Each academic year the Center appoints six CUNY faculty fellows and six CUNY doctoral student fellows from throughout CUNY. Fellows are drawn from doctoral programs in the social sciences, humanities, and sciences. Faculty fellows receive a two course release for the year of their fellowship (to be distributed across the fall and spring semesters at the discretion of their department), and Graduate fellows receive a stipend of $10,000. ONLY full-time CUNY faculty are eligible for faculty fellowships, and ONLY Level III CUNY doctoral students are eligible for Graduate Fellowships. You can read abstracts of past fellows’ research here.  Deadlines for this fellowships are announced below once they are determined.

The Center also offers a Post-Doctoral Fellowship position every one to two years (see below). Information on becoming a Visiting Scholar at the Center can be found here.


Seminar Theme 2016-2017

Consciousness and Revolution 

The place of consciousness in radical theory and practice is a subject of significant dispute. Marx believed that much of what we construe as consciousness is “false,” a rationalization or an ideological reflex that stands between people and the “true material needs” of their life processes. A material understanding of social being would facilitate a consciousness directed at those needs, rather than through prescriptions bound by crass appropriation and exploitation. Revolution itself would be the realization of authentic consciousness over and above the claims of false necessity, and social being would determine the forms of such transformation. Are consciousness and revolution mediated in the same ways today? Does revolutionary desire remain politically unconscious? Or have concepts of revolution themselves been transformed so that, if the conditions of social being continue to be powerfully productive, the question of consciousness pivots on different axes? The 2016-17 CPCP seminar invites applicants to examine questions of consciousness and revolution from a wide variety of interdisciplinary approaches. What are the scales of revolution for activists and scholars? Is consciousness a problem of history more than psychology? Are new methodologies in themselves revolutionary? Does social (media) being determine consciousness? The seminar will explore the possible parameters of revolutionary thought and action and the production of knowledge between them. If consciousness and revolution have long histories what are their present contingencies and new vocabularies? How can they be imagined, created?

Visit this page for information about the 2014-2015 seminar theme.


CPCP Post-Doctoral Fellowship Application 2016-2017

As a Post-Doctoral Fellow, conducts research, teaches at undergraduate and/or graduate levels, contributing to academic programs in a specialized discipline.  This is a non-tenure track position of limited duration.

The Graduate Center (GC) defines the standard of contemporary graduate education: rigorous academic training and globally significant research. lt is recognized for outstanding scholarship across the humanities, sciences, and social sciences, and is integral to the intellectual and cultural vitality of New York City. Through its extensive public programs, The Graduate Center hosts a wide range of events, lectures, conferences, book discussions, art exhibits, concerts, and dance and theater that enrich and inform

The Center for Place, Culture and Politics at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY) announces a post-doctoral position for academic year 2016-2017, with the possibility of renewal for a second year. The Center seeks applicants who work on issues related to the theme, Consciousness and Revolution, in the context of a general concern for understanding processes of uneven geographical development at different scales.

The Center, established in 2000, is interdisciplinary and strives to provide an intellectual forum for the discussion of a wide range of vital contemporary issues. Each academic year, faculty and graduate student fellows from different disciplines explore a specific theme at the Center through a weekly seminar. The Center also hosts prominent national and international scholars and activists who have done significant work related to the theme and invites distinguished outside lecturers to present their work.  Over the past several years the Center has sought to work more closely with social movements in New York City and beyond on the theme of The Right to the City and other contemporary urgencies.

The role of the post-doctoral fellow is integral to the yearly running of the Center. In addition to conducting their own research, the post-doc will be expected to attend and contribute to the weekly seminar at the Center. Duties will also include active involvement with other Center initiatives, such as organizing conferences and symposia, and liaising with community organizations and scholars. During the year the fellow may be invited to offer a graduate level course on a topic of their own choosing. The incumbent will share responsibility for committee and department assignments, performing administrative, supervisory, and other functions as may be assigned. Visiting faculty are individuals with a primary commitment to another accredited college or university who possess advanced scholarship or professional achievement.The incumbent will report to the Director of Center for Place, Culture and Politics.


Ph.D. degree in area(s) of experience or equivalent.  Also required are the ability to teach successfully, demonstrated scholarship or achievement, and ability to cooperate with others for the good of the institution.

Candidates should have their doctoral dissertations in hand and must have completed their dissertations within five years of taking up the Fellowship.


CUNY offers faculty a competitive compensation and benefits package covering health insurance, pension and retirement benefits, paid parental leave, and savings programs.  We also provide mentoring and support for research, scholarship, and publication as part of our commitment to ongoing faculty professional development.


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Candidates should upload a cover letter, CV/resume and statement of scholarly interests along with contact information for three (3) professional references (name, title, and organization) by the closing date.


January 2, 2016


CUNY Job Posting: Faculty


We are committed to enhancing our diverse academic community by actively encouraging people with disabilities, minorities, veterans, and women to apply.  We take pride in our pluralistic community and continue to seek excellence through diversity and inclusion. EO/AA Employer.



Doctoral Students must apply using the Graduate Center Provost’s Office Dissertation Fellowships and Awards Application. Please adhere to the guidelines detailed by the Provost’s Office.  Note that this application is not sent directly to the Center for Place, Culture and Politics.  ***Questions about the Doctoral Student Fellowship should be directed to Rachel Sponzo at rsponzo@gc.cuny.edu, or 212-817-7282.

The application guidelines, cover sheet, and a list of frequently asked questions can be found on the Provost’s Office website, http://www.gc.cuny.edu/CUNY_GC/media/CUNY-Graduate-Center/PDF/Provost/Fellowships/2016-17-GC-Dissertation-Fellowship-Application.pdf?ext=.pdf.  Your GC login and password are needed to access these materials.

Please be aware that the recommendation letter from your adviser must also be received by Wednesday, January 13, 2016, by 12 PM.  As a reminder, please submit your cover sheet, proposal, cv, and transcript as a single document.

Students should include a brief “statement of applicability” in their application file/materials. In this statement, please highlight the connection between your research and the theme. It should be 1 page or less in length.

The application materials should be assembled AS A SINGLE DOCUMENT in pdf or word format in the following order:

a.       Application cover sheet
b.      Statement of applicability responding to Center for Place, Culture and Politics
c.      9-page project description
d.      1-page bibliography
e.      2-page CV
f.      Graduate Center Transcript (unofficial student copy is sufficient)

One letter of reference to be submitted electronically by your adviser (see instructions page).




The deadline for applications is Wednesday January 27th, 2016, by midnight. Your emailed application must be received on or before this date to be considered.


A completed Faculty Fellow Application is comprised of four parts:

  • Completed faculty application form 2016 that includes the signature of the program Executive Officer for faculty with GSUC appointments or of Department chairs for non-GSUC appointments.
  • 150 words abstract
  • Project description (maximum 1550 words)
  • A current shot CV (maximum 5 pages)

Submission guidelines:

Submit completed application by e-mail as a PDF attachment (including the signed application form) to pcp@gc.cuny.edu. Title email as: “FACULTY FELLOWSHIP APPLICATION”. The application deadline is midnight January 27th, 2016

Inquiries can be sent to pcp@gc.cuny.edu


In addition to our fellows, the CPCP also has limited space for visiting scholars. For more information on how to apply, please see http://pcp.gc.cuny.edu/information-for-visiting-scholars/