Post-Doctoral Fellowship on the Plantationocene

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Job Type: Postdoc

Application Deadline: December 15, 2017

The University of Wisconsin-Madison invites applications for a two-year postdoctoral fellowship on the Plantationocene sponsored by an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar grant. In addition to pursuing her/his research, the Postdoctoral fellow will be in charge of administrating a seminar that will run from the spring of 2019 through the spring of 2020 working in collaboration with faculty seminar leaders (Monique Allewaert, Pablo Gómez, and Gregg Mitman). This seminar will gather scholars from a range of disciplines to explore and deepen the concept of the Plantationocene.  We will attend to other recent ways of naming our epoch (Anthropocene, Capitalocene, Chthulucene) and interrogate the past and present of plantations: their materialities; the economic, ecological, and political transformations they wrought; and their significance to the making of human bodies, capitalism, and land over the course of four centuries.

The fellow will also teach one class during the entire fellowship period in conjunction with the Holtz Center for Science and Technology Studies and will be hosted by the Nelson Institute’s Center for Culture, History, and Environment.  The position pays an annual salary rate of $55,000, plus fringe benefits, for two years starting August 20, 2018 and ending June 30, 2020. Applicants should have some background in STS, Environmental Humanities, and/or Political Ecology but might come from any relevant discipline (including Anthropology, History, Geography, Sociology, African and African American Studies, Diaspora Studies, Literary Criticism, American Studies).

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Applicants should submit the following electronically to the address shown below by 12/15/2017:

  • a cover letter;
  • a c.v.;
  • a writing sample (of 25 pages);
  • a two-page research proposal that should include details about the following: the research project the candidate proposes to advance during her/his time at UW; the departments/programs with which the candidate’s work best intersects; and, different types of classes s/he envisions teaching in conjunction with the Holtz Center;
  • names and contact information for three referees.
  • Documentation that all requirements for the doctorate have been met or will be met by the start date of the appointment.

Submit all materials electronically to:

Lynn West

Assistant Director for Administration

Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies

Posted: November 28, 2017