Hunt-Simes Visiting Chair of Sexuality Studies

The University of Sydney

Job Description

  • Exciting opportunity to collaborate with University of Sydney researchers
  • Help advance landmark research in the humanities and social sciences
  • Open to professors or persons with equivalent status. International applicants are strongly encouraged

** The professorial fellowships are open to Australian (non-University of Sydney) and international researchers **

About the opportunity

The Sydney Social Sciences and Humanities Advanced Research Centre (SSSHARC) is announcing two professorial fellowships in sexuality studies. The Hunt-Simes Visiting Chair of Sexuality Studies has been established with generous contributions from the Estate of Dr Gary Simes, linguistic historian, bibliographer and University of Sydney graduate.

Fellows must be outstanding researchers of international standing, who will enhance research in humanities and social sciences at the University of Sydney by participating in research-related activities including (1) collaborations with University of Sydney researchers, (2) talks or seminars, public lectures, or if a fellow for a semester, a series of guest lectures or seminars in upper level units of study (including postgraduate research seminars), (3) HDR master classes, and (4) carrying out specific research while in Sydney.

The two professorial fellowships are as follows:

Hunt-Simes Visiting Chair of Sexuality Studies (1 month)

  • One Fellowship is available in semester 1, 2021. A second call will be made in October 2020 for semester 2, 2021.

  • Fellowship supports up to AUD10,000 (pro-rata if less than a month) towards travel, accommodation and expenses while at the University of Sydney. The value awarded will depend on the city of origin and length of tenure.

  • The length of the Fellowship is assumed to be at least one month, but will depend on the applicant’s availability and resources.

Hunt-Simes Visiting Chair of Sexuality Studies (1 semester)

  • One Fellowship is available in either semester 1 or semester 2, 2021.

  • Fellowship supports up to AUD30,000 towards travel, accommodation and expenses while at the University of Sydney.

  • Tenure must be at least 3 months, the substantial period of which must be within semester time. Tenures longer than 3 months are possible, but the payment remains the same.

Selection Criteria for the Hunt-Simes professorial fellows (1 month and 1 semester)

The applicant’s proposed program of work should be in line with SSSHARC’s mission to advance landmark research in the humanities and social sciences. Our work has three defining properties: motivation, depth and clarity.

  • We are motivated by problems, and the goal of solving them using Humanities and Social Sciences concepts and methods.

  • We tap into a degree of intellectual depth that is unique to the long history of Humanities and Social Sciences research at the University of Sydney.

  • We are committed to clarity in the conduct and communication of research as a means to ensure the efficacy of our work.

SSSHARC’s research culture fuses relevance with rigour, approaching difficult questions with creativity, intensity, and quickness.

Successful applications will be selected by SSSHARC Director Professor Nick Enfield in consultation with members of the Selection Committee and other expert colleagues as required.

The key criteria that the committee will consider is the:

  • degree to which the applicant is an outstanding researcher of international standing in the area broadly defined as Sexuality Studies and including LGBTQI studies, queer studies, trans studies and their cognate fields

  • degree to which the applicant will enhance SSSHARC’s global profile

  • degree to which the applicant will enhance research culture in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

  • quality and quantity of anticipated research collaborations and outcomes between University of Sydney researchers and the applicant during the Fellowship

SSSHARC welcomes proposals adding value to the Fellowships through collaborations and co-funding arrangements with multi-disciplinary initiatives and other Sydney University entities (e.g., Office of Global Engagement), where relevant and possible (see www.sydney.edu.au/research/centres).

Eligibility: The two professorial fellowships in sexuality studies are open to professors or persons with equivalent status. International applicants are strongly encouraged.

Timeframe: Fellowships must be taken up and fully spent in the calendar year allocated. In cases where an arranged visit cannot go ahead as planned because of disruptions to international travel or other unexpected factors, it may be possible to reschedule the visit for a later period subject to consultation.

Duration: If the Fellowship is sought for a period shorter or longer than expected, a clear explanation should be included in the application with the proposed visit time.

Visiting Fellows should be present at the University of Sydney for the duration of the visit. If visits to other institutions occur during the fellowship, they should be communicated to SSSHARC.

Responsibilities: Fellows are invited to be part of the intellectual life of the Faculty. We provide a workspace including computer and printing facilities, and access to library resources. Visiting Fellows are formally ‘hosted’ by a local researcher from a relevant school within the University of Sydney’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. We encourage applicants to identify and approach potential hosts in advance of the proposed Fellowship. The academic host and their department will be the primary point of contact as representative of research within the relevant discipline(s) in the Faculty. A list of induction points will be provided to the fellow once the visit is confirmed.

Budget: The maximum amount the one month Fellowship offers is AUD10,000 and for the one semester Fellowship is AUD30,000. The value awarded will depend on the city of origin and length of tenure.

Visa and Travel Insurance: It is the Visiting Fellow’s responsibility to ensure they have the correct visa and travel insurance required for their stay. The Immigration and Relocation department at the University of Sydney will provide a letter of invitation to successful applicants which may be used for visa purposes.

Post-award: Visiting Fellows are asked to submit a report to the SSSHARC Director outlining their activities and outcomes of their visit. A summary of this report may be published on the SSSHARC website.

Timeline

Call for applications: Thursday, 2 July 2020

Extended deadline for applications: 5pm Friday, 28 August 2020 (AEST)

SSSHARC selection committee announces decisions: Friday, 4 September 2020

Enquiries should be directed to:

Professor Nick EnfieldDirector, Sydney Social Sciences and Humanities Advanced Research Centre

The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, are encouraged.

The University reserves the right not to proceed with any appointment.

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