The Department of Politics is one of the leading centres for research and teaching politics in the United Kingdom. It was ranked eighth in the country for its research performance in the 2014 REF. The Department is characterised by a strongly international character, intellectual pluralism and a commitment both to innovative research and the application of this knowledge to significant political problems.
The Department has been recently awarded the interdisciplinary project “Reimagining citizenship: The politics of India’s amended citizenship laws” funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and implemented through a collaboration between academics, activists, film-makers and poets in the UK and in India.
The project is led by Dr. Indrajit Roy. Co-investigators include Dr. Harsh Mander, Ms Natasha Badhwar, Professor Mujibur Rehman, Dr. K Ravi Raman, Dr. Mohsin Alam and Mr Abdul Kalam Azad. The project aims to research the emergent reimaginations of citizenship in India in the context of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) passed late last year in India’s Parliament.
The Department seeks to recruit a 12 month PDRA commencing no later than October 1, 2020 for the project
The project draws on arts and humanities research that have distinctively advanced our understandings of the ways in which people reimagine citizenship in India. The project will achieve its aim through two distinct objectives and work packages.
Project objective 1 will focus on official narratives and practices that seek to implement the amended citizenship laws. Project objective 2 will focus on the popular contentions against the amended citizenship laws.
You will undertake the digital ethnographies that cut across both objectives. You will plan, coordinate and implement the research for the project under the supervision of the PI and the guidance of the co-investigators. You will analyse research results and write up research findings for publication and other suitable forms of communication. You will assist in the identification and development of potential areas of research and the development of proposals for independent or collaborative research projects. You may assist with undergraduate teaching.
Skills, Experience & Qualification needed
You will be motivated by the ongoing imaginations of citizenship in India and the ways in which notions of citizenship, belonging and membership of the political community are being contested in that country in the context of the Citizenship Amendment Act. You will possess highly developed communication skills to engage effectively with a wide ranging audience, both orally and in writing, using a range of media and will be ably navigate social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. You will have the experience and skills to develop research under the mentorship of senior colleagues, you will possess a collaborative ethos, enabling you to identify innovative digital ethnography.
You will hold a Ph.D in the social sciences and possess a nuanced knowledge of contemporary Indian politics required to engage in a project of this nature. You will have a knowledge of digital methodologies in the collection and analysis of data as well as a broader understanding of qualitative methodologies.
You will possess fluency in at least one Indian language in addition to English.
Interview date: W/c August 31, 2020
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