The Newberry Library is offering a post-doctoral fellowship in religious history in conjunction with its initiative on Religious Change in Europe, 1450-1700.
Northern Illinois University graduate students who have taken HIST 640 Religious Violence in Comparative Perspective from 1500 to Today may be interested in applying for this fellowship.
The Newberry Library’s announcement reads:
The Newberry Mellon Major Projects Fellow will participate in diverse aspects of planning and preparation for the library’s major scholarly initiative focused on Religious Change in Europe, 1450-1700. The initiative will include gallery and online exhibitions and additional digital resources, as well as programs for scholars, students, and the public. These programs will take the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses as a starting point for a multidisciplinary examination of the Reformation and its immediate aftermath. The majority of the public programs will take place during the 2017-18 academic year. The fellow will report to the Director of Exhibitions and Major Projects.
- For gallery and digital exhibitions: collaborate with members of the project team (comprising Newberry staff members and outside scholars) in framing and refining exhibition categories; identify preliminary selections and research specific items in the collection for inclusion; translate titles and short texts into English; assist with label writing, planning, and administration
- For related digital resources: collaborate with the Digital Initiatives Librarian and other members of the project team in conceptualizing, designing and implementing the digital humanities components of the project, which may include blog posts, podcasts, videos, interactive timelines and maps, outreach through social media, and crowd-sourced programs; identify preliminary selections, research specific items in the collection for inclusion, and assist with translation of and writing textual components and scripts and with planning and administration
- Assist project team in conceptualizing and planning public and scholarly programs
- Carry out other assignments as needed to achieve departmental goals
- Provide assistance to other Newberry Library departments and initiatives, including but not limited to Collections and Library Services, Research and Academic Programs, Development, and Communications projects
PhD in a humanities field, with a research focus on the history of religion in early modern Europe. Reading fluency in modern and early modern German required; reading competency in two other European languages, such as Latin, French, Italian, and Spanish, highly desirable. Experience in digital humanities and using primary source materials in research preferred. Familiarity with Microsoft Office suite, Omeka, and project management software preferred. Demonstrated excellent oral and written communications skills and the ability to interact and collaborate with diverse constituencies required.
SCHEDULE: Full-time, 35 hours/week, Monday through Friday with occasional evenings and weekends for special events. One-year, grant-funded, exempt position.
TERM: July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Review of applications will begin May 1, 2016, and continue until the position is filled.
Send application materials to The Office of Human Resources at email@example.com. Include a cover letter, CV, short writing sample (30 pages or less), and contact information for three references. Please indicate your start date availability in the cover letter.
About the Newberry Library
A world-renowned independent research library in Chicago, the Newberry offers readers an extensive noncirculating collection of rare books, maps, music, manuscripts, and other printed material spanning six centuries. Its staff provides award-winning service and supports a rich array of programmatic opportunities.