Digital and Public Humanities Postdoctoral Researcher - University of Kansas

Digital and Public Humanities Postdoctoral Researcher  - University of Kansas,  Hall Center for the Humanities

The Hall Center for the Humanities, one of twelve designated research centers at the University of Kansas and the only research center on campus dedicated to promoting humanities scholarship is searching for a Postdoctoral Researcher to engage in digital and public humanities research and programming.  Recognized as an international, collaborative research center focused in the humanities, the Hall Center provides an intellectual hub for scholars and students in the Humanities, Arts, and humanistic Social Sciences; it fosters interdisciplinary conversation across the university and globally. Through its public programming, the Hall Center makes visible the significance and continued relevance of Humanities research, engaging diverse communities across the state in dialogue about local, national, and global issues that Humanities research illuminates.

The Digital and Public Humanities Postdoctoral Researcher will be actively involved in a collaborative digital storytelling project funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, beginning January 2022 through June 2024. Stories for All: A Digital Storytelling Project for the Twenty-First Century is a partnership between the Hall Center and the Institute for Digital Research in the Humaniites (IDRH) at KU. The project will work with community and KU partners to recover ignored or suppressed histories and share them widely through digital media. The project will involve over forty partner projects, around half of which originate in community initiatives and the other half from within KU. It will address the opportunities, challenges, ethics, and politics of storytelling in the digital era. And it will consider the ways in which diverse storytelling traditions and techniques can inform and enrich each other. The project will bring into conversation digital projects that represent a wide range of traditions, histories, and motivations. The partners range from small collectives preserving local histories of injustice to institutions known for working at the intersection of the humanities and social change. They use various storytelling strategies, including oral histories, social media posts, online writing contests, videos, blogs, interactive maps, long-form documentaries, online companions, art installations, and place-based storytelling. Some of these projects are already in development; others will launch during the grant period.

The successful candidate will assist the Director of the Hall Center and the Co-Director of IDRH with programming related to this project, gaining valuable experience in project management, and will participate in the substantive intellectual work of the project. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to collaborative on the development of future grant proposals. This position is a limited-term appointment from January 2022 through June 2024.

The University of Kansas, our students and employees are committed to excellence. We foster a multicultural, inclusive environment in which the dignity and rights of the individual are respected. Intellectual diversity, integrity and disciplined inquiry in the search for knowledge are of paramount importance.  The University of Kansas is committed to a learning and workplace environment that is representative of our nation and global society, accepts and values everyone, appreciates our common humanity and understands that our multiple differences are the cornerstone of academic preparation, professional excellence and distinction. KU must be a place where all people feel they belong and have access to resources and support that help them attain their educational and professional goals.

KU sits atop Mt. Oread in the center of Lawrence, a town full of natural beauty and culture. In fact, Rolling Stone magazine named Lawrence one of the best college towns in the United States. Lawrence is home to more than 100,000 people, and has a charming, Midwestern friendliness that welcomes visitors and celebrates diversity. In addition to KU, Lawrence is home to Haskell Indian Nations University, the premiere tribal university in the United States and is located 40 miles west of Kansas City and 30 miles east of Topeka, the state capitol.

The successful candidate will have a PhD in a humanities discipline. ABD candidates must have the PhD conferred within six months from the date of hire.

A complete application will include the following materials:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Cover Letter addressing your qualifications for the position, your specific digital and public humanities skills, and the research  project you will work on while at the Hall Center.
  • Writing sample of no more than twenty pages, published or unpublished.
  • Contact information for three (3) professional references.

Application review begins on 8/15/2021.

Salary: $60,000

This is a limited term appointment for a period not to exceed 30 months, with a preferred start date of January 1, 2022, and an end date of June 30, 2024. A later start date of July 1, 2022, with an end date of June 30, 2024 may be negotiated.  For questions, contact Richard Godbeer, Director of the Hall Center for the Humanities, at rgodbeer@ku.edu.

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