JOB: Head of School – Literature, Language and Media, University of the Witwatersrand

Posted on Apr 27, 2017

The Faculty of Humanities at the University of the Witwatersrand invites applications for the Headship of the School of Literature, Language and Media. The appointment is for a fixed period of five years, though this period may be shortened by mutual agreement to no less than three years. The Head should be available to take up the position as soon as possible, preferably by 01 January 2018. The Head will lead the School in establishing and maintaining a position of excellence. He/She will need vision, strong managerial skills and senior experience within a university. In order to command the respect and confidence of the School, the Head should also have standing as a researcher and an academic or professional. He or she would also be expected to continue to grow the School’s public events profile and support courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level. In addition to steering the transformation of the curriculum and staff, it is expected that the incumbent will pay attention to potential areas of growth in the school, promote multilingualism, improve research productivity, and craft strategies for growth in postgraduate student numbers. The School of Literature, Language and Media comprises the disciplines of African Languages, African Literature, Creative Writing, English, French, German, Interdisciplinary Digital Communication Studies, Italian, Journalism & Media Studies, Linguistics, Media Studies, Portuguese, Publishing Studies, Spanish, South African Sign Language, and Translation & Interpreting. The School has a substantial undergraduate enrolment and provides supervision for an increasing number of postgraduates in a variety of fields. In a context of the growth in South Africa’s links with the rest of the globe, the school is keen to research 21st century perspectives on a transforming world, both African and global. The remuneration will be appropriate to the seniority of the post and will be negotiated on an individual basis. For further information regarding the School, the post and selection procedures, contact Professor Ruksana Osman, Dean, at Tel +27 11 717 4011 or Ruksana.Osman@wits.ac.za To apply, submit a letter of motivation, detailed CV and the names and contact details of three referees (incl. e-mail addresses). Internal employees are invited to apply directly on Oracle by following the path: iWits /Self Service application/”Apply for a job” External applicants are invited to apply, by registering profile on the Wits i-recruitment platform located at https://irec.wits.ac.za Closing date: 15 May 2017 The University reserves the right to verify qualifications and credit...

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POSTDOC: Sexualities and Textualities at Stellenbosch

Posted on Feb 20, 2017

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Stellenbosch University, Department of English (R200 000/annum for a 12-month duration, mid 2017 – mid 2018) Host: Professor Sally Ann Murray, Department of English, Stellenbosch University Project Title: Sexualities and Textualities in/relation to Africa Scope of Research: the project hopes to attract a scholar who is interested in expanding the scope of literary analysis into the contentious question of African sexualities in fiction. (Applications from scholars researching African sexuality and embodiment in other genres, eg. life writing, will also be considered, as will applications from those working on this topic in geographical contexts other than the African, but with valuable comparative possibilities.) Overall, accommodating the successful applicant’s own research foci, the goal is to investigate the potential of ‘the literary’ to address both mainstream and marginalised sexualities, destabilise fixed dichotomies and widen the horizons of the social imaginary. Requirements: PhD (must have graduated within the last five years). The Postdoctoral research fellow will be expected to write and submit at least two articles to accredited journals, and to teach one undergraduate course during the duration of the fellowship. An applicant’s doctoral research, and the application proposal, should intersect with the field of study outlined above. The fellowship must be taken up by June 2017. Postdoctoral research fellows are not eligible for employee benefits; they are registered as fellows and their bursaries are awarded tax free. The closing date for applications is the 31st March 2017 Please send your CV and a one-page project proposal to Sally Ann Murray at...

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PhD Scholarship at SOAS

Posted on Feb 20, 2017

PhD scholarship available at SOAS on the Literatures of the Horn of Africa starting from September 2017. All the details are here: https://www.soas.ac.uk/registry/scholarships/-erc-phd-studentship-literature-in-the-horn-of-africa.html Overseas students are eligible, and Ethiopian, Eritrean, Djiboutian and Somali nationals are particularly welcome to apply. The three main requirements are 1) a knowledge of two or more languages of the Horn (particularly Amharic, Geez, Tigrinya, Oromo or Somali), 2) a MA degree in literature, theatre, history, cultural studies or similar disciplines in the humanities, and 3) a comparative research proposal that engages with theories of world literature and whose focus are two or more literary traditions (oral or written) of the...

