Mahindra Humanities Center Postdoctoral Fellowships, 2014-15
The Mahindra Humanities Center invites applications for one-year postdoctoral fellowships in connection with the Center’s new Andrew W. Mellon Foundation seminar on the topic of violence/non-violence. The call to arms and the politics of non-violent resistance are often represented as polarities. There are, however, many gray areas that define the dialectical relationship between violence and non-violence. The university-wide seminar, in which the postdoctoral fellows will play a central role, will explore a different dimension of the interrelationship between violence/non-violence—as disciplinary formation, historical event, ideological or ethical discourse—in each of the next three years. In 2014-15, the seminar will focus on war.
The aims of the seminar are twofold:
1) To study violence/non-violence in a comparative global context to advance our knowledge of their complex relationship—its distinctions and dependencies. We will explore a range of genres of conflict with a view to understanding the role played by violent and non-violent engagements in different historical, cultural, and political contexts.
2) To provide an occasion for a pedagogical inquiry into the construction of knowledges of violence/non-violence relative to the scholarly disciplines—to consider the double movement by which disciplines are both compelled to conserve their authority and impelled by historical and institutional change to open up to emergent, interdisciplinary forms of knowledge.
We welcome applications from scholars in all fields whose work innovatively engages with war in relation to some of the following issues: legitimacy; consent; boundaries and borders; the “antagonistic” everyday; rhetoric and imagery; security, territoriality, and sovereignty; duration and temporality; space and scale; narratives of resistance and witnessing; death, memory, and memorialization; just wars and asymmetrical warfare; humanitarian interventions; institutions and legal instruments of international civil society; and the technologies of warfare.
In addition to pursuing their own research projects, fellows will be core participants in the bi-weekly seminar meetings. Other participants will include faculty and graduate students from Harvard and other universities in the region, and occasional visiting speakers.
Fellows will be joined at the Center by postdoctoral fellows from Germany, who will be coming as part of a collaboration between the Mahindra Humanities Center and the Volkswagen Foundation. Fellows are expected to be in residence at Harvard for the term of the fellowship.
Fellows will receive stipends of $60,000, individual medical insurance, moving assistance of $1,500, and additional research support of $2,500.
Eligibility and Deadline Information
Applicants for 2014-15 fellowships must have received the Ph.D. after May 2011. Applicants without the Ph.D. must demonstrate that they will receive the Ph.D. in or before August 2014. Applications must be completed by December 1, 2013.
The online application can be found here. In addition to biographical and professional information, applicants are asked to submit:
1. A curriculum vitae.
2. A detailed statement of the research project (1,000-3,000 words) that provides a detailed description of what the applicant proposes to do during the fellowship year.
3. One chapter- or article-length writing sample (no longer than 40 pages).
4. Three letters of recommendation. Recommendations may be those included in the applicant’s placement dossier, but they must specifically address the proposed research project. Letters should be uploaded to the electronic application.
5. A $35.00 application processing fee in the form of a check made out to Harvard University. Application fees cannot be submitted electronically. Please mail your $35 application fee in the form of a check made out to Harvard University to:
Neal Adolph Akatsuka
Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard
12 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Please contact Neal Adolph Akatsuka with questions about applying for a fellowship.
VOLKSWAGEN FOUNDATION POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS
Sponsored by the Volkswagen Foundation
The Volkswagen Foundation sponsors several fellowships at the Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard. These fellowships are intended to give young German scholars the opportunity to take advantage of Harvard's libraries, archives, and other facilities, thereby providing opportunities for research and interdisciplinary exchange. Fellows will be able to strengthen their research knowledge and profile in a specific field of the humanities in an international perspective. Fellows are expected to be in residence at Harvard for the term of the fellowship.
Applicants should have finished their Ph.D. with outstanding results two or three years (maximum five years) before. The selection of the fellows will be jointly organized by the Foundation and the Mahindra Humanities Center in a two-step procedure.
Further information about Volkswagen Foundation Fellowships at the Mahindra Humanities Center can be found here.