Politics of Reading postdocs and PhD positions

Dear Colleagues,

I would like to alert you to one Post-Doc and three PhD positions open in Freiburg (start date: June / September this year). Would you be so kind to circulate these among your students / colleagues?

As it will take a couple of days until the offer will be online on the system in Freiburg, I am pre-circulating now. Inquiries about the jobs may be addressed to me directly.

Thanks for your support and best regards,

Lena (Henningsen) <Lena.Henningsen@sinologie.uni-freiburg.de>

(1) Post-Doctoral Researcher in the ERC funded research project The Politics of Reading in the People’s Republic of China (READCHINA)

Full position, 5 years (2 + 3 years, TV-L 13); starting date: 1 June, 2018

The ERC Project “The Politics of Reading in the People’s Republic of China (READCHINA)” investigates the politics and practices of reading in the Peoples Republic of China (PRC), their interpretation and their impact on social and intellectual change. The main objective of the study is a reinvestigation of literary history and cultural policy of the PRC from the perspective of the ordinary reader. This grassroots approach means turning away from the established focus on authors and the political context. Instead, READCHINA will investigate the social conditions under which texts were read, what influences this had on the lives of individuals, on social, intellectual and literary change in China, and on the modes of production, distribution and consumption of literature. Continue reading

Dartmouth senior lecturer position

Senior Lecturer in Chinese, Dartmouth College

The Asian Societies, Cultures, and Languages Program (ASCL) invites applicants for a replacement position at the Senior Lecturer rank in Chinese Language for the academic year 2018-2019. Appointment will become effective July 1, 2018, with teaching duties beginning in September 2018. Applicants for this position must have native or near native proficiency in Modern Standard Mandarin Chinese and English, and experience teaching university/college-level Chinese within a classroom setting. A candidate possessing the ability to incorporate new technologies and pedagogical approaches into language teaching and course design is highly desirable. Pending student demand and ASCL resources, the position may be extended into the subsequent year/s. Applicants must possess a MA degree; a Ph.D. is preferable. The degree should be in Teaching Chinese as a Second/Foreign Language or a related field.

The successful candidate will teach five language courses over a period of three academic terms (i.e., fall, winter, and spring). Continue reading

BU visiting position

Visiting Assistant Professor position in Chinese Lit. at Boston University


The Department of World Languages & Literatures (WLL) invites applications for a one-year non-tenure track Visiting Assistant Professor position in Chinese literature for the 2018-2019 academic year beginning on July 1, 2018. The successful candidate will have a PhD in hand with a specialty in premodern Chinese Literature before 1911.

We expect a publishing record, significant teaching experience, and a willingness to participate actively in student advising. In addition, we look forward to having a scholar on campus who can actively contribute to and benefit from the intellectual life of the Department. The position involves teaching two courses each semester,at least two of which may be of the candidate’s own design. The deadline for applications is February 15, 2018. Continue reading

Berkeley program director position

Program Director, Center for Chinese Studies, UC Berkeley


About Berkeley

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world’s most iconic teaching and research institutions. Since 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world. Berkeley’s culture of openness, freedom and acceptance—academic and artistic, political and cultural—make it a very special place for students, faculty and staff.

Berkeley is committed to hiring and developing staff who want to work in a high performing culture that supports the outstanding work of our faculty and students. In deciding whether to apply for a staff position at Berkeley, candidates are strongly encouraged to consider the alignment of the Berkeley Workplace Culture with their potential for success at http://jobs.berkeley.edu/why-berkeley.html.

The First Review Date for this job is: February 6, 2018. Continue reading

University of Hong Kong position

The University of Hong Kong

Founded in 1911, the University of Hong Kong is committed to the highest international standards of excellence in teaching and research, and has been at the international forefront of academic scholarship for many years. The University has a comprehensive range of study programmes and research disciplines spread across 10 faculties and over 140 academic departments and institutes/centres. There are over 28,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students who are recruited globally, and more than 2,000 members of academic and academic-related staff coming from multi-cultural backgrounds, many of whom are internationally renowned.

