RGO Executive Board 2011-2012

Post-Doc Support

The Center of Theological Inquiry <cti@ctinquiry.org>:

Evolution & Human Nature
An interdisciplinary inquiry for research scholars who welcome the dialogue between theology and science on this topic

8 Research Fellowships up to $70,000 and 2 Postdoctoral Fellowships of $40,000, the Center of Theological Inquiry in Princeton will convene an interdisciplinary research team of theologians and scientists in residence for the 2012-13 academic year to address questions of nature and nurture raised by the biological evolution of human beings. Celia Deane-Drummond, University of Notre Dame, and Dominic Johnson, University of Edinburgh, will lead this inquiry. The work of the research team will include seminars with leading theologians and scientists such as Sarah Coakley, Niels Gregersen, Wentzel van Huyssteen, Melvin Konner, Simon Conway Morris, and Angela Creager.

We welcome proposals that explore how the explosion of new research in evolutionary biology, psychology, and anthropology is challenging and changing our understanding of human nature and development, not least in relation to religion and theological accounts of the human condition. Applications are encouraged from scholars in relevant disciplines, including theological anthropology, practical theology, psychology of religion, religious studies, the history and philosophy of science, and the evolutionary and human sciences.


For more information, including fellowships & topics for 2013-14 and 2014-15, go towww.ctinquiry.org

The Fellowships are supported by a major grant from the John Templeton Foundation.

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[This year's announcement of the annual competition for postdoctoral fellowships is posted at 
deadline: October 3, 2011, 1 PM (EDT).]

We would be very grateful for any help you could give us in bringing this opportunity to the attention of qualified candidates at other institutions.  (As you will notice, the Fellowships are open only to those who have completed their doctorate within the three years prior to commencement of their term.)

The applications will be read by this year's Fellows and Senior Fellows.

 In late November, the most promising will be sent to relevant departments and schools for their review; the final selections will be made by the Senior Fellows in late January.

We very much appreciate any assistance you can provide in conveying this announcement to promising candidates.

Sincerely yours,

Donald S. Lopez, Jr.
Chair, Society of Fellows
Arthur E. Link Distinguished University Professor of Buddhist and Tibetan  Studies Department of Asian Languages and Cultures

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Cornell University, the Department of Near Eastern Studies, welcomes applications for doctoral/postdoctoral diversity fellowships from scholars who show promise of distinguished research careers in any subfield of Near Eastern/Middle Eastern Studies. Eligible applicants might be from underrepresented groups, have faced economic hardship, be first-generation college graduates, or work on topics related to these areas. Both three-year combination doctoral-postdoctoral fellowships and two-year postdoctoral fellowships are available. A fellowship will be awarded only if the department believes the applicant would make a very strong candidate for a tenure-track position that the department expects to have open in the next two-to-three years. 2012-13 award levels—doctoral: $31,000; postdoctoral: $56,000. 

Send applications electronically tojlg58@cornell.edu or mail to Near Eastern Studies, Mellon Diversity Selection Committee, 409 White Hall, Ithaca NY 14853.

 For more information, see http://as.cornell.edu/academics/opportunities/diversity-fellowships/index.cfm

Cornell University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and educator. Women and minority candidates are encouraged to apply. 

Application deadline: November 01, 2011.

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Brown University, Pembroke Center, 2012/13 Postdoctoral Fellowships

Website: http://www.pembrokecenter.org/research/postdoc.html#Application
Deadlines & mailing addresses:  http://www.pembrokecenter.org/research/UpcomingSeminar.html#Deadlines
DL: December 8, 2011

Contact Person: 
Donna Goodnow
Center Manager
Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women
Brown University, Box 1958, Providence, RI  02912

Pembroke Seminar
Academic Year: 2012-13

Topic: “Economies of Perception”

What are the economic dimensions of perception? Does it make sense to speak of the “distribution” of perception? Is perception anything other than a given of human social existence? Across the disciplines, contemporary thinkers and scholars are paying renewed attention to perception, in particular, to the economic and political conditions of perception, to the inequalities that are implicit within the category, and to the possibility of forging modes of critical engagement that do not depend upon or reiterate perceptual structures. Recent work on affect and the emotions, on new technologies, on contemporary aesthetics, on the neurosciences, and on the ethics and politics of alterity has found itself increasingly alert to the processes of organization, distribution and individuation that are occluded in any straightforward understanding of subjective perception.

In 2012-13 the Pembroke seminar will explore as many aspects of a differentiated approach to the economies of perception as possible. Questions to be addressed include the following: Can the feminist critique of vision and visuality, and of the implication of a centered, universal subject, be generalized to perception as such? How dependent is the concept of representation on an unreflective understanding of perception? Does a more complex theory of perception require us to dispense with representation entirely? To what extent are challenges to representation explicable as attempts to establish art and literature on grounds other than perception? What forms of dialogue are taking place between current scientific approaches to perception and older philosophical ones, such as Merleau-Ponty’s insistence on the “embodied” quality of all perception, or Bergson’s category of “universal” or “pure” perception? Are there any grounds for discarding what seem to be the very conditions of human social being – the apparatus of self and other – in a new orientation towards or understanding of perception? What are the implications of any such reorientation for political and subjective agency?

We invite applications from scholars working in all disciplines and fields, including History of Art, Philosophy, Cinema and Media Studies, Music, Literary Studies, Classics, Gender and Women’s Studies, Science Studies, Religious Studies, and across all historical periods and traditions.

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