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York University is conducting a search for an Indigenous scholar who works on Indigenous futurisms for their anthropology department.

Position Rank: Full Time Tenure Stream – Assistant/Associate Professor

Discipline/Field: Indigenous Futures

Home Faculty: Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

Home Department/Area/Division: Anthropology

Affiliation/Union: YUFA

Position Start Date: July 1, 2019

Department of Anthropology

The Department of Anthropology, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies invites applications for a tenure-track professorial-stream appointment in Indigenous Futures at the Assistant or Associate Professor level, to commence July 1, 2019.

We are seeking a candidate whose research is grounded in decolonial methodologies, including a focus on issues such as resurgence, refusal, or survivance in relation to Indigenous knowledges, lands, territories, land/body relations, and/or urban Indigeneity. An ongoing engagement with Indigenous issues and/or communities in the candidate’s area of research is strongly desired. The area of specialization is open but a grounding in ethnographic research methods is required. The geographical setting of the candidate’s ethnographic research is open. A PhD, or a PhD near completion by the start of the appointment, in Sociocultural Anthropology or an allied discipline such as, but not limited to, Indigenous Studies or Native American Studies is required.

Qualified candidates must demonstrate excellence or the promise of excellence in teaching and in scholarly research and publications appropriate to their stage of career. The candidate must be suitable for appointment to the Faculty of Graduate Studies. The successful candidate will be expected to teach courses in their own areas of expertise as well as core courses at both undergraduate and graduate levels. Pedagogical innovation in high priority areas such as experiential education and technology enhanced learning is preferred. For more information about our undergraduate and graduate programs, please visit our website at

York University acknowledges its presence on the traditional territory of many Indigenous Nations. The area known as Tkaronto has been care taken by the Anishinabek Nation, the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, the Huron-Wendat, and the Métis. It is now home to many Indigenous Peoples. We acknowledge the current treaty holders, the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation. This territory is subject of the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, an agreement to peaceably share and care for the Great Lakes region. York University supports Indigenous research and education through its Indigenous Framework for York University , the Centre for Aboriginal Student Services, the York Aboriginal Council, and Skennen’kó:wa Gamig, or the House of Great Peace, a space for Indigenous faculty, staff, and students. York is committed to fostering understanding of, respect for and connections with Indigenous communities; and the University is working to support the recruitment and success of Indigenous undergraduate and graduate students, the integration of Indigenous cultures, approaches and perspectives into curricular offerings and research, collaboration with indigenous communities, and recruitment and retention of Indigenous faculty and staff.

This selection will be limited to Aboriginal (Indigenous) peoples. York University values diversity and encourages candidates from Aboriginal (Indigenous) communities to self-identify as a member of one or more of the four designated groups: Aboriginal (Indigenous) Peoples, women, visible minorities (members of racialized groups) and persons with disabilities. Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens, Permanent Residents and Indigenous peoples in Canada will be given priority. Applicants wishing to self-identify can do so by downloading, completing and submitting the forms found at: . Please select the “Affirmative Action” tab under which forms pertaining to Citizenship and Affirmative Action can be found.

Applicants should submit a signed cover letter; a curriculum vitae; a statement of teaching philosophy; a core reading list for a graduate and an undergraduate course; and one writing sample of no more than 50 pages. Please email the application package in PDF format with the subject line “Indigenous Futures” to Professor Shubhra Gururani, Chair, Department of Anthropology at The applicant should arrange to have three letters of reference sent to the Chair by email. The letters should arrive by the deadline from referees’ professional email address.

The deadline for receipt of completed applications is November 1, 2018. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. All York University positions are subject to budgetary approval.

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