A really early announcement for a great conference on Arctic Anthropology!
I hope to meet many of the readers of our blog in a years time in St. Petersburg in order to discuss an important theme in our field. As some of you might have guessed I would like to distract the participants’ attention a little bit from the dominance of “love” and “harmony” as emotions associated with the Russian North. Instead I would like to guide them into themes that have some theoretical implications for anthropology like practices and expressions of ‘attachment and detachment’, ‘performance and representation’ of emotional states, ‘techniques of ecstasy’, ‘irrationality’, ‘shame’, ‘effervescence’, ‘awe’, ‘affective control’ and ‘transgression’. There seems to be two particular poles in the Siberian (better circumpolar) ethnographic material: on the one hand control and restrain of emotions (silence, calmness, equanimity) possibly associated with hunting, and on the other hand ritually performed excess of emotional expressions possibly associated with shamanic practices. I would prefer to put the focus on practices and body techniques as something particularly accessible by ethnography in contrast to psychology (though I would appreciate contributions from our colleagues ethnopsychologists at the conference very much).
See you in St. Petersburg in October 2016!
The EUSP announces post-doctoral positions in Arctic Social Studies.
Here is an excellent job opportunity for recent post doc scholars in a fascinating research environment with really nice people in the team in a wonderful city. Many of our anthropology team had the honour of giving lectures and attending seminars organised by Nikolay Vakhtin and his team, and these were among the most pleasant and fruitful we had. The original announcement is here below: Go ahead and apply!
A Ph.D. in anthropology or adjacent fields (Human Geography; Linguistic Anthropology; Urban Anthropology; Regional Studies etc.) from a foreign university with special focus on the Arctic (Siberia, North, Far East). Holders of the Russian equivalent of Ph.D. degree – kandidat of sciences – can also apply but in this case an important asset is professional education or professional work in one of the foreign centers;
Fluent knowledge of Russian and English; knowledge of other languages (Finnish, Norwegian) is an asset;
Not more than 36 months between the date of awarding of the degree (Ph.D. or kandidat) and the date of the application to the position.
Winners of the post-doc position will sign a four-year contract with the EUSP as post-doctoral researchers. The starting date of the contract is September 1st, 2014.
The contract can be terminated by the EUSP if the post-doctoral researcher violates its terms.
Conditions of the contract
Throughout the term of the contract post-doctoral researchers are expected to live in St. Petersburg, except for periods of fieldwork and visits home.
During the first year, post-doctoral researcher must complete and submit to the publisher a book based on their Ph.D. (kandidat) dissertation. It is preferable, although not compulsory, that the manuscript is submitted in English, to a leading international publisher. Throughout the first year of the contract the post-doctoral researcher has the right to decline any other work at EUSP.
During the second, third, and fourth years of the contract post-doctoral researcher will
take part in the research projects of the Arctic Studies Program; the project can be joint or individual; the topic of the project must be coordinated with the head of the Program.
if asked by the head of the program, prepare and teach courses on Arctic Social Studies (but not more than 28 classroom hours per semester);
take park in the Program’s regular Summer Schools as instructors;
publish not less than three academic papers in international peer-reviewed journals (preferably SCOPUS and/or Web of Science);
if need arises, supervise MA dissertations of EUSP students in Arctic social studies.
Financial conditions of the position
salary: between 1000 and 1500 USD per month, after social taxes, in ruble equivalent, depending on the post-doctoral researcher’s qualification and the year of contract (during the first year salary is less than in the following years)
medical insurance (standard EUSP policy)
if not a resident of St. Petersburg, funds to cover accommodation in the city (not to exceed 700 USD per month)
if not a resident of St. Petersburg, funds to cover the costs of short visits home (not to exceed 600 USD)
funds for short periods of fieldwork (not to exceed 2000 USD per year, in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th years of the contract)
In case the post-doctoral researcher wins an external grant for research project, the salary, fieldwork funds etc. of the grant are paid on top of the amount of the present contract.
Applicants should send their applications, CVs, and lists of publications to: firstname.lastname@example.org April 30, 2014.”