Diversity Postdoctoral Fellowship (University of San Diego)

The College of Arts and Sciences at the University of San Diego announces a Diversity Postdoctoral Fellowship. We seek to support scholars who are committed to teaching and mentoring students from communities that have historically been underrepresented in higher education, and who show promise of a distinguished academic career in the Humanities, Arts, Sciences, Mathematics and/or Social Sciences. Through this fellowship, we are committed to support the early development of scholars whose research/creative activity, teaching, mentoring or service advances the perspectives of African Americans. (more…)

CFP: MLA Special Session Katherine Anne Porter — Texan, Southerner, Cosmopolitan (3.11.15)

Katherine Anne Porter — Texan, Southerner, Cosmopolitan

MLA Special Session
New assessments of Porter’s legacy, as the MLA meets in her home state for the first time since 1980. 100-word abstracts by 11 March 2015; Thomas Carl Austenfeld (thomas.austenfeld@unifr.ch).

CFP: Edith Wharton and Hemingway (Essay collection; 4.15.15)

Originally posted on The Edith Wharton Society:

Contributors are sought for a proposed collection of essays on Edith Wharton and Ernest Hemingway, tentatively titled _Architects of American Modernism:  Wharton and Hemingway_.   Louisiana State University Press has expressed interest in this project and asked to review a full proposal.

Edith Wharton and Ernest Hemingway have a great deal in common:  They were both American modernist writers who lived as expatriates in Paris.  They were both active in World War I well before the U.S. declared war.  Both wrote in a range of genres, including novels, short fiction, drama, travel writing, and magazine journalism, and they shared a publisher, Scribner’s.  Both wrote novels that became bestsellers, and both won the Pulitzer Prize.  Hemingway owned six of Wharton’s books and mentioned her in a letter, while Wharton belittled his books in her private writing and in a letter once openly mocked the Americans who frequented the cafes of Montparnasse.

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CFP: MLA Special Session “From the Lowell Mills to Lean In” (3.15.15)

From the labor leader to the COO, what do American narratives about working women reveal about women’s paths to power? 250-word abstracts and CVs by 10 March 2015; Meghan Wadle (mtinning@smu.edu).

CFP: Special Issue of American Literature: “Pedagogy: Critical Practices for a Changing World” (8.5.15)

Call for Papers: Special Issue of American Literature: “Pedagogy: Critical Practices for a Changing World”

Over the last year, the media’s funereal preoccupation with the death of higher education has thrown into question the relevance and vitality of literary studies. Focusing on student debt, time-to-completion, and job placement, a new version of stripped-down vocational education threatens to take faculty, scholarship, and liberal arts out of the University. In a fury of business efficiencies, for-profit industries and venture capitalists are “unbundling” faculty roles, building self-service models, and advocating the corporate development of standardized assessments or student “competencies.” This special issue proposes pedagogies arising from the field of American literature as a critical response to these alarming trends in higher education.

Historically, literature produced and circulated in the United States has negotiated a range of contradictory demands to “teach” diverse peoples how to inhabit the geopolitical space and cultural terrain of the nation. Indeed, the concept of American literature was forged amid debates about the connections among literacy, citizenship, and pedagogy. In turning our attention to pedagogy, the editors of this special issue of American Literature would like to ask both how our scholarly engagement with American literature has produced a distinct set of pedagogical practices and how our pedagogical practices raise new questions about the relevance and role of American literature. Why we teach what we teach is just as important as why we study what we study but is seldom discussed as a field-defining issue. This special issue presents an opportunity to integrate discipline-specific knowledge more fully into a critical discussion of pedagogy. By leveraging the location of our pedagogy as developing out of specific scholarly concerns, we wish to illustrate the intersection of theory and pedagogical practice while highlighting the diverse disciplinary, institutional, and political contributions of American literature to higher education and community-based teaching and learning. (more…)

Fellowships: Mellon Postdoctoral Research Scholar at Lehigh University (3.15.15)

Lehigh University seeks applications for a two-year Mellon Postdoctoral Research Scholar in digital humanities and community engagement beginning August 2015. The annual salary is $50,000 with full benefits.

We seek a postdoctoral scholar well-versed in digital media, methods and technologies, with scholarly interest in one or more of the following areas: documentary studies (film or other), community engagement, urban studies and social justice. The scholar will pursue digital humanities scholarship, teach one undergraduate course each semester, contribute to workshops in partnership with the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning, and work one-on-one to help faculty integrate digital media into their courses.

The goal is to drive expansion of an undergraduate humanities curriculum that engages the local community, equips more faculty with enhanced skill sets in digital humanities forms, amplifies undergraduate humanities research, and leads to the development of an interdisciplinary undergraduate minor in documentary studies.

The position is open to candidates with a Ph.D. received between August 2012 and August 2015. We seek scholars from a wide range of humanities disciplines as well as the humanistic social sciences. Please submit a cover letter, vita, dissertation abstract, project description, and contact information for three academic references who will be prompted via email to submit letters electronically. The deadline for receipt of all materials is March 15, 2015. Please apply athttps://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/5320. Inquiries should be directed to Professor Ed Whitley: edw204@lehigh.edu (more…)

Fellowships: LIBRARY COMPANY OF PHILADELPHIA FELLOWSHIPS FOR 2015-2016 (3.1.15)

LIBRARY COMPANY OF PHILADELPHIA FELLOWSHIPS FOR 2015-2016

The Library Company of Philadelphia invites applications for short-term and dissertation fellowship awards during 2015-2016.

The Library Company of Philadelphia and The Historical Society of Pennsylvania will jointly award approximately twenty-five one-month fellowships for research in residence in either or both collections during the academic year 2015-2016. These two independent research libraries, adjacent to each other in Center City Philadelphia, have complementary collections capable of supporting research in a variety of fields and disciplines relating to the history of America and the Atlantic world from the 17th through the 19th centuries, as well as Mid-Atlantic regional history to the present.

The Albert M. Greenfield Foundation Dissertation Fellowship supports dissertation research in residence at the Library Company on any subject relevant to its collections. The term of the fellowship is from September 1, 2015 to May 31, 2016, with a stipend of $20,000. The award may be divided between two applicants, each of whom would receive $10,000 for the period September 1, 2015 to January 15, 2016 or January 15, 2016 to May 31, 2016. (more…)

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