Postdoctoral Fellowship: Humanities, Haverford College

job opening - 5Institution: Haverford College, John B. Hurford ’60 Center for the Arts and Humanities
Location: Pennsylvania, United States
Position: Two-Year Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship

Two-Year Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities

The John B. Hurford ’60 Center for the Arts and Humanities of Haverford College invites applications for a two-year Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities to begin Fall 2015. (

We seek scholars interested in the study of cultural practices surrounding the care, disposal, and memorialization of the dead. Area of specialization is open, but might include religion, history, archaeology, anthropology, material and visual culture, performance studies, or literature, among other possibilities. Candidates should have broad historical and interdisciplinary interests. Women and members of underrepresented minority groups are especially encouraged to apply.

During the first year of the program, the Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow will participate in a year-long faculty seminar led by Associate Professor Hank Glassman (East Asian Languages and Cultures) entitled “Attending to the Dead: Mortality, Memory, and Material Culture.” Applicants should make clear the nature of their potential contributions to this interdisciplinary seminar. A seminar in the cultural history of death, it will focus on the distillation and concretization of memory and affect in the form of monuments, gravestones, relics, paintings, sound recordings, photographs, and other objects. (

In the second year, the Fellow will organize and present a national spring symposium related to his or her fields of interest. This event will be supported financially and logistically by the HCAH. During each of the four semesters at Haverford College, the Fellow will teach one course, each of which will be either at the introductory/intermediate or the advanced level. Applicants should submit two brief course proposals related to their area of interest, one for a broad-based introductory course, the other for a more specialized or advanced course. The successful candidate will demonstrate readiness to teach a diverse student body.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, two course proposals and a writing sample of no more than 25 pages, and arrange to have three letters of recommendation submitted via Interfolio at

Candidates who have received the Ph.D. in 2010 at the earliest, or who have completed the requirements for the Ph.D. by the application deadline of January 13, 2015 are eligible.

John B. Hurford ’60 Center for the Arts and Humanities Haverford College, Haverford PA 19041

Haverford College is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age, marital status, disablity, or veteran status.  Haverford has a longstanding commitment to diversity rooted in values of inclusion and social justice, a commitment reflected in teh curriculum, classrooms, and communal composition of the College.  Haverford welcomes applications from candidates who share these values and who will foster their contribution to the College’s educational mission.

Contact:           Kerry Nelson,



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