Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities

Jackman Humanities Institute, University of Toronto

Deadline December 01, 2012
Date Posted September 4, 2012
Type Post-doc
Salary 49,999-50,000
Employment Type Full-time

The Jackman Humanities Institute at the University of Toronto seeks 3 Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellows for a two-year appointment 2013-2015 with research relevant to the 2013-14 theme:


Translation and the Multiplicity of Languages

What are the implications of knowing more than one language? From mythic reflections on the Tower of Babel through contemporary philosophical reflections on the question of translation, the multiplicity of languages has been an ongoing focus of inquiry. How is translation possible, both in the specific sense of translating speech or texts, but also in the larger sense of bringing meaning from one system to another, including from speech to writing? How do we conceive of languages of music, as well as song; icons and symbols as well as scripts? How best can we interpret the exchanges between languages in a world of multilingual interactions? In the ancient Near East, for example, a number of written bilingual texts sometimes reflect a local language and lingua franca, other times reflect a political orientation and appeasement or defiance. Translation between cultures and languages produce unintended results, often creating new originals. Amidst these multiple languages, what is the impact of the untranslatable?


Fellowships begin 1 July 2013.  Eligibility: Ph.D. awarded between 1 July 2010 and 30 May 2013.

Apply at  by 1 December 2012

  1. userID registration
  2. online application form (click Funding, select Postdoctoral Fellowships)
  3. Uploads:
    1. 2-4 page letter of application explaining the link(s) between your research and the 2013-2014 theme, outlining the research to be undertaken during the fellowship
    2. full curriculum vitae
    3. published work, dissertation chapter, or work in progress (not to exceed 25-30 pages)
    4. 2-4 page statement of teaching interests including course proposals.
    5. Names and emails of 3 references


Electronic applications submitted online only (no paper, faxes, or email submissions).  

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