The University of Washington Information School invites applications for a 12-month appointment as a Postdoctoral Scholar to work on a project titled “Developing a Spanish-language Homosaurus: Using Multi-language Linked Data to Enhance LGBTQ Resource Discoverability,” which was recently funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2024. The fellowship may be completed residence in Seattle at the iSchool or as fully or partially remote depending on the preferences of the selected fellow.
The Homosaurus is an international linked data vocabulary of LGBTQ terms that supports improved access to LGBTQ resources within cultural heritage institutions––libraries, archives, and museums––around the world. In collaboration with project PIs Drs. Marika Cifor (UW iSchool) and K.J. Rawson (English and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Northeastern University), the postdoctoral scholar will lead a research and development project that includes a multi-stakeholder collaboration working to enhance and engender access to LGBTQ resources through the development of a Spanish-language Homosaurus. Under the supervision of Dr. Cifor, the Fellow’s work will include: collections-based research in archives and libraries, including site visits; iterative development of Spanish-language content for the vocabulary; coordination with research partners including on vocabulary implementation; and the development and hosting of community events around the project. This position offers an exceptional opportunity to work closely with a rich and diverse array of cultural heritage resources; to develop strong collaborations with library and archives partners and their communities; and to engage in the vibrant research community of the iSchool.
The Postdoctoral Fellow will be expected to pursue their own research agenda as well as actively participate in our team’s collaborative efforts. We seek applicants who bring a dynamic research agenda in queer and/or trans studies. We are particularly interested in scholars of queer and/or trans studies who work on topics related to Latin American, Latinx/e, and Chicanx diasporic communities, territories, bodies, and cultural heritage in the Americas.