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Mellon Sawyer Post-Doctoral Fellowship
Displacement and the Making of the Modern World: Histories, Ecologies, and Subjectivities
2016-2017 Andrew W. Mellon Visiting Postdoctoral Fellowship
Brown University

Middle East Studies at Brown University invites applications for the 2016-2017 Andrew W. Mellon Visiting Postdoctoral Fellowship. The position is open to all regions, all time periods since the Fifteenth Century, and all disciplines in the humanities and social sciences.

This postdoctoral fellowship aims to create an interdisciplinary commons for the exploration of displacement as an engine for the formation of the modern world since the fifteenth century. This Mellon Sawyer Seminar addresses three overarching themes (1) Histories: Displacement as a global and historically enduring phenomenon; (2) Ecologies: Displacement as an environmental and technological phenomenon; and (3) Subjectivities: Displacement as an affective and discursive phenomenon. A common thread is a focus on displacement as formative of power relations of inclusion and exclusion. The Seminar pushes at the seams of the humanities, social sciences, and the natural and physical sciences by exploring long-term drivers of displacement.

The fellowship pays a salary of $58,000 plus benefits, and provides a research fund of $2,000. The Fellow will teach one course on displacement and help organize a series of monthly workshops and other activities relating to the theme of the Mellon Sawyer Seminar in collaboration with other University units. In addition to the Steering Committee, the Fellow will work with two graduate students whose time is dedicated to the Seminar.

The search committee welcomes applications from candidates whose work is theoretically and historically informed, and who have working knowledge of one or more languages other than English for comparative purposes. Candidates must have PhD in hand by the time this appointment begins on July 1, 2016.

To apply, please submit to :

1. A brief cover letter stating your academic field, area of specialization, interest in the theme, and proposed research and writing during the fellowship period.
2. Curriculum vitae.
3. Three letters of recommendation
4. A writing sample
5. A course proposal relating to the theme of the Seminar.

Applications submitted by November 20, 2015 will receive full consideration, but the search will remain open until the position is closed or filled. For further information, please visit the Middle East Studies website (, or contact: Beshara Doumani Director, Middle East Studies Brown University 111 Thayer Street Providence, RI 02912 +1 401.863.6924 mes_director@brown.eduBrown is an EEO/AA employer. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.

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