Welcome Farah Bazzi and the New Student Advisory Committee!

We are excited to welcome Farah Bazzi, who is the first Student Counselor (Director) on the Board of Directors in the Renaissance Society of America!

Farah Bazzi (she/her) is a third-year Ph.D. candidate in early modern global history at Stanford University. Farah’s work attempts to bridge both Mediterranean and Atlantic history by focusing on how objects, people, and imaginations moved between the Ottoman world, Morocco, Iberia, and the Americas during the sixteenth and seventeenth century. Furthermore, Farah’s research interests include environmental thought, race, indigeneity, cosmology, cartography, and technologies of conquest.

Currently, Farah is one of the project founders and managers of the ‘Life in Quarantine: Witnessing Global Pandemic’ project sponsored by CESTA, the History Department, and the Division of Languages and Cultures. She is also the graduate coordinator for the Center for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (CMEMS) at Stanford. Farah holds a BA in Political Science, a BA and MA in Middle East Studies from Leiden University, and an MA in History from the University of Chicago.

Farah will be working with the new student advisory committee in the coming years. Thank you to Celine Camps (Columbia University), Samantha Chang (University of Toronto), Barbara Dietlinger (University of Chicago), and Thomas Franke (University of California, Santa Barbara) for their service over the past two years.

KWI International Fellowships

Call for applications: Fellowships for the duration of 6 months from 1st of April 2022 until 30th of September 2022

The Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities [KWI] in Essen is an interdisciplinary research institute for the humanities and social sciences in the tradition of institutes for advanced study. Located in the Ruhr Area, the KWI offers a space for independent and innovative research in the humanities and various opportunities to engage and include the public. Currently, research at the KWI focuses on the following areas: literary and cultural sociology, cultural science studies, science communication and public humanities. Further projects are concerned with cultures of communication and political participation. It is one of the main goals of the KWI to find new ways of linking research questions, concepts, methods and theories of philology, cultural studies and the social sciences. The KWI is dedicated to pursuing our interdisciplinary agenda through international collaboration. An important contribution to our scholarly and political work comes from the Academy in Exile, offering research space to colleagues whose academic freedom is threatened.

The KWI Fellowship Programme addresses excellent researchers from the humanities, cultural studies, and the social sciences. The institute provides fellows with modern infrastructure, office space, technical support and offers a library service, event and research management as well as support in all administrative and communicative regards.

The KWI is inviting research fellows with a completed PhD plus up to six years of post-doctoral experience. The fellowships can be offered to applicants in all disciplines represented in the current KWI research agenda. The KWI International Fellowship Programme addresses international researchers. Researchers of German nationality are eligible to apply if currently employed at an international institute.

Fellows will receive a fellowship contract [not a full-employment contract] and a monthly allowance of 4.000 € [pre-tax] meant to cover rent, insurances and living expenses. Travel expenses for arrival at the KWI and for departure after the fellowship can be partially reimbursed.

The application deadline is July 31, 2021. For more information, visit the KWI website.

Princeton Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts 2022–25 Fellowship Competition

The Princeton Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts, an interdisciplinary group of scholars in the humanities and social sciences, invites applications for the 2022-25 fellowship competition. Five fellowships will be awarded:

  • Two Open Fellowships in any discipline represented in the Society
  • One Fellowship in Humanistic Studies
  • One Fellowship in Race and Ethnicity Studies
  • One Fellowship in LGBT Studies

Applicants may be considered for more than one fellowship pertinent to their research and teaching. Please see the Society’s website for fellowship details, eligibility, disciplines and application.

Appointed in the Council of the Humanities and academic departments, postdoctoral fellows pursue their research, attend weekly seminars, and teach half-time as lecturers for a term of three years. In each of the first two years, fellows teach one course each semester; in their third year, only one course in either semester. Fellows must reside in or near Princeton during the academic year.

Applicants holding the Ph.D. at the time of application must have received the degree after January 1, 2020. Applicants not yet holding the Ph.D. must have completed a substantial portion of the dissertation – at least half – at the time of application. Successful candidates must fulfill all requirements for the Ph.D., including filing of the dissertation, by June 15, 2022. Candidates for/recipients of doctoral degrees in Education, Jurisprudence, and from Princeton University are not eligible. Applicants may apply only once to the Princeton Society of Fellows.

