So. Apparently my critique of a “non-stipendiary residency” is going to bring about the end of feminism and ruin the dreams of a bunch of self-funded Sri Lankan geniuses if I don’t clarify a few things.
I’ve gotten several angry slash plaintive messages and comments from folks either affiliated with that five college feminist research center or sympathetic to it, basically saying that if I keep pressing this conversation they’re going to get shut down, and then that’s a huge loss for the feminists (such as myself), etc etc etc. Listen. I don’t want to ruin anyone’s dreams, and if your dream is to fund yourself into a courtesy appointment at a consortium of dripping-wealthy little colleges then please, for the love of the Goddess, follow that dream.
All I ask is that in the future, this “research associateship” be advertised closer to what it is. The people who’ve yelled at me have said, “This is obviously for international scholars! This is for people on sabbatical!” as if I should have known that magically from the following paragraphs:
Located in an area with one of the largest concentration of scholars dedicated to feminist scholarship and teaching in the world, the Center encourages engaged, critical feminist scholarship from diverse perspectives. During the period of appointment, all Associates are expected to be in residence in the Five College area, to attend weekly seminars, lead one public colloquium, and to collaborate with colleagues based at one or more of the Five College institutions. While at the Center, Associates are provided with an office at the Center and have access to Five College archival and other library resources. This is a non-stipendiary residency. Travel, housing and living expenses are the responsibility of the Associate.
Number of times “international scholars who just need a visa” or “people on sabbatical” are mentioned; zero.
We welcome applications from colleagues worldwide for 2015-2016 Associateships in one of three categories:
International scholars vaguely alluded to here; I’d consider making that more explicit. Also here I’d make more explicit you are looking exclusively for people who already have money.
Research Associateship: Colleagues with faculty status at institutions of higher learning are invited to apply.
This does not say anything about wealthy international scholars from Sri Lanka who just need a visa, oh God do they neeed a visa!!!! It just says any faculty. This leads me to believe the “associateship” is also aimed at unemployed people in the area who are terribly desperate, or people on sabbatical (who could get a courtesy appointment for library privileges with a two-line email, but that’s neither here nor there).
Graduate Associateship in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies: Graduate students at the dissertation stage of their PhD are invited to apply.
Says nothing about international students, and indeed, seems to aim at US-based PhD students who somehow have enough money to relocate for a year. Which, fine, you want to do that and have the means, you do you.
Alumnae Associateship: In the spirit of long-term collaboration between Research Associates and Five College Faculty, this Associateship is awarded to alumnae of the FCWSRC who propose 1) a joint research or teaching project with one or more colleagues located in the Five Colleges to be initiated in 2015-2016 or 2) the continuation of an established research or teaching project in 2015-2016 with one or more colleagues located in the Five Colleges.
Just in case you are missing this — THIS INVOLVES TEACHING FOR FREE. THIS. INVOLVES. TEACHING. FOR. FREE. I repeat: Teaching. For. Free. (if this does pay, it is not specified anywhere in the listing.)
Applicants should complete our online application at http://apply.interfolio.com/27517 which will also require a project proposal (up to three pages in length), curriculum vitae, and contact information for two professional references. Project proposals should include 1) statement about the contribution to and significance of the project or dissertation for research and teaching in women and gender studies, 2) a detailed description of the project or dissertation and timeline, 3) a statement about the contribution and significance of your project or dissertation for research and teaching in women and gender studies and 4) how a stay in the Five Colleges will advance the project or dissertation. Alumnae Associates will be asked to provide the name(s) of their faculty partner(s) in the Five Colleges.
- More direct honesty in the call for applications about the fact that this is, in effect, a glorified courtesy appointment.
- Something that both abides by HR rules and yet signals to readers that this is primarily intended to grant visas to people who would ordinarily not be able to get one, if indeed that is what it’s for.
- The removal of the teaching one because that’s unacceptable.
- Changing the application process to a one-page direct email where the potential “associate” lays out her bona fides and the bare bones of her project, maybe with a CV attached if they want to get fancy. Leave Interfolio and the $12 it will end up taking out of it.
Any other ideas for how the center can best move forward? I welcome them in the comments! Hooray!
Now back to ruining lives.
OH ALSO, speaking of “ruining lives,” by which I mean “jeopardizing the all-expense-paid trips to MLA of a bunch of shitbags who are too irrelevant to give papers and thus need to be running an active search to qualify for travel funds and that’s why they insist on interviewing at MLA even though the MLA itself wishes they wouldn’t,” please please please continue to fill out my MLA Cost Project Survey. It takes 2 minutes and it’s ANONYMOUS!!!