The recently established International Center for the Humanities and Social Change at the University of California, Santa Barbara, will fund dissertation fellows and postdoctoral scholars for the academic year 2017-2018.
Our guiding theme for the academic year 2017-2018 will be “The Humanities as a Vocation: Fact and Value—After Truth.” This thematic focus is prompted both by the many urgent questions facing us today about the meaning, function, and interplay of “facts” and “values” in public life and by the centenary of sociologist Max Weber’s famous treatment of the fact/value question in his “Science as a Vocation.”
For our dissertation and postdoctoral fellowships, we seek applicants from the humanities, arts, and humanistic social sciences whose work speaks in creative and far-reaching ways to questions of fact, value, clarity, and responsibility as these relate especially (though not exclusively) to matters such as media, politics, public trust, and institutional legitimacy; big data, surveillance, artificial intelligence, and automation in contemporary political, economic, and social life; cultures and economies of entertainment and spectacle, consumerism, narcissism, addiction, and distraction; struggle and contestation surrounding racial, ethnic, sexual, national, and religious identity; nihilism, fundamentalism, secularity, and the challenges of religious and political radicalization.
Application review will begin on May 30, 2017.
To read the job description and apply for a Dissertation Fellowship Scholar in the International Center for the Humanities and Social Change position, click here.
To read the job description and apply for a position as Postdoctoral Scholar and Lecturer in the International Center for the Humanities and Social Change, click here.