Scholar/Arts Practitioners, Women’s Studies Research Center, Brandeis University

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Open Call:  Scholar/Arts Practitioners, 2023-25

Women’s Studies Research Center,  Brandeis University

The Women’s Studies Research Center of Brandeis University invites applications for Scholars and Arts Practitioners for a two-year appointment from September 1, 2023 through August 31, 2025.  We seek to bring together Scholars in different fields, such as literature, history, art, and law who conduct research on themes related to gendered violence, women, gender, and/or sexuality. Artists with craft in any medium – painting, sculpture, cloth, film, drawing, etc. are also encouraged to apply.


In the academic years 2023-25, the WSRC will be hosting an esteemed Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar, Imperiled Bodies: Slavery, Colonialism, Citizenship, and the Logics of Gender-Based Violence, led by Professors Anita Hill and Harleen Singh, which will explore the abiding fiction that gendered violence is a natural and inevitable facet of the family, state, and nation. It will investigate the logics and mechanisms by which violence is woven into the ordinary and the institutional structures of heteropatriarchy, colonialism, imperialism, racism, and capitalism. In this sense, gender-based violence—whether physical or symbolic—is a constitutive act that defines belonging and exclusion. We encourage applicants’ focus and work to reflect this focus of investigation, although the WSRC will accept applications in other areas of women’s and gender studies if space allows.

WSRC Scholars will join a vibrant scholarly community and have the benefits of institutional affiliation with Brandeis University and membership in an academic cohort community.

While Scholars do not receive a stipend, they are eligible to use workspace at the WSRC, access the Brandeis Library, present work-in-progress, join a study group, and apply to be a Scholar Partner to gain funded research support from a Brandeis undergraduate student through the WSRC’s Student-Scholar Partnership Program. The WSRC will offer access to an already existing cohort of active Scholars, as well as a network of Scholar Alumni, and opportunities to attend workshops to enhance research skills.  Mentorship from established Brandeis academics will aid in enhancing the overall experience.

*Please note, WSRC Scholars within the past five years are ineligible to apply to this opportunity.


Scholar Expectations

Incoming Scholars will be expected to have an in-person presence at the Center.  While conducting research with clear objectives and direction, Scholars may be asked to participate in various ways such as giving a presentation or conducting an online conversation.  Artists will have the opportunity to participate in a group show in the WSRC’s Kniznick Gallery.  All Scholars are eligible to be invited to take part in facets of the Mellon Sawyer Seminar, at the Director’s discretion.

Application Materials – to be submitted through online form:

1.      Application form

2.      Two letters of recommendation.  All references must be from professionals from the field in which you are applying and only one may be from a WSRC Scholar.

3.      Curriculum Vitae

4.      Representative sample of the candidate’s work

5.      Statement of proposed goals and objectives for your time, including work on a project that focuses on gendered violence, women’s lives or gender issues.

All applications are reviewed and evaluated by the applications committee, which includes current Scholars and Brandeis faculty members, and are presented to the WSRC Director for discussion and final approval.

Candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. The Brandeis WSRC is committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal opportunities to become scholars are available to applicants from all races, ethnicities, religions, national origins, age groups, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression as well as the differently-abled. Preference given to proposals on minoritized communities and to those that view women and gender in conjunction with race and comparable categories.



Applications due no later than April 21, 2023.  Decisions will be communicated at or around May 8, 2023.


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