Call for a postdoctoral researcher at the History of Education and Anthropology of Culture Research Unit

01.04.2022 | 01.04.2022


Name of the entity: Institute for the History of Science, Polish Academy of Sciences

Name of the position: Postdoctoral Researcher


—  doctoral degree in history or any other discipline relevant to the project;

—  expertise and experience in archival research and editing source texts;

—  interest in gender studies or the feminist thought;

—  excellent command of Russian;

—  working knowledge of English or Polish.


The project consists of two parts. The first one, strictly historical, concerns the national mourning in the age of the January Uprising — an event of cardinal importance for the restoration of Poland’s independence and Polish women’s emancipation. The second one, related to critical pedagogy, builds on that and contemplates the image of women’s participation in the January Uprising in contemporary Polish textbooks (with some attention given to teaching materials from neighbouring countries). The hypothesis that is being tested against the material is that women are systematically erased from textbook narratives even if their contribution is critical. The national mourning serves as an illustration of this mechanism.

The successful candidate will be tasked with gathering and editing unpublished women’s diaries, journals and letters, written in Russian, which will be used to examine the central issue of the project and for the benefit of a wider audience. The annotated edition, presenting both the sources themselves and the contextualising scholarship, will be prepared in accordance with the guidelines of the Women’s Archives Research Team which aim at preserving the manuscript qualities of the material.

This position is open exclusively for researchers who had been affiliated with academic institutions in Ukraine and took refuge in Poland after the Russian assault on their homeland. The offer entails:

—  remuneration for each edited source text;

—  reimbursement of travel expenses for short-term research stays;

—  assistance in finding sources of funding and integrating with the research community;

—  help with securing accommodation, residence and work permits, access to medical care and family reunification.

Funding scheme: Preludium

Application procedure: Your résumé and personal statement should be sent to the Principal Investigator by the indicated deadline. Interviews will take place remotely at the beginning of the subsequent week. All candidates will be notified of the outcome of the selection process as soon as possible.

Application deadline: 15 April 2022, 11.59 pm

Terms of employment: civil law contract for three months with the possibility of an extension

Contact person: Daniel Sunderland, Principal Investigator,

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