The Center for Cultural Analysis at Rutgers University-New Brunswick seeks to appoint two external Postdoctoral Associates for a year-long residential fellowship during academic year 2022-23.  Successful candidates may come from any relevant discipline. All requirements for the PhD or other terminal degree in the relevant field must be completed by August 1, 2022. A record of publication and scholarly engagement relevant to the seminar’s topic is required. During the academic year, Postdoctoral Associates will attend a bi-monthly research seminar, present their own work, and organize a symposium.  CCA Postdoctoral Associates receive a salary of $50,000, health benefits, a private office, and administrative support.  Fellows normally teach 1 undergraduate course during their fellowship year. Since the CCA Postdoctoral Associate position is considered a residential appointment, candidates must agree to establish residency within a forty-mile radius of the New Brunswick campus during the 2022-23 academic year.

Theme for 2022-23: Scale: A Seminar in the Urban Humanities
Directed by Anjali Nerlekar and Karen Elizabeth Bishop

This CCA seminar explores how we think scale across the urban humanities in the twenty-first century: how do writers, artists, architects, geographers, and theorists use scale to reimagine the urban? What work does scale perform as referent, tool, index, and horizon? What pressures does it apply to how we understand and shape urban communities, the idea of the urban, and how artistic expression informs new urban possibilities and lived experience? How do the flexible orientations and relationships that scale leverages allow us to envision new forms of the urban, the political, and the quotidian? What are the spatial and temporal scales of belonging and memory in the modern urban? How do diverse, fluid, and dynamic scalar imaginaries allow us to live locally within larger global and planetary contexts as well as in present historical moments that also engage deep time? What, in short, is the current state of scale and what is its urban future?

During the academic year 2022-2023, seminar participants will come together to consider how scale shapes new reading and mapping practices, our measure and experience of the city, ways of configuring the localism of the global city, modes of urban belonging and home, understandings of sustainability and ecocatastrophe, and contemporary memorial practices and deathways. We will hear from leading artists, practitioners, and scholars, and will share and refine our own works-in-progress in an open, collaborative, and on-going dialogue with other members of the seminar. We will also, over the course of our year together, try our hands at various scalar technologies and projects that will enhance how we think the application, purpose, and future of scale as fulcrum for new knowledge production across the diverse and evolving urban humanities.

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Please submit a cover letter, CV, 250-400 word abstract of your research project, a research statement (no more than 4 single-spaced pages), and a brief description of an undergraduate course you would like to teach.  Three confidential letters of recommendation must be uploaded by your referees.

Deadline: January 20, 2022

Date posted: 11/23/21