Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Politics / University of York Department of Politics / United Kingdom


Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Department: Politics

Based at: University of York – Heslington Campus

Hours of work: Full-time

Contract status: Fixed term

Salary: 32,817 – 33,797 a year

Posted Date: 05/08/2020

Apply by: 05/09/2020

Job Reference: 8752

Role DescriptionThe University of York wishes to appoint a 2-year Postdoctoral Fellowship, generously funded by the Leverhulme Trust as part of its Research Leadership Award (2016) to Dr. Timothy Stanton for his project Rethinking Civil Society: History, Theory, Critique. The successful applicant will join a team of eight doctoral and postdoctoral researchers working on this five-year project, which explores the origins and development of ideas of ‘civil society’ in Western political thought since Aristotle. Its several research streams chart in closer detail the processes of linguistic and conceptual change through which the meaning of civil society shifts in its sense and reference, against the highly particular institutional and cultural backgrounds in which the abstract term collides with lived reality, whether in Renaissance Florence, post-Reformation Europe, Restoration England, Weimar Germany, or in contemporary Turkey and India.The post holder will be required to:• Conduct research and contribute to the production of research on the meaning and history of civil society in Western political thought.
• Contribute to a scholarly publication of texts relating to the understanding of civil society in English/English translation.
• Translate and provide informed scholarly commentary upon texts in the political Aristotelian tradition
• Contribute to a collaborative research project on civil society.
• Analyse research results and disseminate the conclusions of your research through academic publications and by other means as required.
• Where appropriate, assist with undergraduate teaching.
This Fellowship is available to outstanding candidates seeking to conduct research on competing ideas of civil society in the period c.1580-1680, with special emphasis on attempts to uphold an Aristotelian conception of politics in the face of the rise of the modern sovereign state. The successful candidate will possess the intellectual and practical skills needed to select and where necessary translate, annotate, contextualise, and prepare a range of relevant texts for print publication within a Reader or Anthology, and to use these texts to fertilize additional academic publications. They will have a first degree in history, politics, philosophy or a related discipline, and a PhD in intellectual history, the history of political thought or philosophy or similar. They will demonstrate extensive knowledge of intellectual history/the history of political thought and of different research techniques and methodologies. They will be able to demonstrate an interest in interdisciplinary approaches drawing on insights from across the humanities, the language skills needed to read and translate early modern Latin texts into English, and the ability to write up research work for academic publication in respected journals and/or by university presses. Some familiarity with the German scholarship on the political Aristotelians is desirable.Applications should be made via the e-recruiter online application system.The post is available for 2 years on a full time basis. Potential applications are encouraged to contact the project leader, Tim Stanton ([email protected]), or its administrator, Julia Smith ([email protected]) for informal discussion or further information. The closing date for applications is 5 September 2020. Interviews are expected to be held in the week commencing 21 September after that by Zoom.The University is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community  – a place where we can all be ourselves and succeed on merit. We offer a range of family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements, staff engagement forums, campus facilities and services to support staff from different backgrounds.A place where we can ALL be ourselves #EqualityatYork


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