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Postdoctoral Fellowships at the Department of Historical Studies
9 Jul 2014 - 08:30
Applications arebeing invitedfor4 postdoctoral fellowships under two broad themes of ‘Companies, States, Empires’ and ‘Violence, Memory, Identity’ at the Department of Historical Studies, University of Cape Town, South Africa. The duration of each fellowship will be from January 2015 to December 2015. (In exceptional cases, this can be extended for another year.) Each fellow will be entitled to one return airfare from their current location, an equipped office and research facilities at the University, and a monthly stipend of ZAR 12,500-00 (approximately USD 1,180-00) for twelve months. The Fellows are expected to dedicate one complete semester to their own research and to become partly involved in research-based teaching in the other semester. Each Fellow will be asked to submit the final draft of at least one new and single-authored research article before the end of the fellowship. The Fellows will be part of all regular academic activities at the Department and contribute to its cosmopolitan, collegial and vibrant intellectual climate.
Theme One: ‘Companies, States, Empires’
Bringing together the three different historical formations of companies, states and empires in a conversational paradigm helps us not only to explore their dynamic interrelationship in a critical and innovative manner, but also to substantially redefine their conventional chronological, geographical and methodological frontiers. This opens up a critical opportunity for reinventing the lost conversations between the early modern and the postcolonial, for reconsidering the boundaries which separate the economic and the cultural, and for reinterrogating the established categories of institutional analysis.
Theme Two: ‘Violence, Memory, Identity’
This theme invites research proposals which attempt to address the historicity of violence in both its coercive and productive capacities, structural and semantic dimensions, spectacular and everyday forms. Such an analytic takes the questions of memory and subjectivity as seriously as those of law and economy. In juxtaposing the worlds of experience and structures, this theme makes possible a series of cross-disciplinary dialogues which may unsettle the traditional historiographical treatment of the issues at stake.
Recent PhDs in History and allied disciplines, including early-career academics, are eligible to apply for the Fellowships. Those who have submitted their doctoral dissertations and are waiting for the award of the PhD degree can also apply, provided a submission certificate from the university and a testifying letter from the thesis supervisor are attached with the application. We particularly encourage applications from the global south countries.
The applications must contain: (1) a covering letter explaining the relevance of the proposed research to the themes of the fellowship and indicating the broad teaching interests of the candidate, (2) a 1500-word research proposal, (3) a complete curriculum vitae, and (4) one article-length sample of academic writing. Please include the names and email addresses of two academic referees in the CV.
Please direct your queries and email your applications to email@example.com before 1 August 2014. The successful candidates will be notified by 15 August 2014.
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