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Post-Doctoral Research Assistant

Do you have a research interest in the History of India? Would you like to develop connections between academic research and non-academic partners?

Project title: Arts and Humanities Research Council project: AH/S002537/1: 'The Other From Within: Indian Anthropologists and the Birth of the Nation’

This project, led by Prof. William Gould (University of Leeds) Dr. Jesus Chairez-Garza (University of Manchester) and Prof. Crispin Bates (University of Edinburgh), traces the development of anthropology as an academic discipline in India and as an instrument of state formation across the transition to independence (1900- 1970). It examines the discipline in terms of ideas, institutions, intellectuals, their subjects, and the interplay between the global production and utilisation of anthropological forms of knowledge. The project connects these themes by examining the power relations between Western anthropologists and their Indian counterpart, and by analysing how these intellectual networks affect the state and its citizenship. 

You would be based in Leeds, working with Professor William Gould and the rest of the project team to conduct archival and interview based research in Britain and India. You will contribute intellectually to the development of this project, produce high quality research outputs and help to co-ordinate events, publications and partnerships in India relating to the successful completion of the project. You should have a PhD in a relevant discipline, with experience of archival or anthropological research in the field of South Asian history, and excellent interpersonal and organisational skills. A demonstrable interest in the history of anthropology, caste or ‘tribe’ in South Asia would be an advantage, as would language skills in either Hindi or other Indic language.  

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

Professor William Gould, Project Lead

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 3612, email:

Professor Andrea Major, Head of School

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 1829, email:

Location:  Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:  Faculty of Arts, Humanities & Cultures
School/Institute:  School of History
Category:  Research
Grade:  Grade 7
Salary:  £33,199 to £39,609 p.a.
Please note due to funding constraints the maximum salary for this role is £33,199
Working Time:  100%
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (for 24 months from 1st October 2019)
Release Date:  Monday 13 May 2019
Closing Date:  Wednesday 12 June 2019
Interview Date:  Friday 12 July 2019
Reference:  AHCHI1019
Downloads:  Candidate Brief  

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