Mellon Sawyer Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Politics of Kinship
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Tufts University invites applications for a one-year postdoctoral Mellon Sawyer Fellowship in the Politics of Kinship, beginning July 1, 2019. The fellow will take a leading role in organizing, administering and participating in a Mellon Sawyer Seminar entitled “Defamiliarizing the Family: Genealogy and Kinship as Critical Method.” Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and convened by historian Kendra Field and anthropologist Sarah Pinto, this seminar engages humanities and social science knowledge in relation to studies of family and kinship and their mobilization as tools for critical inquiry. The fellow will receive a stipend of $48,000, will be eligible for Tufts University health benefits, and will have a workspace at the Center for the Humanities at Tufts (CHAT).
We seek a junior scholar whose work highlights the critical insights that can be gained by centering family and kinship as a lens for scholarly pursuit. Such scholarship might illuminate any of the following: the creation, maintenance, transformation, interruption, or breakdown of family and kinship ties, including the role of legal and state intervention; the centrality of family and kinship in the construction of race, nation, diaspora, colonialism, gender, sexuality, or class; the social place of genetics and medical technologies in notions of relatedness; and/or the capacity of familial, genealogical, and ancestral source materials to interrupt and challenge disciplinary methods, analyses, and archival conventions. Disciplinary affiliation is open and may include anthropology, history, comparative literature, religion, material and visual culture, and critical theory, among others. We are particularly interested in a scholar with the ability to think broadly and experimentally within and beyond conventional geographic, thematic, or disciplinary norms.
All applications are submitted via Interfolio, at http://apply.interfolio.com/58986. Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, a 2500-word research description, and three confidential letters of reference, submitted directly by the authors to Interfolio. We will begin reviewing applications on March 10, 2019.
For additional information, applicants may contact Prof. Kendra Field, firstname.lastname@example.org or Prof. Sarah Pinto, email@example.com.