Selection is based on exceptional scholarly achievement and evidence of unusual promise, range and quality of teaching experience, and potential contributions to an interdisciplinary community. The Society of Fellows seeks a diverse and international pool of applicants, and especially welcomes those from underrepresented backgrounds.

Applicants are asked to submit an online application by August 3, 2021 (11:59 p.m. EDT).

Society for Renaissance Studies/British School at Rome Residential Doctoral Research Scholarship

In collaboration with the British School at Rome, the Society for Renaissance Studies (SRS) are pleased to announce the establishment of a fully-funded three-month residential Scholarship for a doctoral student at an advanced stage of their degree. The British School at Rome is one of the most prestigious research academies in Italy.

The SRS Scholarship will provide a scholar undertaking doctoral studies with the opportunity to join a vibrant academic community, while undertaking research in any of Rome’s archives, libraries or museum collections.

The application deadline for the inaugural round of funding is 31st July 2021. Visit the SRS/BSR Residential Doctoral Research Scholarship page for more information.

Post-Doctoral Curatorial Fellow, Early Modern Book History, Johns Hopkins University

The Virginia Fox Stern Center for the History of the Book in the Renaissance at Johns Hopkins University seeks applications for a full-time, two-year post-doctoral Fellow position (2021-23) whose work will focus on the early modern (i.e., 1450-1750) rare book and manuscript collections of the Sheridan Libraries. These include the holdings of the historic George Peabody Library and John Work Garrett Library at Evergreen, as well as the JHU Homewood Campus library collections. Reporting to the Nancy H. Hall Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts, the Stern Center Curatorial Fellow will engage directly in the active interpretation and expansion of research and scholarly access to these collections through Stern Center programs, undergraduate and graduate-level instruction, major exhibitions and allied scholarly publications, and the creation of on-line content for a dedicated Stern Center website to be hosted by the Sheridan Libraries.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities

The Fellow will work with the Stern Center Director in a sustained engagement with these rare book and manuscript collections, and in all aspects of the Center’s robust program of visiting lectures, symposia, fellowships, and master classes. The successful candidate will directly support the integration of the collections into the fundamental research and teaching missions of Johns Hopkins University across its broad and diverse community of faculty, graduate students, undergraduates, and libraries and museums staff.

Assigned to the Sheridan Libraries’ division of Special Collections and Scholarly Resources, the Stern Center Curatorial Fellow will also collaborate with rare book and manuscript curators, librarians, museum specialists, technologists, conservators, and digitization staff in an array of activities that will create strong, meaningful, and interdisciplinary opportunities for professional development and hands-on skills in preparation for a future teaching and/or rare book and manuscript curatorial career.

Specific projects to be undertaken by the Fellow will include the coordination of all academic programs organized by the Stern Center Director, in consultation with the Stern Center Faculty Board. These will generally include: 8-10 visiting lecturers per academic year, visiting research fellows, graduate-student master classes taught in Baltimore/Washington, DC area, and the supervision of Sheridan Dean’s Undergraduate Research Award recipients. This coordination will also encompass 2-3 international Stern Center Symposia focusing on specific themes: (1) the history of the New World discovery (in conjunction with the Department of History’s 2021-22 “Global Atlantic” initiative with the Folger Shakespeare Library); (2) early modern (pre-1700) single-sheet ephemera; and (3) a recently acquired archive relating to the forgery of ancient manuscripts.

The Fellow will also participate in the conception, organization, and execution of a major rare book and manuscript exhibition from the libraries’ “Women of the Book Collection” (October 2021-January 2022) and an allied publication under contract with the Penn State University Press. This is the world’s largest collection of research materials focused specifically entirely on the lives on early modern women. Additional opportunities may include participation in grant-supported digital humanities initiatives related to the Archaeology of Reading in Early Modern Europe resource (www.bookwheel.org).

The successful applicant will be encouraged to attend and engage actively in regular seminar and lecture series hosted by the various humanities departments of the Krieger School of Arts & Sciences, including those co-sponsored by JHU’s Singleton Center for the Study of Premodern Europe, the Alexander Grass Humanities Institute, and the Media Literacy division of the Department of Modern Languages & Literatures.

