The Chadha Center for Global India (CGI) at the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS) at Princeton University invites applications for a postdoctoral research associate position for the 2022-2023 academic year. One postdoctoral fellowship will be awarded to an exceptional recent PhD. The appointment is for one academic year, with the possibility of renewal for a second year pending satisfactory performance and continued funding. Applicants must demonstrate outstanding scholarly achievement. Applicants should have completed a Ph.D. degree in any Humanities or Social Science discipline by July 1, 2022.
The position is with Dissent: Power/less in India, a cross-disciplinary initiative among Princeton specialists in South Asian Studies that seeks to explore the generation and negotiation of political vocabularies in a range of quotidian sites, such as the body, artefact, family, farm, factory, school, university, market, and media. The plurality of beliefs, practices, and social groups in the Indian subcontinent has produced a vibrant tradition of dissent in a variety of cultural, political, and geographic spaces. At the same time, the discursive and philosophical meanings of dissent in India can only be understood in relation to emerging as well as deeply historical forms of dominance and hegemony. These contestations produce new categories of 'the political' and 'the ethical' that structure both state and society in India. This project will examine how these contingent categories serve to mobilize, organize, and produce new modes of confronting and conceiving of power in India. It will bring humanistic and social scientific perspectives on India and its relationship with the world towards improving scholarly comprehension of the present moment and for envisioning paths forward.
The position entails the organization of lectures and other academic events on campus (or online if public health restrictions emerge) and an annual graduate student workshop in connection with the project's goals. It also involves initiating discussions and outreach toward the development of an "Archive of Dissent" in collaboration with the University's South Asian Studies Librarian. Interested applicants should apply online at https://puwebp.princeton.edu/AcadHire/position/21541 and submit a cover letter demonstrating how their research and organizational experience will contribute to the project, a CV, a 25-page writing sample, and contact information for three references. Applications are due by October 15, 2021, 11:.59 pm ET.
Apply here: https://puwebp.princeton.edu/AcadHire/apply/application.xhtml?listingId=21541