The Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions (CHE) is a major research initiative with the lead organisation The University of Western Australia, and spread across four other Australian universities, one of which is The University of Melbourne. CHE fosters collaboration between researchers and industry partners from different disciplines and institutions across Australia and internationally.
In collaboration with the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, University of Melbourne, the Centre seeks to appoint a postdoctoral research fellow to contribute to research projects in the history of emotions (Europe, 1100-1800). Working together with Professor Charles Zika the successful candidate will develop a project exploring the field of emotions and visual culture, c.1450–1750. The project might focus on such topics as: the impact of religious and political change on the emotional deployment of visual objects in the devotional, ceremonial and festive life of European communities; the passions of iconoclasm as a motor of religious, social or political change; the emotional rhetoric of visual media in advancing propaganda and polemic, legitimating religious and political authority, or stereotyping religious, ethnic or social groups; the emotional use and power of the visual in the missionizing and colonizing of societies, within Europe or abroad.
In addition to publishing his or her own research in this area, the Fellow will collaborate in publications and be involved fully in the life of the Centre. The Fellow will also assist with the co-ordination of relevant symposia and engage in public outreach. There will the opportunity to be involved in research and activities related to an exhibition on art and emotion to be held at the National Gallery of Victoria in 2017. There is an expectation that the postdoctoral fellow will be involved in some Honours/ postgraduate supervision or teaching, but this is primarily a research-only position.
Benefits include 17% superannuation and generous leave provisions; generous funds for research travel; contribution to relocation expenses. These and other benefits will be specified in the offer of employment.
The successful applicant would commence the appointment on 1 December 2014, or as soon as possible after that date.
Close date: 7 July 2014
For more information, visit http://jobs.unimelb.edu.au/caw/en/job/882357/postdoctoral-fellow-arc-centre-of-excellence-for-the-history-of-emotions