The Center for the Humanities and the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy at Tufts University invite applications for two one-year postdoctoral fellowships, beginning July 1, 2019. The fellows will take a leading role in a research project on themes in Culture, History, and Translation, a project funded by the Office of the Vice Provost for Research at Tufts under its Research and Scholarship Strategic Plan.
We seek two junior scholars whose research builds upon the traditional strengths of humanities – languages, textual interpretation, ethics and values – to rethink society, culture, art, religion, and civilization beyond the national unit that previously organized many studies. This project considers longer histories of connection, exchange, and interdependency in ways that unsettle discretely bounded territories and recast received historical periods, by reconsidering formerly studied “areas” such as: the global study of Europe, transoceanic studies, hemispheric American studies, global Black diaspora studies, and transregional Arabic studies, among others.
The fellow will receive a stipend of $48,000, will be eligible for Tufts University health benefits, and will have a workspace at the Center for the Humanities at Tufts. Fellows will be expected to teach one course in a topic related to their area(s) of specialization, or to participate in equivalent work of course design and planning, during the academic year, as well as participating in other designated activities.
Qualifications: Candidates must have a PhD. The area of disciplinary specialization is open and may involve one or more of the following disciplines: anthropology, history, comparative literature, religion, material and visual culture, critical theory. However, the Culture, History, and Translation project is particularly interested in interdisciplinary scholarship with the ability to think broadly and experimentally across conventional geographic, thematic or temporal norms. Specifically, we seek scholars whose work engages the concept of translation as interceding on settled notions of culture and history and as imbricated in constructions of colonialism, race, empire and diaspora.
How to apply
Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, a 2500-word research description, and three confidential letters of reference, submitted directly by the authors, and uploaded to Interfolio. All application materials must be submitted via Interfolio at: http://apply.interfolio.com/58991 . For additional information, applicants may contact the Center for the Humanities at email@example.com. Review of applications begins on February 1, 2019 and continues until the positions are filled.
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