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Postdoctoral fellowship "Contemporary Literary Legacies of Slavery"


In connection with the research project Reading Slavery - Comparative Studies of the Literature of the Transatlantic Slave Trade ( ) at the Department of Comparative Literature, Aarhus University, the School of Communication and Culture invites applications for a postdoctoral fellowship (one year). The appointment begins on  1 January 2018  or as soon as possible thereafter
The postdoc project should address questions regarding the imprint of modern slavery (1440-) in contemporary literary culture. Either through contemporary uses of literary representations of slavery in different forms of cultural memory practice, or through contemporary reworkings of historical slavery and its repercussions in contemporary literature. In both cases, the project should reflect on the position and nature of literature and literary representations as memorial practices and their relation to historical slavery. Projects that address questions of comparison between different empires and histories of slavery will be of particular interest.
The successful applicant should have an individual project which is relevant for the collective research project, and is expected to collaborate closely with the other project members. The application should contain a research proposal for the postdoc project, indicating clearly how the project will complement the research agenda of the Reading Slavery project. Descriptions of no more than three pages are invited.
A limited amount of teaching in the department as well as a limited amount of administrative work in relation to the project will be expected. The successful applicant must be willing to be based in Aarhus.
For further information on the research project, please see or contact Associate Professor Mads Anders Baggesgaard ( 
For further information regarding the application and employment procedure, please contact HR supporter Helle Sindal, mail:

Applicants for this position must have a PhD degree or equivalent scholarly qualifications in comparative literature or related fields.
Applicants should be experienced in advanced literary study and should have an interest in collaborative, interdisciplinary work. Evidence of high-quality publications will be a distinct advantage. The application must be submitted in English.  


Qualification requirements

Applicants should hold a PhD or equivalent academic qualifications.

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background.



All applications must be made online and received by:


Apply link Please apply online here 


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On Whose Terms? Ten Years On Conference -  Final Call For Papers; 1 Dec 2017

On Whose Terms? Ten Years On... (in Critical Negotiations in Black British Literature and the Arts) Goldsmiths, University of London, UK. March 22nd-23rd 2018

The cultural power of Black British* literature and the Arts resides as much in the exploration of pressing cultural concerns, as in its innovative material aesthetics and textual practices. The 2008 landmark conference 'On Whose Terms?: Critical Negotiations in Black British Literature and the Arts focused upon local, international and transnational engagements with Black British literature and the Arts, to trace the multiple - real and imaginary - routes through its production, reception and cultural politics.

*Black British indicates a scope, for ease of reference, to a body of work by writers of African descent in a context of literary history, rather than as imposing racial restrictions upon complex possible identities and self-terming.

This 2018 return conference, 'On Whose Terms?: Ten Years On... aims to chart what has happened throughout the past the decade, and once again to provide a vibrant meeting opportunity for prominent and emerging scholars, writers and practitioners, young people and the general public to explore and celebrate the continued impact of this field, both at home and abroad.

We invite proposals across a broad spectrum of areas: drama, poetry, prose, performance, film, visual arts, music, curating, publishing, arts management and history .

Assistant Professor, Critical Black Studies/Literature, Department of African American Studies

The Department of African American Studies at the University of California, Irvine invites applications for a full-time, tenure track, Assistant Professor in the field of critical Black studies and/or literature of the African Diaspora. Candidates may hold a Ph.D. in any field (completed by the start date of  July 1, 2018 ), but must demonstrate scholarly expertise in African American Studies broadly defined and sufficient to warrant full-time appointment in the Department of African American Studies. A strong record of publication and teaching in the field is expected. We especially welcome applications from scholars in a position to contribute to a tradition of academic excellence and intellectual distinction at the University of California, Irvine.

The faculty member will join a growing interdisciplinary Department with core and affiliated faculty whose teaching interests include art history, critical theory, feminist thought, music, history, law, political economy, visual studies, literary and cultural studies. Housed within the distinguished School of Humanities, the Department of African American Studies has also contributed to the academic prominence of UC Irvine more generally. The Department seeks to increase its breadth of curricular offerings, undergraduate enrollments, and majors and minors.

To apply, upload a statement of teaching and research interests, curriculum vitae, a 30 page writing sample, statement of contributions to diversity, and three letters of recommendation at: . Applications received by  November 17, 2017  will receive full consideration.

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

Tenure-Track, Assistant Professor Specializing in Africana Psychology/Sociology with a Focus on African America or the African Diaspora - Department of Africana Studies at San Diego State University

The Department of Africana Studies at San Diego State University seeks applications for a tenure-track, assistant professor specializing in Africana Psychology/Sociology with a focus on African America or the African Diaspora.  The successful candidate should be prepared to strengthen the department's social science curriculum (Africana Psychology/Sociology), offer and/or design general education and specialized courses on the Africana experiences that highlight the diversity and commonalities of Africana people. Further, the scholar's research should interrogate the intersection of power, culture, society, and behavior from a culturally centered perspective. We seek applicants who have a commitment to an engaged student-centered teaching pedagogy and a demonstrated interest in and vision for the future of Africana Studies, and whose research applies to the needs and interests of Africana communities (including mass incarceration, criminal justice, mental health, housing and employment segregation and discrimination, family, gender relationships, cultural patterns and behavior, and other issues of social justice). The successful candidate should meet the following requirements:
  • Ph.D. in Africana Studies/African American Studies;
  • Strong record and promise of scholarly accomplishment appropriate to level of appointment;
  • Research interests that contribute to diversity and integrate understanding of underrepresented populations and communities;
  • Commitment to student-centered teaching of a diverse student population;
  • Record of service in Africana communities.
  • Commitment to working collaboratively with colleagues and communities in and out of the university to develop social justice oriented scholarship and pedagogical practices.
For more information about the Department of Africana Studies, please visit our website: .
SDSU is a large, diverse, urban university and Hispanic-Serving Institution with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence. Our campus community is diverse in many ways, including race, religion, color, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, pregnancy, medical condition, and covered veteran status. We strive to build and sustain a welcoming environment for all. SDSU is seeking applicants with demonstrated experience in and/or commitment to teaching and working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and members of underrepresented groups.
SDSU is the oldest and largest higher education institution in the San Diego region. Since its founding in 1897, the university has grown to become a leading public research university. Each year, SDSU provides more than 35,000 students with the opportunity to choose from 91 undergraduate majors, 78 master's programs, and 22 doctoral degree programs.
To ensure full consideration, apply via Interfolio at  by November 15, 2017. The position will remain open until filled. All additional inquiries should be addressed to the search committee chair Dr. Adisa A. Alkebulan, Department of Africana Studies, San Diego State University, 5500 Campanile Drive, San Diego, CA 92182-6032. Email:  phone (619) 594-5174, fax (619) 594-0728.

Adisa A. Alkebulan, Ph.D.
Department of Africana Studies
San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182

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