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Program in Comparative Literature, School of Social Sciences and Humanities
Post: Assistant or Associate Professor of Comparative Literature
DIAC_2019_063: Full-Time Academic (Tenure Track)
Location:Doha Institute for Graduate Studies, Doha, Qatar
Keywords:Comparative Literature; World Literature; Literary Theory; Arabic, Asian, African and Latin American Literary Traditions
The Comparative Literature Program at the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies (DI) in Qatar invites applications for a position at the Assistant or Associate Professor level in Comparative Literature to begin at the start of the 2020 academic year, August 01, 2020. Founded in 2015, DI is a non-profit and independent institute. Arabic is the official language of instruction, but in the Program of Comparative Literature the language of instruction alternates between Arabic and English. The institute offers excellent remunerative packages including competitive salaries, housing and other benefits.
The Comparative Literature Program at the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies is a pioneering program in the region, aiming uniquely to engage with the emergent approaches of the New Comparative Literature and key recent debates in the discipline. In this respect, the Program focuses on recent crucial reflections on the discipline’s historical formations, and the methodological challenges of working across languages and traditions. Expertise and perspectives from non-European literary, aesthetic and critical traditions are integral to this approach.
With its critical humanist and interdisciplinary thrust, and through its uniquely designed core and elective courses, the Program aims to train a new generation of comparative literature scholars, who will be able to situate themselves in the discipline at large as a new type of Arabist and comparative literary theorist.
The candidate must have a PhD in Comparative Literature from a recognized Program or Department of Comparative Literature. Preference will be given to candidates with specializations in literary theory, approaches to World Literature and the new comparative literature, and with demonstrable expertise in Arabic literature and an Asian, African or Latin American literature. The candidate will be expected to participate in the teaching of the Program’s core theory courses and electives, and in the Interdisciplinary Curriculum in the School of Social Sciences and Humanities.
Candidates should show evidence of research excellence and a commitment towards quality teaching at the graduate level. Please note that the Ph.D. requirement must have been fulfilled by July 1, 2020.
Key Responsibilities
• Demonstrate a sustained critical and theoretical intervention in the current debates of the discipline through teaching, research and publication
• Demonstrate versatility in lecturing in both Arabic and English and to a highly diverse body of students
• Participate in the teaching of core theory courses and design of new electives to expand the remit of the Program’s vision and critical reach across new areas of investigation and research
• Collaborate with colleagues in other programs and participate in the design and teaching of interdisciplinary courses across the School of Social Sciences and Humanities
• Undertake academic advising, MA Thesis supervision and other administrative duties in the Program
• Serve on academic and professional committees across SOSH and DI
• Participate in DI and ACRPS seminars and international workshops and conferences
• Initiate and participate in collaborative projects with other Qatari and Doha-based institutions, and the Doha community at large
• Participate in the Program’s recruitment plans throughout the region and beyond
• Promote the work of the Comparative Literature Program and the DI in major international conferences and international collaborative research projects and grant applications
The Comparative Literature Program at the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies places high value on diversity and will welcome applications from early career scholars.
Please provide: (1) a letter of application; (2) a curriculum vita; (3) a statement of teaching philosophy; (4) a research statement; (5) evidence of teaching excellence; (6) selected samples of peer reviewed publications and research work; (7) three references (email and phone number). Email:
To apply, please send your documents via email by December 1, 2019 to:
For more details on the position, please visit the following link:
For informal further queries, please contact the Head of Program, Professor Ayman El-Desouky at:
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