Vacancies

Postdoctoral Researcher on the ‘Emptiness’ Project (2 posts)

School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography, Banbury Road, Oxford

Grade 7: £32,817 – £40,322 p.a.

We are seeking up to two postdoctoral researchers for the European Research Council project “Emptiness: Living Capitalism and Democracy After (Post)Socialism.” The project will study the emptying cities, towns, and villages in Eastern Europe and Russia through the lens of “emptiness” as a concrete historical formation that has emerged in conditions when socialist modernity is gone and promises of capitalist modernity have failed. More specifically, it will: (1) study the experiences and narratives of emptiness and emptying; (2) examine the politics and governance of emptying and emptiness; and (3) use postsocialist “emptying” and “emptiness” as lenses for analysing global reconfigurations of relations between capital, the state, people, and place at a time when capital flows and statecraft are increasingly concentrated in “global cities,” with the rest of urban and non-urban spaces becoming radically disconnected.

If appointed, you will join a research team led by Dr Dace Dzenovska and hosted by the University of Oxford’s School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography and the Centre on Migration, Policy, and Society, Oxford. You will be responsible for developing and carrying out your own original project in Ukraine, Belarus, or Russia (other locations in the former socialist world may be considered) within the analytical frame of the project. You will undertake collaborative work with other team members, contribute to the refinement of the analytical frame, develop methodology, participate in cross-field visits, and produce outputs in the form of conference presentations, web material, journal articles, and a chapter for an edited volume. You may have the opportunity to teach in the field and/or in Oxford.

The duration of the fellowship is 3.5 years, starting in January 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.

For further details, including the job description and selection criteria, please click here.

You will be required to upload a CV and supporting statement as part of your online application for this position.

The closing date for applications is 12:00 noon on 23 September 2020.

Vacancy ID: 146862
Closing Date: 23-09-2020
Contact Email: recruit@anthro.ox.ac.uk