The Northeastern University Africana Studies Program, in partnership with the Department of History and Program in Public History announce a 2-year Postdoctoral Fellowship in Black Feminist Studies and Public History to begin July 1, 2024. Specialization may be in any area of Africana Studies in disciplines of social sciences or humanities, with a clear commitment to feminist interdisciplinary work. We welcome textual, theoretical, and/or empirical projects in any field or period that engage questions at the intersection of Africana Studies and feminism, gender, and sexuality. Research proposals should involve substantive theoretical engagement within Africana Studies and feminist/gender studies; the strongest proposals will include a project component and will embrace an intersectional approach that reckons with gender, sexuality, race, and ethnicity. Scholars working in Black feminist or African diasporic women's histories, Black queer studies, or the digital humanities are strongly preferred.
The Postdoctoral Fellow will have access to a mentor and have one writing workshop presentation and session with faculty from across the university. Recent hires in Africana Studies at Northeastern have resulted in a strong community of Black feminist scholars in the fields of history, anthropology, and literary studies making this an especially exciting moment for a Postdoctoral Fellow in Black Feminist Studies.
Areas of particular interest in the Northeastern context include the transmission, circulation, and organization of social movements for gender and sexual equity; sexual and racial communities, cultures, and markets, particularly as these are inflected by digital culture; digital humanities theory and practice; expressive uses of media in the construction of gendered and raced subjectivities; feminist approaches to digital representational practices and systems.
The fellowship offers the successful candidate a unique platform for professional advancement: financial and material support for independent research; the ability to develop substantive interdisciplinary teaching expertise; and the opportunity to play an instrumental role in nurturing the growing digital humanities community at Northeastern University. The fellowship includes a stipend of $60,000, health insurance, office space, mentoring, and clerical support, in addition to $5000 per annum for research and travel expenses.
This fellowship combines research and teaching and is designed to support fellows in developing both their teaching skills and their research programs. We expect:
- active participation in intellectual life of Africana Studies, Public History, and of the College
- teaching excellence
- research, publication, and engagement with digital practice
- interaction with undergraduate and graduate students as well as faculty
- one public lecture
- research that explores the implications of humanities research paradigms
- submission of revised manuscript for book manuscript workshop in the second year
The Postdoctoral Fellow will teach one class during the first year and two classes during the second year. Postdoctoral fellows will present their work to the Africana Studies, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and Public History communities and will teach cross-listed courses in the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Public History programs. One course will be the Introduction to Africana Studies class or another undergraduate course that will attract a broad audience. In addition, fellows will be encouraged to participate in the Northeastern Humanities Center seminar series as well as the Northeastern community at large where the themes of racial and social justice are of particular interest in this critical moment.