Qualifications

Qualifications (mandatory)

  • PhD in a relevant humanities field granted between January 2018 and June 2021. If the doctoral degree has not yet been awarded, firm documented evidence of timely completion within a reasonable period must be provided as a condition of appointment
  • A track record of high-quality and imaginative scholarly research in a humanities field, with an emphasis on the early modern period (c. 1450-1750).
  • Demonstrated reading proficiency in Latin and one or more foreign languages, in particular Italian, French, Spanish, German, and/or Dutch.
  • Demonstrated ability to undertake and self-direct work on multiple scholarly research projects at the same time.
  • Experience in university-level course instruction.
  • Knowledge of recent developments in scholarship focused on the history of the book and material texts, both in manuscript and print.
  • Knowledge of digital humanities resources, and the integration of humanistic scholarly research material within the digital environment in support of innovative scholarship and discovery.
  • Ability to articulate clearly the importance of primary source materials in the classroom and in scholarly communications across a broad range of students and researchers.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in editing and copy editing scholarly prose for publication (e.g. print publications, interpretive exhibition labels and panels, on-line web presentation, etc.).
  • Excellent oral and written communication, and interpersonal skills.
  • Must be legally permitted to work in the United States between July 2021 and August 2023.
  • Must be able to work on location in Baltimore, Maryland

Preferred qualifications

  • Applied scholarly research and publications in the history of the book during the early modern period, and an advanced understanding of current scholarship in those fields.
  • Paleographical knowledge of early modern scribal book and court hands.

Application Instructions

For consideration, please apply no later than June 15, 2021. Please submit the following: (a) cover letter; (b) curriculum vitae; (c) list of two references with names, titles, institutions, email addresses, and telephone numbers; and (d) a one-page “Statement of Research,” outlining your specific scholarly research expertise and near-term interests.  If you have any questions, you may contact Earle HavensNancy H. Hall Curator of Rare Books & Manuscripts, & Director of the Virginia, ehavens2@jh.edu.

Visit the full job posting for more information and to apply.

Job Opportunity: Project Manager for the ERC Advanced Grant 2020 AGRELITA

The ERC Advanced grant project AGRELITA “The reception of ancient Greece in premodern French literature and illustrations of manuscripts and printed books (1320-1550): how
invented memories shaped the identity of European communities”, led by Prof. Catherine
Gaullier-Bougassas (Principal Investigator), is now accepting applications for 1 position of
Project Manager (100%), starting on 01/10/21.

AGRELITA is based at the University of Lille and funded for five years by the ERC
(2021-2026).

About the Project

Until now the reception history of ancient Greece in Pre-modern Western Europe has focused almost exclusively on the transmission of Ancient Greek texts. Yet well before the revival of Greek’s teaching, numerous vernacular works, often illustrated, contained elaborate representations of ancient Greece. AGRELITA will study a large corpus of French-language literary works produced from the 1320s to the 1550s in France and Europe, as well as the images offered by their manuscripts and printed books.

Qualifications and Required Skills

  • Master’s degree minimum or PhD
  • Experience in conducting scientific research projects.
  • Previous experience of managing EU projects and budgets would be an advantage.
  • An affinity for European projects and research in the humanities.
  • Very good written and oral communication skills in French and English.
  • Rigor, reliability
  • Sense of organization
  • Autonomy, sense of initiative and responsibility, reactive and flexible attitude, ability to
    handle different situations and resolve difficulties
  • Team spirit and ability to work in a network, with interlocutors with multiple concerns,
    ability to listen and adapt.
  • Very good interpersonal skills, confidentiality, availability
  • Proficiency in office automation tools
  • Experience of basic web editing

Conditions

  • Location : University of Lille, ALITHILA laboratory.
  • Employer: University of Lille
  • Type of contract: fixed-term contract
  • Duration of the contract: 3 years, with a possible renewal of 2 years
  • Working time: 100%
  • Estimated starting date of the contract : 1st October 2021
  • Remuneration: depending on profile and experience
  • Contact: catherine.bougassas@univ-lille.fr

Recruitment Procedure

Application file to be sent in digital format (pdf) by 15 June 2021 at the latest to catherine.bougassas@univ-lille.fr

The file should include:

  • A Curriculum Vitae
  • A letter of motivation
  • The names and contact details of two referees, at the end of the CV file.

