Two PhD scholarships "Analysis of academic discourse
in the SSH" (EHESS, Paris)
Application deadline: 20 June 2013
Length: 3 years
ERC DISCONEX research group
"The Discursive Construction of Academic Excellence.
Classifying Academic Researchers in the Social Sciences and Humanities",
led by Professor Johannes Angermuller
The DISCONEX research group "The Discursive Construction of Academic
Excellence. Classifying Academic Researchers in the Social Sciences and
Humanities", funded by the European Research Council and led by Professor
Johannes Angermuller, is looking for candidates for two funded PhD
at the crossroads of language and society. Against a background in
poststructuralist and constructivist social theory, DISCONEX studies the
cultures, practices and knowledges of academic researchers in the social
sciences and humanities. By having recourse to qualitative methods, the
group will empirically investigate the social uses of academic publications
in the social sciences and humanities (for more details
http://www.johannes-angermuller.net/DISCONEX; another studentship will be
available at the University of Warwick).
The PhD projects will be in the domain of the Social Sciences and
Humanities Studies and should focus on one of the two domains:
The social dynamics of specialised knowledge in the SSH: investigation of
two scientific communities at the crossroads of language and society (for
example in letters/linguistics/philosophy and in sociology/anthropology/media and culture studies, in English and possibly in French or German).
Institutions of higher education in France, Germany, U.S. : comparative
study of two or three academic systems, organisations and cultures.
Length : 1st of October 2013 to 30th of Septembre 2016
The scholarship will pay a monthly stipend over three years, beginning at
Research centre: Centre d'Etude des Mouvements Sociaux (CEMS / IMM), Ecole
des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS, 190-198 avenue de France,
Conditions of application
Candidates should have a minimum first or upper second class honours
degree (or equivalent such as Master's or M2), obtained by September 2013
discourse analysis, qualitative social research or Science and Technology
Studies or in the sociology of academic organisations.
PhD project in one of the domains of the DISCONEX project.
Enrollment in EHESS's doctoral programme.
Strong research orientation, international experience and interest in
Contribution to project-related tasks such as data collection
(interviews, documents, participant observation etc.) and analysis (written
and oral discourse), workshops, conferences, publication of results.
Participation in the activities of the DiscourseNet network
Good command of English and French, possibly in German, too.
Required documents (French or English)
Motivation letter laying out the reasons for applying to the DISCONEX
group and the possible contribution
A research project (5 pages) in one of the two domains.
A reference may be requested from an academic teacher.
Copies of diplomas since bac / highschool.
The application documents are sent in a single pdf file by email to Ronny
Travel costs for the interview cannot be reclaimed.
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