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The Interdisciplinary Centre for the Study of Global Change (ICGC) at the University of Minnesota and the Centre for Humanities Research (CHR) at the University of the Western Cape invite applications for two, two-semester Research Chair positions in the field of Postcolonial Transactions of Knowledge. One chair will be appointed for the academic year 2012-13, the other for the academic year 2014. 1 Applicants must be full- time faculty members at the University of Minnesota or the University of the Western Cape, one to be selected from each university. Since 2006, the ICGC and the CHR have been involved in an ongoing research project on altering the relations of knowledge exchange between universities in the north and the south, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Together, we have built exchanges and collaborative research initiatives across the two institutions, including short-term reciprocal exchanges of doctoral students and faculty, as well as important international conferences and colloquia. A major accomplishment of the ongoing partnership has been the creation of a new transnational and interdisciplinary programme for the development of new directions in the humanities and social sciences. Themes include; war and the everyday; transnational knowledge production; the postcolonial university; provincialising global urbanism; reframing gender, security and resistance;, and social change; and aesthetics and politics.

 This second phase of our partnership endeavors to achieve three new goals: Deepening intellectual engagement and research collaboration by integrating the individual work of exchange participants and other scholars on each campus through thematic research initiatives; exploring ways of disseminating the collaborative research outcomes of our partnership, and sharing our experiences and understandings of the workings of transnational knowledge production; and, expanding our use of information technology to support and enhance partnership activities.

The Mellon Research Chair is a new initiative targeted at deepening the existing collaboration. Appointees will play a leadership role in fostering interdisciplinary intellectual exchange between the partners. The award offers a conducive and engaged academic environment to pursue collaborative and independent research. During the period of appointment, a Research Chair will spend one semester at her/his home institution and the other at the partner institution. While at the partner institution, the Research Chair is required to teach one interdisciplinary graduate level course on a general theme in the humanities or social sciences. During both semesters, the appointee will also meet regularly with graduate students participating in the exchange. Appointees will receive their salary from their home institution, as well as a supplement to cover extra transportation and accommodation expenses, and a modest research grant. 

Due to differing academic calendars, the appointments will be for a two semester period between July of the first year and June of the second.

For 2014, applications are invited from the University of the Western Cape, to take up residency in the ICGC at the University of Minnesota. We invite applicants with the demonstrated capacity to contribute innovatively to the broad aims of the research collaboration. Essential requirements include a permanent appointment in the home institution, a strong track record of scholarship in areas closely related to those of the collaboration, and outstanding graduate advising skills. Applications should include a letter of application detailing the intended contributions as Research Chair, a full curriculum vitae, and the names of three referees.

Deadline: 4 April 2013

Applications and confidential letters of recommendation (to be sent independently) should be directed to the Faculty Manager, Sue McWatts, Faculty of Arts (UWC). For further queries please contact Premesh Lalu at the Centre for Humanities Research, UWC.