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Post-Doctoral Fellow, Globalization and Social Change, Solidarities: Politics and Ethics in Global Age, City University of New York‏

The Committee on Globalization and Social Change at the CUNY Graduate Center is pleased to announce a postdoctoral fellowship search for the academic year 2011-2012. Applications are invited from scholars whose research coincides with our theme for the year, "Solidarities: Politics and Ethics in a Global Age."

The CGSC is an interdisciplinary working group of CUNY faculty committed to exploring the relationships among recent socioeconomic transformations associated with "globalization," the political possibilities opened or obstructed by those transformations, and the intellectual frameworks through which to grasp these developments and relations. Doing so requires that we revisit inherited analytic categories and explanatory frameworks from the standpoint of these new historical conditions. One such category is solidarity.

Research foci might be organized around (but are not limited to) the following questions: Now that the institutions and ideologies underpinning those traditions have been dismantled, does the category "solidarity" retain descriptive power or critical purchase? What might the relevant units or scale of solidarity today? Conversely, can a renewed conception of solidarity help us to grasp certain aspects of the contemporary situation? Do we need to conceptualize new forms or practices of (global) solidarity as part of a (global) political project that might be adequate to our current challenges? Can solidarity allow us to think creatively about coming together within or across social formations that transcends the limitations of inherited oppositions between universality and particularity, unity and fragmentation, general standards or shared norms and relativism? Could a concept or politics of solidarity point toward new ways of reconciling democracy and plurality? If so, what are the ethical implications of a renewed conception of solidarity in an age of global circulation and interdependence? Solidarity might also signal long-distance support for multiple struggles in different places. Does "globalization" require and enable, or perhaps foreclose, new types of networked linkages as well as the technical, organizational, and imaginative resources for pursuing them? How does the global visibility of citizens actions, most recently in the Arab world, inform the terms of politics solidarity?

In addition to conducting their own research, Fellows will be expected to attend and contribute to the weekly seminar of the Committee and support other initiatives of the Committee, such as the promotion of conferences, guest lectures and symposia. Postdoctoral awards are residential and normally run for the academic year September-May. In addition to the stipend and a research space, Fellows have access to all CUNY research facilities.

General Duties
Performs research in area(s) of expertise. Shares responsibility for committee assignments, performing administrative, supervisory, and other functions as may be assigned. There is no teaching requirement for this fellowship.

Minimum Qualifications
Ph.D. degree in area(s) of expertise. Also recommended are the ability to teach successfully, interest in productive scholarship or creative achievement, and ability to cooperate with others for the good of the institution.

Preferred Qualifications
To be eligible, candidates should have their doctoral dissertations in hand and must have completed their dissertations within five years of taking up the Fellowship. Individuals who are not already in tenure track positions should especially apply.

Salary Range: $55,017

How to apply:

To apply, please send six copies of the following COLLATED:

1) A 500 word letter of interest in relation to the activities of the Globalization Committee

2) A 1000 word personal research plan

3) Your curriculum vitae

4) One copy of a representative article or dissertation chapter

5) three letters of recommendation (can be sent separately or with your application) to:

Postdoctoral Search Committee
The Committee on Globalization and Social Change
The Graduate Center, Room 5109
The City University of New York
365 Fifth Avenue,
New York, NY 10016

Please send hard copies; in addition, please e-mail applications to
REVIEW OF APPLICATIONS WILL BEGIN ON MAY 23rd; final selection will be made by the end of June 2011.

Further information on the work of the Committee and the theme for next year can be found on the committee website,

Padmini Biswas, Ph.D.
Assistant Director
The Center for Place, Culture and Politics &
The Mellon Interdisciplinary Committees
CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10016
Tel. 212 817 1880, Fax. 212 817 1644
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Postdoctoral Search Committee
The Committee on Globalization and Social Change
The Graduate Center, Room 5109
The City University of New York
365 Fifth Avenue,
New York, NY 10016

Primary Category: None
Secondary Categories: None
Posting Date: 04/26/2011
Closing Date 06/15/2011

City University of New York - Graduate Center, Committee on Globalization and Social Change

Post-Doctoral Fellow, Globalization and Social Change, Solidarities: Politics and Ethics in Global Age

Institution Type: College / University
Location: New York, United States
Position: Post-Doctoral Fellow

The Committee on Globalization and Social Change Postdoctoral Search 2011-2012