Call for Applications: Postdoctoral Fellowship in Global Language Justice – Institute for Comparative Literature and Society, Columbia University

The Institute for Comparative Literature and Society (ICLS) at Columbia University is now accepting applications for the 2017-2018 Andrew W. Mellon (Sawyer Seminar) Postdoctoral Fellowship in Global Language Justice. The ICLS will award one Fellowship for a one-year appointment beginning August 1, 2017. The Fellow will receive a stipend of $62,000 for the year plus benefits.

The ICLS Sawyer Seminar takes the simultaneity of the dwindling of linguistic diversity and biodiversity as the occasion for a broader set of reflections on the question of language justice. We are interested in a range of questions including: the social effects of English monolingualism; the relationship of language and technology; the question of translation across disciplinary divides, machine translation; and new possibilities for revivifying language communities at the interface of arts activism, legal redress, and digital technologies. This initiative promotes research and pedagogical innovation at the interface of science, humanities, and big data to ask about the life and death of languages on a planetary scale.

The Seminar will include public lectures, workshops as well as the development of undergraduate and graduate courses. In addition to pursuing a research project that speaks to central themes of the seminar, the Fellow will help organize a series of monthly workshops and other activities relating to the theme of the Mellon Sawyer Seminar; and work with two graduate students whose time will be dedicated to the Seminar. There will be a one-course teaching requirement (1/0 or 0/1) in the fellowship year.

The application deadline is January 20, 2017. Please visit the application website for eligibility information and additional details.

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