[URBANTH-L]FUNDING: Vulnerable Populations Fellowship (Emory U)
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Feminism and Legal Theory Project
Emory University Law School
Vulnerable Populations Fellowship, 2008-09
Call for Applications
The Feminism and Legal Theory Project at Emory University Law
School is launching a Vulnerable Populations Project and invites
applications for a one-year post-doctoral fellowship, beginning fall,
2008. This fellowship is for someone interested in doing critical
interdisciplinary scholarship on vulnerable populations. Applicants
must be either (i) recent PhDs; (ii) ABDs who will complete all
requirements for the PhD by July 15, 2008; or (iii) JDs who receive
their degrees within the past few years. The postdoctoral fellow, who
will find a vibrant interdisciplinary Emory University community,
will be formally affiliated with the Feminism and Legal Theory
Project at Emory Law School. The teaching load is one seminar
course per year on a topic related to vulnerable populations.
The basic premise of the Vulnerable Populations initiative is that
our current ways of defining who is entitled to legal protection and
state subsidy and support are rapidly becoming inadequate, perhaps
even irrelevant. Political alliances and analytical categories
organized around race, gender, disability, sexuality, and class have
proven limited and often divisive.
Although post-modern fear of essentializing makes us wary of
generalities, both theory and politics require some appeal to the
universal. The concept of vulnerability has the potential to unite across
differences and will be explored from the perspectives of legal
and cultural studies focusing on important theoretical and political
questions emerging in wake of decades of identity politics. The
project will consider both advantages and potential pitfalls inherent
in an effort to find commonalities which will allow us to reformulate
communities independent of traditional identity-based categories.
This project will have important implications for legal and scholarly
debates on rights, freedom, and the legacies of liberal humanism. The
initiative will also have an international and comparative dimension
as we undertake imagining the next stages of feminism on the world
stage and the unfolding of critical gender, race, disability, and
sexuality scholarship under the shadows of globalization;
multiculturalism and the rise of religious fundamentalisms.
Applications are encouraged from scholars interested in a broad range
of law, social science and humanities fields, with a preference for
those committed to interdisciplinary research. The ideal candidate
should combine theoretical sophistication and comparative
awareness with rigorous and demonstrated research and writing skills.
A background in law is helpful, but not required. The relation of the
applicant's research to some dimension of the Project's broad themes
can be referenced in letters of application.
The post-doctoral fellowship stipend is $52,000 per year plus
benefits. In addition, the Fellowship provides for some additional
research funding and for relocation expenses.
Candidates should submit:
(1) letter of application that describes background, research
interests, research plans during the period of the fellowship
(3) 1-2 page abstract and an annotated table of contents of the
doctoral thesis or description of related JD coursework
(4) 1-2 page statement concerning teaching background and course
(5) one dissertation chapter, conference paper, article, or
equivalent writing sample
(6) names, titles, and full contact information (including e-mail and
phone) for three references
Final deadline for receipt of application materials is 12:00 noon,
January 31, 2008.
Application materials should be e-mailed as files in standard MS-Word
format attached in one single message with the subject line
"Vulnerable Populations Fellowship Application."
All materials should be e-mailed to Nancy Stafford at the Feminism
and Legal Theory Project
nstaffo at law.emory.edu.
Inquiries may be directed to nstaffo at law.emory.edu or to Professor
Martha Albertson Fineman at
mfineman at law.emory.edu.
Emory University is an EEO/AA employer.
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