Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship
Two-year Andrew W. Mellon Foundation postdoctoral fellowship in the humanities.
Housed within the Hurford Center and affiliated with an academic department, the fellow participates in the year-long faculty seminar in their first year, organizes a humanities symposium in their second year, and teaches one course per semester. Fellows receive financial and administrative support for research and travel, including a robust and active mentoring program within the Philadelphia area.
Again as Before: Reenactment- Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities at Haverford College, 2020-2022
The John B. Hurford '60 Center for the Arts and Humanities at Haverford College invites applications for a two-year Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities to begin Fall 2020. We seek a thinker and/or practitioner interested in reenactment as scholarly topic, artistic medium, or research modality.
During the first year of the program, the Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow will participate in a year-long faculty seminar, led by John Muse and Vicky Funari (Visual Studies), that will bring together faculty with a variety of disciplinary perspectives. In order to better understand the cultural ubiquity and allure of reenactment, the seminar will examine the relation of precedent events to their reenactment, the difference between live reenactments and technically mediated ones, and the presuppositions about subjectivity, sameness, time, memory, truth, and experience that undergird the concept of reenactment. Applicants should make clear the nature of their potential contributions to this interdisciplinary and intersectional inquiry that will explore the history, theory, and practice of reenactment. In the second year, the Fellow will organize and present a spring symposium related to their scholarly field funded by the Hurford Center.
In each of the four semesters at Haverford College, the Fellow will teach one course at the introductory/intermediate or advanced level and engage a diverse student body. Applicants should submit two brief course proposals related to their area of interest: one for a broad-based introductory or intermediate course and the other for a more specialized or advanced course.
Questions can be directed to Noemí Fernández (firstname.lastname@example.org), John B. Hurford '60 Center for the Arts and Humanities, Haverford College, Haverford, PA 19041
Deadline: Jan 13, 2020 at 11:59 PM EST
Position Begins: Fall 2020
Candidates who have earned their Ph.D. no earlier than 2015 or will have completed all requirements for the Ph.D. by May 1, 2020, are eligible to apply. For those who have yet to complete the requirements of their degree by the time of application, at least one letter of recommendation must attest to the schedule to complete by May 1, 2020.
- Elena Guzman
Elena H. Guzman is a documentary filmmaker, educator, and anthropologist. She earned her Ph.D. in Anthropology from Cornell University. Her research focuses on the performative imaginings of the nation, state, and cross border communities on the southern border of Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Currently, she is working on revising her dissertation into a book manuscript entitled Entangled Borders: Performance on the Edge of Nations in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. In addition to her work as a scholar, Elena is also a documentary filmmaker. She co-directed a film entitled Bronx Lives (2014) that explores homelessness for Latinx and African Americans in New York. She is also the director and executive producer of the film Smile4Kime, currently in post-production, that explores the intersections of race, gender, and mental health. As a part of her work in film, she co-founded a feminist filmmaking collective called Ethnocine and is a producer of the podcast Bad Feminists Making Films.
Shannan L. Hayes is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Program in Literature and Feminist Studies at Duke University. She holds an M.A. in Continental Philosophy with a certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies from Stony Brook University (2012), where she also earned an M.F.A in sculpture and installation (2009). Her research and writing explores the politics of art and aesthetics in late capitalism, with an emphasis on feminist political thinking around affect, identity, social reproduction, and participatory world-building.
In addition to teaching classes at the intersection of Visual Studies and Gender Studies at Haverford, Hayes will be completing her dissertation entitled An Aesthetic Disposition: Art, Social Reproduction, and Feminist Critique. This project focuses on the work of three contemporary artists: Simone Leigh, Roni Horn, and Mika Rottenberg. The dissertation spans a range of media and content, from a work of black feminist health-care centered social practice art (Leigh), to a set of “androgynous” minimalist glass sculptures (Horn), to a series of Rube Goldberg-like video works depicting women in absurd scenes of global production (Rottenberg).
Hayes has taught undergraduate courses in studio art, writing, visual cultural studies, and women’s and gender studies since 2006. In addition to classroom teaching, she has led tours as the Mellon Teaching Fellow at the Nasher Museum of Art and served for four years as the site coordinator and academic instructor of an 8-week race and gender social justice themed immersive learning program in New York called The Moxie Project. Her publications include a forthcoming article in Women & Performance entitled “Counterpublic and Counterprivate: Zoe Leonard, David Wojnarowicz, and the Political Aesthetics of Intimacy” (co-authored with Max Symuleski), and the 2013 article “Justice Regained: The Objects and Lessons of Object Lessons” published in Feminist Formations. She will defend her dissertation in March of 2020.