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Postdoctoral Sawyer Seminar Fellowship

The New School
New York, IA
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Jan 15, 2022

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The New School invites applications for a Postdoctoral Fellowship position in conjunction with its 2021-23 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar, Currency and Empire: Monetary Policy, Race, and Power. The Fellowship carries a nine-month appointment from September 1, 2021 through May 31, 2022.

Understanding how monetary regimes may be structured by, and generative of, relations of power is the central concern of the seminar. We seek scholars in the humanities or social sciences interested in relationships between monetary institutions and policies, the production and consolidation of racial or ethnic differences, and colonial or imperial dynamics of power. We encourage applicants concerned with the interplay between capitalism and empire (conceived of broadly) and who approach these questions from multiple disciplinary perspectives.

The fellow will report to Professors Gustav Peebles and Emma Park and will be affiliated with the Heilbroner Center for Capitalism Studies. The fellow will be required to be in residence on campus in New York City for the 2021-2022 academic year, contingent on the status of the COVID-19 pandemic and university policies as well as those of New York State and New York City. The fellow is expected to be an active participant in all aspects of the Seminar.

Primary responsibilities will be to conduct original individual and collaborative research on a topic related to the Seminar theme; to contribute to the conceptualization and management of the Seminar as it unfolds; to attend and participate in the bimonthly Seminar meetings and other activities; to present their research at one of the sessions of the Seminar; and, with administrative support from the university, oversee a monthly working group for graduate students and interested faculty members.

The New School is committed to actively recruiting from a diverse pool of applicants. We encourage candidates from groups underrepresented in US higher education to apply.

Applicants apply on-line using the faculty application on The New School human resources website Applicants should submit a cover letter describing their research; a plan of research for the fellowship period; a CV; a writing sample (approximately 20 pages); two letters of recommendation will be requested from all finalists. The application deadline is March 1, 2021.

Benefits: Comprehensive University benefits package including health and retirement plans and tuition remission. Visit for more information.

The New School does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, creed, sex or gender (including gender identity and expression), pregnancy, sexual orientation, religion, religious practices, mental or physical disability, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, veteran status, marital or partnership status, or any other legally protected status.
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