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Junior Research Fellowship in Representation 2019 - 2023

King's College, Cambridge - Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Location: Cambridge
Salary: Not Specified
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 9th August 2018
Closes: 6th September 2018

King’s College Cambridge invites applications for a four-year Junior Research Fellowship from those who are completing or have recently completed a doctorate and who intend to pursue a research project on some aspect of the study of representation.

The issue of representation is ubiquitous. It concerns how the world and all that is in it is and has been represented in art and literature; how systems of representation in politics, law, etc. do their job; how academic studies make their choices of what is representative evidence to answer their questions; whether music in any way represents the world. Whatever form of expression is chosen, whether it is by words, pictures, sounds or actions, the question of how that form of expression relates to the material about which it makes its statements is a pressing one. Yet that question is widely neglected. On what grounds does one thing or person ‘stand for’ another thing or person? Little enough concern is expressed about how members of parliament perform their role in a representative democracy, and even less about how historians represent the people of the past. Beyond formal political institutions – e.g. in context of (social) media and public discourse – who gets to speak ‘for’ whom? Within social sciences, tests for statistical significance stand in place of considerations of whether what is quantified itself adequately represents the behaviour of the group being investigated. While much discussion in the visual arts has concerned how the process of mimesis might work, very much less consideration has been given to the different ways in which different mimetic conventions represent the world differently. What might be the consequences and significance – in art, in theory, in political systems – of not being represented or of not being represented in a particular way?

The ideal candidate for this Junior Research Fellowship will have a strong background in one or more disciplines within the arts, humanities, or social sciences and have completed an outstanding doctoral thesis. It is not a requirement that the candidate’s doctoral studies or the work that they submit in support of their application should have highlighted issues of representation, but candidates will be expected to show in their applications both how their future work relates to the work that they have already done, and that they are able to situate their proposed project in relation to the issue of representation. The successful candidate will be expected to engage broadly with the whole college community and to organise academic activities in the form of seminars/workshops/conferences (for which the College will provide modest funding).

A Junior Research Fellowship is a postdoctoral position tenable for up to 4 years. Applications are welcome from graduates of any university. Candidates will usually have completed their PhD, and must not have undertaken more than 2 years of postdoctoral work by 1st October 2019 (i.e. your PhD cannot have been granted before 30th September 2017).

The closing date for applications is 9 a.m. on Thursday, 6th September 2018.

Full details, including the method of application, are given on the King's College website

King’s College follows an equal opportunities policy

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