Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship
The Hurford Center hosts two Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Postdoctoral Fellows each academic year. Haverford has a profound stake in ensuring continuity in the tradition of scholar-teachers. The college offers opportunities for faculty development through intimate interdisciplinary exchange and innovative pedagogy and provides an ideal setting for cultivating the creative energies of young scholars. At the same time, Haverford has much to gain from the steady infusion of fresh intellectual and pedagogical perspectives brought by the Postdoctoral Fellows.
The program offers five key instruments of professional advancement: meaningful teaching (Fellows teach one course per term); collaborative intellectual exploration (through participation during the first year in the year-long Faculty Seminar); interaction with the broader world of scholarship and public life (through the staging of a symposium connected to the Fellow's teaching and research interests, which occurs in the spring semester of the Fellow’s second year); mentoring (through association with host departments and programs); and the time and resources for scholarly endeavor (a reduced teaching load, support for research and travel).
We seek scholar/practitioners interested in the study of environment, intervention arts, sustainability, and design.
The area of specialization is open, but might include anthropology, geography, landscape design/architecture, or sustainability studies. Candidates should have broad theoretical and interdisciplinary interests.
During the first year of the program, the Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow will participate in a year-long faculty seminar led by Professors Markus Baenziger (Fine Arts) and Joshua Moses (Anthropology/Environmental Studies), entitled Environmental Design, Sustainability, and Artistic Intervention. Applicants should make clear the nature of their potential contributions to this interdisciplinary seminar. The seminar will focus on the intersection of arts with the politics of sustainability, and will explore relationships among pedagogy, practice and theory in response to current pressing environmental challenges. We are particularly interested in candidates who have applied skills and theoretical knowledge in permaculture, restoration ecology, or other ecological design principles. (Download Seminar Description » )
In the second year, the Mellon 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 Mellon Fellow will teach one course at the introductory/intermediate or advanced level.
Should you have any questions, please email to Kerry Nelson. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline: January 9, 2018
Position Begins: Fall, 2018
Candidates who earned their Ph.D. no earlier than 2013 and have completed all requirements for the Ph.D. by the application deadline of January 9, 2018, are eligible to apply.
- Rafter Sass Ferguson
Rafter Sass Ferguson earned his Ph.D. in Crop Sciences from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and M.S. in Agroecology from the University of Vermont. His doctoral dissertation, "Permaculture as Farming Practice and International Grassroots Network" represents the first systematic examination of the permaculture movement. Ferguson's research is informed equally by themes in agroecology and political ecology, integrating questions about the quantifiable performance of farming systems with a concern for the ways in which our ideas about agriculture translate into policies and practices that have different consequences for different communities. Using a mix of methods, Ferguson's dissertation addresses the status of permaculture theory and practice vis-à-vis contemporary agroecology, diversity and participation in the international permaculture movement, and livelihoods on US permaculture farms. Guided by the belief that the social transformation we need requires robust cooperation across sectors, his research is designed to help build bridges between grassroots activists and the scientific community.
Ferguson recently completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at University of Lisbon, supported by the EU project Bottom-Up Climate Adaptation Strategies Towards a Sustainable Europe. He has published articles in Agronomy for Sustainable Development and Ecology and Society, and chapters in Designing the World We Want (forthcoming from International Institute for Environment and Development) and The Routledge Guide to Radical Politics (forthcoming). He has taught extensively on permaculture, movement strategy, and related themes, in academic and popular settings.
Aniko Szucs holds a Ph.D. degree in Performance Studies from New York University and two master’s degrees in English and in Communication from the Eötvös Loránd University of Budapest, as well as an M.F.A. in Theatre Studies and Dramaturgy from the University of Film and Theatre Arts of Budapest. Her dissertation, “Entrapped in the Archive: State Security Documents Recontextualized in the Hungarian Art World,” examines how contemporary artists and activists use the formerly confidential state security documents of the communist regime to construct fictitious—yet historically authentic—narratives, thereby contestingthe morally suspect public discourse on secret collaboration. Szucs’s new research project focuses on postcommunist melancholia, and analyzes the aesthetics and praxis of leftist and liberal activism in Central Eastern Europe.
Before her academic career, Szucs was the resident dramaturg of the Vígszínház (Comedy Theatre) in Budapest. As a dramaturg and translator, she has also worked at the National Theatre of Budapest (with director Andrei Șerban), at Portland Center Stage, OR, and the Arena Stage in Washington, DC, als well as with the DiCapo Opera and the Hourglass Group, both in New York. Her current dramaturgy projects include Richard III with Andrei Șerban at the Radnóti Theatre in Budapest and Ridiculous with Elyse Singer and the Hourglass Group.
Szucs has taught theatre and media studies at New York University, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and the School of Visual Arts. She has published articles in journals in both English and Hungarian, and chapters in the anthologies Jews and Theater in an Intercultural Context (2012), Staging Violent Death: The Dark Performances of Thanatourism (2014) and Secret Police Files and Life Writing (2016).