PhD positions on “Political Concepts in the World”

Marie Skłodowska-Curie PhD positions at the University of Aberdeen
Deadline: 5 March

The University of Aberdeen, in collaboration with the Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie programme, is delighted to offer 6 Early Stage Researcher (PhD) positions, lasting 3 years starting in September 2019, for ground-breaking research on how political concepts, such as nation, citizenship, civil society and rule of law, are used in the world.

The ESRs will propose and develop their own research projects around the theme of how political concepts have been fostered historically, debated philosophically and politically, fought over by social movements, codified in law, transmitted through education and the media, and lived out in everyday life. We welcome applicants from across the social sciences and humanities, including anthropology, cultural and literary studies, education, history, legal theory and socio-legal studies, philosophy, politics, religious studies, sociology, and theology.

ESRs will complete a PhD with an inter-disciplinary supervisory team and benefit from a world-class training programme, including placements with one or more of our 23 international partners. They will also actively participate in the activities of the Centre for Citizenship, Civil Society and the Rule of Law (CISRUL).

ESRs will be employed by the University on a salary of £26,489.40 per annum, and will be eligible for a range of additional benefits including ample travel and research funding.

Applicants are free to propose their own projects but are invited to consider the following indicative topics, which are detailed in the Further Particulars:

Rule of law and constitutionalism
Sovereignty and the state
Teaching political concepts in post-truth times
The ‘democracy Phoenix’ – are young people changing the meaning of democracy
Digitalising democracy – transforming the concept?
Politics of ‘democracy’
· Traditions of citizenship across Europe and beyond
· The ‘nation’ resurgent?
· ‘We the people’ beyond the nation-state
· Protest, populism and social movements
· Civility and understanding the political
· ‘Radicalisation’, ‘extremism’ and the role of ‘civil society’
· Conceptualizing secularism, post-secularism and religion itself
· The politics of ‘religious pluralism’
· Horizons of the ‘political’

Candidates are required to meet the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Early Stage Researcher eligibility criteria. In particular, at the time of the appointment candidates must have had less than 4 years full-time equivalent research experience and must not have already obtained a PhD.

Additionally, they must not have resided in the UK for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the appointment.

Any appointment will be offered a contract of employment that will be conditional upon satisfactory references, a 12 month probation period, the fulfilment of any conditions specified in the offer of a place on a PhD programme, and confirmation of the right to work in the UK and ability to secure a valid visa, if required, from UK Visas and Immigration.

Deadline is 5th March 2019. Click here for Further Particulars and details of how to apply.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research & Innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No. 754326.

For more info, please contact:

Trevor Stack
Director, Centre for Citizenship, Civil Society and Rule of Law (CISRUL)
Senior Lecturer, Spanish and Latin American Studies
University of Aberdeen

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