Tenure-track Asst or Assoc Prof in Lusophone African and/or Portuguese Literary & Cultural Studies

The Department of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies at Brown University invites applications for a tenure-track assistant or associate professor in Lusophone African and/or Portuguese literary and cultural studies. Preference will be given to applicants with a minimum of two years of teaching experience at the university level. Areas of specialization are open to any field/period in Portuguese and/or Lusophone African literary and cultural studies. We are mainly interested in applications from candidates whose research covers a wide range of cultural expressions from Lusophone Africa and Portugal, particularly in literature. Applications from scholars working on Portuguese and Lusophone African literary and cultural studies in a comparative context are particularly encouraged. The Department also welcomes candidates to apply whose secondary or tertiary research areas focus on the legacy of the Portuguese colonial presence in Asia (Goa, Macau, East Timor).

Qualifications: The successful candidate will promote inclusion, equity, and diversity in the curriculum and have research and teaching agendas committed to such values. As such, we welcome candidates whose research, albeit firmly grounded in literary and cultural studies, also explores intersections with fields such as Diaspora Studies, Race, Postcolonial and/or Decolonial Studies, and Media Studies, among others. We are especially interested in applicants who would complement the department's cross-disciplinary strengths in environmental studies, gender and sexuality studies, film studies, and the history of ideas. Further, the Department of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies is keenly interested in diversifying and encourages applications from diverse candidates.

The successful applicant will demonstrate exceptional promise as a rigorous and dynamic scholar for whom excellence in research is interwoven with a proven dedication to inclusive teaching and mentorship of undergraduates and graduate students. They will also contribute to the intellectual life of the department and wider university, supporting our efforts to build a diverse scholarly environment. A Ph.D. in Lusophone African and/or Portuguese literary and cultural studies or an equivalent degree is required by the position start date, July 1, 2024. Native or near-native fluency in Portuguese and English is expected.

Applications must be made on Interfolio (http://apply.interfolio.com/128914). Review of materials will begin on October 20th 2023, for full consideration please submit by October 20th. Short-listed candidates will be interviewed via video conference in December.

Required materials include:

  • curriculum vitae

  • a letter of application addressing research, teaching, and service

  • a one-page dissertation abstract (assistant professor)

  • one writing sample (no more than 10.000 words in Portuguese or English)

  • a diversity statement

  • and three letters of recommendation.

For further information, please contact:

Professor Leila Lehnen Chair, Search Committee leila_lehnen@brown.edu

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