is defined by a marked curatorial sensitivity.
Considering the role, and in particular the need to interface and manage
complex contexts, a profile with already consolidated experience,
ideally mid-career, is preferred,
At USI, the successful candidate will be expected to:
* promote research also in association with research programs funded
by the Swiss National Science Foundation and similar institutions;
* develop, coordinate, and teach courses/seminars on her/his topic
areas at different levels: Bachelor, Master and Doctoral;
* coordinate assistants’ activities and act in an advisory capacity
for PhD candidates; actively participate in the work of the Faculty
Council and related ad-hoc committees;
* connect the competences available at USI in the field of cinema and
the audio-visual arts, thus contributing to one of USI's defining
elements, interdisciplinarity, which is also strongly emphasized in
the 2021-2024 strategic planning of USI, and supporting the Faculty
of Communication, Culture and Society as USI's most
interdisciplinary and interconnected Faculty. In addition, the
successful candidate will consolidate the role of academic reference
at the LFF, enabling as such access to a field of great interest for
At the Locarno Film Festival the successful candidate will be expected to:
* contribute to the training activities of LFF addressed to students,
continuing education programmes, seminars, lectures, round tables
and ad hoc programmes involving both student audiences and film and
audio-visual enthusiasts. The development of training activities is
part of the current initiatives proposed by Locarno Young and
Locarno Pro, strengthening their impact and their ability to
contribute to the training of talents in both the artistic and
* contribute to the development of the "cultural collective" that
today shapes the many initiatives that are included in the summer
programme and that are also offered throughout the year, taking on
the role of a driving force for critical reflection, broadening
perspectives, building bridges, creativity and therefore overall
The professor will have privileged access, at various levels, to the
LFF, and will act as an independent advisor of the LFF, albeit through a
genuine and active involvement with the LFF.
The total teaching load within degree programs is of 18 ECTS per year
for a full-time position of associate and full professor and 12 ECTS for
a position of assistant professor.
Contract and salary
The position offered is full-time. However, part-time employment is not
excluded. In the case of part-time employment, the successful candidate
is required to give priority to this position.
The successful candidate will share her/his activity between the USI
campus in Lugano and the USI office in Locarno.
The salary offered is highly competitive and will be defined based on
experience and qualifications.
The terms of the contract are defined by the University Statutes
<http://www.usi.ch/en/struttura_legale.htm>). The position would start
as of September 2021.
Residence and Language
The professor should take residence in Ticino (Italian-speaking part of
The University’s graduate programs are taught mainly in English, while
Bachelor classes are taught in Italian. Fluency in Italian is initially
a plus, but required within the third year. The knowledge of a second
Swiss national language is welcomed.
Application and Required Documentation:
Applicants should submit:
* a letter of motivation addressed to the Dean of the Faculty;
* a detailed CV including a list of publications, together with
documentation of relevant academic qualifications, teaching, service
and professional experience;
* copies of a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 10 publications of
relevance for the position;
* names of three referees.
As an Equal Opportunities employer, USI ensures equality in recruitment,
development, retention and promotion of staff, and that no one is
disadvantaged on the basis of their gender, cultural background,
disability, sexual orientation or identity. We encourage everyone who
meets the selection criteria to apply. We particularly encourage and
appreciate applications from women.
Applications received by the end of January 2021 will be given priority.
Please send your electronic application to the Faculty’s Dean by e-mail,
Università della Svizzera italiana
Faculty of Communication, Culture and Society
Prof. Luca M. Visconti, Dean
Via Giuseppe Buffi 13
E-mail: (concorsi.com /at/ usi.ch) <mailto:(concorsi.com /at/ usi.ch)>
For further information, please contact
Prof. Luca M. Visconti (for USI)
(luca.visconti /at/ usi.ch) <mailto:(luca.visconti /at/ usi.ch)>
Raphaël Brunschwig, Chief Operating Officer (for Locarno Film Festival)
(raphael.brunschwig /at/ locarnofestival.ch)
<mailto:(raphael.brunschwig /at/ locarnofestival.ch)>**
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