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JOB: Digital Humanist – Technology and Diversity in Historical Context

Posted on Oct 26, 2016

“Digital Humanist focused on Technology and Diversity in Historical Context” San Diego State University seeks a Digital Humanist at the rank of assistant or associate professor who can lead and develop our Area of Excellence in “Digital Humanities and Global Diversity” to pursue and foster intersectional, interdisciplinary, collaborative research, and teaching. We are looking for a humanities scholar who rigorously explores the relationships between media and/or technology and human diversity (with an emphasis on race and ethnicity, including perspectives of the global or transnational) in historical context. This is an innovative and collaborative academic posting, with the selected candidate housed in and teaching for one of the following participating departments to be determined by the candidate: History, European Studies (with expertise in French/Francophone, German, Italian or Russian Studies) Chicano/a Studies, or Africana Studies. An earned doctorate in a humanities field (including history, cultural studies, media studies, ethnic studies, and American studies) is required. The successful candidate will demonstrate a capacity for academic leadership, dynamic, student-centered teaching, and research, scholarship or creative work, reflected in research publications, grants, presentations, exhibitions, public performances, patents, books, book chapters, etc. For more information and application, please visit...

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JOB: Literatures and Media of Africa and the African Diaspora

Posted on Oct 17, 2016

University of Oregon English Posting: 16199 Location: Eugene Closes: Open Until Filled Official Posting: http://jobs.uoregon.edu/unclassified.php?id=5675 The University of Oregon’s English Department invites applications for a tenure-track position of open rank in literatures and media of Africa and the African diaspora, to begin in fall 2017. We seek candidates specializing in the cultural productions of one or more locations in Africa and/or Africa and the African diaspora in any period. A commitment to excellence in scholarship and teaching as well as a demonstrated commitment to engaging with a diverse student body in research, teaching and service are required. Competitive applicants will be capable of outstanding research and teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels. We are especially interested in scholars who will enhance the department’s existing strengths in interdisciplinary literary studies and multimedia scholarship on race, ethnicity, empire and imperialism, and (post)colonial and (trans)national cultural formations.We are a diverse and growing department with strengths in British, American, and Anglophone literature and media, as well as in environmental humanities, queer and gender studies, rhetoric, disability studies, comic studies, and folklore. The department plays a key role in a robust major in Cinema Studies, and in two new interdisciplinary graduate certificates; New Media and Culture, and Politics, Identity and Culture. We particularly welcome applications from scholars who are from populations historically underrepresented in the academy, and/or who have experience working with students from diverse backgrounds, especially those with a demonstrated commitment to engaging with African American students in research, teaching and service. We also encourage applications from scholars who have ties with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) as well as scholars with extensive research and service connections in African American communities. In order to enhance the prospects for rich intellectual collaboration on the literatures, media, and cultures of Africa and the African diaspora at the University of Oregon, the English department is participating in a cluster hire in African American studies that includes African American History (Department of History), Black Feminist Theory (Department of Women’s and Gender Studies), and Literatures and Media of Africa and the African Diaspora (Department of English). These three open-rank searches for tenure-track faculty will bring at least three scholars to a campus expanding its existing expertise in African American Studies in the contexts of Africa and the African diaspora in twenty-five departments and across six schools and colleges. We seek to create a cohort of scholars with complementary strengths and shared interests who will help us work toward establishing a comprehensive curriculum in Black Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences, and whose scholarship and teaching will enhance the study of race and ethnicity at UO and beyond. Minimum Requirements: Ph.D. in English or related...

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POSTDOC: Yale, African Studies

Posted on Oct 5, 2016

Postdoctoral Fellowship in African Studies (Social Sciences and Humanities) Council on African Studies at The MacMillan Center, Yale University The Council on African Studies at the MacMillan Center invites applications for a two-year post-doctoral fellowship at Yale University for AY2017-2018 and AY2018-2019, commencing on July 1, 2017. Candidates must have research and teaching experience relevant to modern and contemporary Africa, in the social sciences or humanities. All applicants should have in-depth knowledge of at least one African language and fluency in English, and must have completed the Ph.D. by the time of appointment. The post-doctoral associate will spend 75% of their time pursuing his/her own research and teaching one course each academic year related to his/her interests, and 25% of their time curating the programmatic/scholarly activities of the Yale Africa Initiative. Applicants should submit a cover letter, one-page description of research plans; a draft of a course syllabus, and a title and brief summary of a second course; a CV; and letters of recommendation from two academic references. Compensation includes an annual salary of $50,000, health insurance, and other benefits afforded to post-doctoral associates at Yale: http://your.yale.edu/work-yale/benefits/my-benefits-yale/postdoctoral-associate-benefits. We will accept applications immediately with review beginning on November 15, 2016 and continuing until the selections are final. Yale is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Applications from women, persons with disabilities, protected veterans, and underrepresented minorities are particularly welcome. All information from the applicant should be submitted electronically through Interfolio: https://apply.interfolio.com/38069. Uploaded PDF copies of signed reference letters will be accepted but signed hard copies should be mailed to the address below. George Joseph, Deputy Director, The Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies, 34 Hillhouse Avenue, P.O. Box 208206 New Haven, CT 06520-8206 USA. Email:...

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