Tenure-Track Associate Professor/Assistant Professor in Modern Chinese Literature in the School of Chinese (Ref.: 201701737)

Applications are invited for tenure-track appointment as Associate Professor/Assistant Professor in Modern Chinese Literature in the School of Chinese, to commence on September 1, 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter, on a three-year fixed-term basis, with the possibility of renewal and with consideration for tenure before the expiry of a second three-year fixed-term contract. Continue reading

Pomona visiting position


The Department of Asian Languages and Literatures at Pomona College invites applications for a full-time 2-year visiting position in Chinese to begin August 2018. Applicants must have native or near-native fluency in Mandarin Chinese and English, demonstrated excellence in undergraduate teaching, and Ph.D. in hand at time of appointment. This position carries a 3-2 teaching load. Area of specialization open, but preference will be given to applicants with training in applied linguistics, second language pedagogy, or contemporary Chinese literature and culture. This is a restricted local search, the college is unable to pay travel expenses.

Please submit application materials online (https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo): cover letter describing research and teaching interests, CV, statement on teaching, teaching portfolio (syllabi and teaching evaluations), statement addressing your demonstrated ability to mentor a diverse student body, and three letters of recommendation. Please address queries other than applications to Allan Barr, Chinese search committee chair, 550 N. Harvard Ave, Pomona College, Claremont CA 91711, allan.barr@pomona.edu. Applications received by January 22, 2018 will receive full consideration, but will be reviewed until the position is filled. Pomona College is a highly selective liberal arts college that supports equal access to higher education and values working in a richly diverse environment.

Reed visiting position

One-Year Visiting Position in Chinese & Humanities

The Chinese Department at Reed College invites applications for a full-time one-year visiting position in Chinese and Humanities starting Fall 2018.  This position is open to all fields of Chinese literature. Candidates must have native or near-native fluency in standard Mandarin and English, and a Ph.D. in Chinese Literature or a related field in hand or near completion. Reed College is a small, highly selective undergraduate institution with an emphasis on excellence in teaching and scholarship.  A successful candidate must be able to teach Chinese language at all levels from beginning to advanced, offer courses in Chinese literature and/or culture, and be willing to participate in the team-taught Chinese Humanities course. In addition to teaching five courses per year, candidates may also be asked to serve as an advisor to Chinese senior theses. Continue reading

Otago City of Lit phd scholarships

Dear colleagues,

Please find below a call for applications for the 2018 University of Otago City of Literature PhD Scholarship. I am particularly interested in attracting excellent candidates working in English, Russian, and/or Chinese on topics relating to contemporary poetry, literature and new media, and comparative and global modernism. Please circulate the details below to anyone who might be interested. Thank you.

Best wishes,

Jacob Edmond

2018 University of Otago City of Literature PhD Scholarship: call for applications

The Department of English and Linguistics invites applications for the 2018 University of Otago City of Literature PhD Scholarship.

The Department of English and Linguistics welcomes applications for PhD projects across a broad range of areas ranging from medieval to digital literature. Department strengths include New Zealand and postcolonial literature, eighteenth-century literature, Romanticism, comparative literature, global modernism, cognitive approaches to literary studies, literature and language pedagogy, linguistic approaches to literature, contemporary poetry and fiction, creative writing, Irish and Scottish studies, the history of the book, and new media literature. For more information on the department, see: http://www.otago.ac.nz/english-linguistics/index.html. Continue reading

CUHK looking for PhD students

Looking for PhD Students: Observing and Video-recording of the Use of Mobile Phone in Everyday Life

Technological developments (for example, Internet access, social media, GPS) have contributed to the emergence of new practices and new forms of sociality: new ways of interacting with people (‘shaking your phone’ on WeChat), new forms of dating (location-aware dating platforms such as MoMo, ZuiYou), new ways of user-to-user services (finding a ride through Uber or DiDi), or new ways of paying for goods (electronic money such as WeChat Pay or Alipay).

Our group is investigating these topics by observing, or even video-recording, people using technology in everyday life. We draw on ethnomethodology and conversation analysis to make visible our taken-for-granted ways of interacting with these technologies.

We are looking for students with a background in sociology, anthropology, or communication, who would be interested in studying some of these topics by doing a PhD at the Department of Sociology at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK).  The deadline is 30 January 2018 (for admission 2018/2019) – and 1 December 2018 (for admission 2019/2020). So if you are interested, please contact Prof. Christian Greiffenhagen (c.greiffenhagen@cuhk.edu.hk) in English or Yumei Gan (1155090095@link.cuhk.edu.hk) in Chinese. Continue reading

Brussels position

PhD position in China Studies at the Université libre de Bruxelles

EASt, the Research centre on East Asia at the Maison des Sciences Humaines of the Université libre de Bruxelles (MSH-ULB), seeks to hire one doctoral research fellow starting from October 2018.

