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Assistant Professor of African American Literature and Culture - The Department of English Language and Literature and the African American Studies Program at the University of South Carolina

The Department of English Language and Literature and the African American Studies Program at the University of South Carolina invite applications for a tenure-track, assistant professorship in African American Literature and Culture. Candidates should demonstrate an active engagement with the theories and methodologies currently informing the discipline of African American Studies and the study of African American literatures and cultures. These methodologies might include (but are not limited to) critical race, feminist, queer, postcolonial, psychoanalytic, rhetorical, and/or materialist approaches. We welcome applications from qualified candidates working in any genre or period. Regardless of specialization, the successful candidate will demonstrate an ability to teach core courses in the undergraduate African American Studies curriculum as well as contribute to major and graduate courses in his/her research area. A Ph.D. is required by time of appointment (August 2017).
To apply, please submit a CV, letter of interest, writing sample, and three confidential letters of recommendation to Qiana Whitted, Search Committee Chair, by following this link:
Review of applications will begin December 1, 2016 and continue until the position is filled.
The University of South Carolina's main campus is located in the state capital, close to the mountains and the coast. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has designated the University of South Carolina as one of only 73 public and 32 private academic institutions with "very high research activity" and also lists USC as having strong focus on community engagement. The University has over 31,000 students on the main campus (and over 46,000 students system-wide), more than 350 degree programs, and a nationally-ranked library system that includes one of the nation's largest public film archives.

The University of South Carolina is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Minorities and women are especially encouraged to apply. The University of South Carolina does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities or decisions for qualified persons on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Position Announcement Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies GWU

The George Washington University Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) Program and the History Department invite applications for a full-time tenure-track joint position in United States Women's History at the rank of beginning to advanced Assistant Professor to begin as early as fall 2017. The individual will help shape a strong WGSS program, while contributing to the U.S. history concentration in the History Department. Applicants will work on intersectional projects addressing the histories of racialized women in the 20th century United States and be able to teach feminist and/or critical race theory. The successful candidate will demonstrate an active research agenda, teach undergraduate survey courses in US Women's history, teach graduate courses, and complement existing research and teaching strengths in global feminisms and intersectionality.

Applicants must have completed a PhD in history, Women's and Gender Studies, or a
closely related field by the date of appointment. Applicants must have a clear research agenda demonstrated by publications, works in progress, as well as promise of excellence in teaching.

To apply, please complete an online application at, including a letter of application, curriculum vitae, graduate school transcripts, teaching and research statement, and an example of written work. Three letters of recommendation must be emailed to, or physically mailed to History Search, George Washington University, Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program, 801 22 nd St NW, Phillips Hall 346, Washington, DC 20052. Review of applications will begin on December 3, 2016 and continue until the position is filled. Only complete applications will be considered. Employment offers are contingent, pending budgetary approval and the satisfactory outcome of a standard background check.

The University is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not unlawfully discriminate in any of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

Boston College's African & African Diaspora Studies Program (AADS) Dissertation Fellowship

DEADLINE:  15 January 2017 at 11:59 pm  Eastern Standard Time (EST).

Boston College's African & African Diaspora Studies Program (AADS) announces its dissertation fellowship competition. Scholars working in any discipline in the Social Sciences or Humanities, with projects focusing on any topic within African and/or African Diaspora Studies, are eligible to apply. We seek applicants pursuing innovative, preferably interdisciplinary, projects in dialogue with critical issues and trends within the field.

This 2017/2018 fellowship includes a $30,000 stipend; access to highly subsidized health insurance through Boston College; a $1,500 research budget; and a fully equipped, shared office. The fellow must remain in residence for the 9-month academic year, deliver one public lecture, and teach one seminar course. The fellow will also be compensated for teaching the course with a taxable service stipend. 

The fellow will have full access to BC's seven libraries as well as several rare book and manuscript collections. Of particular interest is the Nicholas M. Williams Caribbeana Collection, consisting of materials from and about Africa, Jamaica, and the British West Indies. The fellow can also benefit from the Apprenticeship in College Teaching and Dissertation Bootcamp programs-both of which are completely voluntary-as well as events and installations sponsored by programs in International Studies, American Studies, Asian American Studies, Islamic Civilization and Societies, and the internationally renowned McMullen Museum.

Applications must include: 1) a 3000 word project proposal that includes a plan for completion and description of how this fellowship will assist the applicant in achieving future professional goals, 2) a 25 page MAXIMUM writing sample, 3) a CV, and 4) three letters of recommendation, one of which must be from the dissertation advisor. Eligible applicants must be ABD by the start of the fellowship year.

