In 2021-2022, the Pembroke Center will award residential Postdoctoral Research Associate positions to scholars from any field whose research relates to the theme of "Color." Fellows are required to participate in a weekly research seminar and teach one undergraduate course. Candidates are selected on the basis of their scholarly potential and the relevance of their work to the research theme. Recipients must have a PhD at the start of the fellowship and may not hold a tenured position. Fellowships are awarded to scholars who have received their degrees from institutions other than Brown University within the last five (5) years. The term of appointment is July 1, 2021-June 30, 2022. The stipend is $52,704 plus $1,500 for research expenses. Postdoctoral Research Associates are eligible to participate in the Brown University health and dental benefit plan. For full consideration, applications must be submitted by 11:59 pm (EST) on Monday, December 7, 2020.
In 2021-22, Professors Leslie Bostrom and Evelyn Lincoln at Brown University will lead the Pembroke Research Seminar,"Color." In this seminar, led by an artist and an art historian, we ask how global histories of race, gender, and class are connected to structures of knowledge and power that are ordered by color. Color, above all the color of skin, locates our place in the world. The racial colorism that distinguishes so minutely between skin shades, and assigns value accordingly, is proof, if any were needed, that color has both a semiotics and a psychology. The category of race is built largely on psychological and cultural responses to color that operate across the spectrum of the visual world. Exactly how do our responses to color affect our biases and perceptions implicitly and explicitly? When and how has color ordered and disordered knowledge, and what has been its role? How is color determined and determining in constructions of race? What role does color play in forming ideologies of purity and contamination? How do we understand the concept of spectra and oppositions in the categories of white, brown, and Black that are fundamental to colorism, and when and how are these distinctions mobilized, assigned, or assumed? What is the role of black in anti-Black racism? How has color organized our perception of the characteristics of people, animals, and things along a spectrum of sophistication, class, intelligence, and education? How has color ordered labor, economies, and trade and enabled the functioning of capitalism? How does the sensory world of color intersect with perceptions of gender? What is the history of color's role in designations of nationalism, tribalism, and alterity? How should we now speak, on one hand, of the obvious association between the brilliant, saturated colors of human art and techne and the tastes, violence, and labor that produce them and, on the other, of colonial rule and lands made toxic by the mass production of colors that were both enjoyed and reviled elsewhere? Can a rich and attentive grasp of color's histories point us to radically better practices? How can a more varied and aware response to colors productively disrupt our own naturalized associations with them?
Candidates are selected on the basis of their scholarly potential and the relevance of their work to the research theme. Recipients must have a PhD and may not hold a tenured position. Fellowships are awarded to scholars who have received their degrees from institutions other than Brown University within the last five (5) years.
Complete applications must include:
1. Cover letter
2. One page with title and 250-word abstract of proposed research project
3. Five page research project proposal (double-spaced)
4. Brief representative bibliography for research proposal
5. Curriculum vitae
6. Three (3) letters of recommendation
7. Course syllabus & description, including a reading schedule.*
*The course should be designed as an undergraduate seminar, meeting once or twice a week for 14 weeks. The topic need not intersect with the seminar theme. It should be related to your own discipline and training. It would be listed in Gender and Sexuality Studies and should involve in some way questions of gender and/or sexuality, though those need not be the primary focus.
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