The selected candidates will be auditioned at the end of June/beginning of July, in person if
possible, if not by video. Response by 15 July 2021 or end of July.

For more information, download the Call for Applications PDF.

New Netherland Institute Student Scholar in Residence Research Grant

The grant covers a period of up to three months in residence and provides a stipend of $5,000. A time frame for fulfilling the grant requirements will be established in consultation with the director of NNI. No housing, travel funds, or health insurance are provided. Applications are due by June 15.

Scholars beyond the undergraduate level and actively working on a thesis, dissertation, or scholarly article are invited to apply. Research must be conducted at the New Netherland Research Center, New York State Library, and the New York State Archives, Albany, NY, in the field of New Netherland history and the Dutch Atlantic world, using the records of New Netherland. Candidates must indicate their research topic in their application. Genealogical research topics are excluded. The applicant should have a working knowledge of contemporary and seventeenth-century Dutch.

The $5,000 stipend is payable in equal installments upon submission and acceptance by the Director of NNRC of a monthly progress report. At the conclusion of the residency, the student scholar must submit a written report based on their work and deliver a public lecture on their research findings prior to receipt of their final installment.

Applications must consist of a curriculum vita, two letters of recommendation, and a cover letter outlining the research topic and work plan. Applications may be sent to nni@newnetherlandinstitute.orgPlease use Student Scholar Grant as subject.

Visit the New Netherland Institute website for more information.

RSA Professional Development Webinar: Careers in Academic Publishing

The Renaissance Society of America (RSA) is delighted to announce that the next professional development webinar will explore the topic of careers in academic publishing. The event will be held Tuesday, May 25 at 12:00 p.m. EDT.

Panelists include Sara K. Austin, Editor-in-Chief of the Huntington Library Quarterly; Christopher McKeen, Senior Editorial Assistant at Cambridge University Press; and Erika Suffern, Head of Publications at the Modern Language Association.

Register online. You must be logged in as a current RSA member to register for the webinar.

Association for Art History Professional Development Days 2021

Join the Association for Art History online for this year’s virtual Professional Development Days (May 27–28). Taking place over two days, rather than the usual one day, these online events offer professional advice, insights, and career support and development for those at PhD, post-doc and early career stage.  They are designed for people working within arts, art history, curating, education and other areas of work in arts, culture and heritage sectors.

The two days will include a range of different speakers, in different roles, from a variety of different organisations. They will share their expertise and experiences, and cover timely topics such as post-doc funding, working in museums and collections during and after the pandemic and mental health and well-being.

This event is FREE and open to all. It will take place via Zoom.

Day 1: 27 May

  • 1pm Welcome by Gursimran Oberoi, DECR Convenor for the Association for Art History
  • PANEL 1: Teaching and Education
    • 1.10pm   Lenia Kouneni, University of St Andrews
    • 1.20pm   Madeleine Haddon, University of Edinburgh
    • 1.30pm   Rebecca Senior, University of Nottingham
    • 1.40 – 2.10pm   Panel Q&A
  • 2.10 – 2.20pm  BREAK
  • PANEL 2: Publishing
    • 2.20pm   Serena Dyer, DeMonfort University, Leicester
    • 2.30pm   Sunil Manghani, University of Southampton
    • 2.40pm   Marsha Meskimmon (Loughborough University)
    • 2.50 – 3.20pm   Panel Q&A
  • 3.20-3.30pm   BREAK
  • PANEL 3: Post-Docs, Fellowships and Funding Opportunities.
    • 3.30pm   Kathryn Desplanque, Banting Post-Doctoral Fellow at Carleton University
    • 3.40pm   Apurba Chatterjee, German Maritime Research Fellow
    • 3.50pm   Miguel de Baca, Senior Programme Officer, Getty Grants
    • 4.00 -4.30pm   Panel Q&A
  • 4.30pm – 4.45pm  Closing Remarks
  • 4.45pm End of Day 1

