In 2018-2019, the Pembroke Center will award residential Postdoctoral Research Associate positions to scholars from any field whose research relates to the theme of "What Are (Human) Rights? Imperial Origins, Curatorial Practices and Non-Imperial Ground". Fellows are required to participate in a weekly research seminar and teach one undergraduate course. Candidates are selected on the basis of their scholarly potential and the relevance of their work to the research theme. Recipients must have a PhD at the start of the fellowship and may not hold a tenured position. Fellowships are awarded to postdoctoral scholars who have received their degrees from institutions other than Brown within the last five (5) years. The term of appointment is July 1, 2018-June 30, 2019. The stipend is $50,000 plus $1,500 for research expenses. Postdoctoral Research Associates are eligible to participate in the Brown University health and dental benefit plan. For full consideration, applications must be submitted by 11:59 pm (EST) on Thursday, December 7, 2017.
“750,000,000 clamoring for human rights” (DuBois in 1945)
From its inception the discourse of human rights was intimately linked with curatorial practices, which were used to intervene in the material worlds of other people and affect their ways of handling objects, organizing their shared spaces and exercising their rights. Looking at the ways these two technologies were linked and entangled would enable a shift from the (visual or textual) representation of human rights to their political ontology and ask what are rights, are they divisible or shared, who is entitled to grant them and receive them? Deviating from a tradition that studies human rights as a distinct discourse whose origins are Europeans, and from the tradition that limits the study of curatorial practices to designated indoor spaces, the seminar will develop a wide historical perspective and pose a set of ontological and political questions. We will look beyond the usual canonical texts, treatises and declarations of rights (which have been recognized as foundational for this discourse and its histories) and study different types of rights claims (strikes, sit ins, squatting, occupation of public spaces etc), and different thinkers, many of whom have not been considered part of this discourse. We will collaborate in developing a non-imperial approach to the question of rights, one that looks at rights in the context of worlds made of objects. Particular attention will be given to the ways in which these two technologies were linked, used and disseminated at the end of WWII for preempting and repressing claims for reparations, indemnification, compensation, and equality, claims which were – and continue to be - voiced by people whose territories were invaded, colonized, and plundered.
The Pembroke Center invites applications from scholars working in all disciplines and fields, including Anthropology, Political Science, History, Philosophy, Literary Studies, Classics, History of Art, Cinema and Media Studies, Music, Gender and Women’s Studies, Science Studies, Religious Studies, and across all historical periods and traditions.
Candidates are selected on the basis of their scholarly potential and the relevance of their work to the research theme. Recipients must have a PhD and may not hold a tenured position. Fellowships are awarded to postdoctoral scholars who have received their degrees from institutions other than Brown within the last five (5) years.
Brown University is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic global community; as an EEO/AA employer, Brown considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, gender, race, protected veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.
Complete applications must include:
1. One page with title and 250-word abstract of proposed research project
2. Five page research project proposal (double-spaced)
3. Brief representative bibliography for research proposal
4. Curriculum vitae
5. Three (3) letters of recommendation
6. Course syllabus & description, including a reading schedule.*
*The course should be designed as an undergraduate seminar, meeting once or twice a week. The topic need not intersect with the seminar theme. It should be related to your own discipline and training. It would be listed in Gender and Sexuality Studies and should involve in some way questions of gender and/or sexuality, though those need not be the primary focus.
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