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July 6, 2014

Go, Apply: Bart Beaty Offering Two-Year Postdoctoral Fellowship In Comics Studies

Bart Beaty, the noteworthy writer and comics-interested academic, has posted the following with the hopes that it might lead to the strongest possible candidate field.
Postdoctoral Fellowship in Comics Studies under the supervision of Dr. Bart Beaty, The University of Calgary -- $50,000 (Canadian dollars) per year

I am currently recruiting a candidate for an Eyes High Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the University of Calgary. The ideal candidate will have a completed PhD in any discipline with a focus on on the study of comics and will be interested in pursuing an ongoing research project in this field under my supervision. The position must commence between October 1 2014 to March 1 2015. Remuneration will be $50,000 Canadian per year for up to two years (total $100,000). As this is a research position, there is no teaching expectation attached to the Fellowship, although the Fellow may be able to secure adjunct teaching at the University. Any teaching would be a paid position in addition to the Fellowship.

The successful candidate will join a research intensive faculty in one of the most dynamic and fast-growing cities in North America. The University of Calgary is committed to becoming one of the five most research intensive universities in Canada by its fiftieth anniversary in 2016. The University of Calgary is the top-ranked university under the age of 50 in Canada, and second-ranked in North America. Presently, seven graduate students are pursuing comics-related projects in the Department of English with a number of others engaged in comics-related research in other departments.

Dr. Bart Beaty is Professor of English at the University of Calgary and Convenor of The Canadian Federation of the Humanities and Social Sciences' Annual Congress in 2016. He is the author of several books including Fredric Wertham and Critique of Mass Culture (2005), Canadian Television Today (2006), Unpopular Culture: Transforming the European Comic Book in the 1990s (2007), David Cronenberg's A History of Violence (2008) and Comics Versus Art (2013). He has translated books by Thierry Groensteen (The System of Comics (2007)), Jean-Paul Gabilliet (Of Comics and Men (2010)), and Thierry Smolderen (The Origins of Comics (2014)). He is the editor of the eight volumes of The Salem Critical Survey of Graphic Novels (2012-2013) and the co-editor of The French Comics Theory Reader (2014). His forthcoming books include Twelve-Cent Archie (Rutgers University Press), The Cambridge Companion to Comics (Cambridge University Press), and The Cambridge History of Comics (Cambridge University Press). He is currently at work on a project, funded by a grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, examining intermediality in the artistic practice of comics artists. He is a columnist for The Comics Journal and his writing appears regularly on

Applications, including a complete CV and a two-page research proposal, should be forwarded directly to Dr. Bart Beaty (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) by September 1, 2014.

Please feel free to circulate this announcement to any potentially interested parties.
I don't really have to personally vouch for an institutionally backed, straight-forward opportunity like this one, but of course I do.

Another reason I wanted to run this is because I enjoy looking at Bart's long list of projects. That Unpopular Culture book in particular I think is key reading for anyone wanting to understand comics right now, and I am greatly looking forward to the Twelve-Cent Archie book.
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