JOB: Asst Prof, Premodern Visual Cultures @ Bates College

The Department of Art and Visual Culture, in conjunction with the Religious Studies Department and the Classical and Medieval Studies Program, seeks a tenure-track colleague in premodern visual cultures with an emphasis on visual cultures produced in and among varied religious cultures, including Islamic, Christian, and/or Jewish, in the centuries before 1500 CE. We envision a colleague whose research and teaching attend to issues of power and privilege, racism and colonialism as these exist(ed) within the historical world under consideration, within the academic fields of the history of art and visual cultures and religious studies, and as they relate foundationally to modern structures of oppression.

The successful candidate should have completed all necessary requirements for the Ph.D. by the start of the contract and will teach five courses per year in premodern visual cultures. Courses should range from beginning to advanced levels and some should center substantial religious-studies content, broadly defined. Academic advising – including senior-thesis advising – is a regular component of the position.

Our students represent a wide range of experiences and identities. We seek a colleague who is committed to building a strong and inclusive community of learning in our related fields. We encourage applications from individuals from underrepresented backgrounds and identities, individuals who have followed nontraditional pathways to higher education, and individuals with a demonstrated interest in advancing the college’s continuing commitments to equity and inclusion. Candidates should identify their strengths and experiences in these areas.

For full consideration, applications should be received by November 1, 2022. Applicants should submit the following: a cover letter (including a brief overview of scholarly work and a list of potential courses); curriculum vitae (including a list of referees); and statements on teaching, research, and past and/or potential contributions to inclusive excellence and other equity and inclusion efforts. Applicants should also anticipate providing a sample of their written work, as well as three letters of recommendation, in subsequent stages of the search process.

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Author: Camara Dia Holloway

I am an art historian specializing in early twentieth century American art with particular focus on the history of photography, race and representation, and transatlantic modernist networks. I earned my PhD at Yale University in the History of Art Department. Besides my leadership role as the Founding Co-Director of the Association for Critical Race Art History (ACRAH), I am recognized for my expertise on African American Art, particularly African American Photography, and as a seasoned consultant for exhibitions, museum collections, and symposia/lectures planning.

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