Applications are invited for two Postdoctoral Research Fellow positions in the Department of English Studies, Durham University.
The first post is funded by the Centre for Medical Humanities, Durham which is supported by a Strategic Award in the Medical Humanities from the Wellcome Trust. The post will be tenable for one year, from 1st October 2012. Working closely with Professor Corinne Saunders and other members of the Centre for Medical Humanities team, the post-holder will pursue research in any area of the Medical Humanities related to literary studies. Possible topics might include the role and treatment of medicine and topics such as illness and health in literary narratives, the ways in which the history of medicine has shaped and influenced literary texts, the influence of medical science and technology on writers, the insights offered by psychoanalytic theory, and the connection between illness and creativity. A primary responsibility will also be to work collaboratively with members of the CMH team on their interdisciplinary research agenda concerning Medicine and Human Flourishing. It may be an advantage to be able to contribute to one of the Centre’s ongoing research clusters and/or major projects. The research fellow will be expected to engage with relevant disciplines such as phenomenological philosophy and history of psychiatry, developmental and cognitive psychology, and the developing field of critical neuroscience. He/she may focus on any period of English literature from the medieval period onwards. Applications close 1 September 2012 and interviews are scheduled for Wednesday 12 September 2012.
The second post is funded by the Centre for Medical Humanities, Durham and by a three-year research project entitled Hearing the Voice both of which are supported by Strategic Awards in the Medical Humanities from the Wellcome Trust. This post, one of a number associated with the project, will be tenable for two years, from 1st October 2012. Working closely with Professor Corinne Saunders and Professor Pat Waugh, the post-holder’s principal responsibility will be to research literary treatments of voice-hearing and address associated literary, narrative and cultural issues, in ways that engage with relevant disciplines such as medical humanities, phenomenological philosophy and history of psychiatry developmental and cognitive psychology and the developing field of critical neuroscience. The research fellow may focus on any period of English literature from the medieval period onwards. He/she will produce high quality publications on literary aspects or treatments of voice-hearing and closely related topics, most of which will be interdisciplinary and/or collaborative. Applications close 1 September 2012 and interviews are scheduled for Thursday 13 September 2012.