post-doctoral fellowship: “English in India and Indian literature in the English world”

ERC-funded project “Multilingual Locals and Significant Geographies: a new approach to world literature”

We are  delighted to advertise a 3-year post-doctoral fellowship on “English in India and Indian literature in the English world”  as part of our ERC project Multilingual Locals and Significant Geographies: a bottom-up approach to world literature, to begin in September 2016.

This is an exciting opportunity to take part in an ERC-funded project that aims to develop a multilingual approach to literary history, comparing the cases of North India, the Maghreb, and the Horn of Africa at three historical “moments”: the late pre-colonial and colonial periods, decolonization, and the last twenty years, when the idea of world literature has gained new intellectual and popular traction and has become more and more associated with English. The successful candidate will have a PhD in one of the following areas: postcolonial English literature with a focus on North India; Indian literature (preferably English and/or Urdu) in the English-speaking world; comparative modern English and Urdu literature. A reading knowledge of a north Indian language (most preferably Urdu) is required.

You will be part of a team of two researchers, three postdocs, and three PhD students working on multilingual North India, the Maghreb, and the Horn of Africa. You will lead the research strand on English literature in North India and Indian literature in the English world: you will undertake original research in one or more genres, authors, or problematics of English in India (with special focus on North India), and in the circulation and reception of Indian literature in the English world. You will help develop a paradigm for the study of English literature in north India during the period covered by the project, and for “thinking together” and connecting English and Hindi/Urdu literatures. You will organise and co-ordinate the participation of scholars working on postcolonial/English literature; and help organise project activities in London, Europe and India. You will also take part in the Institute of World Literature summer school and present your findings at seminars, workshops, panels, and conferences, and generally contribute to the manifold activities of the project. Drive, enthusiasm and strong commitment to multilingual literary research are essential. You will be asked to undertaking teaching for up to 3/6 hrs pw during term time.

​For further information about the project and the position, or for details about application, please click here.

The closing date for applications is 21 March 2016.