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Postdoctoral Fellow in African and Africa Diaspora Religions

Harvard University
Job Location:
Cambridge, 02138
Religious Studies and Theology

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 one-year paid postdoctoral fellowship 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, and in close collaboration with other researchers at the CSWR, as part of the T&T Initiative. Please read the vision statement for the T&T Initiative at this link before applying.

The appointment will begin on September 1, 2024 and end August 31, 2025.

Candidates will pursue a research project in African and African Diaspora Religions that aligns with the Center's T&T Initiative. The T&T initiative supports the study of religious and spiritual traditions and practices-ancient and modern, global in reach-that aim to transcend our normal states of being, consciousness, and embodiment, and thus to transform the individual, community, and society. We are especially interested in research projects that reach beyond the United States context. Applicants are encouraged to consider whether and how they might connect with Harvard and the Legacy of Slavery project.

The candidate will also devote some time (approximately 5 hours a week) helping to develop the T&T Database (TTD). The database will be an archive of extraordinary experiences, situated in their historical, linguistic, and geographical contexts , paired with by wide-ranging encyclopedic entries that will cover relevant texts, practices, religious traditions, figures, methods, and categories. The candidate will advise on how the TTD can best engage African and African Diaspora Religions; solicit and review encyclopedia entries from scholars in their field; and write archival entries based upon their own research.

The Fellowship 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 the fellowship.

Basic Qualifications

Applicants should demonstrate the following qualifications:

(1) Completed advanced degree in a relevant field (completed PhD or ThD by the time of appointment, not more than five years from the degree)
(2) A research project that fits within the initiative
(3) Evidence of publications relevant to that research project (dissertation chapters and publications that are under review or forthcoming will be accepted)
(4) Evidence of an ability to work independently and collaboratively

Additional Qualifications

Experience and/or training in the public or digital humanities.

Contact Information

Gosia Sklodowska, Associate Director, CSWR

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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

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