Seeing Race Before Race Fellowship: Reminder

I am re-posting this fellowship announcement, since the deadline (8 March 2022) for applications is fast approaching.

Premodern critical race studies is a rapidly expanding field within premodern studies. Many historians of the Medieval and Early Modern World are investigating the histories and languages of race and racism in premodern contexts.

The Center for Renaissance Studies is currently hiring a Postdoctoral Fellow in conjunction with its Seeing Race Before Race project.

Recent Ph.D.s in premodern History and related fields may be interested in applying for this postdoctoral fellowship.

Here is the announcement from the Center for Renaissance Studies at the Newberry Library:

The Newberry Center for Renaissance Studies seeks an early career scholar in Premodern Critical Race Studies to serve as a Public Humanities Postdoctoral Fellow for one year (with the possibility of renewal for a second year pending grant funding) to support Seeing Race Before Race, a multi-year project including an exhibition, public and scholarly programming, a publication, and digital initiatives. The Fellow will begin in Fall 2022, one year before the exhibition launches in Fall 2023.

The Public Humanities Fellow will be responsible for ensuring that all exhibition assets align with prevailing methods of premodern critical race studies. This position will assist in creating and editing exhibition texts; acting as the internal and external communications lead for the project; managing exhibition programming work; developing digital resources; and liaising with departments across the Newberry. The Fellow will report to the Director of the Center for Renaissance Studies.

This position requires a PhD in a humanities field related to medieval, early modern, colonial, Atlantic World, or Indigenous studies from 1100-1800, with expertise in critical race studies preferred. Preference may be given to candidates whose scholarly work or career has been focused on public history, museums, libraries, and archives.

Please email your cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to Human Resources at In the email’s subject, please note the position you are applying to. Please combine all requested documents into a single PDF document and submit as an email attachment. For more information, please visit the Newberry’s Employment page here:

Applications will be reviewed beginning March 8, 2022, on a rolling basis, and the review will continue until the position is filled.

Please direct all questions about the position to

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