Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship - University of Kansas

The University of Kansas invites applications for an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in conjunction with the University’s 2019-2020 Sawyer Seminar, Chronic Conditions: Knowing, Seeing, and Healing the Body in Global Africa. 

The 12-month appointment will commence on July 1, 2019 and carries a $50,000 salary for the year, plus benefits. The fellow will be affiliated with the Kansas African Studies Center, the Hall Center for the Humanities, and the Spencer Museum of Art. These units will offer opportunities for the fellow to work closely with their faculty affiliates, visiting scholars and artists, graduate students, guests, and community partners. 

We seek a scholar whose work focuses on a topic that relates to health and medical humanities in African and African-descended communities. The goal of KU’s Sawyer Seminar is to offer novel ways of thinking about the historical, cultural, and structural processes that have given rise to chronic health conditions among Africans, African immigrants, and African-Americans. Through a focus on communities that share African roots, Seminar participants will trace how legacies of slavery, colonialism, and segregation have rendered black bodies particularly vulnerable to misapprehension, oppression, and exploitation in medicine. The Seminar will show how the enduring effects of this shared history are manifested in people’s exposure to and experiences living with chronic health conditions. 

The Postdoctoral Fellow will assist with the coordination of the Seminar series and will contribute to tasks related to attracting participants, assessing its content and audience, and disseminating the findings, including developing promotional materials and the website. There will be a one-course teaching requirement in the fellowship year. The Fellow also will contribute to the curation of the Spencer Museum of Art’s exhibition, Healing, Seeing, Knowing the Body (to open at the conclusion of the Seminar), and the organization of talks by external scholars.  The Fellowship will include a $3,000 research and travel fund that the Fellow can use to attend conferences, to travel to archives or research sites, or to purchase research-related resources. 

Application Information

For a description of the fellowship, position responsibilities, and application materials, visit the official call here

Application review will begin on March 18, 2019.

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