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Seven Postdoctoral Fellowships In The Humanities, University of Oxford

Posted in Vacancies by Pippa on February 18, 2009

The University of Oxford Humanities Division is delighted to announce $1.8 million in funding from the Andrew W Mellon Foundation for postdoctoral fellowships. Six fixed-term research and teaching appointments in the selected broad research areas are available from 1 October 2009 for two years, and one post for one year. A further five posts will be available from October 2011 in other research areas and will be advertised closer to the time.
Although the major part of the fellowship will be devoted to research, the aim is also to equip the fellows in all aspects of an academic career, and the fellowship will also involve a limited amount of teaching and some administrative duties. An academic mentor will be assigned to each fellow, and support for further development in academic practice, learning and teaching will be available through the Oxford Learning Institute and the Division’s Teaching Development Coordinator. The fellowship will have a college association, and a £4000 p.a. research allowance will be available for the two-year posts.

How to apply:
Applicants must have completed their doctorates and be starting out on preparing a second research theme as well as showing the potential for future academic leadership. Each area will be interpreted broadly and applicants with ‘interdisciplinary’ research agendas will not be disadvantaged; selection committees will be looking primarily for academic excellence.
The posts will be tenable in the following research areas.
ASIA, C. 1700 TO THE PRESENT – Faculty of Oriental Studies;

• ETHNOMUSICOLOGY – Faculty of Music;


• LATE ANTIQUE OR EARLY ISLAMIC HISTORY – Faculties of Classics; and Oriental Studies (one-year post, available at £28,839 p.a.);


• SEMANTICS – Faculties of Philosophy; and Linguistics, Philology and Phonetics;

• SOCIOLINGUISTICS – Faculties of English Language and Literature; and Linguistics, Philology and Phonetics;

• TRANSNATIONAL HISTORY – Faculty of History.

For further particulars for each post and details of how to apply, see http://www.humanities.ox.ac.uk/vacancies

The closing date is 12 noon on Friday 6 March 2009.

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Brown Bag Radio

Posted in News/Information by Pippa on January 7, 2009

BBR has gone dark for the winter break. Next term will kick off with:


  • Jan 14, 18:00 UTC, Sanchita Saxena. A study of the garments and textiles industry in Bangaldesh
  • Jan 21, 18:00 UTC, Pankaj Jain. “Hinduism and Environmental Ethics
  • Willem van der Geest.  

If you have a quality presentation accompanied by a lively PowerPoint show and are interesting in doing a BBR show, or if you would like to serve as a discussant, contact us at BBR. @sasia.org

For further details: http://www.sasia.org/html/brown_bag_radio.html

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Islam and Hinduism’s blurred lines

Posted in Articles, News/Information by Pippa on July 14, 2008

By Jyotsna Singh, BBC News
Forty-two-year-old Sohan Singh is delighted to call himself a “full-fledged” Hindu.  Recently he cremated his mother, defying a family tradition of burying their dead. Mr Singh is a member of the Kathat community in Rajasthan and follows what his community believes is a pledge undertaken by their forefathers.

To read further http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/7473019.stm

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