Jackman Humanities Institute New Media and Public Humanities Postdoctoral Fellowship

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The Jackman Humanities Institute (JHI) is pleased to invite applications for a postdoctoral fellowship in New Media and Public Humanities (NMPH), designed to support recent Ph.D. graduates from humanities disciplines who are engaged in new media and/or other journalism initiatives to bring humanities research out of the classroom or academic monograph and into discussion in public fora and across multiple media platforms. One NMPH postdoctoral fellow will be selected for a twelve-month residency at the Jackman Humanities Institute. The NMPH postdoctoral fellow is expected to conduct active research on the theme of “Absence” and to propose, write, and publish innovative media projects that take humanities research into the public domain.

Deadline for Applications: November 30, 2022 at 4:00pm EST

2023 - 2024: Absence

Absence takes many forms - absence as loss, abandonment, and omission; absence as exile, separation, and unbelonging; and, paradoxically, absence as boundless, infinite, and transcendent. Ways of knowing, communal memory, as well as personal and cultural identities are all shaped, challenged, and even denied by various types of absences. Voids, silences, privations, gaps and solitudes are forces in themselves. What is not there can be even more powerful than what is there. How does absence affect our views of and place in the world? What meaning can we make of those “blank void regions”? What happens when absence is present? How are today's technologies and our networked world challenging the binary distinction of presence and absence?

The Fellowship

The postdoctoral fellowship is an award of $61,275 CAD plus benefits. The NMPH postdoctoral fellowship is tenable for one academic year (1 July 2023-30 June 2024), and the holder is expected to be in residence September 2023 to May 2024. As a residential fellow, the New Media and Public Humanities postdoctoral fellow will be provided with an office at the JHI on the 10th floor of the Jackman Humanities Building. The NMPH postdoctoral fellow will be expected to participate in activities with faculty, postdoctoral, graduate and undergraduate fellows, including weekly lunch seminars and occasional other workshops and lectures.

Moving expenses are not provided. The JHI will provide an office, University of Toronto Library access, faculty mentoring, and administrative support. Teaching is not a component of this fellowship, but incumbents may apply for sessional positions in their home disciplines as available.

Eligibility

  • Doctoral degree in humanities, writing, media studies, or journalism completed between 1 July 2013 – 30 June 2023. If you graduated before 1 July 2013, you are not eligible to apply. If you will be enrolled as a full or part-time student during the period of the fellowship, you are not eligible to apply. If you hold a tenured or tenure-track position already, you are not eligible to apply.
  • A public media record going back to at least 1 July 2021.
  • Fellowships are open to citizens of all countries. The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from visible minority group members, women, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups, and others who may further expand the range of ideas and perspectives.
  • Doctoral candidates and Ph.D. recipients from the University of Toronto are eligible to apply.
  • The Jackman Humanities Institute interprets “Humanities” as a broad category, including political theory, interpretive social science, music, and the arts.  

Selection Criteria

We are seeking individuals whose intellectual scope moves between formal academic research and professional journalism. The JHI is a site for interdisciplinary humanities research conversations, and we are therefore interested in candidates who have a record of publication in non-academic venues as well as an academic background in the humanities or qualitative social sciences. Selection will be based upon accomplishment according to career stage, evidence of public media engagement, and the relevance of the applicant’s interests and media record to the annual theme of “Absence.”

Procedure

Complete the online application for this fellowship

You will be asked to provide the following documents, compiled into a single pdf file. Please see the FAQs below for directions on length and formatting.

  1. A full resumé with demonstrated background in the Humanities that includes a full listing of both academic and non-academic publications and media endeavours.
  2. A project proposal that outlines a media project or series of projects centred on the 2023-2024 annual theme, Absence, to be undertaken at the Jackman Humanities Institute (Maximum length 1000 words)
  3. A writing sample (published, non-academic preferred; an academic article or dissertation chapter may be provided if necessary)
  4. (Optional) For online materials such as audio or video files, please include URL links and a brief description for each.
  5. 100-word research description
  6. 100-word biographical statement

You will be asked to provide the names and email addresses of two referees who can provide confidential letters of reference. Your referees will receive an automated request for their letters, which will be due on 7 December 2022.  Please ask your referees to watch for our request email.

If you SAVE your file without clicking SUBMIT, you will be able to edit your application and replace your application document until you click SUBMIT. Please submit your application before the deadline. If you SAVE, you will receive a secret number that will enable you to re-enter your application. Please record this number; JHI staff will not have access to this information.

Deadline

All applications must be submitted by 30 November 2022 at 4:00 p.m. (EST). Faxed, emailed, and paper applications will not be considered.

Questions?

  • For questions relating to the scope and expectations of this fellowship, email JHI Director, Professor Alison Keith
  • Technical questions about the application: email Sonja Johnston
Institution
Application date
Duration
1 year
Discipline
Humanities : Anthropology & Ethnology, Arts and Art history, History, Linguistics, Literature, Digital humanities and big data, Philosophy, Theology and religion
Social sciences : Geography, Gender studies, Identities, gender and sexuality, Political science, Information and Communication Sciences, Sociology