Post-doctoral Fellowship: Sacred Landscapes and Sustainable Futures in the Himalaya Initiative, India China Institute, The New School

The India China Institute at The New School is seeking an 18 month post-doctoral research fellow for our Sacred Landscapes and Sustainable Futures in the Himalaya Initiative (Sacred Himalaya Initiative). Supported by a grant from the Henry R. Luce Foundation, the Sacred Himalaya Initiative (SHI) is a multi- year research and teaching initiative that will explore the intersection of sacred landscapes, everyday religion and environmental issues within the Himalaya through field-based inquiry and theoretical analysis. This project builds and expands on a prior three-year project with a similar focus in the Himalaya. The salary is competitive based on experience. Comprehensive University benefits package including health and retirement plans, tuition remission.

Visithttp://www.newschool.edu/hr/benefits/ft-faculty-admin-staff. The proposed start date for this position is July 1, 2015 in New York City.
The New School is committed to actively recruiting applicants from a diverse pool. We encourage candidates from groups underrepresented in US higher education to apply. The New School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, and veteran or marital status.

The India China Institute, based at The New School in New York City, is the hub of an international network of scholars and institutions with the mission of identifying mutual concerns and developing areas of cooperation between India, China, and the United States in a global context.

*** Application Deadline: November 1, 2014 ***

Position Responsibilities:

-Design and teach two undergraduate courses at either The New School’s Environmental Studies program or in the Religious Studies program at Eugene Lang College. One course would be held in the 2015 Fall semester (Sept. – Dec.) and the second in the 2016 Fall semester (Sept. – Dec.).

-Spend 7-8 months during the spring and summer of 2016 conducting fieldwork, primarily based in Nepal, with the possibility of time in the Himalayan regions of India and China (TAR).

-Coordinate and collaborate on fieldwork between the ICI Core Team of scholars and researchers in the field in Nepal, India, and China.

-Assist ICI Senior Director to coordinate, develop, and manage an international network of scholars for the SHI project. Tasks include, but not limited to: convening conference and workshop sessions, conducting literature reviews, facilitating public discussions and support at international conferences.

-Help develop, manage, and disseminate research materials for the SHI project, including both interim reports and final grant reporting.

-Provide support and data generation for the Sacred Landscape Mapper, which is one component of the SHI that will integrate field-based data and GIS mapping with textual analysis.

Requirements:

-Candidates must have a PhD (received within the last 5 years) preferably in Religious Studies with strong interest in Environmental Studies, Political Ecology or Global Politics.

-Expertise and language skills in some part of the Himalayan region (e.g., Nepali, Mandarin, Tibetan, Hindi).

-Candidates should have strong interpersonal skills and experience conducting ethnographic field work, preferably in geographically and culturally diverse communities.

-Candidates must be able to undertake international travel within India, China (TAR) and Nepal.

-Open to US citizens and foreign scholars.

For more information or with questions about the position contact the India China Institute: indiachina@newschool.edu or (+1) 212-229-6812.
Additional information about the Sacred Himalaya Initiative can be found at: http://www.indiachinainstitute.org/initiatives/sacred-himalaya-initiative/.

Special instructions to applicants:

Applicants must apply using our on-line faculty application system on The New School human resources website: http://careers.newschool.edu.
Prospective applicants must send a cover letter, CV, one sample academic paper or comparable written document, plus two official letters of references. All applications must be received by November 1, 2014 to be considered.

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