Rutgers University-New Brunswick, School of Arts & Sciences, Center For Cultural Analysis (CCA) 2016-2017 CCA Postdoctoral Fellowship

In 2016-17, CCA will sponsor two external post-doctoral fellowships with awards of $45,000. CCA also awards non-funded associate fellowships. All fellows will have access to the Center’s resources during the tenure of the fellowship and will be expected to participate in and to present their work to the Center seminars, which meet regularly throughout the academic year, and to teach one advanced undergraduate course in their core discipline.  All inquiries should be directed to  Please do not direct inquiries to the seminar leaders.

“Arts” and “aesthetics” have been integrally linked since the eighteenth century, but this was not always the case. Aesthetics, originally denoting knowledge through sense perception, only later became concerned with taste and judgment, or value and beauty, and integral over time to what we now call “criticism.” Art, initially describing craft, practical skill or technique with matter, language and sound, later migrated to embrace formalism and individual as well as cultural expression. The 2016-17 CCA seminar “Arts and Aesthetics” will explore the divergences and convergences of these related but fundamentally different ideas, approaching them from the perspectives of philosophy, literary history, art history, the fine arts, the history of science, and political and cultural theory.  Topics are likely to include form and formalism; the history of criticism and critique; theories of perception; and questions of representation generally, ranging from photography, to painting, sculpture, music, architecture, performance, and conceptual as well as outsider art. Throughout, the idea of the “liberal arts” and their status in 2016—Rutgers University’s 250th year—will be an abiding concern.


All requirements for the PhD must be completed by June 30, 2016.

Application Instructions

Please submit a cover letter, CV, three confidential letters of recommendation, a detailed research statement (no more than 4 single-spaced pages), a 250-400 word abstract of your research project, and a detailed proposal for an advanced undergraduate course that you would like to teach.