The Department of Theology & Religious Studies seeks to appoint a Postdoctoral Researcher in Social Anthropology for six years, to conduct anthropological fieldwork and research in Southwest China as part of an interdisciplinary team, under the leadership of Dr Katherine Swancutt on a six-year project funded by the European Research Council. The project is titled ‘Cosmological Visionaries: Shamans, Scientists, and Climate Change at the Ethnic Borderlands of China and Russia’. The project website: http://www.cosmovis.eu
A PhD in Anthropology (or a related discipline in the social sciences, such as sociology or human geography) and a strong command of Mandarin Chinese is essential for the post. Knowledge of Tibeto-Burman languages in Southwest China is desirable, but not essential.
The successful candidate will join Dr Swancutt’s project at King’s College London, with effect from 1 September 2020. They will be expected to conduct four months of anthropological fieldwork each year on animistic religion and climate change in Southwest China, to participate in project workshops and conferences, and to publish original works at the interface between the anthropology of religion and the anthropology of climate change.
The successful candidate will benefit from the large, thriving and highly multi-disciplinary environment at the Department of Theology & Religious Studies at King’s, which specialises in the study of religions from a variety of perspectives and engages with a variety of themes.
This is a fixed term, no renewable appointment for the duration of the project.
Interviews may be held remotely due to Covid-19.