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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 PDRA will contribute to the work package 'British colonial science and agriculture' which covers the British agricultural and scientific revolutions in the context of the empire and global imperial politics (16th to early 20th centuries).

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: global or world history, colonial history, history of world agriculture(s), science and technology studies (including history and sociology of knowledge, science, and technology), global historical sociology, economic history.

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. S/he will also contribute to the project's outputs and dissemination efforts, through individual and collaborative papers, conference presentations, blogposts, and podcasts, and through gloknos's events and dissemination channels. Fluency in English is essential; proficiency in at least one language other than English of relevance to the work package is desirable.

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

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years. Funds for this project are available until 31 August 2022.

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The closing date for applications is 1 July 2018. Interviews are planned on Wednesday 18 July 2018. If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please contact

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