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Predoctoral position in the history of deafness and/or hysteria – Berlin

Please note, this isn’t something that I can advise on – I’m posting it here to link to it, as I can’t find it hosted anywhere else.


Predoctoral position for two years (with possible extension)

Starting date February 1, 2013 (or earlier)

Outstanding junior scholars are invited to apply. The position is awarded in conjunction with the research project The Construction of Norms in 17th- to 19th-Century Europe and the United States.

Research projects should fit with one of the project’s focal points, deafness or hysteria, and address any period between the early seventeenth century and the late nineteenth century and any European country or the United States. Comparative  studies are welcome. Although projects must have a history of science component, this may be in either the natural or the  human sciences, with relevant disciplinary perspectives including history of psychology, legal history, history of medicine, technology studies, disability studies, linguistics, comparative literature, history of philosophy, and others. Projects involving large-scale translation of Latin sources on Sign Language or on conceptions of sound and hearing will also be considered. Candidates must already be registered for PhD studies at their home university.

The Max Planck Institute for the History of Science is an international and interdisciplinary research institute  (http://www.mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de/en/index.html). The Max Planck Society is committed to promoting more individuals with disabilities and encourages them to apply. The Institute language is English; it is expected that candidates will be able to present their own work and discuss that of others fluently in that language.

The successful applicant may be employed as a predoctoral fellow rated 50% TVöD E13 in the German system, or alternatively receive a fellowship (monthly stipend: € 1,365). Candidates of all nationalities are encouraged to apply.

Please send a covering letter, curriculum vitae, copies of certificates, dissertation project outline (maximum 2,000 words), and two reference letters (these letters may be sent separately), no later than October 21, 2012 to:

Max Planck Institute for the History of Science
Administration, Predoc MRG Arnaud
Boltzmannstraße 22
14195 Berlin

(Electronic submission is also possible: verwaltungsleitung@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de)

For administrative questions concerning the fellowships and the Institute, please contact Claudia Paaß
(paass@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de), Head of Administration, or Jochen Schneider (jsr@mpiwgberlin.
mpg.de), Research Coordinator.

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2 comments on “Predoctoral position in the history of deafness and/or hysteria – Berlin

  1. Don G.
    September 29, 2012

    Interesting juxtaposition of foci — deafness or hysteria…..

    • Mike Gulliver
      October 1, 2012

      Yes – the project outline is at http://www.mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de/en/research/projects/MRGArnaud

      The focus appears to be comparative projects on two aspects of medicinal description, diagnosis and cure.

      Lennard Davis’ ‘bio cultures’ project is involved from the US side – certainly he’s one of the co-organisers for the attached conference in Berlin, and this fits his interest in the wider issues of normalcy.

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