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Postdoctoral Research Assistant for Animist Engagements: Creativity, Ecology and Indigeneity

Do you have a doctorate that engages with questions of animism and animacy? Would you like to be involved in a cross-disciplinary series of seminars, workshops and colloquia exploring how renewed academic, environmental and artistic interest in animism intersects with the practices and beliefs of indigenous peoples? Would you like to help shape future research initiatives in this area?

Project Title: ‘Animist Engagements: Creativity, Ecology and Indigeneity.’

We are looking to appoint a postdoctoral research assistant to support an interdisciplinary Sadler Seminar Series entitled ‘Animist Engagements: Creativity, Ecology and Indigeneity.’ The series seeks to take stock of the renewed interest in animism in fields as diverse as anthropology, literary and cultural studies, ecology, religious studies, law, philosophy, postcolonial studies and performance studies. Animist practices and philosophies would seem to offer salutary alternatives to the processes of objectification and deanimation that characterise humanity’s relationship to nature in the Anthropocene. But how precisely are we to engage with animism without turning its adherents into the objects of academic enquiry? How might we collaborate with animist practioners in order to form a fluid collective in which we all become co-actors? You will be centrally involved not only in helping run the seminar series but in setting up this fluid collective and in establishing the terms of its engagement.

With a PhD in an area related to animism (or a PhD near to completion, i.e. thesis submitted), you will have experience in running, or helping to run, reading groups, colloquia, performances and conferences. You will also have experience in designing and curating websites. 

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact: 

Dr Sam Durrant, Associate Professor in Postcolonial Literature and Critical Theory, School of English.

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 4768, email:

Location:  Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:  Faculty of Arts, Humanities & Cultures
School/Institute:  School of English
Category:  Research
Grade:  Grade 6
Salary:  £27,025 to £32,236 p.a. pro rata
Working Time:  32% (equivalent to 12 hours per week)
Post Type:  Part Time
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (1 October 2019 to 31 March 2020)
Release Date:  Monday 08 July 2019
Closing Date:  Monday 22 July 2019
Interview Date:  Wednesday 28 August 2019
Reference:  AHCEN1027
Downloads:  Candidate Brief  

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