Research Fellow (80446-087)

University of Warwick - Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies

Fixed Term Position: 4 Years.

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies (CIM).

The Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies (CIM) was established in 2012 to foster innovative and experimental forms of knowledge production through a sustained focus on methodology. CIM is dedicated to expanding the role of interdisciplinary methods through new lines of inquiry that cut across disciplinary boundaries, both intellectually and institutionally.

The Project
‘People Like You’ is a 4-year Wellcome Trust-supported Collaborative Project in the Medical Humanities awarded to Professors Sophie Day (Goldsmiths, Anthropology), Celia Lury (Warwick University, Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies) and Helen Ward (Imperial College London, School of Public Health). It aims to establish the cultural significance of new methods for specifying and portraying people precisely across a range of settings: health care and data science (in the Academic Health Science Centre, Imperial College London) and selected practices in digital culture. We will develop an interdisciplinary figural analysis in collaboration with three creative practitioners (poetry, portraiture and digital media) to put the ‘person’ back into personalisation and relate people to the data collected from them and on their behalf.

We aim to contribute to critical medical humanities by investigating an emergent culture of personalisation in the UK, associated concepts of the person and health. We expect to stimulate debate on personalised medicine by showing how it can be understood more fully in relation to other personalising practices and how features shared across this broad field are consequential for our wellbeing. Collaboration is critical to our innovative figural approach, which we will apply to case studies of both top-down and open-ended practices of personalisation in medicine, data science and digital culture. We will also conduct practice-led research to produce additional insight into the role of participation in, and the sense made of, personalisation.

This approach will allow us to investigate individuals' sense of self, agency and identification with others. It will allow us to consider the implications of new techniques for stratifying 'persons' precisely in shaping health outcomes and healthcare priorities.

For informal inquiries or if you have any questions about this post, please contact:
Professor Celia Lury, Director, Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies:

Full details of the duties and selection criteria for this role are found in the vacancy advert on the University of Warwick jobs page. You will be routed to this when you click on the Apply button below.

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