Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellows in the Rice Seminars Call

The Humanities Research Center at Rice University hosts yearlong residential postdoctoral fellowships at Rice University for outstanding junior scholars. The program is designed to encourage interdisciplinary teaching and research, facilitate new research communities at Rice, and prepare junior scholars for future faculty positions. The Mellon postdocs participate in the Rice Seminars, yearlong research seminars designed to study a broad topic from an interdisciplinary perspective. The topic changes each year. 

Two postdoctoral fellows will be appointed for the 2015-16 Rice Seminar, “After Biopolitics.” The seminar will be directed by Cary Wolfe (department of English, Center for Critical and Cultural Theory) and Timothy Morton (department of English).

Applications are welcome from scholars, in all disciplines, whose work explores biopolitical thought as it has developed over the past forty years, while bringing it into conversation with other intellectual genealogies that promise to reinvigorate, and be reinvigorated by, taking seriously the place of “life” in contemporary social, cultural, and political formations. Fellows will take part in a yearlong residential research seminar, leading to the publication of an edited collection with a major university press, and will also be expected to participate in the annual conference of the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts, held at Rice on the same topic during November of 2015. 

All fellows are expected to be in residence full time at Rice for the entire appointment of the 2015-16 academic year; their primary obligations will be active participation in all aspects of the Seminar. Postdoctoral fellows will be required to teach or co-teach one course each semester; the topic and semester of the course will be determined in consultation with the appropriate department. 

Applicants must have received the PhD between July 1, 2008 and June 30, 2015.

Salary for this position is $50,000; we offer Rice medical benefits and funds for travel and relocation to Houston.

Rice University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. Scholars who are members of traditionally under-represented groups are encouraged to apply. There is no citizenship requirement or restriction for this fellowship. Non-U.S. nationals are welcome to apply. 

Application Materials:

  • Letter of interest, to be attached under 'cover letter' 
  • Two page CV; please include two references and their contact information
  • 1000-word research project proposal outlining your contribution to the seminar topic and an accompanying one page bibliography  
  • Course proposal (undergraduate level; teaching the proposed course is not guaranteed)

Submission Instructions:
Submit applications here

December 1, 2014

Lauren Kleinschmidt

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