The five-year Korean Family in Comparative Perspective (KFCP) Laboratory for the Globalization of Korean Studies at the University of Illinois, funded by the Academy of Korean Studies and housed in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, has announced the availability of a KFCP Postdoctoral Fellowship starting August 16, 2011. This one-year position, with the possibility of a one-year extension, is open to recent Ph.D. recipients (within the last three years) and those who will deposit their dissertation by August 15, 2011.
The KFCP Laboratory aims to bring the Korean family to the center of comparative East Asian and general family studies, highlighting Korea as a productive comparative case of interest to non-Koreanists across a range of disciplines and scholarly locations. KFCP Fellows must be scholars interested in comparative work on the Korean family. Scholars with primary expertise in the family of other East Asian countries (e.g., China, Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan) are particularly welcomed to apply. Scholars with primary research emphasis on the Koreas must have a concrete plan to conduct comparative research (i.e., with another country/region). The postdoctoral fellowship is open to scholars in any humanities or social science discipline.
The KFCP Laboratory is directed by anthropologist Nancy Abelmann and includes three KFCP Laboratory Fellows: Jungwon Kim (EALC and History, University of Illinois), Seung-Kyung Kim (Womenâ€™s Studies, University of Maryland), and Hyunjoon Park (Sociology, University of Pennsylvania).
The Postdoctoral Fellow will be welcomed to an active Koreanist community at the University of Illinois that includes a biweekly Korea Workshop (that will actively engage the themes of the Laboratory). The KFCP Fellow will be provided the opportunity to participate in organizing a Korean Family Colloquium Series, which graduate students will be able to attend for partial credit. The KFCP Laboratory will be guided by a National Advisory Board. KFCP Laboratory director, fellows, and national board members will take an active role in nurturing the comparative scholarship of the Postdoctoral Fellow. The Postdoctoral fellow will also have the opportunity to â€œworkshopâ€ his or her manuscript/s with experts from both on and off campus.
The KFCP Fellow will be paid $40,000 including benefits, if benefit eligible, and some funds for domestic research-related travel.
The application deadline is February 25, 2011. Applications should be submitted electronically at http://go.illinois.edu/KFCP_Application and must include:
- A cover letter reviewing your research history, including your dissertation and other publications.
- A statement of interest in the Korean family in comparative perspective, including a publication plan that includes the submission of one article for each postdoctoral year (or a single- or co-authored book manuscript) (this can be integrated into the cover letter).
- A statement of commitment to active participation in KFCP Laboratory events, including the Korean Family Colloquium Series (this can be a simple statement in the cover letter).
- One writing sample, 25–40 pages.
- Contact information for three referees who can speak to your scholarly work and abilities and to the feasibility of your research and publication plans for comparative work on the Korean family. Referees will be contacted electronically and asked to submit their letters.
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