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February 13, 2007

Postdoctoral Fellowship on Russia and Islam

Harriman Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship for Research Project on Russia and Islam

The Harriman Institute proposes to award two postdoctoral fellowships for a new research project on the Russian lands and Islam. This project seeks to reconsider the relationship between religion and modernity in Russian history, by highlighting the role played by religious institutions, policies and ideas in the transformation and modernization of the imperial and post-imperial state from 1750 to the present.
Focusing, in particular, on the Russian relationship with Islam it seeks to foster a reappraisal of the geopolitical significance of the long-term Russian interaction – through the Tsarist and Soviet eras – with its southern neighbors, in particular, the Ottoman empire and its successor states, the Caucasus and Central Asia. Candidates with a background in Russian or Ottoman studies, or with other relevant research interests, are invited to apply. The fellowships are for academic year 2007-2008 and will involve, in addition to research, helping to run a workshop and conferences associated with the project.
For more information on the project, please contact Project Director, Professor Mark Mazower: mm2669@columbia.edu

Postdoctoral awards are normally for one academic year, although in some cases the support can be for one semester. They require that the recipient be in residence at Columbia. All fellows have access to the Institute's reading room, archives, lectures, and discussions as well as the resources within the Columbia library system. Although the Institute's space is limited, it does accommodate postdoctoral fellows with desk areas.

Eligibility is restricted to those applicants who have received the Ph.D. within the five years prior to the fellowship period for which they are applying. Candidates must have successfully defended and deposited their dissertations prior to the commencement of the fellowship.


Candidates should send the following materials to the Fellowship Committee, Russia and Islam Research Project, c/o Barbara Singleton, at the address below, by March 15th (fellowships begin the following

1. A research plan outlining how the scholar's time will be spent at the Institute

2. A curriculum vitae

3. A substantial portion of the applicant's dissertation (one or two chapters, or an abstract of the dissertation)

In addition, the applicant should have three letters of recommendation sent to the Fellowship Committee of the Harriman Institute.

Barbara Singleton, Harriman Institute, Columbia University, 420 West 118th Street, New York, New York 10027

Diana Howansky
Staff Associate
Ukrainian Studies Program
Columbia University
Room 1208, MC3345
420 W. 118th Street
New York, NY 10027
(212) 854-4697

Posted by meloches at February 13, 2007 08:26 AM