Assistant or Associate Professor of Comparative Literature

The Comparative Literature Program at the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies (DI) in Qatar invites applications for a position at the Assistant or Associate Professor level in Comparative Literature to begin at the start of the Spring term 2021 or the 2021 academic year, August 2021.

Founded in 2015, DI is a non-profit and independent institute. Arabic is the official language of instruction, but in the Program of Comparative Literature the language of instruction alternates between Arabic and English. The institute offers excellent remunerative packages including competitive salaries, housing and other benefits.

The Comparative Literature Program at the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies is a pioneering program in the region, aiming uniquely to engage with the emergent approaches of the New Comparative Literature and key recent debates in the discipline. In this respect, the Program focuses on recent crucial reflections on the discipline's historical formations, and the methodological challenges of working across languages and traditions. Expertise and perspectives from non-European literary, aesthetic and critical traditions are integral to this approach.

With its critical humanist and interdisciplinary thrust, and through its uniquely designed core and elective courses, the Program aims to train a new generation of comparative literature scholars, who will be able to situate themselves in the discipline at large as a new type of Arabist and comparative literary theorist.

The candidate must have a PhD in Comparative Literature from a recognized Program or Department of Comparative Literature. Preference will be given to female candidates with specializations in literary theory, approaches to World Literature and the new comparative literature, and with demonstrable expertise in Arabic literature and an Asian, African or Latin American literature. The candidate will be expected to participate in the teaching of the Program's core theory courses and electives, and in the Interdisciplinary Curriculum in the School of Social Sciences and Humanities.

Candidates should show evidence of research excellence and a commitment towards quality teaching at the graduate level. Please note that the Ph.D. requirement must have been fulfilled by September 1, 2021.

The Comparative Literature Program at the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies welcomes applications from all qualified candidates. Female candidates in particular are encouraged to apply.

Applications must be sent electronically in a single PDF file. Applications should include: 

(1) a letter of application; (2) a curriculum vita; (3) a teaching portfolio that contains a statement of teaching philosophy and evidence of teaching effectiveness; (4) a research statement; (5) Two samples of peer reviewed publications; (6) names and contacts of three referees who will be contacted for letters of reference should the candidate be long-listed.

To apply, please submit your application by November 30, 2020.

For informal further queries, please contact the program assistant Noura al-Okka at


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