Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the Program in Early Cultures

Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the Program in Early Cultures

Brown University, Providence, RI

The Program in Early Cultures at Brown University (PEC) invites applications for a post-doctoral fellow to participate in a Mellon-Sawyer Seminar, “Animal Magnetism: The Emotional Ecology of Animals and Humans.”  This will be a one-year position, beginning on July 1, 2013.

Funded by the Mellon Foundation, this Sawyer Seminar addresses the emotional, symbolic, and social dimensions of past human relations with animals.  Three themes inform the year-long program—animals as symbolic resources for the human imagination, the emotional bond between humans and animals, and the nature of such bonds as both extensions and complications of human society.  The applicant’s specific research and teaching interests, geographical and temporal specializations and areas of expertise are left open, although—consistent with the mission of the PEC—these should focus on pre-modern cultures in the Old or New Worlds.

The successful candidate will probably be housed in the Departments of Anthropology or Classics or in the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World. The successful candidate will teach two courses—one each term—on topics related to the Mellon-Sawyer Seminar. The fellow will also help coordinate the activities of the Seminar during the academic year. In their applications, candidates should submit a proposal describing research to be done over the course of the fellowship. Applicants must normally have received their Ph.D. within the last five years, from an institution other than Brown.

All candidates should submit a letter of application, a list and brief description of proposed courses, and curriculum vitae by April 1, 2013. Applicants should arrange for three letters of reference to be submitted by the application deadline. Applications received by that date will receive full consideration, but the search will remain open until the position is closed or filled.

Application materials must be submitted online at

For further information:

Chair, Mellon-Sawyer Post-doctoral Search
Program in Early Cultures
Brown University
Box 1837, Rhode Island Hall, 60 George Street
Providence, RI 02912
[email protected]

Brown is an EEO/AA employer. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.