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Mellon-Sawyer Graduate Research Assistantship
in the Program in Early Cultures

Brown University, Providence, RI

The Program in Early Cultures at Brown University (PEC) invites applications from current Brown University doctoral students for two Graduate Research Assistants for AY 2013-2014 to support participation in a Mellon-Sawyer Seminar, “Animal Magnetism: The Emotional Ecology of Animals and Humans.”

The Seminar addresses the emotional, symbolic, and social dimensions of past human relations with animals.  Three themes inform the seminar—animals as symbolic resources for the human imagination, the emotional bond between humans and animals, and the nature of such bonds as extensions and complications of human society.  The applicants’ specific research and teaching interests, geographical and temporal specializations and areas of expertise are left open, but should be pertinent to the themes of the Seminar.

The successful candidates will undertake research, teaching, and educational activities that will support their own academic development and engage with the Sawyer Seminar in various appropriate capacities, potentially including acting as Teaching Assistant for a related class, helping to organize discussions or conferences, or producing project studies and reports.  The specific duties for each Research Assistant will be agreed upon based on that individual’s interests and strengths.

This opportunity offers qualified Brown doctoral students a stipend of $25,000 for the 9-month academic year (Fall and Spring semesters), in addition to standard Graduate School support for tuition and health insurance.  Applications from doctoral students who will be entering their second through sixth years in AY 2013-2014 are welcomed.

All applicants should submit a letter of application and curriculum vitae by March 26, 2013.

Application materials must be submitted to:

Professors Susan E. Alcock, John Bodel, and Stephen Houston
Program in Early Cultures
Brown University 
Box 1837, Rhode Island Hall, 60 George Street
Providence, RI 02912