Saturday, October 2, 2010

Post-Doctoral Fellowship Opportunities at UCLA (The Center for 17th and 18th Century Studies)

UCLA Center for 17th-& 18th-Century Studies
and the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library

Combined fellowship information can be found here:
Post-doctoral application forms can be accessed directly via this link:

Clark Short-Term Fellowships:

Fellowship support is available to scholars with research projects that require work in any area of the Clark's collections. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. degree or have equivalent academic experience. Awards are for periods of one to three months in residence. Stipend: $2,500 per month in residence. Application deadline: 1 February 2011.

ASECS/Clark Fellowships:

Fellowships jointly sponsored by the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies and the Clark Library are available to postdoctoral scholars and to ABD graduate students with projects in the Restoration or the eighteenth century. Fellowship holders must be members in good standing of ASECS. Awards are for one month of residency.Stipend: $2,500 for one month in residence. Application deadline: 1 February 2011

Kanner Fellowship in British Studies:

This three-month fellowship, established through the generosity of Penny Kanner, supports research at the Clark Library in any area pertaining to British history and culture. The fellowship is open to both postdoctoral and predoctoral scholars. Stipend: $7,500 for three months in residence. Application deadline: 1 February 2011

Clark-Huntington Joint Bibliographical Fellowship:

Sponsored jointly by the Clark and the Huntington Libraries, this two-month fellowship provides support for bibliographical research in early modern British literature and history as well as other areas where the two libraries have common strengths. Applicants should hold a Ph.D. degree or have appropriate research experience. Stipend: $5,000 for two months in residence. Application deadline: 1 February 2011

Ahmanson-Getty Postdoctoral Fellowships:

This theme-based resident fellowship program, established with the support of the Ahmanson Foundation of Los Angeles and the J. Paul Getty Trust, is designed to encourage the participation of junior scholars in the Center's yearlong core programs.

The core program for year 2011–2012:

Rivalry and Rhetoric in the Early Modern Mediterranean directed by Clark Professor Barbara Fuchs (UCLA)

The program, which is based at the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, invites applications from humanities scholars whose research interests relate to the representation of empire and imperial rivalry in the early modern Mediterranean. The field of Mediterranean studies has grown tremendously in recent years, with rich investigations both within the national disciplines and in a comparative framework, placing empires side by side. This series will focus on the imbrication and entanglement of the various actors in the early modern Mediterranean (the Ottoman and Habsburg Empires, Portugal, Morocco, France, England, Venice, and so forth). How is imperial competition managed in different genres? How do literary and cultural productions render the alterity and the attraction of the cultures encountered? Rivalry and Rhetoric will feature three symposia that take us from the broadest problems of representation to a case study—early modern England—for which the "Mediterranean turn" has radically changed the field.

“Envisioning Empire in the Old World,” the first and broadest meeting, will consider problems of visual, material, and textual representation of contact zones and encounters among the Mediterranean empires. Topics include: Spain in Italy, Spain on the Ottomans, versions of Lepanto, North African Borderlands, travel writing, captive’s tales, merchants and ambassadors, citational and textual traditions, lingua franca and the problems of communication, and contested spaces on the page and the stage.

“Black Legends and Domestic Dissent” explores the intersections between the discourses that discredit Spain or the Ottomans as imperial actors and the contestation of orthodoxy in the domestic sphere. How is anti-Spanish sentiment used across Europe, and how does it enable local or national forms of resistance? How do conceptions of the Ottomans intersect with or influence conceptions of Spain? What is the role of race in the black legends? Conference sessions will focus on different iterations of black legends across Europe and the Americas, as well as on their interpenetration.

“Imagining the Mediterranean in Early Modern England” explores how England engages the Mediterranean as conceptual space, and how this engagement intersects with those of other European nations. What role does the representation of Mediterranean empire serve in thinking through England's own expansion? How is the threat of the Mediterranean negotiated in various genres? How has the canon of early modern English writing changed in response to the Mediterranean turn of recent years? Topics include: the geography of revenge tragedy, Iberian tragedies, Shakespeare's Mediterranean, Machiavellianism on stage, Spanish plots and plotting Spaniards, translation and appropriation.

Scholars will need to have received their doctorates in the last six years, (no earlier than July 1, 2005 and no later than September 30, 2011). Scholars whose research pertains to the announced theme are eligible to apply. Fellows are expected to make a substantive contribution to the Center’s workshops and seminars. Awards are for three consecutive quarters in residence at the Clark. Stipend: $37,740 for the three-quarter period together with paid medical benefits for scholar. Application deadline: 1 February 2011

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