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Job: Post Doc Fellowship in Indian Ocean World History

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Indian Ocean World History

The Indian Ocean World Centre (IOWC), McGill University, welcomes applications for a 12-month Postdoctoral Fellowship in Indian Ocean World History starting in September 2018.

The IOWC is interested in postdoctoral candidates working on the environmental and socioeconomic history of the Indian Ocean World - a geographic macro-region extending from eastern Africa to East Asia. Of particular interest are projects that examine the wide-reaching impacts of historical climate change and environmental catastrophes.

Successful candidates will work with IOWC Director, Gwyn Campbell, and a vibrant IOWC community of graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and affiliates. In addition to their own research, fellows will be expected to participate in and help organize IOWC activities, including a weekly Speaker Series, conferences, Graduate Working Paper Series, and multidisciplinary research projects, as well as to assist in the teaching of IOW history.


Scholars who received their PhD after December 2015, or who will have completed their PhD degree requirements by August 2018 in any discipline applicable to Indian Ocean World History are eligible to apply. We particularly encourage applications from scholars with the ability to conduct archival research an IOW language(s). A high standard of written English is expected and editing experience desirable. Experience with digital humanities and GIS is an asset - and a willingness to learn necessary. A valid work permit will be required from international postdoctoral scholars for registration.


The annual salary for this position is $33,000 CAD.

Applications must include:

1) a statement of interest and research proposal (maximum 2 pages)

2) a full curriculum vitae

3) two letters of recommendation, sent directly from the referees

4) a writing sample, not to exceed 20 pages

All materials (item 3 directly from the referees) should be sent electronically to and iowc@ in a single message under the title: IOWC Postdoctoral Fellowship. For questions about the Fellowship, please contact Prof. Gwyn Campbell at gwyn.campbell (at)

All applications must be submitted in full by May 15th, 2018

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Job: Lecturer in Critical Area Studies, UCL

The successful candidate will plan, develop and undertake a portfolio of independent and original research, which is aligned, and contributing to the School’s research strategy and objectives. They will also maintain a track-record of high-quality peer-reviewed research publications and outputs, present and disseminate research findings at conferences, seminars and other similar events and contribute to the School’s interdisciplinary research culture and environment. The successful candidate will also support and contribute to the development, submission and attainment of research grant funding. You will be expected to jointly supervise postgraduate research students to timely submission and completion and supervise and assess undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations. You will also be expected to contribute to the planning, development and delivery of short courses, continue professional development and online/blended learning provision, such as MOOCs.

For the appointment of the Grade 8 post, you will need to demonstrate a track-record of internationally-excellent peer-reviewed research publications and outputs and demonstrate a leading role in the planing, development, submission and securing of research grant funding.

The successful candidate will have a doctoral degree in Area Studies or a related discipline, such as Anthropology or Geography. You will have an up-to-date and comprehensive knowledge of research of the area study of an Eastern Europe country(s) and/or Russia and an up-to-date and comprehensive knowledge of debates surrounding the development and application of and challenges to Critical Area Studies. Having a working knowledge of a language of the region would be essential and also a developing international research profile in the discipline. You will have experience of contributing to the initiation, planning, development and delivery of research projects and grant applications and experience of engagement and knowledge exchange with academic and non-academic audiences to disseminate and promote research. Experience of delivering teaching, assessment and feedback at either undergraduate and/or postgraduate levels is also an essential requirement as is excellent Information Technology skills, including experience of using virtual learning environments and other relate learning technologies. The ability to work both independently and as a part of multidisciplinary teams of academics and professional support staff, and the ability to effectively plan and manage your own time and workload is essential.

UCL vacancy reference: 1714171

Applicants should apply online. To access further details about the position and how to apply please click on the ‘Apply’ button below.

For academic queries about the post, please contact Professor Diane P. Koenker - For queries about the application process, please contact Esther Williams -

Interview Date: TBC

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Film: Even when I fall

Even When I Fall is the incredible true story of Nepals’s first and only circus set up by survivors of human trafficking - Circus Kathmandu. An intimate, beautiful story of female empowerment that harnesses the visual power of circus as it follows Circus Kathmandu on their unique journey into independence - - nominated for The Discovery Award at the British Independent Film Awards and described as “dazzling” by the BBC Radio 4 Film Programme.

Watch and share the trailer here:

Before the film’s cinema release on 13th April, Even When I Fall is touring the film nationwide from 8th March at regional cinemas with Q&As attended by Directors Sky Neal and Kate McLarnon.

To see a list of screenings and to buy tickets go to:

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CfP: Bangladesh Studies Network Meeting

The conference will take place on the 7th and 8th of June 2018.

We would ask you to arrive on the afternoon of the 6th if possible. We are planning a welcome reception with musical presentation on the evening of the 6th. The workshop will run over the full days of the 7th and 8th and we’d hope you’ll all stick around for them. We are planning a number of activities around the core programme of paper presentations and we will let you know once they are confirmed.

We invite everyone who would like to present their work at the workshop to send us a title. If you would like to chair a session or be a discussant, or just attend, we are also very happy to welcome you, be do let us know. As we need to know numbers of attendees for catering purposes, it would be great if you could let us know if you are planning to attend as soon as possible, but by April 15th latest.

Alongside the paper presentations, we are also excited to hear about other forms of work you have been doing. If you have films, photographs, audio or non-academic writing that you’d like to show or present, drop us a line and we will try to facilitate showing your work.

The workshop will take place at the School of Social and Political Science, Chrystal Macmillan Building, 15a George Square, Edinburgh EH8 9LD, UK. There are many accommodation options around the university and George Square. We can facilitate booking accommodation at Pollock Halls, which is about 10 minutes walk from the venue and beautifully located at the foot of our volcano, Arthur’s Seat. Ensuite rooms with breakfast are between £64 and £70 a night. We can facilitate reservations at these university discount prices. Please drop us a line by April 15th if you would like us to do so. There are also plenty of B&Bs, airbnb, hostels and hotels around the city.

Travel to Edinburgh is either through Edinburgh Airport or the train station Edinburgh Waverley. The nearest other airports are Glasgow and Newcastle, both connected by bus and train.

Anyone who needs a visa to enter the UK and needs an invitation letter, please get in touch and we can facilitate and advise.

Warm wishes,

Delwar Hussain
Lotte Hoek


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