Postdoc fellowships: Apartheid – the Global Itinerary

Deadline: 20 March 2016 - 12:00am

The European Research Council (ERC) project “Apartheid—The Global Itinerary: South African Cultural Formations in Transnational Circulation 1948-1990” under the direction of Dr. Louise Bethlehem (English & The Program in Cultural Studies) is offering up to two postdoctoral fellowships to outstanding candidates in the fields of English, Comparative Literature, Russian Literature, African Studies, Cultural Studies, Visual Culture, Theater and Performance Studies, Communications or History, beginning on October 1st 2016. Scholars who have received their Ph.D. after October 1, 2011 and no later than August 1st 2016 are eligible to apply.

Research topics include, but are not limited to:

    • The transnational circulation of South African literature as well as visual, musical and sonic culture during the apartheid era
    • South African political exile
    • Apartheid and the Civil Rights Struggle
    • Communism, the Soviet Union and the anti-apartheid struggle
    • The international anti-apartheid movements
    • Racial inequality viewed through the lens of apartheid in a Cold War settin

Successful candidates chosen by the University will spend one academic year in Jerusalem (with the possibility of extension to two or more years). They will be part of a research team operating in the Faculty of Humanities at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, investigating the transnational diffusion of South African cultural formations during the Cold War. They will receive a monthly stipend of 9,900 NIS (approximately $2,550) for a period of 12 months as well as participation in health insurance for this period. Accommodation is not provided. Travel expenses for international conference participation may be provided at the discretion of the project director. Postdoctoral fellows will be given offices at the Mount Scopus campus of the Hebrew University and are expected to participate in the project’s research seminar and related activities. They will be able to draw on the accumulated data of the research team for their own research. Fluency in Russian, while not a condition for application, will constitute an advantage.

Submission Criteria


Proven academic excellence

Disciplinary training in English, Comparative Literature, Russian Literature, African Studies, Cultural Studies, Visual Culture, Theatre and Performance Studies, Communications or History,

A robust ability to negotiate interdisciplinary intellectual environments

Excellent command of written English

Candidates may be required to present themselves for an interview with the project director, whether in the offices of the Faculty of the Humanities, Mt. Scopus campus, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, or via Skype.

Interested individuals are requested to submit one copy of the following documents as a single PDF File:

Interested individuals are requested to submit a copy of the following documents:

Curriculum vitae (including language proficiency)

Transcript of grades

Abstract of Ph.D. dissertation

Evaluation of Ph.D. dissertation (if available)

Document describing proposed post-doctoral research topic (up to 1500 words)

A writing sample: Ph.D. chapter or paper accepted for publication

Additionally, two letters of recommendation are to be sent directly to the administrative director of the project, Maya Roudner: [email protected].

Please send materials BY NO LATER THAN February 22 2016 in hard copy to:

Maya Roudner, Administrative Director


Faculty of Humanities

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Mt. Scopus, 91905


AND electronically in a single PDF file to Maya Roudner [email protected] in the following format: your surname, ATGI PHD.

For a description of the project, see:

Alternatively, write to the administrative director of the project Maya Roudner: [email protected].


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