Position advertised: Assistant Professor—South Asian Studies

Position advertised: Assistant Professor—South Asian Studies

Position Rank: Full Time Tenure Stream – Assistant Professor
Discipline/Field: South Asian Cultures
Home Faculty: Liberal Arts & Professional Studies
Home Department/Area/Division: Department of Humanities
Affiliation/Union: YUFA
Position Start Date: July 1, 2021

Department of Humanities

The Department of Humanities, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, York University invites highly qualified candidates to apply for a professorial stream tenure-track appointment in South Asian Cultures at the Assistant Professor level, to commence July 1, 2021. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. All York University positions are subject to budgetary approval.

A PhD, or a PhD near completion, by the start of the appointment in South Asian Cultures with a demonstrated record of excellence or promise of excellence in research and in teaching. The successful candidate will demonstrate a breadth of coverage of appropriate cultural and historical areas from and about the region of South Asia and will be expected to teach South Asian religions in an introductory World Religion course. The successful candidate will demonstrate a variety of interdisciplinary approaches to the study of South Asia in the humanities, including religion, history, literature, history of art and architecture, film and media studies, and music. Applicants should have a clearly articulated program of research and specialize in one or more of the following areas: religion and culture; race, gender, and body politics; visual culture and postcolonial media theory; varieties of colonialism and imperialism; religious nationalisms and ethnic politics; indigenous studies and critical caste studies; translation studies and world literature; and diaspora and transnational identities.

Full academic proficiency in at least one South Asian language such as Hindi, Urdu, Bengali, Punjabi, Tamil, and/or Singhalese is required, and proficiency in a second language and literary tradition is highly desirable.

The successful candidate will be expected to engage in outstanding, innovative, and, as appropriate, externally funded research at the highest level, and will be eligible to join a nationally recognized interdisciplinary community of scholars working on Asia at the York Center for Asian Research (YCAR).

Full details can be found on the York University advertisement.

The deadline for receipt of completed applications is February 26, 2021.

Applications, including a cover letter, an up-to-date curriculum vitae, a statement of research interest and teaching philosophy and pedagogy, and three confidential letters of reference, may be uploaded to beginning on January 18, 2021.

Questions may be directed to Professor Elicia Clements, Chair, Department of Humanities, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies.

Email: (Subject line: Position in South Asian Cultures).

Posting End Date: February 26, 2021

Dr Elly Kent is the editor of the ASAA's blog, Asian Currents and the ANU's Southeast Asia blog, New Mandala. She has worked as a researcher, writer, translator, artist, teacher and intercultural professional over 20 years in academia and the arts in Indonesia and Australia. Elly gained a double degree in Asian Studies (Specialist Indonesia) and Visual Arts (Hons) and a PhD in the same fields from the Australian National University. She is the author of Artists and the People: Ideologies of Indonesian Art (2022) NUS Press, and co-editor (with Virginia Hooker and Caroline Turner) of Living Art: Indonesian Artists Engage Politics, Society and History (2022) ANU Press.

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