Post-doctorat – Visual Representations of the Third Plague Pandemic

European Research Council funded project

Visual Representations of the Third Plague Pandemic

Based at CRASSH

Salary Range: £27,854 – £36,298


Vacancy Reference  VM01734  Deadline: 12pm midday on 21 October 2013


CRASSH (The Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities), with funding provided by the European Research Council, is sponsoring a project entitled Visual Representations of the Third Plague Pandemic. The project, led by Dr Christos Lynteris (PI), will run from 1 October 2013 to 30 September 2018. The project team will consist of three postdoctoral research associates who will work independently and in collaboration with each other and the director of the project. Each of the three posts will be held for 4 years, starting 1 May 2014 to 30 April 2018.


The three posts available (by region) are:


1) South Asia – key areas: India and Pakistan; secondary areas: Myanmar (Burma).


2) Africa – key areas: South Africa, Senegal, Egypt, Madagascar, Algeria; secondary areas: Nigeria, Tunisia


3) North and South America – key areas, Argentina, Brazil, California (USA), Hawaii (USA); secondary areas: Ecuador, Peru, Paraguay, Portugal


Applicants should apply for one of the three posts only. Applications are encouraged with regard to any relevant field of studies, including medical history, visual history, medical anthropology, visual anthropology, visual studies and regional studies. Applicants who can demonstrate experience in a) medical historical/anthropological research on plague; and/or b) medical historical/anthropological research on the visual representation of epidemic disease, are also encouraged to apply regardless of regional research experience for any one of the three posts.


Overall Project Description The project will collect and analyse primarily photographs as well as other visual documents of the third plague pandemic, which broke out in 1855 in Southwest China and raged across the globe until 1959, causing the death of approximately 12 million people. The aim of the project is to engage in a historical and anthropological analysis of this unprecedented global network of epidemiological photography, underlining its role in the negotiation of geopolitical, colonial and biopolitical relations at the turn of the twentieth century. While investigating the visual record of plague in their respective regions, researchers will engage in a collaborative and interdisciplinary analysis of the entangled history of the visual representation of the third plague pandemic, taking as a common analytical ground four different but vitally interlinked aspects of the visual representation of the pandemic: a) the built environment; b) civil disturbance and public order; c) death, corpses and burial; d) race, class and discrimination.


Job Description Each of the three postdoctoral research associates will cover one regional cluster afflicted by the third plague pandemic. Applicants should apply for one of the three posts. Each research associate will be expected to conduct research on the visual representations of the third plague pandemic in the appointed region through an examination of relevant published and archival sources. In collaboration with Dr Lynteris, each research associate will organise a workshop exploring one of the key themes of the project. All research associates are expected to participate in weekly work-in-progress seminars relating to the project and to provide the PI with regular work reports. An annual research allowance per research associate will be made available.

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