Call for 4 Postdoctoral Fellowships in Environmental Humanities in Venice

The Center for the Humanities and Social Change at Ca’Foscari University of Venice is seeking candidates for 4 Postdoctoral Fellowships in Environmental Humanities.

Applicants must have a PhD in any discipline of Humanities or Social Science. They must have worked in the area of Environmental Humanities or show potential for research interest in this field. Evidence of active research and publications in peer-reviewed journals will be an added advantage.

The Postdoctoral Fellowship will provide 35,000 euros per year before tax and the fellowship may be renewed for a second year depending on the progress of the fellow. The Fellowship may also give access to additional travel and research funding to present work at international symposia and/or organize events in Venice.

The Center for the Humanities and Social Change is an intellectual community with strong interactions with the European Center for Living Technology, all University departments, and many other cultural institutions in Venice. The fellows are expected to work in residence in Venice and actively contribute to the Center activities (e.g. offering seminars for the M.A. in Environmental Humanities and/or organizing academic and outreach events). They will be offered office space and full access to the university libraries and research facilities.

Your expression of interests should include a Curriculum Vitae (max 3 pages), the names and contact information of two referees, and a research project that includes a concept, a working plan, and expected results focusing on one (or more) of the following areas:

  • Environmental Humanities and water, flooding, sea-level rise, the ocean, blue humanities, water cultures, water politics, coastal areas.
  • Environmental Humanities and sustainable cities, strategies of adaptation, mitigation, resilience; cultural and artistic interventions to raise ecological awareness and envision sustainable lives.
  • Environmental Humanities and the human, nonhuman, posthuman: theories and cultural practices.
  • Environmental Humanities and migrations, diaspora, and ‘climate refugees’; colonial and postcolonial environments; climate justice.
  • Environmental Humanities and medical humanities: theories and practices.

For all these areas we encourage projects that provide a historical perspective; engage non-western and indigenous cultures; address issues of minority, gender, ethnicity, disability; suggest pedagogical and activist practices; engage with the tangible and intangible heritage of Venice and its contemporary art scene; formulate strategies of environmental communication.

Please direct expression of interest and queries by 10 April 2020 to:

Dr. Barbara Del Mercato, Project Manager – E-mail: (Subject: HSC_EOI)

After the closure of the present call for expressions of interest, HSC will issue a formal Call for Applications. Fellowships will begin September 1, 2020.

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