The research group Cultural History since 1750 of the University of Leuven seeks to cover many aspects of the cultural landscape of the past, ranging from the history of science and universities, the history of historiography and historical culture, heritage and history education to the development of cultural infrastructure and the history of cultural transfers.
Its members study the development of the humanities and the social sciences, the history of modern laboratory culture and of scientific practices in medical societies, the history of hypnosis, the public function of history education, the history of art patronage, shopping culture and many other cultural-historical topics. They aspire to do so in a broad-minded way, considering the various shapes and meanings of scientific and cultural practices.
The postdoctoral researcher will be involved in two research projects in the cultural history of science and medicine. The first project, ‘Anatomy, scientific authority and the visualized body in medicine and culture’ investigates the ways in which human anatomy gained and/or lost prestige and visibility within the medical and the broader educational and cultural field in Belgium between 1780 and 1930. The postdoctoral researcher will focus his/her research on a transnational aspect of the research project and organize an international conference on the transnational circulation of anatomical knowledge and visual representations. The candidate will work in a team with two PhD- researchers and four staff members (Kaat Wils, Raf De Bont, Jo Tollebeek, Geert Vanpaemel)
The second project, which has its main seat at the University of Stockholm and a partner research center at the University of Groningen, is entitled ‘Scientific Personae in Cultural Encounters in Twentieth Century Europe’ (SPICE). The main objective of this project is to analyze the historical construction of scientific personae through scientific travel and international exchange in a sample of representative countries from the European ‘periphery’, Belgium, the Netherlands and Sweden. The candidate will be the main researcher for the Belgian case, and will be involved in the activities of the international research team, together with the Leuven promoter Kaat Wils.
You have completed a Doctoral Dissertation in History, Cultural History, History of Science or Science and Technology Studies, or an equivalent degree in which a historical perspective played a prominent role. You have a track-record of international journal publications.
You have strong organisational skills, excellent writing skills, excellent reading skills in French, knowledge of (or a willingness to learn) Dutch and proven ability to work in a team.
We offer a 3-year full-time postdoctoral position. (The first year will be a probation period, after a positive assessment the position will be extended with another two years.)
You will be provided with shared office space at the History Department in Leuven.
For more information please contact Prof. dr. Kaat Wils, tel.: +3216324971, mail: [email protected] or Prof. dr. Geert
Vanpaemel, tel.: +3216324983, mail: [email protected] no later than July 19th.
Candidates are invited to submit their application, consisting of:
1. A letter with motivation stating the candidate’s qualifications and reasons for interest in the position
2. A CV, including a list of marks/grades of bachelor, master and PhD studies.
3. The contact information of two references (including e-mail, phone number, mailing address, and relationship to the applicant)
4. One writing sample (published article or PhD chapter)
You can apply for this job no later than July 28, 2013 via the online application tool :
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