JOB – Amherst College, Fellows @ the Copeland Colloquium, Catastrophe & the Catastrophic

The 2013-2014 Amherst College Copeland Colloquium seeks four or five Fellows from varied disciplines to explore the theme of “Catastrophe and the Catastrophic.”  We hope to explore the social, cultural, and historical meaning of catastrophe and to examine the role and representation of catastrophe in religion, the visual arts, literature, law, and politics as well as understandings of catastrophe that emerge in the natural and physical sciences and in the study of the environment. We are seeking applications from both senior and junior scholars from the various disciplines of the humanities, social sciences, and natural or physical sciences including anthropologists, literary scholars, historians, sociologists, philosophers, legal scholars, environmental scientists, and others whose work illuminates, directly or indirectly, the role of catastrophe in art, literature, religion, law, science, and politics.  We welcome candidates whose work examines the history of catastrophe and responses to it within multiple cultural, political, and religious contexts and legal, political, scientific, and humanitarian responses to catastrophe during times when the sudden, discontinuous, and disastrous event has become, perhaps paradoxically, a structural component of our political imagination. 

Fellowships range from $30,000-$50,000, depending on rank and include a $2,500 allowance for professional travel and research support and additional support for moving expenses.  Fellows are expected to be in residence from September to June.  Fellows will be expected to participate in workshops and conferences organized to explore the theme of the Colloquium.

Interested individuals should submit to  a cover letter, CV, statement of purpose describing their research interests and how they speak to the theme of the Colloquium, writing sample, and the names and e-mail addresses of three individuals to whom we may write to solicit recommendations

Deadline: October 15, 2012