University of Toronto – Jackman Humanities Institute

Location: OntarioDate posted: 2020-10-28Advertised until: 2020-11-30

Call for Applications
Deadline: 30 November 2020 at 11:59 p.m. EDT


The Jackman Humanities Institute is pleased to invite applications for a postdoctoral fellowship in New Media and Public Humanities, (NMPH) designed to support recent Ph.D. graduates from humanities disciplines who are engaged in new media and/or other journalism initiatives in order to bring humanities research out of the classroom and academic monograph and into discussion in public fora and across multiple media platforms. One NMPH postdoctoral fellow will be selected for a twelve-month residency at the Jackman Humanities Institute.

The Annual Theme for 2021-2022 is 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?

The Fellowship

The NMPH postdoctoral fellow is expected to conduct active research and to propose, write, and publish innovative media projects that take humanities research into the public domain. The postdoctoral fellowship is an award of $54,636 CAD plus benefits. The NMPH postdoctoral fellowship is tenable for one academic year (1 July 2021-30 June 2022), and the holder is expected to be in residence September 2021 to May 2022. As a residential fellow, the New Media and Public Humanities postdoctoral fellow will be provided with an office at the JHI on the 10th floor of the Jackman Humanities Building. The NMPH postdoctoral fellow will be expected to participate in activities with faculty, postdoctoral, graduate and undergraduate fellows, including weekly lunch seminars and occasional other workshops and lectures.

Moving expenses are not provided. The JHI will provide an office, University of Toronto Library access, faculty mentoring, and administrative support. Teaching is not a component of this fellowship, but incumbents may apply for sessional positions in their home disciplines as available.


  • Doctoral degree in humanities, writing, media studies, or journalism completed between 1 July 2012 – 30 June 2021. If you graduated before 1 July 2012, you are not eligible to apply. If you will be enrolled as a full or part-time student during the period of the fellowship, you are not eligible to apply.
  • This position is normally open to Ph.D. graduates who do not hold tenure-track positions.
  • A public media record going back to at least 1 July 2019.
  • Fellowships are open to citizens of all countries. The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from visible minority group members, women, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups, and others who may further expand the range of ideas and perspectives.
  • Doctoral candidates and Ph.D. recipients from the University of Toronto are eligible to apply.
  • The Jackman Humanities Institute interprets “Humanities” as a broad category, including political theory, interpretive social science, music, and the arts.

Selection Criteria

We are seeking individuals whose intellectual scope moves between formal academic research and professional journalism. The JHI is a site for interdisciplinary humanities research conversations, and we are therefore interested in candidates who have a record of publication in non-academic venues as well as an academic background in the humanities or social sciences. Selection will be based upon accomplishment according to career stage, evidence of public media engagement, and the relevance of their interests and media record to the annual theme.


You must have (or create) a registered userID account on the JHI website ( to apply. Click on Calls for Funding to see the description of this fellowship and application procedures. Scroll to the bottom of the description and click on Apply Now! to apply. (Applications will be accepted starting 9 October 2020). You can reach the application directly at

You will be asked to provide the following documents:

  1. A full resumé with demonstrated background in the Humanities that includes a full listing of both academic and non-academic publications and media endeavours.
  2. A project proposal that outlines a media project or series of projects centred on the 2021-2022 annual theme, Pleasure, to be undertaken at the Jackman Humanities Institute (Maximum length 1000 words)
  3. A writing sample (published, non-academic preferred; an academic article or dissertation chapter may be provided if necessary)
  4. (Optional) For online materials such as audio or video files, please provide a pdf file that contains links and brief explanations.

All document files must be saved in .pdf format. The maximum upload size for each application is 8 mb. If your files are too large, you will see an error message. Please reduce the size of your files and try the upload again.

You must complete this application in one sitting; it is not possible to edit or revise once you have saved your application.

You will be asked to provide the names and email addresses of two referees who can provide confidential letters of reference. Your referees will receive an automated request for their letters, which will be due on 7 December 2020. Please ask your referees to watch for our request email.


All applications must be made through the JHI website by 30 November 2020 at 11:59 p.m. (EDT). Faxed, emailed, and paper applications will not be considered.


For questions relating to the scope and expectations of this fellowship, contact Professor Alison Keith, Director, at [email protected] or (416) 978-7415.

For website assistance, contact Kim Yates, Associate Director, at [email protected]