Friday, February 21, 2014

Postdoctoral Fellowship Opportunity in Princeton

Princeton University
African Humanities Postdoctoral Research Associate

The Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS), the Center for African American Studies (CAAS), and the Department of English at Princeton University invite applications for a postdoctoral research associate position (1 to 3 years beyond the Ph.D.) or an associate research scholar position (4 to 5 years beyond the Ph.D.) for the 2014–15 year (beginning September 1, 2014) from scholars working in any field of the humanities dealing with Africa or the African diaspora. Consideration will be given to candidates working in all disciplines in the humanities broadly defined, including anthropology, art and archaeology, comparative literature, English, film and video history, literatures in other languages, music, philosophy, religion, and women and gender studies. Initial appointment is for one year with possibility of renewal for a second year pending satisfactory appointment and continued funding. The successful candidate will be involved in the organization and activities of the African Humanities Colloquium and may be able to teach one course each year with the approval of the Dean of the Faculty.

Eligible candidates must have completed the Ph.D. by June 30, 2014.

The salary for the position will depend on the number of years beyond the Ph.D., not to exceed five. The research associate or associate research scholar will also receive a modest research and travel fund and will be eligible for most benefits.

To apply, please link to, position requisition number 1300880. Applications should include:
(1) cover letter with title and summary (200 words) of proposed research project;
(2) research proposal (five pages; 2,000 words), including detailed description of project, timetable, and explicit goals;
(3) selected bibliography;
(4) curriculum vitae and list of publications;
(5) sample chapter of the dissertation or other recent work;
(6) a suggested syllabus for a course; and
(7) names and contact information for three references from individuals who are not current members of the Princeton University faculty.

Application Deadline: February 28, 2014, 11:59 EST. Awards will be announced by March 31, 2014.
Questions about the application process for these positions may be directed to Beate Witzler at

Princeton University is an equal opportunity employer and complies with applicable EEO and affirmative action regulations.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Terry Adkins (1953-2014): RIP

Terry Adkins, the African American artist and professor of fine art at University of Pennsylvania, has died. An artist of great substance best known for his "Recitals"--sculptural installations and performances in honor of under-recognized Black historical figures, Adkins was a poet of form who also understood art making as socio-political work.
Travel well, brother
Let the living now worry
About the harvest of bones 

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere, RIP

The celebrated Nigerian photographer J. D. 'Okhai Ojeikere has died. He was 83.

Yesterday, he endured the noonday cold
Today, he survived the whiteness
That froze the woodpecker's boast
and muffled its dirge