NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences in conjunction with the School of Communication, invites applications for a one-year Postdoctoral Fellowship from September 1, 2020 – August 31, 2021. The position is sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation as a part of the Sawyer Seminar “Black Arts Archive: The Challenge of Translation.” Recent Ph.D.s with a research focus on, or who do creative scholarship within, African diasporic arts and aesthetics are encouraged to apply.
Founded by the Mellon Foundation to provide support to universities for comparative research on the historical and cultural sources of contemporary developments, Sawyer seminars bring together faculty, foreign visitors, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students from a variety of fields mainly, but not exclusively, in the arts, humanities, and interpretive social sciences, for intensive study of subjects chosen by the participants. The “Black Arts Archive” Sawyer Seminar at Northwestern seeks to enable conversations among scholars and practitioners across media, disciplines, languages, and geographies in order to begin to understand the shared structural predicaments and important differences between black arts production across the globe. It will include a series of symposia, graduate seminars, and a summer institute with scholars and artists from around the world. The Seminar will be led by E. Patrick Johnson, Carlos Montezuma Professor of Performance Studies and African American Studies.
This fellowship is residential and provides a $55,000 stipend and fringe benefits, including health insurance, during the appointment. In addition, $2000 in funding is available for research, travel, and related expenses. The fellow will assist with the planning and coordination of three symposiums across the academic year-- “Black Arts Chicago: The Forgotten Story”; “Black Caribbean Waters: Decolonizing the Archive”; and, “Black Arts in Anti-Black Worlds: From Chicago to Cape Town”—and a summer institute, “Afrodiasporic Art and the Archive.” The postdoctoral fellow will not be required to teach but will be an active participant in the program’s intellectual community, including presenting their own scholarship and/or artistic work.
Ideal candidates will have the following qualifications:
• PhD (in hand by September 1, 2020, and not before 2016) in a Humanities or Social Science discipline
• Research and/or creative practice relevant to African diasporic arts and aesthetics
Applicants should submit:
1) a current curriculum vitae,
2) a two-page letter of application detailing the candidate’s scholarly and/or creative research and highlighting how the research engages with one of the three thematic components of the seminar (Black Arts Chicago, Black Caribbean Waters, Black Arts in Anti-Black Worlds),
3) a sample of scholarly writing (no more than 25 pages)
4) three letters of recommendation (including one letter from the dissertation advisor)
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.
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