The Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life at Columbia University invites applications for postdoctoral research scholars for a period of three academic years beginning on September 1, 2018. The Institute plans to make two appointments (pending funding), with one position focused on Africa and the other on South Asia. The yearly renewal of the position(s) is contingent upon funding and performance.

The postdoctoral research scholar(s) will actively participate in the intellectual development and program activities related to the project “Rethinking Public Religion in Africa and South Asia.” The project envisions a partnership between IRCPL, the Institute for African Studies, and the South Asia Institute for research, programming, and coursework on the changing dynamics of interactions among religious communities in the modern world, considering the ways in which religion becomes public through diverse forms of encounter, with a focus on inter-regional differences and flows across South Asia and Africa.

The Institute is seeking outstanding applicants with demonstrated excellence in research, writing, and teaching in relation to Africa and/or South Asia. Topical expertise should include knowledge of one or more religious tradition, but might also include a focus on secularism, media, space, or the body.

All applicants MUST meet these minimum qualifications to be considered for the position: PhD in religious studies, anthropology, history, or a related discipline is required. The degree must have been awarded between August 31, 2016 and August 31, 2018.

Review of applications will begin on April 23, 2018. The positions will be open for applications until filled.

For more information, see the hiring announcement on the IRCPL website. To apply, visit the application portal.