Harvard University, Mahindra Humanities Center
Mahindra Humanities Center Postdoctoral Fellowship
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The Mahindra Humanities Center invites applications for one-year postdoctoral fellowships in connection with the Center’s new Andrew W. Mellon Foundation seminar on the topic of violence/non-violence. The call to arms and the politics of non-violent resistance are often represented as polarities. There are, however, many gray areas that define the dialectical relationship between violence and non-violence. The university-wide seminar, in which the postdoctoral fellows will play a central role, will explore a different dimension of the interrelationship between violence/non-violence—as disciplinary formation, historical event, ideological or ethical discourse—in each of the next three years. In 2014-15, the seminar will focus on war.
The aims of the seminar are twofold:
- To study violence/non-violence in a comparative global context to advance our knowledge of their complex relationship—its distinctions and dependencies. We will explore a range of genres of conflict with a view to understanding the role played by violent and non-violent engagements in different historical, cultural, and political contexts.
- To provide an occasion for a pedagogical inquiry into the construction of knowledges of violence/non-violence relative to the scholarly disciplines—to consider the double movement by which disciplines are both compelled to conserve their authority and impelled by historical and institutional change to open up to emergent, interdisciplinary forms of knowledge.
We welcome applications from scholars in all fields whose work innovatively engages with war in relation to some of the following issues: legitimacy; consent; boundaries and borders; the “antagonistic” everyday; rhetoric and imagery; security, territoriality, and sovereignty; duration and temporality; space and scale; narratives of resistance and witnessing; death, memory, and memorialization; just wars and asymmetrical warfare; humanitarian interventions; institutions and legal instruments of international civil society; and the technologies of warfare.
In addition to pursuing their own research projects, fellows will be core participants in the bi-weekly seminar meetings. Other participants will include faculty and graduate students from Harvard and other universities in the region, and occasional visiting speakers.
Fellows will be joined at the Center by postdoctoral fellows from Germany, who will be coming as part of a collaboration between the Mahindra Humanities Center and the Volkswagen Foundation. Fellows are expected to be in residence at Harvard for the term of the fellowship.
Fellows will receive stipends of $60,000, individual medical insurance, moving assistance of $1,500, and additional research support of $2,500.
Applicants for 2014-15 fellowships must have received the Ph.D. after May 2011. Applicants without the Ph.D. must demonstrate that they will receive the Ph.D. in or before August 2014. Applications must be completed by December 1, 2013.
For more information, please refer to our website: http://mahindrahumanities.fas.harvard.edu/content/postdoctoral-fellowships
The application can be found here: https://academicpositions.harvard.edu/postings/5032
Neal Adolph Akatsuka
Coordinator of Publications and Programs
Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard University
Barker Center 137
12 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
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