Postdoctoral Fellowship Application

The Committee on Globalization and Social Change Postdoctoral Search

The Committee on Globalization and Social Change at the CUNY Graduate Center is pleased to announce a postdoctoral fellowship search for the academic year 2012-2013. Applications are invited from scholars whose research coincides with our theme for the year, “Temporality.”

The CGSC is an interdisciplinary working group of CUNY faculty committed to exploring the relationships among recent socioeconomic transformations associated with “globalization,” the political possibilities opened or obstructed by those transformations, and the intellectual frameworks through which to grasp these developments and relations. Doing so requires that we revisit inherited analytic categories and explanatory frameworks from the standpoint of these new historical conditions. One such category is temporality.

How is time understood and shaped in globalization, and how do the processes of globalization shape time?  What is the time of globalization? How has globalization affected the social organization or subjective experience of time,across the social spectrum and across the world? What temporal dimensions of globalization demand critical attention? How may time and temporality serve as useful optics for the study of globalization? What dimensions of globalization are illuminated when we focus on the analytics and politics of time rather than, or in addition to, space? Are conventional temporal categories or modes of reckoning with time  (or change over time) adequate for grasping contemporary social transformations associated with globalization (or the temporal dimensions of globalization)? Do we need new temporal categories, schemas, and frameworks to grasp the relationship between time and society in our contemporary moment? In what ways have specific temporal figures or modalities been employed by scholars, critics, artists, and activists to understand present developments and possible futures (e.g., apocalypse, utopia, futurity, anticipation, hope, rupture, revolution, catastrophe, historicity, afterlives, legacies, spectrality, haunting, untimeliness)? We are not only interested in how globalization may influence our understanding of the past, present, and future, but how it might change the very categories ‘past,’ ‘present,’ and ‘future’  as well as the relations among them.

In addition to conducting their own research, Fellows will be expected to attend and contribute to the weekly seminar of the Committee and support other initiatives of the Committee, such as the promotion of conferences, guest lectures and symposia. Postdoctoral awards are residential and normally run for the academic year September-May. In addition to the stipend and a research space, Fellows have access to all CUNY research facilities.

General Duties
Performs research in area(s) of expertise. Shares responsibility for committee assignments, performing administrative, supervisory, and other functions as may be assigned. There is no teaching requirement for this fellowship.

Minimum Qualifications
Ph.D. degree in area(s) of expertise. Also recommended are the ability to teach successfully, interest in productive scholarship or creative achievement, and ability to cooperate with others for the good of the institution. Individuals already in tenure track teaching positions are ineligible for this fellowship.

Preferred Qualifications
To be eligible, candidates should have their doctoral dissertations in hand and must have completed their dissertations within five years of taking up the Fellowship.

Salary Range: $55,017

How to apply:

To apply, please complete the web form below by MAY 1, 2012. Application packets sent by email or hardcopy will not be accepted. If you have questions about the application please contact

Postdoctoral Fellowship applicants must include the following:

  1. 500 word letter of interest in relation to the activities of the Globalization Committee
  2. 1,000 word personal research plan
  3. Curriculum vitae
  4. A representative article or dissertation chapter
  5. Three letters of recommendation (can be sent separately or with your application, only one copy necessary) to:
Postdoctoral Search Committee
The Committee on Globalization and Social Change
The Graduate Center, Room 5109
The City University of New York
365 Fifth Avenue,
New York, NY 10016