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              Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 35, No. 266.
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        Date: 2021-09-27 15:26:26+00:00
        From: Danielle Taschereau Mamers <>
        Subject: JHI Digital Humanities Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2022-2023

Dear colleagues,

It is my pleasure to announce that the Call of Applications to the JHI
Digital Humanities Postdoctoral Fellowship (2022-23) is now open. Please
share with your graduate students and recent PhDs.

Please do not hesitate to contact Professor Elspeth Brown with any
questions about the fellowship (


     Call for Applications
     JHI Digital Humanities Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2022-2023

     Deadline for applications: 30 November 2021

       APPLY HERE:

The Jackman Humanities Institute (JHI) at the University of Toronto, in
partnership with the Digital Humanities Network, offers a twelve-month
Postdoctoral Fellowship in Digital Humanities, with a project that fits
theJHI’s annual theme, “Labour”.

         The Annual Theme for 2022-2023 is LABOUR

  From the labour of childbirth to the travail of making a living, human
beings are labouring animals who derive meaning and experience
meaninglessness in work. Historically, human creativity has long
flourished both through and against labour-saving technologies. In a
globalizing and climate-changing world, rising nationalist movements
call for the fortification of borders that would stop seasonal flows of
labour, while women call for pay equity and harassment-free workplaces
to allow for the freedom to work in peace. In a world of increasingly
precarious labour, thanks in part to automation, what does the future of
work portend for both people and the planet? What forms of resistance
are possible when workers face both the irrelevance of their labour and
its exploitation?

         The Digital Humanities Network

The Digital Humanities Network builds research and teaching strengths at
the University of Toronto through programming, mentorship, and advocacy.
We define digital humanities broadly, to include both critical praxis
and the analysis of digitality. As of 2020 our primary focus is on
critical digital humanities, a version of DH that places anti-racist,
decolonial, feminist, and queer/trans/non-binary work at its core, and
which understands our current historic shift in digital technology as an
opportunity for social and political transformation. At the University
of Toronto, Critical Digital Humanities foregrounds creative praxis,
co-creation, public engagement, and community-based research.

The JHIDH Postdoctoral Fellow will have an established track record in
their own discipline and/or the digital humanities. They will pursue
their own research while at UofT, while working to foster the Digital
Humanities Network.


The JHIDH Postdoctoral Fellow will draw upon their disciplinary expertise
and upon training provided theJHI, DHN, and UofT Libraries to connect
and strengthen DH projects across the tricampus university.
Specifically, depending on their own skillset and research interests,
the JHIDH Postdoctoral Fellow will spend 15 hours per week as a member of
the DHN Executive Team, where they will:

   * establish and maintain online spaces where members of the DH Network
     can share information about their research and discuss matters of
     common interest;
   * run regular roundtables and workshops on digital humanities topics;
   * convene a monthly community of practice to support the cohort of the
     Graduate Fellows in Critical Digital Humanities
   * organize, facilitate, and participate in other tricampus DH training
   * facilitate introductions and connections between researchers within
     the DHN;
   * in consultation with digital librarians, provide one-on-one and
     group consultancy to humanities researchers seeking to make use of
     infrastructure for digital scholarship in and beyond UofT; and
   * participate in planning the future shape and directions of the DHN.

While working with the DHN, the Fellow will also be part of
theJHIscholarly community and will participate in weeklyJHIfellows
lunches every Thursday from the beginning of September to the first week
of May.

TheJHIDH Postdoctoral Fellowship is a twelve-month position, from 1 July
2022 to 30 June 2023 supervised by Professor Elspeth Brown (Director of
the DHN and Professor of Historical Studies) and Alison Keith (Director
of the Jackman Humanities Institute and Professor of Classics and
Women’s Studies). TheJHIDH Postdoctoral Fellow may seek additional
research supervision from within UofT according to their own interests.
They will have access to equipment and collaborative digital working
space atJHI. This fellowship award provides an annual stipend of $56,275
(CAD) plus benefits. The incumbent is welcome to seek up to two
one-semester courses as a sessional instructor with the appropriate
unit(s) at the University of Toronto. TheJHIDH Postdoctoral Fellow will
be expected to pursue their own research relevant to theJHI’s annual
theme of Labour.

         Eligibility and Attributes

Applicants must have completed their doctorate within five years of the
beginning of the fellowship on 1 July 2022. Applicants who will defend
their thesis before the end of May 2022 are eligible, but a letter from
their supervisor or Chair may be requested. Any award will be
conditional on a successful defense. Applicants who received their Ph.D.
prior to 1 July 2016 are ineligible. Applicants who are graduates of
doctoral programs at the University of Toronto are eligible. This
position is not open to those who hold a tenure-track position.

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate excellence in
teaching and research and have an established track record in the
digital humanities, with a focus on critical DH. They will understand
the history, development, and current state of the field; be able to
assess institutional processes and policies; be willing to work with a
range of scholars in and outside of their own field; desire to learn and
pursue research in an interdisciplinary, collaborative environment; and
be committed to open source development and open access scholarship.

TheJHIPostdoctoral Fellowship in Digital Humanities is open to citizens
of all countries. The University of Toronto is strongly committed to
diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from
racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous persons,
persons with disabilities, LGBTQ+ persons, and others who may contribute
to the further diversification of ideas. Engagement as a Postdoctoral
Fellow at the University of Toronto is covered by the terms of the CUPE
3902 Unit 5 Collective Agreement.


The competition is located
at . You will be
asked to upload the following documents in your application (please see
our FAQ for further information about length and content):

  1. Letter of Application
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Project proposal
  4. Statement of Digital Humanities Research Interest, with specific
     reference to work in critical DH
  5. Research Sample

All documents must be compiled into a single file in .pdf format. For
further information about formatting and length, please see the FAQ
sheet below.

You will also be asked to provide the names and email addresses of two
referees, whom we will contact to request letters of reference. Your
referees will receive an automated request for their letters, which will
be due on 7 December 2021.  Please ask your referees to watch for our
request email.

If you SAVE your file without clicking SUBMIT, you will be able to edit
your application and replace your application document until you click
SUBMIT or the deadline passes. Please submit your application before the
deadline. If you SAVE, you will receive a secret number that will enable
you to re-enter your application.*Please record this number*;JHIstaff
will not have access to this information.


All applications must be submitted by 30 November 2021 at 11:59 p.m.
(EDT). Faxed, emailed, and paper applications will not be considered.


About the fellowship: contact Professor Elspeth Brown 

About the application process: contact Dr. Kimberley Yates 


Best wishes,

Danielle Taschereau Mamers, PhD
Managing Director
Critical Digital Humanities Initiative (CDHI)
University of Toronto

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