Sessional Lecturer in Australian Studies

Sydney (Suburb), New South Wales (AU)
17 Nov 2022
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Sessional Lecturer in Australian Studies
Academic Discipline
Arts & Humanities, Social Sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term


NYU Sydney is seeking a lecturer to teach the course 'Texts and Ideas' to undergraduate students during the NYU semester of February-May 2023. 

This course is a central part of New York University’s College Core Curriculum. Texts and Ideas courses introduce students to humanistic inquiry based on critical engagement with a range of original texts that have expressed ideas that remain both vital and contested in the contemporary world. They invite students to question hierarchies of value imposed on these texts, and to re-examine their own assumptions about and relationships with fundamental concepts. While diverse in content, Texts and Ideas courses share common goals: to help students think broadly, deeply, and critically about received discourses; to prepare them for lives  as thoughtful and engaged citizens; and to equip them to respond to the dynamic circumstances they encounter in their lives. For more information on the NYU College Core Curriculum and Texts and Ideas, please see the NYU College Core Curriculum website.

Responsibilities of the instructor include preparing and leading the weekly class sessions, course coordination, writing assignments, and grading. Lecturers are paid at competitive casual academic rates aligned with local enterprise agreements. In addition to their teaching duties, they will be paid to attend periodic meetings and training, including an induction meeting during the orientation week prior to the start of the semester.

Classes take place at the University of Sydney's Camperdown/Darlington Campus.

Course Description

Texts and Ideas:  Making Place and Country explores how different approaches to, and practices associated with ideas of place have impacted not only physical spaces but also our worldviews. We consider how laws, norms, and rituals have influenced how we define ourselves, belong, remember others, and imagine our futures. The focus is on the evolving production and circulation of relationships to place in Australia. Through close study of primary texts—including ancient, early modern, modern, and contemporary texts from Europe, Australia, and a variety of other locations—we grapple with fundamental ideas about property, possession, place-making and belonging, land and ocean management, and the relationships between human and non-human natures, across scales from the cosmological to the embodied. We consider how different groups have come to know and manage this continent—through mapping, writing, art, exploration, and dwelling– and how they have sought to care for it and make it productive. 

We consider ongoing challenges since first encounters between settlers and Indigenous people in Australia, how Europeans sought to assimilate what they encountered with what they knew, how Indigenous Australians continue to challenge settler assumptions, and how we might learn to reconcile ideas about the custodianship of Australia into the future. The concept of country, a lodestone in Indigenous Australian cultures, which captures not just the physical space itself but also spiritual and emotional connections to it, embodied, for example, in the Dreaming and the contemporary land rights movement, is a central focus. We also explore the concepts of country that colonisation brought to Australia—based in Christianity, property laws, ideas associated with pastoral productivity, as well as legal concepts and practices of possession, territoriality, and settler-colonial sovereignty. We consider how these concepts are connected with conceptualisations of otherness, notions of what it is to be civilised, of what it is to be human, of human relations to and responsibilities for others including the environment.

A sample syllabus is available on the NYU Sydney website.

About NYU and NYU Sydney

Founded in 1831, New York University is the largest private university in the United States. The University has degree-granting campuses in New York, Abu Dhabi, and Shanghai and operates 11 global academic centers and research programs in more than 25 countries. New York University sends more students to study abroad than any other U.S. college or university. Since opening in 2012, NYU Sydney has run an undergraduate study away program of exceptional quality with teaching strengths across the curriculum.  Our lecturers, drawn from local universities, have a strong track record in teaching and research. To learn more about our program, please visit NYU Sydney

NYU's Global Programs is committed to being a welcoming campus community that reflects and enacts the values of inclusion, diversity, belonging, equity, and accessibility that inform academic excellence. Employees in this organization are expected to contribute to diverse, equitable, inclusive, and accessible learning and working environments for our students, staff, and faculty.


Applicants must be based in Sydney, and should hold a doctorate in history, anthropology, archeology, classics, cultural studies, Australian studies, indigenous studies, or a related field, have demonstrative competence in postcolonial studies, and have demonstrated experience teaching university students at the undergraduate level.

Application Instructions

Applications must include a CV and a letter of interest outlining their suitability to teach this particular class. 

All applications must be made online through Interfolio ByCommittee at 

If you are new to using Interfolio Faculty Search you may find the following guide useful: Job Applicant's Guide to Interfolio Faculty Search.

Please direct any questions to Megan Carrigy, Associate Director for Academic Programs at NYU Sydney via email:

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