The Obermann Center for Advanced Studies at the University of Iowa welcomes applications for a full-time, twelve-month Postdoctoral Scholar. The one-year residency will begin on August 12, 2019. The position is funded through the generosity of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and is part of the 2019-2020 Mellon-Sawyer Seminar, "Imagining Latinidades: Articulations of National Belonging," led by co-PIs Darrel Wanzer-Serrano (Communication Studies), Rene Rocha (Political Science), and Ariana Ruiz (Spanish and Portuguese).
Over the course of the 2019/2020 academic year, the Sawyer Seminar will support a series of events - including over 20 lectures by renowned visiting scholars and artists, a film series, and public art performances that engage with questions of national identity, national belonging, intersectional identities (related to race/ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class, etc.), and Latina/o/x peoples. "Imagining Latinidades" draws from critical approaches in the humanities and social scienes to address how peoples of Latin American and Caribbean descent see themselves and are seen by others in the United States. As such, the Seminar will move across different geographies and histories to explore how Latina/o/x communities consistently and continuously disrupt and are disrupted by dominant and dominating articulations of nation, nationhood, and belonging. The Seminar will also proceed through a set of questions related to civic and social identities, migration, representation, and construction of U.S. Latinidades, while still remaining cognizant of ever-shifting hemispheric ties across the Americas. Given the recent jolting shifts in discourse, public policy, and persistent everyday lived effects of coloniality, the place of Latina/o/x peoples in the United States has never been more uncertain. Thus, the Seminar's interest in how articulations of national belonging (particularly those that exclude Latina/o/x folks) puncture the social fabric of the United States, underscores a productive tension that resists historical amnesia while imagining and creating alternative practices of identification.
The primary focus of the successful candidates' research must be in U.S. Latinas/Latinos/Latinx. Research from all disciplines and interdisciplines are eligible and will be considered.
Project Management The Mellon-Sawyer Seminar will include a series of lectures, many by visiting speakers from national research institutions. We desire a Postdoctoral Scholar with experience in project management who can help organize visits from scholars and other events.
Research The Postdoctoral Scholar will have office space, a computer, and staff support at the Obermann Center, and will be invited to participate in the Obermann Fellows' work-in-progress seminar and in other scholarly activities at the Center. The scholar is expected to pursue a research program that is Latina/o/x Studies focused.
This one-year Postdoctoral Scholar position is a full-time, twelve-month salaried appointment. The annual salary is $50,760 plus benefits (described on the University of Iowa Graduate College Office of Postdoctoral Scholars website: https://www.grad.uiowa.edu/postdocs .
40% RESEARCH Conduct research in Latina/o/x Studies.
40% SEMINAR/WEBSITE SUPPORT Help develop the website in coordination with library staff, through the transfer of seminar-generated content, including bibliographies and historical data, to the site; build connections with related online projects; conduct research to populate the site in areas of own expertise.
20% ADMINISTRATION Coordinate the visits of guest lecturers, help organize the workshops, contribute to other aspects of planning and programming the Mellon-Sawyer Seminar.
Please include the following in your application:
A letter of application (no more than three pages) that explains how areas of research and teaching align with the topics of the Mellon-Sawyer Seminar; discusses areas of research; and describes experience with digital tools, project management, and pedagogy, if applicable.
A complete curriculum vitae.
A sample of your writing related to Latina/o/x Studies (a published article, dissertation chapter, or online publication) not more than 30 pages.
The names and contact information for three references who can address your qualifications for the Postdoctoral Scholar position. Please do not request that letters be sent unless you are asked to do so.
Evaluation of the materials will begin on March 1, and we will contact candidates for online interviews promptly thereafter. Please direct questions or inquiries to Darrel Wanzer-Serrano (email@example.com), Rene Rocha (firstname.lastname@example.org), or Ariana Ruiz (email@example.com).
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