Do you study material culture in the Americas before 1830 or know someone who does? Dr. Cynthia Chin and I are excited to announce Materializing Race: An ‘Unconference’ on Objects and Identity in #VastEarlyAmerica! This participant-driven, lightning round-style event will be held in late August via Zoom, with two approximately two-hour afternoon sessions. We welcome interdisciplinary approaches to historical constructions of race and their material legacies in North, Central, and South America and the Caribbean. Presentations will be made in English.
The American Studies Program at Smith College invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor. This position will be housed in the American Studies Program; its occupant will contribute two of four yearly courses to the Department of History. Candidates must be well prepared to teach the range of theoretical and methodological questions, both established and emerging, central to American Studies scholarship, and they should be prepared to teach an Early American survey in the History department. We seek a candidate who will not replicate our current strengths in 19th and early 20th century history; we are particularly interested in candidates who work with Native American materials and/or cross-cultural encounters in early America.
Located in the Connecticut River Valley in Massachusetts, Smith is especially well suited for such work. Founded in the early 1960s, the American Studies Program at Smith is one of the oldest and most highly regarded among undergraduate institutions. The College’s membership in the Five College Consortium (with Amherst, Hampshire, and Mount Holyoke Colleges and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst) makes available various modes of interaction and engagement with colleagues and students beyond Smith as well. We especially value intellectual versatility, a commitment to interdisciplinary scholarship, ability to work across periods, and alertness to the transnational and comparative perspectives that have reshaped American Studies work in recent years. Ph.D. in hand and prior teaching experience preferred.
Submit application at http://jobs.smith.edu with letter of application and curriculum vitae. Questions regarding the search should be directed to Professor Michael Thurston, Director of the American Studies Program (firstname.lastname@example.org). Review of applications will begin August 20, 2011. Interviews with semifinalists will be held at the American Studies Association meeting in Baltimore, MD (October 20-22), or, if necessary, by telephone. Smith College is an equal opportunity employer encouraging excellence through diversity.