2013-14 Postdoctoral Fellowships - Center for Cultural Analysis, Rutgers University

Center for Cultural Analysis, Rutgers University in New Jersey

Deadline January 07, 2013
Date Posted September 5, 2012
Type Post-doc
Salary 44999-45000
Employment Type Full-time

Objects and Environments

This seminar addresses a set of overlapping developments in the humanities and social sciences: a renewed attention to the world of objects, on the one hand, and a rethinking of the concept of environment, on the other.  Speculative realism, actor-network theory, and object-oriented ontology all proceed from nondualist premises in seeking to call attention to the world of things in which we live; as does the appeal to certain strands in phenomenology by literary scholars seeking to grasp the affective dimensions of aesthetic encounter.  This theoretical turn has been intensified by new findings in cognitive science, which describe knowing as an activity lodged both inside and outside the body.  

New thinking about environments likewise proceeds along several interrelated pathways in trying to understand the complex relationship between humans and their surroundings. Contemporary eco-criticism reminds us that humans are themselves a part of the environments they study;  social scientists have emphasized political ecology; and students of climate change and climate catastrophe have increasingly sought to model human agency within environments that are by definition more than human.

What are the political and philosophical reasons for embracing an organism-environment model of cognition rather than one that distinguishes the knower from the known?  What are the challenges? We seek applications from scholars working in anthropology, art history, cognitive science, computer science, environmental studies and environmental history, history, literary and cultural studies, philosophy, sociology, and other related disciplines, whose work intersects with these dynamic and overlapping fields of inquiry.

Seminar Leaders: Colin Jager, Department of English, Rutgers University and Jorge Marcone, Comparative Literature, Rutgers University

In 2013-14, CCA will sponsor two external fellowships with awards of $45,000. CCA also awards non-funded associate fellowships. All fellows will have access to the Center's resources during the tenure of the fellowship and will be expected to participate in and to present their work to the Center seminars, which meet regularly throughout the academic year.

How To Apply

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