Postdoctoral Fellowships

Applications are closed. 2021-2022 postdoctoral fellows will be announced in June 2021.

Review of applications begins on April 1, 2021, and continues until all positions are filled.

Center for the Humanities Postdoctoral Fellowships (General), 2021-2022

The Center for the Humanities invites applications for two general one-year humanities postdoctoral fellowships, beginning August 15, 2021. 

The fellow will receive a stipend of $53,760, 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. Postdoctoral fellows will be offered an opportunity to workshop a manuscript in progress, and will be part of a vibrant community of researchers and scholars at the Center for the Humanities.

Qualifications:
We seek junior scholars whose research broadly engages new comparative and/or relational methodologies for thinking of the humanities in a global framework. We are interested in work that crosses national and disciplinary boundaries to reconceive the objects, methods, material culture and archives for research. The area of specialization is open and may involve one, or ideally more, of the following disciplines: history, comparative literature, religion, art history and architecture, anthropology, material and visual culture, critical theory, or other humanities fields. The successful applicant will have been awarded their PhD degree before beginning the appointment

Application requirements:
Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, a 2500-word research description, uploaded to Interfolio, along with the names and contact information for three references. All application materials must be submitted via Interfolio (Postion ID: 71623).


Tufts Postdoctoral Fellowships with the theme: Translating Race, 2021-2022

The Center for the Humanities at Tufts University invites applications for two one-year postdoctoral fellowships, beginning August 15, 2021. The fellows will take a leading role in the launch of a new “Translating Race” lab at the Center for the Humanities, 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 offers innovative, transdisciplinary approaches to concepts of race across established fields and disciplines. We also welcome Humanities scholars whose research and methods explore critical intersections with Social Science or STEM fields. This project considers the place of race in 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 European empires, transoceanic studies, hemispheric American studies, global Black diaspora studies, Indigenous mobilities, archipelagic Asian studies, and transregional Arabic studies, among others.

The fellow will receive a stipend of $53,760, 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 Center for the Humanities 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.

Application requirements:
Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, a 2500-word research description, uploaded to Interfolio, along with the names and contact information for three references. All application materials must be submitted via Interfolio. (Position ID: 71625).


Cultural History of the Modern Middle East Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2021-2022

The Center for the Humanities invites applications for one one-year “Cultural History of the Modern Middle East” humanities postdoctoral fellowship beginning August 15, 2021. 

The fellow will receive a stipend of $53,760, will be eligible for Tufts University health benefits, and will have a workspace at the Center for the Humanities at Tufts. This fellowship is in support of a research and publication project overseen by Professor Kamran Rastegar (director of the Center for the Humanities) titled “Cultural History of the Modern Middle East,” which will eventually lead to the publication of a textbook for undergraduate use, and a digital humanities portal for teaching and research on this topic. Fellows will be expected to contribute no more than 20 hours/week to research assistance and project management related to this project, and will be offered support to pursue their own research and publication agendas as well. Postdoctoral fellows will be offered an opportunity to workshop a manuscript in progress, and will be part of a vibrant community of researchers and scholars at the Center for the Humanities. If interested, the fellow may co-teach or teach one course relating to the modern Middle East, but this will not be a requirement.

We seek junior scholars whose research broadly engages new comparative and/or relational methodologies for thinking of the cultural history of the modern Middle East and North Africa. We are interested in work that crosses national and disciplinary boundaries to reconceive the objects, methods, material culture and archives for research on the region. The area of specialization is open and may involve one or more of the following disciplines: history, comparative literature, religion, art history and architecture, anthropology, material and visual culture, critical theory, or other humanities fields. The successful applicant will have high research fluency in at least one, and preferably two, languages of the region. 

Application requirements:
Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, a 2500-word research description, uploaded to Interfolio, along with the names and contact information for three references. All application materials must be submitted via Interfolio. (Position ID: 71622).


For additional information or questions, contact the Center for the Humanities at humanities@tufts.edu.


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