Day 2: 28 May

  • 1pm Welcome by Gursimran Oberoi, DECR Convenor for the Association for Art History
  • PANEL 1: Sharing Your Expertise
    • 1.10pm   Isabella Rosner, PhD student, Kings College London
    • 1.20pm   Bolanle Tajudeen, Curator, artist-advisor
    • 1.30pm   Taous Dahmani, PhD student, Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
    • 1.40-2.10pm Panel Q&A
  • 2.10-2.20pm BREAK
  • PANEL 2: Museums and Collections in the Pandemic and Beyond
    • 2.20pm   Sushma Jansari, curator at The British Museum
    • 2.30pm   Laura Bauld, Project Curator for the Burrell Renaissance Project at Glasgow Museums
    • 2.40pm   Anjalie Dalal-Clayton, University of the Arts, London
    • 2.50-3.20pm  Panel Q&A
  • 3.20-3.30pm BREAK
  • PANEL 3: Dealing with Precarity and the Impact on our Mental Health and Wellbeing
    • 3.30pm   Emma Brodzinski, Royal Holloway, University of London
    • 3.40pm   Bee Hughes, artist and lecturer at Liverpool John Moores University
    • 3.50pm   Sam Metz, artist, producer and curator
    • 4.00pm TBC
    • 4.10 – 4.50pm Panel Q&A
  • 4:50 -5.00pm Concluding Remarks
  • 5.00pm End

Professional Development Days are organised by the Association’s Doctoral and Early Career Research (DECR) Committee. The 2021 event is co-organised by Lucy Mounfield, Clare Fisher and Caitlin Doley. Visit the Professional Development Days page for registration details.

Job Opportunity: Postdoctoral Research Associate in History (King’s College London)

The Department of History in King’s College London invites applications for the position of Postdoctoral Research Associate to collaborate on a UKRI FLF project, Medicine and the Making of Race, 1440-1700, led by Dr. Hannah Murphy. This project aims to develop a global prehistory of race through the lens of medical encounters with enslaved and free Black Africans forcibly caught up with the early years of the slave trade. It asks key questions about the role of European medical practitioners in the increasingly systematic enslavement of African peoples both in Europe and in the Americas, as well as examining the way in which medical treatments of and encounters with ‘foreign bodies’ informed developing ideas of race.

The PDRA will have the opportunity to develop and lead a strand of research which meets the objectives of this project. They will be expected to produce research outputs appropriate to their career stage and their plans for future career development. The PDRA will also be required to undertake specific, designated research in archives and libraries which support the PI’s research and publications. This will require travel, up to a maximum of one month per calendar year, as well as on site work in libraries and archives in the UK.  The PDRA will be expected to contribute to the project’s ambitious impact and engagement strategy, working to engage a broad variety of stakeholders.  They will be expected to maximise the academic impact of this project by leading and designing workshops, planning conferences and presenting work in a broad variety of settings. The ideal candidate for this position is ambitious, imaginative and flexible, able to work collaboratively and independently. The scope of this project is trans-regional and to assist Dr. Murphy in her work, the PDRA will add linguistic and archival competency in at least one of the following languages and historical geographies: Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch.

The PI is committed to supporting the PDRA’s career-development, by cultivating their intellectual and academic trajectory and programme of work, and by providing support for training and career development. This postdoctoral position will provide the selected candidate with an opportunity to work and develop in one of the most dynamic history departments in the UK, and the successful candidate will be offered opportunities to contribute to department life, through teaching, relevant committee work, collaboration, and mentorship.

Applicants are asked to provide a CV, writing sample, and a statement (c.1200 words max), clearly articulating a proposal for their own research plans and how they would contribute to this project. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to present on their research plans in interview. It is understood that these plans may be preliminary and that there will be room for them to develop and change over the course of the project.

King’s College London particularly welcome applications from black and minority ethnic candidates as they are under-represented in the Department of History. All applications from members of groups with protected characteristics that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the Equality Act are welcomed.

This post will be offered on a fixed-term contract for 3 years. Visit King’s College London’s job page for the full description and to apply.