Tailored opportunities: Post-doctoral fellowships on Mobility & sociality in Africa’s emerging urban

What?

The African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) is seeking post-doctoral fellows to join a five year research programme entitled ‘Mobility and Sociality in Africa’s Emerging Urban.’ This initiative is a scholarly response to unprecedented levels of urbanization and mobility driven by conflict, ambition, and recapitalising economies. It is intended to develop African-based contributions to theories of human mobility and transforming modes of social engagement, authority, representation, and expression

Post-doctoral fellowship proposals are invited for recent social science and humanities graduates dedicated to answering one or more of the following questions:

  • What cultural practices are being reshaped and reconceptualised by mobile urban
    residents? What are the practical enacted ethics that enable people to make sense of varied diversities and to communicate and exchange across social divisions? How do people make sense of difference without shared histories or the disciplining institutions of common states, religion, or markets?
  • What new forms of moral authority operate in rapidly urbanising contexts? What are the forms of alternative authority that emerge in contexts where the State is largely absent?
  • How are these changing people’s imagination of traditional hierarchies of age gender and family structure? How are these connected to new notions of morality rooted in age gender and social obligation?
  • How are changing forms of violence legitimated? What becomes visible as violence and what is eclipsed?
  • How does widespread translocalism and ongoing mobility reshape urban morphologies and residential patterns; social interactions; subjective understanding of citizenship; representation and civic identity: what is political society in spaces only loosely structured by states and formal markets?

Who?

Successful applications will have completed an appropriate social science or humanities PhD by the start of the fellowship. Special preference will be given to those who have studied or worked with  ARUA members or associated universities. These include Addis Ababa University; University of Cape Town; University of Dar es Salaam; Cheikh Anta Diop University; University of Ibadan; University of KwaZulu-Natal; University of Ghana; University of Lagos; Obafemi Awolowo University; Makerere University; University of Nairobi; National University of Rwanda; University of Pretoria; Rhodes University; University of Stellenbosch; University of Witwatersrand. Only students who have
completed their degrees within the last three years will be considered.

When?

Application deadline is 1 March 2018

How?

Applications should include the following

  • A cover letter summarising past research, qualifications, and the location for the postdoctoral fellow. Applicants should also indicate if they would consider being hosted by an alternative institution;
  • A complete academic CV;
  • A short proposal (1500 word maximum) outlining a yearlong research and publishing programme;
  • Three professional reference letters speaking to abilities to publish, work collaboratively, and develop a future research agenda (these should be sent directly to the address below);
  • A writing sample of not more than 15,000 words (e.g., book or dissertation chapter; article)

For more detailed information on this opportunity visit here.

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