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Research Associate (Fixed Term)

CRASSH has a vacancy for a three-year Postdoctoral Research Associate (PDRA) to work on the five-year (2017-2022) European Research Council funded project The Global as Artefact, led by Dr. Inanna Hamati-Ataya. Approaching the global history of human political organisation as an artefact of our cultural evolution, the project aims to develop an anthropological understanding and theorisation of 'the global' grounded in the deep history of humankind's epistemic development. It takes as a case-study the rise, diffusion, and impact of four major successive global agricultural revolutions of the Neolithic/ancient, medieval, modern, and contemporary eras, and their associated global-political configurations. The postdoctoral research associate will contribute to the work package 'The Green Agricultural Revolution', which covers the major transformation in world agriculture and its effects on ancestral or more recent indigenous knowledges and agrarian socio-economic systems, in the bipolar and multipolar configurations of the post-1945 era.

Duties and Requirements of the Role. The successful applicant will hold a PhD in a relevant area which will have been awarded before the start of the role. Relevant subject areas include but are not limited to: political anthropology, global/world history, colonial history, history of world agriculture, science and technology studies (including history and sociology of knowledge, science, and technology), global sociology, international relations, globalisation studies, political geography, international political economy, political ecology, material cultural studies. As well as designing and completing a thematically related project of their own (40%), the PDRA will be expected to assist the PI in the delivery of this work package (50%) and participate in the research, training, and outreach activities organised by the Centre for Global Knowledge Studies (GloKnoS) (10%). The PDRA will be tasked with data collection through remote, archival, as well as ethnographic work, and data analysis through the delivery of periodic research reports. They will also contribute to the project's outputs and dissemination efforts, through individual and collaborative papers, conference presentations, and blogposts, and through GloKnoS's events and dissemination channels. Fluency in English is essential, and proficiency in at least one language other than English of relevance to the work package (especially Spanish and Portuguese) and, if applicable, to the applicant's independent research project.

The preferred start date is 1 September 2018, but can be deferred to 1 February 2019 at the latest.

Fixed-Term: The funds for this post ends on 31 August 2022 in the first instance.

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The closing date for applications is Friday 9 March 2018. Interviews on 24 April. If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please contact

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