Stories of Fire Ph.D. Fellowship Call
The Confluence Lab is excited to announce a Ph.D. fellowship starting August 2022 at the University of Idaho. The fellowship is a part of the Just Futures Initiative, an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation-funded collaboration between the University of Idaho, the University of Oregon, and Whitman College. The fellow will work toward a Ph.D. in Environmental Science while supporting the Stories of Fire: A Pacific Northwest Climate Justice Atlas project and be supervised by Associate Professor Erin James at the University of Idaho. The fellowship provides $31,319 of funding per year for two years, which covers a graduate stipend and tuition benefits, with the likelihood of other funding for additional years of study.
The Confluence Lab incubates and implements creative interdisciplinary research projects that bring together scholars in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences, and community members, to engage environmental issues in the state of Idaho. Our primary goal is to facilitate idea exchange, and our central premise is that the tools of the humanities—especially those related to storytelling, representation, emotions, and communication—can help develop holistic approaches to these issues from the ground up. The Stories of Fire project will create a multimodal, polyvocal atlas that gathers, tracks, and maps stories and images of wildfire in partnership with local communities, especially those that foreground connections between fire, social/environmental justice, and traditionally underrepresented rural voices. The project explores pyrogeographies of the PNW by gathering and amplifying stories about our changing region that bridge history and speculative futures and link the origins and effects of the physical and social fires in our region. Collaborations with community partners will explore what lines fire are crossing in PNW communities through interactive storytelling and memory based mapping workshops. Our in-residence fellow, creative writer Leah Hampton, will help write the narrative backbone of the atlas, and our team will grow to include an artist-in-residence in year three of the project.
- Relevant Master’s-level degree
- Interest in narrative geography, critical cartography, deep mapping, and/or data visualization of social and environmental justice issues in rural communities
- Possible secondary interests in community counseling in disasters/trauma, community informatics, and/or rural sociology/geography
Please send a single pdf attachment (file name formatted as lastname_firstname_date.pdf) to firstname.lastname@example.org, containing:
- a cover letter;
- copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts (unofficial is ok);
- a 10-15 page writing sample or published paper; and
- contact information for three references.
Please use the subject header “Stories of Fire Ph.D. Fellow Application.” Review of applications will begin February 4 and continue until a suitable candidate is chosen.