Reference No.: DR/059/22
Number of Positions: 2
Location: Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Berlin, Faculty of Arts and Humanities – Department of History
Closing date for applications: 25.07.22
SOCMED (2021-2026), funded by an ERC Starting Grant brings the socialist world into the history of global health. lt identifies health cultures produced by socialism (in all its variety) and explores the impact of socialist internationalism in co-producing global health in the 20th century. The project pioneers a new history that will not only transform our knowledge of historical processes but will further our understanding of ideas, practices and processes that current global health structures have been built on.
- Postdoctoral research within the ERC Starting Grant "Socialist Medicine: An Alternative Global Health History".
- original archival research with a thematic focus on either:
- socialist ideologies that informed the development of healthcare systems in state socialist countries, Western welfare states and/or newly independent states, exploring the various concepts that contributed to such systems and the practices employed
- histories of medical technologies in socialist contexts, especially pharmaceutical and biotechnological research, production and distribution from a scientific, economic and political perspective
- existing and perceived material and financial shortages and shortcomings in socialist countries, and technological and scientific expertise ideas of development, aid, solidarity, collaboration and
- Examining the ways local initiatives fed debates at national and international levels to analyse the interaction of political ideology and public health practices.
- Particular focus on the political and professional networks between Western welfare states and/or among states in the socialist world in shaping health systems
- Contributing to project aims such as academic event organization, public dissemination of research results, publications
- Doctoral degree (PhD) in History or related fields
- experience in archival research in various geographic locations
- working language skills in two or more languages
- peer-reviewed publications (or submitted/accepted manuscripts)
- interest in interdisciplinary research with public health, medical anthropology and sociology
- ability to work independently and collaboratively in research teams
- excellent English communication skills
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Please send your application (including covering letter, research proposal, full CV, relevant certificates), and quoting the reference number to HumboldtUniversität zu Berlin, Faculty of Philosophy and History, Department of History, Prof. Dora Vargha, Unter den Linden 6, 10099 Berlin, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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