CHCI-SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship at JHI, 2021-2022

CHCI-SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Jackman Humanities Institute


The JHI welcomes proposals for a residential fellowship to be held 1 September 2021 – 30 April 2022. Conditions permitting, this is a non-stipendiary fellowship that comes with an office, professional mentoring, administrative support, and membership in the year’s Circle of Fellows.  If we are unable to hold in-person activities for some or all of that year, the fellowship may be held virtually with remote participation. We are seeking a recent Ph.D. graduate who will hold a SSHRC postdoctoral fellowship in 2021-2022, and whose work addresses the annual theme of Pleasure (see below). If this sounds like you, and you’d like to explore the possibility, please send a letter indicating your interest to JHI Director, Alison Keith.  Include as attachments in pdf format: professional CV, outline of proposed project, sample of writing (published article or two dissertation chapters), and email addresses for two referees. For more information about the CHCI-SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowships, see:


JHI Annual Theme 2021-2022: Pleasure

Whether understood as light amusement or passionate pursuit, as pure enjoyment, sensual gratification, bliss or hedonism, pleasure may be the most agreeable motivator. Yet pleasure has been described as “curious and appalling,” one of modern civilization’s most deadly poisons. Through its diverse manifestations – as intellectual satisfaction and the pleasures of knowledge, across studies of media audiences, addiction, virtual sex – when, and how, has pleasure become divorced from ideology, politics, and power? Uneasiness concerning pleasure resonates readily with humanists’ tendencies to formulate our subjects of study as constellations of problems, but is there space in our discourses for unironic joy?