Evasion Lab

Call for 2023-2024 Sawyer Seminar Postdoctoral Scholar

Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and housed by the Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies at the University of Toronto, this Sawyer Seminar is committed to thinking the underside of surveillance. Directed by Professors Kevin Lewis O’Neill and Kamari Clarke, this Seminar focuses on the themes of data, law, and finance—to consider how institutions and individuals (for better, for worse) make themselves illegible and thus ungovernable. We gather scholars, writers, artists, and activists in order to amplify their work through fellowships, forums, and public events.

Postdoctoral Scholar Details

The Mellon Sawyer postdoctoral scholar position is a twelve-month appointment and includes salary, health benefits, and a modest research budget. The start date of the appointment is July 1, 2023. The employee will be hosted by the Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies. They will be expected to be in residence at the University of Toronto, to participate in all aspects of the Sawyer Seminar, and to develop their own scholarship through the format of the seminar. Commensurate with qualifications and experience, initial annual salary is $65,000 CAD.

How to Apply

Applications are accepted via email to Kevin Lewis O’Neill at kevin.oneill@utoronto.ca. The materials include a letter of application, curriculum vitae, statement of contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion, statement of research, and writing sample. All documents and materials must be submitted as PDFs. Full consideration will be given to applications completed by May 15, 2023.

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies, and the Evasion Lab is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons/persons of colour, women, Indigenous/Aboriginal People of the Americas, persons with disabilities, LGBTQQIP2SAA persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

Evasion Lab

The Evasion Lab is a research collective committed to thinking the underside of surveillance.