Short-Term Research Position on Nationalism in Many Different Countries in the Last Two Centuries and its Attitude to Historic Lands
Applications from many different countries are invited to undertake research assistance of between one and three months to Professor Chaim Gans, a political theorist at Tel Aviv University. Applicants should be advanced (doctoral and postdoctoral) students researching the nationalism of particular countries and speaking their language. The focus of the research will be proprietary nationalist arguments (such as historical rights and promises by Divine Providence) for the territorial and political privileges of ethno-national groups who claim ownership of their state and/or territories inside and outside their states. Such arguments would usually have been prominent in the political discourse of particular countries during the last two centuries.
The successful candidate must be fluent in English and in the language of the country whose nationalism he or she is researching. The candidate should be satisfied that proprietary claims, such as ‘we were here first’, ‘Divine Providence promised us this land’, or ‘it belonged to our ancestors’, constitute a demonstrably salient component in the nationalist discourse of the country he researches. The research assistance will mainly consist in providing examples, discussing them with the principal researcher, and comparing them to other ethno-nationalist arguments common in the nationalism of the country in question. The communication will be conducted via email and skype. Assistant researchers need not reside in Tel Aviv.
A good example of published work in this area is chapter 3 of Professor Gans’s book A Political Theory for the Jewish People (Oxford University Press, 2016), which discusses differences between Zionism based on proprietary arguments and other types of Zionism.
The fee for this position is 1,600 euros per month of full-time work. It is expected that the position would require between one and three months of full-time work, which could be undertaken on a part-time basis according to the needs of the research and of the successful candidate, but it would need to be completed by February 2019.
Questions about this post or the application process, or requests for a copy of the above-mentioned chapter, should be addressed to Professor Gans at firstname.lastname@example.org
Professor Chaim Gans at email@example.com
|Primary Category:||Nationalism History / Studies
|Secondary Categories:||Eastern Europe History / Studies