University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign, Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities (IPRH)
Andrew W. Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Legal Humanities, 2020-22
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The Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities (IPRH) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, supported by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, seeks to hire two Andrew W. Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellows in Legal Humanities for two-year appointments commencing Fall 2020.
Legal humanities examines how the law, society, culture, politics, and economy are mutually constituted. It thus draws from a range of methodologies, including those dealing with representation (e.g., literary, cultural, and performance studies), history, and sociological perspectives. Legal humanities understands the law as both reflecting and actively influencing societal values, aspirations, anxieties, biases, and notions of justice, examining how law constitutes and shapes the social world in which it is embedded.
The Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellows in Legal Humanities will spend their two-year terms in residence at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and will participate in all activities of the IPRH-Mellon Legal Humanities Research Group. Fellows will pursue an individual research project in an area of the legal humanities; participate in a seminar and programs focused on the methods and challenges of interdisciplinary work in the legal humanities; work together on a collaborative, public-facing project in the field; and work with the research group to develop a legal humanities curriculum. Each fellow will be required to teach one of the courses developed in the second year of the fellowship term.
The search is open to scholars in all humanities disciplines, including the humanities-inflected social sciences, whose research and teaching interests lie in the area of legal humanities. Special consideration will be given to scholars whose scholarship centers social justice, community engagement, and activist organizing. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, racial, im/migrant, and/or gender justice; human rights; housing and built environments; environmental justice; Indigenous sovereignty; anti-imperial resistance; and similar issues.
The fellowship carries a $58,350 annual stipend, a $5,000 research account, a moving allowance, and a comprehensive benefits package. To be eligible, applicants should have received their Ph.D. in a humanities discipline between January 1, 2017 and no later than July 31, 2020. Only untenured scholars who have not held the title of “assistant professor” are eligible (visiting, non-tenure-line assistant professors are eligible); lecturers with indefinite appointments that renew (rather than terminate after a fixed term) are ineligible. PhDs are the only terminal degree accepted. Current full- and part-time faculty members at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, as well as scholars who received their doctorates from the Urbana campus, are not eligible for these awards. Scholars who cannot legitimately anticipate the conferral of their degrees by July 31, 2020, should not apply.
Application Deadline: October 21, 2019
Detailed eligibility requirements, terms, and application guidelines can be found out: http://go.illinois.edu/postdoc. The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
The submission period opens September 1, 2019. Applications and letters of support must be submitted through the secure online application system. No paper or e-mailed applications (or letters of support) will be accepted. Please do not contact IPRH about the viability of your project. The selection committee cannot vet the appropriateness of proposals in advance. Careful reading of the application guidelines should answer most questions. Please limit queries to general questions about the fellowship opportunity and/or difficulties with the application system. The volume of applications IPRH receives prevents us from commenting on the status of individual applications. Receipt of applications will be acknowledged via auto-generated email, once an applicant has clicked “submit.” Please note that active submission is necessary; uploading all requisite application materials does not, unto itself, constitute submission.
Nancy Castro, Deputy Director