Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities and Humanistic Sciences

University of Wisconsin-Madison in Wisconsin

Deadline November 20, 2012
Date Posted September 26, 2012
Type Fellowship
Salary 55,000-56,000
Employment Type Full-time

The University of Wisconsin-Madison invites applications for its postdoctoral fellowship program in the humanities and humanistic social sciences. Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, it will provide 3 two-year postdoctoral fellowships for recent PhD recipients starting on August 26, 2013. Fellows will be affiliated with a department in the College of Letters and Science, as well as the Institute for Research in the Humanities and the Center for the Humanities. They will teach one undergraduate course per semester in one of the humanities or humanistic social science departments in the College of Letters & Science.

The theme for 2013-2015 applicants is DEMOCRACY. We invite scholars to reflect upon democracy as a focus of historical, philosophical, literary, cultural, or aesthetic analysis. We seek projects that consider democracy from within the humanities and that understand democracy as concept, practice, or mode with bearing on politics, law, and society, as well as literature, language, and the arts. Democracy—whether conceived as the legitimation of power or its exercise, as the reign of the limitless desire of individuals in modern mass society or the opening of politics and society to a plurality of voices—is at once contested and coveted. Democracy is implicated in nationalism and cosmopolitanism, war and peace, justice and reconciliation, and freedom and enslavement, that is, who is included in or left out of the social contract and civic life.

We welcome cutting-edge work from scholars across the humanities and humanistic social sciences focused on any aspect of democracy, from Ancient Greece to the contemporary Middle East; from the emergence of print to the rise of digitization; from social movements (new and old) to liberalism (new and old); from the avant-garde to popular culture. Research may focus on any region of the world, any period of history, and any language, medium, genre, or form. We especially encourage work that challenges disciplinary or methodological boundaries. Applicants should explain in their proposals how their research relates to this theme.


See our website for full information about this fellowship, including qualifications and application instructions.


Questions? Contact Jessica Courtier [] / 608.516.8109


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