Postdoctoral Scholar- Sawyer Seminar Fellowship - Literature & Culture and Linguistic Anthropology - Comparative Literature
University of California Berkeley
December 13, 2017
Open date: December 11th, 2017
Next review date:February 5th, 2018 Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.
Final date: February 9th, 2018 Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.
The Department of Comparative Literature at UC Berkeley will award a Postdoctoral Fellowship for a one-year appointment with an expected start date of July 1, 2018. The Fellowship is connected to a year-long Sawyer Seminar that is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The Fellow will receive a salary of $48,216 - $58,560, commensurate with experience for the year, plus benefits, and may not hold any other appointment during the period of the Sawyer Seminar fellowship.
Our seminar aims to investigate how the concepts, tools, and interpretive practices of linguistic anthropology have deep and immediate relevance to scholars in the humanities today. The seminar's first semester will investigate the work that has been done in linguistic anthropology on translation/transduction, sound, and the formation of publics, and in its second semester will investigate how such work is used to shed light on the cultural practices of religion, sexuality, and politics. How might attunement to language's dynamic use—the shifts in meaning as words and utterances travel in different contexts—alter our conceptions of texts as primarily referential objects? What can we learn of literary forms when we consider them as the effects of a series of ritualized performances rather than transhistorical norms? What can attention to sound's social functions teach us about how sounds hail, divide, or otherwise create communities of all kinds? These are some of the questions we seek to pursue in a conversation between linguistic anthropologists and humanists over the course of the year.
The seminar will include public lectures and workshops, and the fellow will be integral in helping to organize these monthly events, as well as working with the two graduate students whose time will be dedicated to the seminar. In order to grant the fellow time to develop their own research project in connection with the seminar's themes, the fellow will not be required to teach, but will present their research at one of the seminar's events. In order to support this research, the fellow will be mentored by the seminar organizers, and perhaps additional members of the faculty in line with the fellow's specialization. The fellow will be provided with an office in the Department of Comparative Literature at UC Berkeley, the use of a personal computer provided for the year of the fellowship, and access to the university's world-renowned library collections.
Basic Qualifications (By the time of application)
To be considered for this position, applicants must have completed all degree requirements except the dissertation for receipt of their Ph.D. in Comparative Literature or another field of literary and cultural studies, or in Linguistic Anthropology or a related field; or equivalent degree.
Additional Required Qualifications (By the start date)
Must hold the Ph.D. in Comparative Literature or another field of literary and cultural studies, or in Linguistic Anthropology or a related field; or equivalent degree. No more than four years of research experience since receipt of PhD
The appointment is 100 percent time for one year. The salary for the fellowship is $48,216 - $58,560, commensurate with experience for the year. Generous benefits are included (http://vspa.berkeley.edu/postdocs). In addition, postdocs are provided with access to university libraries and research funds.
Interested individuals should submit a dissertation abstract, an updated CV, two letters of reference, and a cover letter of application that explains how their research plans for the year relate to their past work, and how they engage with the methods of linguistic anthropology. Alternatively, applicants from linguistic anthropology should explain how their work is engaged with or is relevant to humanities- based research. All application documents should be submitted as PDFs. A Statement of Contributions to Diversity through research, teaching , and /or service is optional.
All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e. dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality (http://apo.berkeley.edu/evaltr.html) prior to submitting their letters.
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/40000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct.
Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
Cover Letter - See posting for what your cover letter should include.
A 25-page writing sample
Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service. (Optional)
2 letters of reference required
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