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Co-sponsored by Classics and Comparative Literature

Brown University’s Department of Classics and Department of Comparative Literature invite applications for a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in Critical Classical Reception. This position is to be held jointly with the Cogut Institute for the Humanities for a two-year term beginning July 1, 2022. We seek exceptional junior scholars who augment or complement the present strengths and diversity of our communities at Brown University, and who enhance our commitment to inclusive education and research.

We are particularly interested in scholars of Greek and Roman antiquity (broadly conceived) and its legacies, and who approach those legacies through a critical framework and as a mean of addressing and engaging with urgent issues of modernity. We wish to foster engagements with the “classical” that challenge dominant narratives about the meaning, significance, and value of that material and of the Greco-Roman legacy at large, in both the European West and beyond. We would welcome teaching, advising and research that adopts a critical classical receptions perspective to explore topics such as ability, canonicity, democracy, disciplinary history, embodiment, gender and sexuality, ideology, identity, mobility and migration, race and ethnicity, and the nation state.

Applicants will have received a Ph.D. in a humanities field (including, but not limited to, Classics, Comparative Literature, Cultural and Area Studies, and Modern Languages) within the past five (5) years and from an institution other than Brown. The fellow will teach two courses each year, which will be cross-listed in the Cogut Institute's Humanities course offerings. The fellow will also be affiliated with the Cogut Institute and expected to participate in the weekly seminars and other activities of the Institute. Fellows will receive a stipend of $61,500, with an increase to $63,906 the second year, plus benefits and a research budget of $2,000 per year.

All candidates should submit a letter of application, short descriptions (150-250 words) of 3-4 proposed courses, a curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references by February 11, 2022. Applicants must apply online to: Applications received by that date will receive full consideration, but the search will remain open until the position is filled.

Brown University is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic global community; as an EEO/AA employer, Brown considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of gender sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, race, protected veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.

For further inquiries, please contact Johanna Hanink (