Two-Year Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities

The John B. Hurford ’60 Center for the Arts and Humanities of Haverford College invites applications for a two-year Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities to begin Fall 2014.

The John B. Hurford ’60 Center for the Arts and Humanities of Haverford College invites applications for a two-year Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities to begin Fall 2014 (see for details). We seek scholars interested in discourses of time, revision and reconciliation. Area of specialization is open, but might include philosophy, history, political science, anthropology, literature, history of art, music, sociology and cultural studies, among other possibilities. Scholars with broad historical and interdisciplinary interests are encouraged to apply. Women and members of underrepresented minority groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

During the first year of the program, the Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow will participate in a yearlong faculty seminar led by Assistant Professor Jill Stauffer (Philosophy/Peace, Justice and Human Rights) entitled “Revision/How Time Passes.” The topic orbits around discourses of justice and reconciliation. A main aim of those fields is to create a present moment that redresses a past in order to open up a future not entirely determined by past harms. That is in itself a will to revision: to make a traumatic past manageable one may need to learn how to, as Nietzsche called it, "will backwards." Questions such as these can be pursued in practical terms (what kinds of institutions and procedures succeed in being revisionary?) and in more philosophical ones (what kind of being is a human being such that revision—of self, of the past and present—is possible?). Reconciliation will be an orienting theme of the seminar, but time will be its larger focus, with the content of reading and conversation determined at least in part by the interests of the seminar's participants—to see how a conversation about time in its various aspects might open up new possibilities. (For a more detailed description, see In the second year, the Fellow will organize and present a spring symposium related to his or her field funded by the Hurford Center.


During each of the four semesters at Haverford College, the Fellow will teach one course at the introductory/intermediate or advanced level.  Applicants should submit two brief course proposals related to their area of interest, one for a broad-based introductory course, the other for a more specialized or advanced course. The successful candidate will demonstrate readiness to teach a diverse student body.


Candidates who have received the Ph.D. in 2009 at the earliest, or who have completed the requirements for the Ph.D. by the application deadline of January 13, 2014 are eligible. Applicants should submit a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, two course proposals and a writing sample of no more than 25 pages, and arrange to have three letters of recommendation submitted via Interfolio at or sent via regular mail or email to Kerry Nelson, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow Search, Hurford Center for the Arts and Humanities, Haverford College, 370 Lancaster Avenue, Haverford, PA 19041,


John B. Hurford ’60 Center for the Arts and Humanities

Haverford College

Haverford PA 19041




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