2018-2019 Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis Postdoctoral Fellowship
|Institution Type:||College / University|
|Location:||New Jersey, United States|
The Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences and the Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis invite applications from all disciplines and interdisciplinary fields for post-doctoral resident fellowships to be held during the academic year of 2018-2019 from individuals working on topics related to “Black Bodies,” directed by Professors Marisa Fuentes and Bayo Holsey, Rutgers Department of History.
With vital urgency and new technologies of story-telling, we daily witness black bodies in peril. From histories of slavery and discrimination to more present modes of state violence, black bodies have been figured as disposable and resistive, silenced and demanding. This RCHA Seminar, “Black Bodies,” seeks to pull together several interdisciplinary frames of inquiry about ‘black bodies’ in various times, spaces, and geographies. Attentive to the intersections/assemblages of race, gender and sexuality this seminar asks and invites questions concerning the many ways in which black bodies are subject to epistemic, historical, archival, state/non-state, biopolitical, and praxes of violence and erasure in global configurations. We will also consider how we remember, grieve, represent, signify, and reclaim black bodies and lives in a variety of contexts.
Our project pursues several questions to attend to and address black embodiment from interdisciplinary perspectives. These questions include but are not limited to: How do ‘black bodies’ come into our frames of view? In what historical and geographic contexts are black bodies legible? How does “blackness” travel globally? How do we account for systems of racialization that mark a range of non-white bodies? What are the structures, ideologies, systems, and forms of power that subject black bodies around the world to different practices and forces of violence? How can we assess the negative health outcomes, psychological traumas, and increased mortality rates that accompany racism?
This RCHA project explores how various communities of color have reckoned with the trauma of/on black bodies. It also asks: what alternative visions of black selfhood have they constructed? How do empowering experiences of embodiment involving sexuality, procreation, and physicality challenge the widespread devaluation of black bodies? What strategies, methods, and paradigms are adequate to understanding how conditions of precarity continue to threaten black bodies in public and private—in material, structural, and theoretical ways? We recognize the urgency of these questions given the increased visibility of state and other forms of violence against black bodies around the world, represented in images of gunshot-riddled African American bodies left dying on U.S. streets, victims of police violence, and African migrant bodies that wash up on European shores, the casualties of political crises and neo-liberal economic policies. We also recognize the powerful responses to this violence by activists, artists, and scholars who have reimagined black bodies in creative and meaningful ways.
We invite applications from all fields with relevance to the seminar themes including, but not limited to History, English, Anthropology, Women’s and Gender Studies, Africana/Black Studies, Critical Race Studies, Cultural Studies and fields engaging medicine, science and race. Fellows will receive stipends of $42,000 annually as well as an annual research allocation of $2,000; they will also receive Rutgers University health benefits. During the appointment, fellows will pursue research and participate in seminars and other activities at the Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis. Applications consisting of a CV, a three-page description of your research project and its significance to the theme, “Black Bodies,” and 3 letters of recommendation should be submitted electronically via Interfolio: https://apply.interfolio.com/48012. Applications must be received by February 23, 2018. Applicants must have received the Ph.D. between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2018. Applicants must have finished all requirements for the Ph.D. by July 1, 2018.
Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis; Rutgers University
|Primary Category:||Black History / Studies
|Secondary Categories:||African American History / Studies
Women, Gender, and Sexuality