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With the sponsorship of the Cornell University Society for the Humanities, the Department of Anthropology invites applications for a two-year Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship for academic years 2014/15 and 2015/16. Applicants’ work should focus on issues of sovereignty and representation as they intersect in the Islamic world from the 8th century to the present. New media have played a critical role in contemporary social movements, from digital forms such as twitter to analog forms such as cassette tapes. The same may be said of various forms of materiality since the initial spread of Islam. We thus seek a cutting-edge scholar working within any anthropological tradition–ethnographic, archaeological, historical–to explore the interdigitation of the aesthetic and the political. The Fellow will teach two courses each year: one lower and one upper division. Depending on expertise, the lower-level course would be the introductory course in sociocultural or archaeological anthropology, our Cultural Diversity and Contemporary Issues course, or a first-year writing seminar on a mutually agreed topic. The upper-level course would be a seminar aimed at seniors and graduate students on a topic related to the themes outlined above.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants for the Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship for the 2014/15-2015/16 academic years must have received the Ph.D. degree after September 2008. Mellon Fellowships are open to international applicants. Applicants who will have received the Ph.D. degree by June 30, 2014, are eligible. Applicants who do not have the Ph.D. in hand at the time of application must include a letter from the committee chair or department stating that the Ph.D. degree will be conferred before the term of the fellowship begins.

Application Procedures

Applicants should submit the following materials for consideration:

  • a curriculum vitae
  • a detailed statement of research interests
  • a writing sample
  • course proposals for the courses the Mellon Fellow will teach while in residence at Cornell
  • three letters of recommendation

Applications are due by December 15, 2013, to the address below; we encourage applicants to contact the Anthropology department if they will be attending the AAA meetings.

Applications should be sent to:

Paula L. Epps-Cepero
Program Administrator
Society for the Humanities
Cornell University
27 East Avenue
Ithaca, NY 14853

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