Call for Applications:
Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Gurmani Centre for Languages and Literature
Lahore University of Management Sciences, Pakistan
Description: This is a nine-month position for candidates with backgrounds in South Asian language and literature interested in doing research in Pakistan. The Fellow would be expected to conduct archival or other research in Pakistan, teach two undergraduate courses in the relevant area of expertise (over one or both semesters), and organize and contribute to academic discussion at the university through talks formal and informal. Candidates should have completed the requirements for a PhD by the start of the fellowship. (Those who have submitted their PhDs, or are about to, can also apply.) While PhDs from any Humanities discipline—History, Comparative Literature, Area Studies, etc—are encouraged to apply, the candidate’s work must closely engage with South Asian languages and literatures. In addition to English, the candidate must also have working knowledge of at least one South Asian language, and those with more languages will be preferred. The fellowship stipend will be 1500 USD per month. Fellows are also entitled to faculty housing on campus and a set of return flights to Lahore. With the living cost in Lahore, this amount can provide for quite comfortable living.
Application: The application package must include a cover letter describing your research interests and relevance to this fellowship, a curriculum vitae, transcripts of all graduate institutions attended, a two-page summary of the PhD thesis, sample syllabi of potential courses, and an exposition of your research project(s) that you plan to pursue at the Gurmani Centre. Please email application files to Kamal A Munir, Dean, Mushtaq Ahmad Gurmani School of Humanities and Social Sciences (MGSHSS) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Gurmani Centre for Languages and Literature at LUMS:
The Gurmani Centre for Languages and Literature (GCLL) at the Lahore University of Management Sciences was initiated by the Gurmani Foundation in April 2010 for the advancement of Arabic, Persian, Urdu and other Pakistani and South Asian languages. The Centre is part of the Mushtaq Ahmad Gurmani School of Humanities and Social Sciences (MGSHSS) and promotes languages and their literatures through teaching, research/publication, and its outreach programme.
The Centre offers courses in Urdu poetry, fiction, creative writing, Iqbal Studies, Persian language and poetry, Pashto, Sindhi, Punjabi, and the Arabic languages. The Centre also offers special courses by visiting or practicing scholars or writers and artists. The Centre has two publications: one annual research journal called Bunyad (in Urdu and English, recognized by the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan) and one student magazine called Numud. The Centre has a research programme that entails editing and publishing of rare classical texts and manuscripts. The first book of the series, Tazkiratunnisa-i Nadiri was published this year (2016). The Centre also promotes interest in literary activity by organizing public talks, lecture series, seminars and workshops. Some popular workshops have been the ones on the Hindi script and the art of calligraphy. An Urdu play by the students of LUMS has also been a regular activity of the Centre for the last four years. Besides, the Centre has organized academic conferences on the occasion of Faiz’s and Manto’s centennials and one on South Asian Literary Traditions in 2014. Seminars on important modern Urdu poets Majid Amjad and Meeraji were also organized as centennial events. The Centre published in 2014, a collection of research articles read in the Manto conference, called Naya Urdu Afsana. In 2015 The Gurmani Centre hosted eminent Urdu writers and scholars such as Shamsur Rahman Farooqi, Meher Afshan Farooqi and Amjad Islam Amjad. A series of events celebrating the tradition of the Punjabi Vaar and the 250th anniversary of Waris Shah’s Heer are also being held this year. In addition, a series of seminars on Iqbal as well as events celebrating the Sufi music heritage of South Asia are regularly organized by the Centre.
Since September 2014, the Gurmani Centre has been hosting the revived Berkeley Urdu Language Program in Pakistan administered jointly by the University of California at Berkeley, the American Institute for Pakistan Studies and GCLL at LUMS.
For more details about the courses, people, and activities of the Centre please visit: https://gcll.lums.edu.pk/
About the Mushtaq Ahmad Gurmani School of Humanities and Social Sciences (MGHSS):
The LUMS Mushtaq Ahmad Gurmani School of Humanities and Social Sciences (MGSHSS) is a small liberal-arts school known for having the strongest department of humanities and social Science in Pakistan. MGSHSS also includes a separate Department of Economics with an undergraduate and a Master’s level graduate programme. Employing a multidisciplinary approach, the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) aims to impart high-quality liberal arts education to its undergraduates. The Department currently offers undergraduate majors in English, History, Anthropology and Sociology, Political Science, and Economics and Politics with additional minors in Psychology and Philosophy. While the school is an undergraduate teaching institution, the faculty at HSS is committed to academic research, and encourages students in the same vein. Exposure to studies and research at the MGSHSS has led many students to join academia and complete PhDs in the Humanities and Social Sciences and many of them hold prominent academic positions worldwide. With forty-eight permanent faculty members, and about fifteen adjuncts, HSS is a small but vibrant academic community. Given its location in Lahore, Pakistan, most of HSS faculty—History, English, Anthropology, Sociology, Political Science - focus their research on South Asia and particularly on Pakistan. This provides various opportunities of interdisciplinary academic collaboration and engagement and thus proves to be a unique and strong network for research and teaching of South Asian languages and literature.
For more information on the school please visit the website: http://mgshss.lums.edu.pk/