Postdoctoral Associates (2 positions), Medical Humanities, Rutgers University

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Center for Cultural Analysis (CCA), Rutgers University-New Brunswick, NJ

Call for Applications, 2017-18

Postdoctoral Associate (2 positions)

The Medical Humanities is an emerging field that explores the relationship between culture and society, on the one hand, and medical science and clinical practice, on the other. A growing body of scholarship in this area approaches the experience of embodiment, health, illness, and medical treatment as a question rather than a given.

For the 2017-18 CCA seminar, we plan to gather those who share our interest in exploring what becomes possible when the realms currently governed by “the medical” and “the humanities” are allowed to intersect and overlap: faculty and graduate fellows, medical professionals, artists, and distinguished guests.

Topics of interest will include but are not limited to the history of disease, illness, health, and care; the visual culture of medicine; disability studies; medical narratives of all kinds, including scientific narratives; race, ethnicity, gender, and class in the study of health and illness; global health; and the classification and treatment of mental health.

The seminar will meet approximately once every two weeks for three hours on Wednesday afternoons over the course of the 2017-18 academic year.  We will read and discuss scholarship related to the medical humanities, and members will circulate and present work-in-progress.  In addition, distinguished guests will visit the seminar to discuss current projects and share insights and expertise.

In 2017-18, CCA will sponsor two external postdoctoral associates. Postdoctoral Associates will receive a $45,000 salary, health benefits, and a private office in the new Rutgers Academic Building on the College Avenue campus. During the course of the academic year, Postdoctoral Associates teach one undergraduate course in a relevant department within the School of Arts and Sciences, which is arranged through the CCA. Since the CCA Postdoctoral Associate position is considered a residential appointment, candidates must agree to establish residency within a forty mile radius of the New Brunswick campus during the 2017-18 academic year.

All materials must be uploaded to the Interfolio system by 9th Jan. 2017. Please direct all inquiries about this search to


All requirements for the PhD must be completed by 1st August 2017.

Application Instructions:

Please submit a cover letter, CV, three confidential letters of recommendation, a 250-400 word abstract of your research project, a research statement (no more than 4 single-spaced pages), and a detailed proposal for an advanced undergraduate course that you would like to teach. For more details, visit the job posting.

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