BGC Fellowship in Islamic Arts and Material Culture

About: The Bard Graduate Center in New York City invites applications for a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in Islamic art and material culture. The BGC is a graduate research institute committed to the study of the cultural history of the material world, drawing on methodologies and approaches from art and design history, economic and cultural history, history of technology, philosophy, anthropology, and archaeology.

Our ideal candidate is a scholar with a broad background in Islamic art, archaeology, and cultural history. Besides pursuing his/her research, the appointee will teach one course per semester, including both general surveys of Islamic objects and their contexts and seminars on subjects related to his/her research interests. The fellow will contribute to graduate advising and mentoring and is expected to participate fully in the intellectual life of the institution. In consultation with the Dean, the fellow will also organize and chair the annual Trehan Symposium in Islamic Art and Material Culture. The recipient must have completed all requirements for the Ph.D. by September 2015. The appointment will begin 1 July 2015 and continue through 30 June 2017.

Fellows will receive office space at the BGC, a salary of $40,000 per year, and a travel and research budget of $1,500 per year. Housing is available. Applications should include: a cover letter, indicating areas of special interest, curriculum vitae, sample publication (SASE), and three letters of recommendation. Applications should be sent by post to: Islamic Art & Material Culture Fellowship Committee, c/o Dean Peter N. Miller, Bard Graduate Center: Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture, 38 W. 86th Street, New York, NY 10024. No application materials will be accepted electronically via email. All application materials must be received by November 15, 2014. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.Please direct questions to the Islamic Art & Material Culture Fellowship Committee via email (fellowships@bgc.bard.edu).

The BGC is an EOE/AA employer.

Current and past fellows include:

Rachel Parikh (Fall 2014-Summer 2016)

Abigail Balbale (Fall 2012 – Summer 2014)
Symposium: Objects and Power: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Medieval Islamic Material Culture, April 11, 2014


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