Early Career Residential Fellowship
The Humanities Center hosts one to two Early Career Fellows per academic year. During their stay, Fellows work on their book manuscripts and contribute to the Center's life. Fellows are paid a stipend of $45,000, plus benefits, and they have access to a relocation and research fund of $5,000 (subject to University policies). Fellows are provided an office in the Cathedral of Learning. During their appointment, fellows are required to reside in Pittsburgh, to present at least one lecture and one colloquium, and to participate regularly in the Humanities Center's activities. Applicants must hold the PhD. Most of the past fellows have been tenure-track assistant professors, but we maintain a deliberately generous interpretation of "Early Career". Those expecting to complete the PhD in the current academic year should consider the Dietrich School Postdoctoral Fellows Program, which has a later application date.
2018-2019 Humanities Center Early Career Fellow
Alys specialises in modernism and world literature. Her research investigates how modernism has spread globally and through time. She is particularly interested in how modernist ideas about the nature and social function of art continue to shape literary and aesthetic thought and practice into the present.
Her first book, The Art of Hunger: Aesthetic Autonomy and the Afterlives of Modernism, will be published by Oxford University Press in late 2018. This book argues that, for a tradition of modernist and modernist-influenced writers, hunger became a way of figuring aesthetic autonomy, especially in historical moments where aesthetic autonomy was under siege. Tracing the history of this metaphor from the mid-nineteenth through to the late twentieth century, it shows how modernist aesthetic autonomy shaped generations of thought about art and modernism, and their relationship to politics. Within this larger history, this book picks out a tradition of writers, who develop a theory of aesthetic autonomy as paradoxically unfree, and in so doing open new ways of conceputalisating the relationship between literature, politics, and embodiment, through the metaphor of writing as hunger.
At the Humanities Center, Alys will work on her second monograph project, The Literature of World Hunger: Poverty, Global Modernism, and the Emergence of a World Literary System. This project traces the co-evolution of world hunger and world literature from the end of World War II to the end of the Cold War, a period during which both concepts emerged as important geopolitical forces. This project is particularly interested in how hunger and literature both project different theories of "the world," and how thinking these concepts together might allow us to think about the possibilities and limitations of cultural production in situations of significant inequality.
When not at Pitt, Alys is Lecturer in English at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. She has previously taught at the University of Waikato in New Zealand, Université Paris 7-Paris Diderot in France, and the University of Oxford in the UK, where she studied for her doctorate.
We will begin accepting applications for the ECF for the 2018-2019 Academic Year after Labor Day, September 4, 2017. During periods when we accept applications to become an Early Career Fellow of the Humanities Center.
Early Career Fellowship Application
Thank you for your interest in an Early Career Fellowship in our center. To apply for this fellowship, you will provide each of the following:
- A current CV
- A proposal of up to 1,000 words stating the project to be pursued while a fellow.
- A writing sample of 5,000 to 10,000 words.
- Three letters of reference that specifically address the proposed project.Please email this link to your three referees so that they can upload their letters of recommendation on your behalf.
- The Center encourages and supports research on and in languages other than English, but because English is the language of most Center activities, we require application materials to be provided in English.
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