University of California - Irvine, Humanities Commons & Affiliation based on Discipline
Mellon Sawyer Seminar "Documenting War" Post-Doctoral Fellowship 2016-2017
|Institution Type:||College / University|
|Location:||California, United States|
The UCI School of Humanities invites applications for a one year teaching and research post-doctoral fellow for 2016-2017. The postdoctoral fellow will take a leading role in “Documenting War,” a John E. Sawyer Seminar funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The fellow will be affiliated with the Humanities Commons, UCI’s humanities institute, as well as the appropriate academic department. While in residence at UCI, the Mellon Fellow will participate in all activities associated with the Sawyer Seminar, have limited teaching duties, and have the opportunity for scholarly work. The successful candidate will have a research agenda on documenting war (broadly defined) in the 20th century in the United States.
Our title, “Documenting War,” encompasses the verbal accounts of direct and indirect participants in war, the visual representation of conflict and its aftermath, the archival efforts to preserve the documents that scholars consult as they construct their histories of war, and the commemorative memorials and museum exhibitions evoking conflicts past. The seminar will examine the ways in which documentary texts and images incite soldiers, on duty or retired, and civilians, families or activists to form communities of consent and dissent, of testimony and witness, and of sacrifice and survival. It reframes the discussion of the documents of war by focusing on the exchange between military personnel, journalists, and academic scholars in the Humanities; and second by analyzing the ways in which documents produced in the heat of the battle and those produced in hindsight both complement and contradict each other in the formation of lasting collective memories of armed conflict.
Amanda Jeanne Swain, PhD
|Primary Category:||American History / Studies
|Secondary Categories:||African American History / Studies
Architecture and Architectural History
Asian American History / Studies
Chicana/o History / Studies
Film and Film History
Journalism / Media Studies
Native American History / Studies