Two Postdoctoral Fellowship Positions (South Asia, Southeast Asia)
Two postdoctoral fellowship positions are available as part of the PSL (Paris Sciences et Lettres University) research project entitled AutoritAs. They will be administered by the CNRS.
The Autoritas project
Modes of Authority and Aesthetic conducts from South to Southeast Asia
Art, in its material and immaterial manifestations, often serves the legitimation of authority, whether that authority is political, religious or of some other kind. From South Asia to Insulindia, aesthetic forms of expression, be they graphic, visual, musical, choreographic, theatrical, narrative (or most often combinations of these elements), contribute to the establishment of various types of legitimacy. Over time, they have undergone multiple processes of circulation, valorization, devalorization, prohibition, reinvention, re-appropriation, emulation. Sometimes censored, they have also elicited forms of resistance and opposition. The project calls on several different social science fields to think through the link between aesthetic phenomena and authority from South Asia to peninsular and insular Southeast Asia.
Pay: approx. 2,000 €/month
Length: 10 months (Sept. 2016-June 2017)
Anthropology, Ethnomusicology, History, Archaeology
From a scholarly point of view, the candidates will use fieldwork materials to elaborate a research contribution aimed at understanding the complexity of the link between aesthetics and modes of authority in a South Asian or Southeast Asian country. This research can be in the following fields: history, anthropology, archaeology, epigraphy.
The two young scholars will need to contribute to the overall project by helping with the organization of the 2017 international conference and of workshops. They will assist the project heads by taking care of research administration duties and by tracking project deliverables.
The candidates must hold a PhD in the social sciences, preferably in anthropology, ethnomusicology or history. This diploma must have been obtained less than 5 years ago. They must have a solid grasp of one vernacular language from a South or Southeast Asian country. Perfect fluency in French and English is desirable. They must have a fair amount of experience in research administration and a great sense of teamwork.
Postdoctoral contract details
The candidates will be assigned to and hosted by the Centre Asie du Sud-Est (CASE, Paris, CNRS/EHESS) and the Centre d’Etudes de l’Inde et de l’Asie du Sud (CEIAS, Paris, CNRS/EHESS) respectively. In addition to their research duties, they will be expected to help with the preparation of the 2017 conference. Their scholarly integration will be facilitated by the project heads. They will conduct research, which will be funded in part from the overall project budget. Their salary will be approximately 2,000 euros net per month for 10 months.