The Mellon “Dispossessions in the Americas” Research Team at the University of Pennsylvania invites applications for two one-year Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships. We seek applicants whose research, teaching, and public engagements support and complement our research team’s interests by emphasizing two or more of the following:
1) broadly interdisciplinary, collaborative inquiries and expressions that engage with the arts, humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and/or health studies.
2) applied research that aims to document and, when relevant, repair dispossessions of Black, Indigenous, and Latinx territories, bodies, and cultural heritage in the Americas.
3) research investigating the historical roots of systemic racism embedded in mechanisms of deceit, disease, violence and/or warfare in the Americas, from 1491 to the present.
4) research and practice-oriented towards public engagement, policy solutions to address dispossessions, and collaborations with the affected communities to promote more just, equitable, and sustainable futures throughout the Americas.
The Mellon “Dispossessions in the Americas” Research Team Postdoctoral Fellows will be expected to pursue their own research agendas as well as actively participate in our team’s collaborative efforts. Our goals include: create a website documenting dispossessions from 1491 to the present; organize three international conferences; promote and facilitate art exhibitions and performances on our topics; collaborate with minority-oriented two and four-year colleges on curriculum development; and articulate proposals with local, national, and global governmental and non-governmental actors.
Application materials from candidates must explicitly address how their research and teaching experiences and goals intersect with the topics of dispossessions of Black, Indigenous, and Latinx lands, bodies, and/or cultural heritage in the Americas, and how they could contribute to our collaborative efforts. We welcome applications from diverse candidates with PhD degrees in any discipline, and whose interests and/or expertise focuses on intercultural, pre-colonial, and colonial contact in the Americas. Fluency in Spanish, Portuguese, Indigenous Central American, Indigenous South American, or Indigenous North American languages is especially welcome.
The Fellowship carries a stipend of $50,004 plus benefits and medical insurance, and the fellows will be directly affiliated with at least one of our partnering programs at Penn and work closely with at least one of our co-PIs. Office space will be provided within one of the related departments. Fellows will be responsible for securing their own lodging arrangements in or near Philadelphia. During their year in residence, the Fellows will pursue their proposed research, and will be required to present a lecture on that research at a public seminar. The Fellow will also be required to teach one undergraduate course on a related topic, and to participate in a regular once-weekly seminar series.
Scholars who have received or will receive their Ph.D. anytime between May 2018 and May 2021 are eligible to apply. Applicants must either have their Ph.D. degree in hand, or must have passed their oral defense and deposited their final dissertation with their university no later than June 30, 2021. Applications will not be considered unless this condition is met (i.e., degrees scheduled to be granted after June 30, 2021 are ineligible).
Preference will be given to candidates whose proposals are interdisciplinary, who are bilingual or multilingual, who have experience working with Black, Indigenous, or Latinx communities, and who would particularly benefit from and contribute to our team and intellectual community on the Penn campus and beyond.
To apply, candidates should submit a cover letter, c.v., and statements on research, teaching, and diversity (three individual statements, maximum 1,000 words each). Candidates must also submit a writing sample (maximum 10,000 words), and three confidential letters of recommendation. Candidates are encouraged to highlight their public-facing work and/or experiences with Black, Indigenous, and/or Latinx topics and communities. Finalists will be interviewed via remote video conference.
The Penn Mellon Dispossessions in the Americas Research Team is strongly committed to Penn's Action Plan for Faculty Diversity and Excellence and to creating a more diverse faculty (for more information see: http://www.upenn.edu/almanac/volumes/v58/n02/diversityplan.html). The University of Pennsylvania is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Minorities/Women/Individuals with disabilities/Protected Veterans are encouraged to apply.