The Department of Historical Studies at the University of Cape Town is entering a new phase of curriculum innovation and knowledge production, expressed in an innovative five-year programme, History Access, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Aimed at training a new generation of South African historians who are conceptually multilingual, technically competent, and academically rigorous, the projected key outcomes of this programme include the production of a critical multilingual conceptual lexicon, journal articles/ book chapters, innovative (new media) articulations of original research, and increased interface with public lives of the historical discipline.
Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Department of Historical Studies. The History Access Postdoctoral Fellowship will enable an outstanding doctoral graduate to obtain experience of research and innovation at a higher education institution under the mentorship of established researchers. We particularly encourage application from scholars pursuing innovative research in any field of intellectual, cultural, political, economic and social history of modern Africa; and connected and comparative histories of colonial and postcolonial global south. Candidates would be expected to have strong empirical grounding in their fields of specialization, a collaborative spirit, theoretical fluency, and ability and willingness to (i) work with African vernacular language sources, and/ or (ii) develop innovative (new media) articulations of original research.