The Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University is pleased to announce the competition for the An Wang Postdoctoral Fellowships in Chinese Studies. Research topics may cover any period of Chinese history or contemporary China and involve any academic discipline. A strong working knowledge of Chinese and English is required. Each fellow will be expected to pursue his or her own research and contribute to Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies programs.
Priority will be given to candidates working in the fields of a) Digital Humanities/Social Sciences or b) Environmental Humanities/Social Sciences. However, applications are also welcome from scholars in other fields.
Chinese Digital Humanities
Applications are welcome from candidates with a PhD in a relevant discipline of the humanities, social sciences, or computer science.
While the position need not require any direct coding, candidates for the position must be able to work closely with programmers and designers employing a variety of web technologies and programming languages, be able to understand and evaluate their work, and have the ability to effectively communicate between technical and non-technical project collaborators. Applicants should specify their technical capacities (e.g. programming languages, software packages, etc.) in their application. Candidates whose primary background is in computer science should demonstrate that they understand the nature of research in humanities and social sciences and have experience working with humanists and social scientists in the China field.
In addition to maintaining his/her own research agenda, the fellow will provide assistance to affiliates of the Fairbank Center in the following sorts of activities as they relate to the development of particular research projects:
- Leading the Center’s Digital China Initiative training workshop for graduate students
- Selecting appropriate print and electronic information sources and tools
- Designing search strategies to ensure retrieval of all potentially relevant information
- Developing rigorous methods of information extraction and analysis
- Developing methods and structures for data management and analysis
Chinese Environmental Humanities
Applications are welcome from candidates with a PhD in a relevant discipline of the humanities or social sciences.
In addition to maintaining his/her own research agenda, the fellow will contribute to Harvard’s Environmental Humanities Initiative at the Fairbank Center and assist in ways that could include the following:
- Organizing conferences and workshops on topics such as China’s place in global ecosystems
- Developing an interdisciplinary online course on China and the environment that provides a historical foundation for the current environmental crises and includes perspectives of humanists, scientists, and policy specialists
- Leading training workshops in environmental humanities for interested graduate students