The EHESS is offering 10 one-year post-doctoral positions. Gross monthly salary: 2365€

We are recruiting researchers who study the following topics:

1. Environment in Asia

For this position, we are looking for candidates working on environmental issues. Open to all social science fields, the project should concentrate on Asia, involving the study of primary sources and vernacular language data. Priority will be given to candidates already collaborating with the Asian scientific community. Projects may address environmental challenges, policies and the temporality of their implementation, or social representations and associated behaviors - which vary greatly according to the specific country or field under consideration. The research project will also have to show how its research objects lead to a more global reflection, prompted by the analysis of  the Asian area.

2. Industrial relations, social conflicts, and collective bargaining

Open to sociologists, historians, economists and lawyers, this post-doctoral proposal focuses on professional relations and collective bargaining in contemporary societies in all cultural areas. The project may take different forms - monographic, statistical, or legal and jurisprudential. It will encourage a more profound approach to the conditions of mobilization of these new institutional frameworks, while taking stock of the state of practices of negotiation and conflict resolution and their effects on participants in the negotiation, and their comprehension of the negotiations, the strategies they engage in, and the outcomes they expect. This could also involve an analysis of the scope of the agreements and integrate perspectives on the conflicts that arise from or accompany institutional, social, and political mobilizations.

3. Past responsibilities, future responsibilities: memory, anticipations, trials

This post-doctoral position is open to all social scientists working on how responsibilities are assigned in contemporary societies when it comes to revisiting past actions (crimes, disasters, scandals...) or anticipating future problems (be they social, healthcare, environmental, security issues...). The project may be a reflection on the way in which the actors investigate the past and/or collectively project themselves into the future, and consequently, each time seek to build a particular relationship with time - including with the help of social science. The position is open to all area studies’ fields.

4. Material and intellectual techniques for the constitution of sciences and knowledge

This post-doctoral position focuses on techniques for collecting, archiving, centralizing, conserving, and organizing sources (objects, images, inscriptions, etc.). Such techniques are not neutral: it is by means of such techniques that objects, observations, and individual experimentations are turned into "data" - "data" that can be compared, aggregated, and studied. The researcher may reflect on the underlying epistemological notions that the new modes of organization or consultation are likely to inflect or unsettle, particularly when digitization companies are involved. The project could focus on the interconnections between the academic and commercial worlds and the actors of the vast networks exploited and constituted by these operations. It may also integrate a comparative or transnational dimension, as well as take into account possible ethical and political issues raised in relation to the companies under study.

5. Intimacy and migrations

This post-doctoral position seeks to encourage a cross-analysis of research conducted on migration on the one hand, and research carried out on intimacy on the other. It is open to all social sciences and cultural areas. The project may focus on the place of the intimate at all levels of the migration process, for example at the individual level, in order to understand the rationales that prompts the decision to migrate by anchoring them in the depths of social worlds, or at the level of the organizations and bureaucracies surrounding migration flows. From cross-border dynamics to transnational migration, the analysis of spatial dynamics is also possible. This set of scales is inseparable from a reflection on the gender of migration and its sexual, family, and matrimonial stakes. Lastly, the project could offer a theoretical reflection or a socially anchored study.

6. Emotions and social sciences

Often reviving long-established disciplinary approaches, research on emotions has undergone a major revival in recent years, to the extent that some have spoken of an "affective turn" in the social sciences. This post-doctoral position is open to all social scientists working on emotions, both individual and collective. It may include reflections on the place of emotions in the processes of constructing of subjectivities from the perspective of political anthropology. The project is also likely to integrate historical, political, or sociological perspectives on action, both individual and collective, and on the feelings that preside over it. This position is open to all cultural areas.

7. Rurality and social sciences

This post-doctoral position draws its inspiration from the observation of a significant renewal of works on rurality in the social sciences. It is open to all cultural areas and approaches. The project may address the important issues of defining rurality in its spatial, statistical, or social configurations. Proposals may deal with socialization processes, as well as the place of young people entering the labor market without having completed higher education and seeking social advancement through the accumulation of economic capital (craftsmen, small business owners, self-employed people, etc.). The research may reflect on the place of the school system in the definition of life ages, gender dynamics, cultural practices, migration, or political dynamics.

8. Vulnerability and mobilizations

This post-doctoral proposition is at the crossroads of the study of vulnerability and the study of collective action. As an analytical perspective, vulnerability evokes not only a condition from which subjects must be protected or liberated, but also a limit to be overcome. The research will explore how vulnerability - always unequally distributed - can be thematized and politicized, whether it is linked to environmental, feminist, or professional causes, or to mobilizations of victims, sick and disabled persons, or to situations of political violence. The research may be conducted on marginalized and disadvantaged groups but also on dominant groups, as well as on established organizations or informal collectives. The position is open to all cultural areas and social science disciplines.

9. Political and economic behaviors after socialism

The geographical and temporal frameworks of this post-doctoral research project are set in the post-socialist transition in Central and Eastern Europe, the former USSR, the Caucasus, and Central Asia. It focuses on behaviors and practices as they are negotiated between collective frameworks and individual commitments. Economic policy research and macroeconomic studies are explicitly excluded from this proposal. Open to all social sciences, this position will provide an opportunity to establish a fruitful dialog with sociologists and economists who are open to heterodox analyses and to ethnographic and anthropological approaches in economics.

10. Sexual violence, gender violence

Open to all social sciences and cultural areas, this doctoral position focuses on sexual and gender-based violence. The research may be based on concrete cases of the perpetration of this violence in specific spaces or times. It may also focus on the conditions of possibility under which these forms of violence can be publicly denounced. It will also contribute to deepening or renewing the understanding of the processes and strategies for challenging domination, be they protest actions and their resources or the conditions for carrying out and accepting denunciations in the public arena.

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