Submit all application materials - including letters of recommendation - by  Sunday, 15 January 2017 at 11:59 pm  Eastern Standard Time (EST) via Interfolio at

Boston College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer dedicated to building a culturally diverse faculty and a multicultural environment. We strongly encourage applications from women, individuals from historically underrepresented groups and individuals with disabilities, and covered veterans

Call for Papers: "1865 and the Disenchantment of Empire"

1865 marks an important critical moment across a range of areas of study. This call for papers invokes 1865 as one way of bringing American studies, Caribbean studies and Canadian studies into conversation with each other, a conversation that also finds spaces of connection with African Studies, Latin American Studies, South Asian Studies and Atlantic and Pacific Studies. As an organizing hermeneutic, 1865 marks the end of the American Civil War as well as the War of Restoration in the Dominican Republic. The end of these periods of military struggle find an interesting echo in 1965 with the US invasion of the Dominican Republic and the end of the Dominican Civil War. By 1865 Canadian confederation is also on the horizon and there are marked tensions and fears manifesting as a result of the border politics of the American Civil War. This reorganization of global geo-relations, state re-formation, militarization and shifting imperial relationships is also evident in the Caribbean context, where in Jamaica, the Morant Bay Rebellion of 1865 (and the resulting declaration of martial law, and protests and debates in Britain after the violent suppression of that rebellion), prompted a change in imperial policy which culminated in that island becoming a Crown Colony. In the Pacific context, complex histories of empire, (non)sovereignty and land ownership can also be traced through the enactment of the Native Rights Act (1865) that declared Māori British subjects.

The settlement project, with its economies of resource extraction, was also a project of industrialization. The 1860s saw a massive transition in fuels, away from whale oil and towards petroleum and kerosene and the refinement of palm oil into both industrial lubricants and soap. The period marks the introduction of a set of new manufacturing techniques with increasing demands for coal, iron, nickel and other raw materials, as well as labour. The industrialization of steel-making dropped the price, allowing for railways to be built more cheaply. It is therefore not surprising that the year 1865 saw the first successful and durable transatlantic submarine telegraph cable between Nova Scotia and England. Nor is it surprising that the Suez Canal was half-way built in 1865.

Focusing on the end of the nineteenth century allows us to observe not just shifts in state and economic relations but also the intimate policing of bodies and sexualities. As Foucault reminds us in The History of Sexuality, in Britain itself, there were shifts in the discursive and ideological understandings of the very boundaries between public and private. In offering 1865 as an organizing hermeneutic this project asks how might we navigate these transnational currents of relations and ideas in their multidirectional flows.

Sylvia Wynter offers one example of engaging critical thought organized around a particular moment in her essay "1492: A New World View." Here Wynter engages with 1492 as historical-existential, global sociosystemic, ideological, geopolitical and ecosystemic question. Extending Wynter's critical reflection on a historical moment as a productive theoretical point of research we ask contributors to engage with contending worldviews, practices and processes and their disenchantments and reenchantments as they meet in 1865 in anti-colonial protests, militarism, the rise of the black peasantry, dispossession of indigenous lands, industrialization, nationalism, US expansionism, indentureship, colonial pedagogies and their effects in the world of the British Empire.

Areas of inquiry for submissions may include, but are not limited to, the following topics and questions:
  • Militarization, Resistance and Rebellion
  • The World of 1865 and Shifting colonial relationships
  • Transnational/ Postcolonial Intimacies: Travel, Trade and Cartography
  • Interpretative frameworks for theorizing 1865 (eg. Sylvia Wynter's concept of "transfer of empathy"; the idea, "disenchantment of empire"; Or, tragedy and the anticolonial imaginary)
  • Cotton and Empire (eg. British takeover of Egypt facilitated by the collapse of cotton trade in the wake of the American Civil War. The increased production of Cotton in India due to the Cotton trade embargo)
  • Maritime histories and ports
  • Economy of Law and Taxes
  • Transnational finance history (1865 and the founding of "The Hongkong and Shanghai Bank," now HSBC, to capitalize on the successes of the Opium Wars)
  • Spirituality, Magic, Religion and Anti-colonial Thought
  • Transatlantic performance histories during and post 1865
  • Legacies, Histories and Memorialization of 1865.
  • The Black Family in Post-Slavery Societies
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Nationalism and Empire
  • Sustainability, energy, and ecology (i.e. Britain and the Coal question, the Forest Act of 1865 in India; the early development of machine guns and the refinement of dynamite into a weapon)
  • Indigenous land rights and treaties, land grants, dispossession of landed classes
  • Labour, indentureship, migration
  • Book histories, print culture, and public discourse
  • Colonial Education and Residential Schools
Submission Procedure:
  1. Abstracts of no more than 300-500 words should be sent to no later than December 15, 2016.
  2. Attach a short biographical note.
  3. Type "1865" in the subject line of your email.
Editorial Committee:
Phanuel Antwi and Ronald Cummings

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