With support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Humanities Research Center (HRC) at Rice University will award two postdoctoral fellowships to junior scholars who will participate in the 2018-19 Rice Seminar: Wastes: Histories and Futures. This seminar approaches waste not merely as a noun but as a verb and thus as a process, a system of use, a nexus of interconnection, and a set of relations. Waste is not merely an assemblage of things to be analyzed but a set of activities and impulses to be addressed. Culminating in in a multi-disciplinary, multi-authored open-access publication on histories and futures of waste, this seminar will constitute a working group of thinkers across arts, architecture, humanities and social sciences to consider various rubrics of waste.
This is a full-time, benefits eligible, one-year appointment, renewable for a second year, with an annual salary of $55,000 and allowances for research and relocation to Houston. In order to apply, please click on this link.
Applicants from any humanistic discipline or interdiscipline are eligible to apply and must have received a PhD between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2018.
Since its establishment in 1987, the Humanities Research Center has been committed to fostering connections among diverse disciplines while promoting the research goals of the humanities broadly construed. From its modest beginnings to its present status as an internationally recognized center, the HRC identifies, encourages, and funds innovative research projects by faculty, visiting scholars, gr...aduate, and undergraduate students in the School of Humanities and beyond. This involves supporting scholarly work, facilitating research between the School of Humanities and other areas of Rice University, as well as leading institutional change by partnering with other foundations, centers, research institutions, and universities. Independent initiatives are also taken by the HRC in order to incubate ideas and detect disciplinary changes that shape the future of the university.