15 September 2022

New Postdoc position in Social Science at CFS

The Center for Subjectivity Research (CFS), Department of Communication, Faculty of Humanities, University of Copenhagen (UCPH), Denmark, invites applications for a postdoc position in social science (social psychology, sociology, cultural or social anthropology, or political science) to be filled by January 1, 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter. The position is for 2 years.

Job content
The postdoc will be part of a project entitled Who are We? funded by the Carlsberg Foundation and headed by Prof. Dan Zahavi. Applicants are asked to situate and develop their research plan within the framework of the Who are we? project and are encouraged to contact Dan Zahavi, zahavi@hum.ku.dk, for additional information about the overarching project.

The larger project investigates what it means to feel, think, and act as part of a we. Its guiding hypothesis is that a systematic account of the we must be embedded in a more comprehensive investigation of selfhood and social cognition. The project will systematically develop this hypothesis by combining cross-disciplinary theorizing with historical scholarship. In particular, it will draw on seminal contributions from classical phenomenology. In addition to philosophers, the project will also involve social scientists (from social anthropology, sociology, and political theory).

The postdoc should be a theoretically oriented social scientist (with a background in social psychology, sociology, cultural or social anthropologyor political science/theory) who is familiar with classical social identity and self-categorisation theory (e.g., Tajfel, Turner, Hogg, Abrams, or Brewer), but who is also up to date with more recent discussions on group identification. During the employment, the candidate should engage with the following set of questions: What is the link between identity and identification? How does group identification affect self-identity? What kind of individual heterogeneity and plurality does group-identification (and unification) allow for? What kind of interpersonal relation is particularly conducive for group-identification?

The successful candidate will be working in close cooperation with philosophers and other social scientists and should be interested in theory development. The postdoc is not expected to conduct new empirical research during the period of employment.

Deadline 1 November, 2022.

The full advertisement can be found here.