Mellon-Sawyer Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Environmental Humanities

Georgetown University in District of Columbia

Deadline February 01, 2017
Date Posted December 2, 2016
Type Post-doc
Salary Not specified
Employment Type Full-time

Georgetown University invites applicants for a one-year Mellon-Sawyer Postdoctoral Fellowship on the topic “Approaching the Anthropocene: Global Culture and Planetary Change.” The annual salary is $55,000. Applicants should work in the Environmental Humanities, broadly construed, but might come from any humanities discipline, including Anthropology, Archaeology, Cultural Geography, History, Literary and Cultural Studies, Philosophy, or Religious Studies.

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The successful candidate will take a leading role in a year-long John E. Sawyer Seminar, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, focusing on the role of the humanities in the context of ongoing climate change. The seminar is directed by Nathan K. Hensley, Dana Luciano, and John McNeill. The fellowship runs for the 2017-2018 academic year. During that period the Mellon fellow will participate in all activities associated with the seminar, including workshops, lectures, meetings, and film series; will teach one class in Environmental Humanities of their own devising (in conjunction with Seminar events); and will advance their own research agenda while contributing to the seminar’s scholarly output by offering a public lecture in Spring 2018. The fellow will be mentored by the seminar leaders and other Georgetown faculty as appropriate.

Applicants can come from any humanities discipline, but her or his work should engage with one or several of the seminar’s thematic threads: Future Humanities, Rethinking the Human, Risk and Precarity, Extinction and Life, Trash Culture, Anthropocene Genres, Anthropocene Media, Aesthetics, Representation, Justice, Interspecies Relations, and Sustainability: Cultures / Institutions.

Candidates must have received their Ph.D. no earlier that July 1, 2014 and must have degree in hand by July 1, 2017. To apply, please submit: (a) a cover letter that includes summary of dissertation work; (b) a CV; (c) a 20 page writing sample; and (d) the names and contact information for three academic references, who may be prompted to provide letters after initial review of cover letter, sample, and CV. Deadline for receipt of all materials is FEBRUARY 1 2017.

Georgetown University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer fully dedicated to achieving a diverse faculty and staff. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, sexual orientation, age, religion, national origin, marital status, veteran status, disability or other categories protected by law.

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