Post Doctoral Fellowship in the Humanities at Haverford College, 2017-19

Haverford College in Pennsylvania

Deadline January 09, 2017
Date Posted December 2, 2016
Type Fellowship
Salary Competitive
Employment Type Full-time

The Arts of Melancholy:

Post Doctoral Fellowship in the Humanities at Haverford College, 2017-2019


The John B. Hurford ’60 Center for the Arts and Humanities of Haverford College invites applications for a two-year Mellon  Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities to begin Fall 2017 (see for details). The Hurford Center for the Arts and Humanities (HCAH) seeks a scholar interested in the history, nature, and artistic representation of melancholia. Candidates should have broad theoretical and interdisciplinary interests.

During the first year of the program, the Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow will participate in a year-long faculty seminar, led by Professor Richard Freedman (musicology), that will bring together faculty with a variety of disciplinary perspectives, including literary, musical, and visual studies, as well as the history of the emotions, cognition, and medicine. Applicants should make clear the nature of their potential contributions to this seminar, which will use melancholia (and how it has been explained) as a focal point of inquiry into works of art: their modes of representation, their genesis, and their place in a broader scheme of cultural prestige.  (For a more detailed description, see


In the second year, the Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow will organize and present a spring symposium related to his or her scholarly field funded by the Hurford Center. During each of the four semesters at Haverford College, the Mellon Fellow will teach one course at the introductory/intermediate or advanced level and engage a diverse student body. Applicants should submit two brief course proposals related to their area of interest, one for a broad-based introductory course and the other for a more specialized or advanced course.


Applicants are asked to submit a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, two course proposals, and a writing sample of no more than 25 pages, and should arrange to have three confidential letters of recommendation submitted via Interfolio at  Candidates who earned their Ph.D. as early as 2012 or who have completed the requirements for the Ph.D. by the application deadline of January 9, 2017 are eligible to apply. The position will begin in fall 2017.


Questions can be directed to Kerry Nelson (

John B. Hurford ’60 Center for the Arts and Humanities

Haverford College, Haverford, PA 19041


Haverford College is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age, marital status, disability or veteran status.  Haverford has a longstanding commitment to diversity rooted in values of inclusion and social justice, a commitment reflected in the curriculum, classrooms, and communal composition of the College.  Haverford welcomes applications from candidates who share these values and who will foster their contribution to the Colleges mission.





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