Visual Voyages: Latin American Nature from Columbus to Darwin: The Huntington Art Collections

TheBeagleLaidAshorePostdoctoral Research Fellowship in Latin American Art and Science

Application deadline: Friday, March 28, 2014 at 5pm

The Huntington Art Collections and Research Division invite applications for an 18-month full-time research fellowship as part of the project “Visual Voyages: Latin American Nature from Columbus to Darwin.” This project, led by Catherine Hess (Chief Curator of European Art at The Huntington) and Daniela Bleichmar (Associate Professor of Art History and History at USC), will explore the ways in which Europeans and Americans envisioned and depicted Latin American nature from the Columbian voyages through the nineteenth century. In this period, nature provided incentives for exploration and settlement, commodities for trade, medicines and specimens for scientific investigation, sources for literary narratives, objects for collections, pigments for art and industry, as well as a constant stream of representations. The texts, images, and objects produced in and about Latin America burst with representations of nature, whether fantastic animals, lavish flora, landscapes of military and spiritual conquest, or specimens to furnish the physical cabinets and mental categories of the natural sciences.
The fellow will work closely with the project leaders conducting primary and secondary research to identify images, objects, and texts on this topic in preparation for a major exhibition to be held at the Huntington in 2017. The fellowship may involve national or international travel to collections. The fellow will have a Ph.D. in art history, history, history of science, or a related humanistic discipline; an expertise in topics directly related to the research project; and fluency in Spanish. The fellowship will begin no later than October, 2014 and last for eighteen months. The yearly stipend is $55,000 without fringe benefits.
Interested candidates should submit a letter of application describing their qualifications for the position including research and/or curatorial experience; a curriculum vitae; a writing sample (not to exceed 50 pages); and the names of three referees to by 5pm on Friday, March 28th. The referees should email their recommendation letters directly to that email address by the deadline. Please submit all of the above information in PDF format. Questions about the position should be directed to Catherine Hess ( and Daniela Bleichmar (

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