Deadline 30/03/2012: Mellon Teaching Fellowship in Early Modern Visual Culture

Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowship in Early Modern Visual Culture, 2012-2014 The USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute (EMSI) and the Visual Studies Research Institute (VSRI) invite applications for a two-year Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowship in Early Modern Visual Culture. Scholars investigating any aspect of visual culture in the period ca. 1500–1800 from any disciplinary perspective are encouraged to apply. The fellowship has an annual salary in the first year of $59,000, plus fringe benefits and a yearly $2,000 research/travel allowance The fellow will teach one course per semester in Dornsife College and participate in relevant EMSI and VSRI programs. EMSI, founded in 2003, is a partnership between the University of Southern California and the Huntington Library. The Institute sponsors 75 to 90 scholarly presentations each year, has an annual conference, an annual workshop with the William and Mary Quarterly, and together with the University of Pennsylvania Press sponsors a book series on “The Early Modern Americas.”

The VSRI is a new initiative that brings together faculty and graduate students investigating visual culture from an interdisciplinary perspective. It draws on the existing strengths of the Visual Studies Graduate Certificate at USC, and on the rich collections in the larger Los Angeles area, including those of the Huntington Library, Getty Research Institute, Getty Museum, and LACMA. For its initial three years (2012–15), the VSRI will focus on the theme “Visual Evidence.”

To apply, please submit the following materials to the USC Website: a cover letter discussing research and publication goals and teaching, a C.V., a dissertation abstract, and a writing sample. Two letters of recommendation should be submitted directly by the referees; at least one of them must discuss the applicant’s teaching abilities. The deadline for the receipt of all materials is March 30, 2012. To be considered, candidates must have completed all of the requirements for the Ph.D. by August 15, 2012. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

More information about the specific job duties and instructions for applying, can be found at the USC jobs Web site, Please reference requisition #012650.

Inquiries should be directed to Information about EMSI programs can be found at and information about the VSGC at Details about the Huntington’s holdings can be found at USC strongly values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity in employment. Women and men, and members of all racial and ethnic groups, are encouraged to apply.

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