The University of Manchester Presidential Academic Fellowship: World Literatures in English

The University of Manchester - School of Arts, Languages and Cultures

Closing Date: 03/04/2018
Employment Type: Permanent
Duration: Subject to 4 years' probation, commencing September 2018
Faculty / Organisational Unit: Humanities
School/Directorate: School of Arts, Languages and Cultures
Hours Per week: Full-time and part-time applications considered
Salary: £39,992–£49,149
Location: Oxford Road, Manchester#
Job Reference: HUM-011356

Creative, ambitious and keen to develop transformative research, you will relish this excellent opportunity to drive your academic career to a higher level. As an impressive early career academic, you’ll recognise that securing a Presidential Academic Fellowship at the University of Manchester will empower you to unlock your potential. In addition to a good salary for the duration of your Fellowship, you’ll receive several thousand pounds per annum for research support costs and access to key technology platforms. Your time during this award will be initially dedicated to research, with no or minimal teaching in the first year, and minimal teaching in the second year. Thereafter teaching would increase with each subsequent year of the fellowship. You can look forward to mentoring and assistance in winning external funding and awards.

As a Presidential Academic Fellow, you will focus on world literatures in English, including anglophone literature from Africa, India or the Caribbean, as well as British Black and Asian writing. We will expect you to draw on approaches from postcolonial studies, world-systems theory and/or the environmental humanities. You’ll investigate aspects such as the reading and re-reading of classic works of English literature in new contexts around the globe, and how new literatures in English from outside Britain creatively disrupt our established categories of the local, the regional and the national. Manchester – as the capital city of global capitalism in the Victorian age that has become a multilingual crossroads in the present – is an ideal place to conduct world-leading research in this area.

To join us, you will need a relevant PhD or equivalent qualification. You’ll bring to the role a sustained record of publication output. Crucially, you will demonstrate the ability to develop a coherent world-leading research programme, with new concepts and ideas to extend intellectual understanding. You have what it takes to organise resources and deliver results to deadlines. Your excellent communication and interpersonal skills also equip you to build a team, and to inspire and engage students. The determination to win your own funding will be key to your success. 

The University of Manchester is committed to building a culturally diverse institution where all staff and students can flourish and feel valued for their contribution and individuality. Our policies and practices are designed to encourage talented people, whatever their background, to work and study here. All appointments are made on merit.

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