The Department of Comparative Literature seeks to appoint a tenure-track professor in comparative literature, with a specialization in translation studies. We particularly seek candidates who combine expertise in both the theory and practice of translation, and whose scholarship extends the boundaries of translation studies. Candidates should be anchored in the literary disciplines and must demonstrate substantial work with original-language materials in at least two languages. A demonstrated strong commitment to teaching is crucial, as is the ability to capture the interest of a diverse student body. The successful candidate will play a key role in shaping the department’s new Graduate Secondary Field in translation studies and broadening our undergraduate offerings in this area, so prior experience in teaching translation studies will be an advantage. International applicants are welcome. The appointment is expected to begin on July 1, 2024. Teaching duties will include four courses a year at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Familiarity and critical engagement with the shifting nature of translation practices today, including machine translation and generative AI, is highly desirable. We are committed to diversity in perspectives, methods, and in our student and faculty populations.
Applications should be received by November 1, 2023. Please submit the following materials through the ARIeS portal (https://academicpositions.harvard.edu):
The Department of Comparative Literature seeks to appoint a tenure-track professor in comparative literature whose research falls within the broadly defined domain of media history, theory, and archeology. Candidates should be anchored in the literary disciplines and work in at least one non-anglophone cultural tradition, while pursuing modes of inquiry that engage the history and theory of media and communications in depth and in breadth. The ideal candidate will combine a broad understanding of media history with specialization in a subfield such as epigraphy, paleography, codicology, the history of the book, oral performance and recitation, sound studies, broadcast media, digital textuality, or computational media. We particularly welcome candidates who pursue the innovative and/or public-facing in their methods, objects of study, or modes of scholarship and teaching, and who are pushing the boundaries of media history and archeology as a discipline, whether from the standpoint of language, geography, or methodology.
The appointment is expected to begin on July 1, 2024. Teaching duties will include four courses a year at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Applicants must have received the PhD or equivalent degree or show clear evidence of planned receipt of the degree by the beginning of employment. International applicants are welcome.
Applications should be received by November 1, 2023. Please submit the following materials through the ARIeS portal:
1. Cover letter
2. Curriculum Vitae
3. Teaching/advising statement (describing teaching philosophy and practices)
4. Research statement
5. Statement describing efforts to encourage diversity, inclusion, and belonging, including past, current, and anticipated future contributions in these areas
6. Names and contact information of 3 referees, who will be asked by a system-generated email to upload a letter of recommendation once the application has been submitted. The application is considered complete only when three letters have been received. At least one letter must come from someone who has not served as the candidate’s undergraduate thesis advisor, chair of the dissertation committee, or primary advisor in a postdoctoral fellowship.
7. One or two writing samples (dissertation chapter and/or article)
8. Optional: a portfolio of other relevant scholarly work
N.b.-candidates who become finalists for either position will be asked to provide a complete dissertation (or existing draft).