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Research Associate, Spirituality and the Arts

Harvard University
Job Location:
Cambridge, 02138
Religious and Spiritual Life

School: Harvard Divinity School

Department/Area: Center for the Study of World Religions

Position Description

The Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard Divinity School invites applications for a 7-month paid research associate position as part of the Transcendence and Transformation (T&T) Initiative. The candidate will work under the supervision of the Director of the Center, Professor Charles Stang.

The appointment will begin on February 1, 2024 end on August 31, 2024. There is potential for a renewed appointment pending progress and funding.

Candidates will pursue a research project in Spirituality and the Arts that aligns with the Center's "Transcendence and Transformation" Initiative. We are especially interested in scholars with an expertise in new forms of religion and spirituality in Western societies, who will advance research into representations of eschatology in modern art, digital or literature forms.

The candidate will investigate the relationship between various forms of art and religion, by studying the the artists' subjectivities, biographical paths, and artistic productions, along with the audience's receptions. The project will aim to analyze emerging forms of religion and spirituality in Western societies, which are often regarded as non-traditional or banal, but that are becoming increasingly influential in popular culture and academic research.  

Preference will be given to candidates with a previous experience in conducting cross-national comparative studies, focusing on artists and audiences with different religious and cultural backgrounds.

The position will be based at the CSWR. Candidates are expected to reside in the Massachusetts or New England-area and in commuting distance from the CSWR for the duration of their appointment.

Basic Qualifications

Applicants should demonstrate the following qualifications:

(1)    Completed advanced degree in a relevant field (PhD)

(2)    A research project that fits within the initiative

(3)    Evidence of publications that demonstrate experience in cross-national, cross-religious or cross-spiritual comparative studies.

(4)    Evidence of an ability to work independently and collaboratively

Additional Qualifications

Extensive writing experience and publication record in relevant research areas.

Contact Information

Gosia Sklodowska, Associate Director, CSWR
42 Francis Ave
Cambridge, MA 02138

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Equal Opportunity Employer

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions or any other characteristic protected by law.

Minimum Number of References Required: 3

Maximum Number of References Allowed: 3

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