Humanities Postdocs: What are they, and what might they be?

Humanities Postdocs: What are they, and what might they be?
Friday, January 8, 2016 - 1:00am


What role might universities, programs, and professional organizations play in defining, evaluating, or imagining new horizons for the humanities “postdoc”?

Many postdoctoral fellowship programs in the humanities and humanistic social sciences belong to a generation of initiatives responding to the economic downturn and changes in the structure of higher education. Given that the postdoctoral position plays a complicated role in the larger jobs crisis in the humanities, what institutional polices, practices, and philosophies for the postdoc will best serve its potential for supporting scholars and strengthening the humanities?

Join a discussion and information-sharing session examining the local successes and challenges of postdoctoral fellowship programs in the humanities; best practices for mentorship, support, professional development, and placement of postdocs; and the larger role of the postdoc in the profession today.

Anyone attending the MLA convention is invited to attend. Coffee, tea, and light refreshments will be served. 
The meeting is open, but please RSVP to Megan Massino ( if you plan/hope to attend to help ensure adequate coffee.

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