JHI New Media Public Humanities Postdoctoral Fellowship

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JHI New Media and Public Humanities Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2022-2023

Deadline: 30 November 2021 at 11:59 p.m. EDT

APPLY HERE: https://redcap.utoronto.ca/surveys/?s=P97TFD8TJY4KL88N

The Jackman Humanities Institute 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 “Labour” and to propose, write, and publish innovative media projects that take humanities research into the public domain.

The Annual Theme for 2022-2023 is Labour

From the labour of childbirth to the travail of making a living, human beings are labouring animals who derive meaning and experience meaninglessness in work. Historically, human creativity has long flourished both through and against labour-saving technologies. In a globalizing and climate-changing world, rising nationalist movements call for the fortification of borders that would stop seasonal flows of labour, while women call for pay equity and harassment-free workplaces to allow for the freedom to work in peace. In a world of increasingly precarious labour, thanks in part to automation, what does the future of work portend for both people and the planet? What forms of resistance are possible when workers face both the irrelevance of their labour and its exploitation?

The Fellowship

The postdoctoral fellowship is an award of $56,275 CAD plus benefits. The NMPH postdoctoral fellowship is tenable for one academic year (1 July 2022-30 June 2023), and the holder is expected to be in residence September 2022 to May 2023. 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 2012 – 30 June 2022. 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.
  • This position is normally open to Ph.D. graduates who do not hold tenure-track positions.
  • A public media record going back to at least 1 July 2020.
  • 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 “Labour.”

Procedure

You can reach the application directly at https://redcap.utoronto.ca/surveys/?s=P97TFD8TJY4KL88N

You will be asked to provide the following documents, compiled into a single pdf file.

  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 2022-2023 annual theme, Labour, 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 provide a page with URL links and a brief description for each.

Please see the FAQ sheet below for directions on length and formatting.

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 2021.  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 or the deadline passes. 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 2021 at 11:59 p.m. (EDT). Faxed, emailed, and paper applications will not be considered.

Questions

For questions relating to the scope and expectations of this fellowship, contact Professor Alison Keith, Director, at jhi.director@utoronto.ca.

For assistance with the application form, contact Kim Yates, Associate Director, at jhi.associate@utoronto.ca


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