More detailed information on the position is available here: http://msh.ulb.ac.be/east-opens-one-doctoral-position-deadline-dec-20-2017/

Deadline: Wednesday, 20th of December 2017

Posted by: Vanessa Frangville vanessafrangville@gmail.com

Michigan postdoc

Postdoctoral Fellowship Announcement
Department of Comparative Literature, University of Michigan

critical translation studies

The Department of Comparative Literature at the University of Michigan announces a two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship in Critical Translation Studies. The fellowship is funded by the College of Literature, Science and the Arts to provide a candidate with the opportunity to pursue independent scholarship related to translation, gain teaching experience, and engage with interdisciplinary translation initiatives across the university.

We welcome applications from scholars undertaking comparative research in histories, theories, and practices of translation, and engaging critically with current debates in the field. Projects may focus on any language or historical period, including analyses that work across different cultures and regions of the world. We encourage interdisciplinary projects in translation studies that develop innovative methods in dialogue with other fields, such as world literature; digital and visual cultures; film and media studies; postcolonial studies; critical race studies; gender studies; religious studies; philosophy; political theory; law; other core and emerging fields in the humanities (such as public humanities, medical humanities, environmental humanities). Continue reading

U of Victoria–asst prof position

The Department of Pacific and Asian Studies at the University of Victoria invites applications for a tenure-track position at the level of Assistant Professor, effective 1 July 2018, in modern Chinese literature and culture, including, but not limited to, expertise in one or more of film, new media, theory, and performing arts. Innovative, interdisciplinary or comparative approaches are especially welcome. Applicants should have completed a PhD by 1 July 2018, have a record and promise of outstanding research as evidenced by publications or forthcoming publications, and also have demonstrated the potential for excellence in teaching. The successful applicant will be expected to teach undergraduate courses in his/her area of specialization, contribute to the department’s core courses on the Pacific-Asia region and participate in graduate teaching and supervision. Continue reading

UNC Chinese history position

Assistant Professor in Chinese History at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte

The Department of History at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte invites applications for a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor in the field of Chinese History to begin August 2018. Applicants are required to have a Ph.D. in History or a related field at the time of appointment, show evidence of a strong potential for professional development as a scholar and teacher, and demonstrate a commitment to promoting diversity as a value in the department and college. A research and teaching focus on Chinese History is required; the time period and thematic specialization are open.

This position will have its tenure home in the History Department, a department in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The History Department employs 30 full-time and 15 part-time faculty members. Degree programs include the B.A. in History (approximately 400 majors), the M.A. in History (approximately 50 students) as well as B.A. and M.A. degrees in Latin American Studies. The department works closely with other departments and programs across the university, including Africana Studies, American Studies, Women and Gender Studies; Global, Area, and International Studies; and Religious Studies. It also houses several journals and professional associations, including the Journal of Urban History, First World War Studies, and The Latin Americanist, and the Conference on Latin American History, an affiliate of the American Historical Association. The department’s M.A. program in History also features a special track in Public History. The successful candidate will contribute to the undergraduate and graduate degree programs in History as well as the general education program. Continue reading

Wisconsin position–deadline extension

The deadline for applications to the tenure-track Assistant Professor of Modern China Studies position at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has been extended to November 26, 2017. Details here:


Steven Ridgely
Associate Professor and Chair
Asian Languages and Cultures
University of Wisconsin-Madison

UBC position

 The Department of Asian Studies, University of British Columbia (Vancouver campus), invites applications for a tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor in the field of Premodern Chinese Literature. Field of expertise is open, but applications from specialists in narrative fiction or drama/theatre from the middle period to late imperial period are particularly welcome. Applicants are expected to have native or near native proficiency in both Chinese and English.

Candidates must have a Ph.D. or expect to have successfully defended the dissertation before July 1, 2018. The successful candidate will be expected to demonstrate excellence in research and undergraduate and graduate teaching and to maintain an active program of research, publication, teaching, graduate supervision, and service. Information about the Department can be found on its website, www.asia.ubc.ca. Continue reading