Two Postdoctoral Fellowships // 2018-19 // Rice University

The Humanities Research Center hosts yearlong residential postdoctoral fellowships at Rice University for outstanding junior scholars. The program is designed to encourage interdisciplinary teaching and research, facilitate new research communities at Rice, and prepare junior scholars for future faculty positions.

The Rice Seminars are designed to promote humanistic research, broadly understood. They bring together a select group of Rice faculty members, visiting scholars, and Rice graduate students to study a common theme from several disciplinary perspectives. The most visible goal of the seminars is a scholarly publication to which all participants will contribute. Equally important but less visible is the creation of international and interdisciplinary scholarly communities that will outlive the seminars themselves. The topic of the Rice Seminar this year is:

Waste: Histories and Futures

Waste is omnipresent. The more it surrounds and shapes the conditions of life and culture, the more urgently it solicits attention. Since the pioneering work of Mary Douglas, who understood waste as “matter out of place,” waste has been understood by a range of disciplines through ideas of materiality or the object. A set of linked terms—garbage, detritus, rubbish, and trash—have come to the fore as have analyses dominated by tools, commodities, and things. Even William Viney’s quite recent Waste: A Philosophy of Things, which considers new avenues of thought in the temporality of waste, focuses on the “thing”-ness of waste. Without excluding such approaches to the encroaching solidity of waste, 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. This seminar will constitute gather thinkers across arts, architecture, humanities and social sciences to consider various rubrics of waste. Participants will engage in a series of intensive, thematic working groups culminating in a symposium and a multi-disciplinary, multi-authored open-access publication on histories and futures of waste.

Rice Seminar PIs: Dominic Boyer (Anthropology), Joseph Campana (English), Cymene Howe (Anthropology)

The position is for July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019. Fellows receive a $55,000 salary, benefits eligibility, and an allowance for research and relocation to Houston. Primary obligations include active participation in all aspects of the Rice Seminar, developing or continuing individual or collaborative research projects, and giving a presentation to colleagues at Rice. Fellows will also design and teach (or co-teach) a semester-long course, the topic of which will be determined in consultation with the HRC and/or appropriate department.

Application Materials:

– Cover Letter, outlining applicant’s interest in the topic of the seminar
– Two-page CV
– Research Statement (i.e., a 200 word abstract of the research project)
– Research Proposal (i.e., a 1000 word description of the research project)
– Course Proposal for a one-semester course for undergraduate students
– Three letters of recommendation (please use the Professional References section on the application)

Eligibility:

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.

Application Materials:

  • Cover Letter, outlining applicant’s interest in the topic of the seminar
  • Two-page CV
  • Research Statement (i.e., a 200 word abstract of the research project)
  • Research Proposal (i.e., a 1000-word description of the research project)
  • Course Proposal for a one-semester course for undergraduate students
  • Three letters of recommendation

In order to apply, please click on this link.

Contact: Adriana Chiaramonti (acc14@rice.edu)

Rice University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. Scholars who are members of traditionally under-represented groups are encouraged to apply. There is no citizenship requirement or restriction for this fellowship. Non-U.S. nationals are welcome to apply.

Deadline: 

Friday, December 1, 2017


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