Post Doctoral Research Assistant: “Hidden Persuaders? Brainwashing, Culture, Clinical Knowledge and the Cold War Human Sciences c. 1950-1990”

Birkbeck University of London Post Doctoral Research Assistant, three year
contract, starting 1 October 2014 Birkbeck University of London, Department
of History, Classics and Archaeology

We are seeking to appoint a Post Doctoral Research Assistant to work on a
Wellcome-funded project, entitled ‘Hidden Persuaders? Brainwashing,
Culture, Clinical Knowledge and the Cold War Human Sciences c. 1950-1990′.

This project asks why ‘brainwashing’ erupted into public consciousness in
the postwar period and investigates where such practices, and cultural
fears led. Visions of unconscious suggestibility are older, but
‘brainwashing’ debates, after 1950, profoundly affected the way we
understand the psychic lives of individuals and ‘mass psychology’, and the
role of states, and commerce.

The successful candidate will assume responsibility for a designated
research area (and publication) within the broad framework described above,
and will be encouraged to produce academic publications of their own based
on their work on the project.

Applications are especially welcomed from academics with prior knowledge of
the history of psychoanalysis, psychiatry and/or psychology. Some previous
familiarity with post-war political and/or cultural history would also be
an asset. A working knowledge of one or more languages other than English;
e.g. Russian, German or French would be useful, as would facility in one or
more Asian languages (Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Khmer or Malay).

Starting Salary: £34,650 per annum inclusive of London Allowance.

The closing date for completed applications is 9 June 2014.

Informal enquiries can be made to: Professor Daniel Pick, Department of
History, Classics and Archaeology, Birkbeck, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HX,
d.pick@bbk.ac.uk

Job Reference Number    11255

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