The Department of Jewish, Islamic, and Near Eastern Languages and Cultures (JINELC) at Washington University in St. Louis invites applications for a post-doctoral fellow to participate in a Mellon Sawyer Seminar, “Grounding the Ecocritical: Materializing Wastelands and Living on in the Middle East.” This one-year position begins on July 1, 2017.
Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, this “Grounding the Ecocritical” Sawyer Seminar launches a comparative, interdisciplinary investigation into ecological, technical, and literary-cultural accounts of wasteland spaces across the region traditionally defined as the Middle East. The seminar is committed to developing methods and vocabularies to study the specific wastelands - from ruined cities to desiccated environments - that traverse this geographical area. It will do so by highlighting deep and materially inflected understandings of place: soil mechanics, architectural decay, biotic decomposition, desert wind patterns, and more. Through the comparative study of these processes, the seminar will explore the poetics and politics associated with particular places.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
The Fellow will teach one course each semester on themes related to the seminar and help to organize monthly workshops, film screenings, and other activities relating to the theme of the Mellon Sawyer Seminar in collaboration with other University units.
The Fellow will also mentor the three graduate students (two PhD; one MA) affiliated to the seminar.
Washington University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.
This position is full-time and works approximately 37.5 hours per week.
Department Name/Job Location:
This position is in the Department of Jewish, Islamic, and Near Eastern Languages and Cultures (JINELC). This position is for the Danforth Campus.
Candidates must have completed a PhD within the last five years by the time the appointment begins on July 1, 2017. The position is open to scholars working in a field related to the seminar theme in any discipline in the humanities and social sciences.
The fellowship pays a salary of $50,000 plus benefits, and provides a research/relocation fund of $1,000.
We especially invite candidates whose work is theoretically informed, interdisciplinary, and based on research in the geographical areas of the Middle East, North Africa, Saharan Africa, southern and eastern Europe, Central Asia, and South Asia.
Candidates with knowledge in web design are encouraged to describe their previous experiences and/or concepts for digital outreach in their applications.
This position is eligible for full-time benefits.� Please visit our website at http://hr.wustl.edu to view a summary of benefits.
Applicant Special Instructions:
To apply, please go to jobs.wustl.edu and search for job posting # 35779 and click the "apply" button at the bottom of the page.
All candidates should submit a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, a research statement, a list and brief description of three proposed courses, three letters of recommendation, and a writing sample of no more than 40 pages.
You may upload your sample of academic written work and other documents after submitting the application by selecting "add attachment" on the My Activities page, accessible by clicking in the My Activities box on the upper right hand side of your home page at https://jobs.wustl.edu/.
The two letters of recommendation should be emailed to or mailed to the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org. Recommenders should send their letters directly to this email address from their institutional email addresses with the full name of the applicant in the subject line.
Applications received by March 1, 2017 will receive full consideration, but the search will remain open until the position is closed or filled.
For further information, please contact:
Anne-Marie McManus and Nancy Reynolds,
Co-Chairs, Mellon Sawyer Postdoctoral Search
Department of Jewish, Islamic, and Near Eastern Languages and Cultures
Washington University in St. Louis
Internal Applicant Instruction:
Please attach a copy of your most current signed performance evaluation (completed within the last 18 months) to your online account. If you have not received a performance evaluation, you may provide two current signed letters of recommendation (written within the last 18 months), preferably to include one letter from either a current or recent former supervisor. To attach these documents, go to: My Career Tools, Add Attachment, Attachment Type – Performance Reviews or Letters of Recommendation.
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