The Institute of Asian Studies (IrAsia) at Aix-Marseille University announces three doctoral fellowships in Chinese history in the ERC-funded project ENEP-CHINA.
The ENEP-CHINA project proposes a step-change in the study of modern China reliant upon scalable data-rich history. It will deliver precise historical information at an unprecedented scale from heretofore untapped sources - as well as reshaping the analysis of existing sources - to create a new dimension in the study of the transformation of elites in modern China. It will deploy an array of cutting-edge digital methods— including data mining, sampling, and analysis within an integrated virtual research environment. To establish the validity of this approach, the project focuses on the three urban areas (Shanghai, Beijing/Tianjin, Canton/Hong Kong) that had the most profound impact on the course of modern Chinese history. The project will challenge the China-centered and group-based approach dominant in the historical literature of the past two decades. The project envisions elites in urban China as actors whose status, position, and practices were shaped by the power configurations that developed over time and whose actions through institutions and informal/formal networks in turn were a determining factor in redrawing social and political boundaries. The project will place the emphasis on the networks through which information, capital, and individuals circulated. It will investigate the transnationalization of elites as a process that overstepped the limits of institutions and nation states. The key issue that the project will address is breaking through existing limits of access to historical information that is embedded in complex sources and its transformation into refined, re-usable and sustainable data for contemporary and future study of modern China.
The ENEP-CHINA project will be based at Aix-Marseille University on its Schuman campus (Aix-en-Provence) and will be implemented by an international interdisciplinary team. The project is also part of a large international network of researchers in Europe (Bristol, Lancaster, Leiden, Basel, Göttingen), China (Shanghai) and Taiwan (Academia Sinica).
The ENEP-CHINA project consists of 3 subprojects where three PhD students and 2 post-doc researchers will work together with the PI, four senior researchers and a team of engineers in computing and data science: (1) Methodologies: From texts to historical "big data"; (2) China elites: From large-scale database to data-rich history; (3) Case studies: quantitative/qualitative crosswalks. Working closely together with the PI and other team members, the PhD researchers will be involved in the development and execution of the survey in one of the three selected cities and to carry out their own project. The PhD researcher is expected to develop her/his PhD project and write single and/ or co-authored articles in peer reviewed journals on the project findings and contribute to the conceptual papers.
As part of the project you will:
•Participate in the development, collection and analysis of a large scale data survey through the cutting-edge digital tools developed during the project
Candidates should have the following credentials:
• A completed Research Master preferably in history, but any other relevant social science discipline (political sciences, sociology, etc.) will be considered;
• Familiarity with quantitative research methods;
• Previous experience with digital methods;
• Ability, willingness and commitment to work in a multi-disciplinary team;
• Ability and willingness to travel and conduct fieldwork in China and Taiwan
• Excellent spoken and written English;
The application must include:
– describe any digital method(s) you have used (e.g. GIS, text analysis, SNA, data mining, etc.)
Conditions of employment
The PhD research position is for 4 years. The appointment will be initially for 12 months. After satisfactory evaluation of the initial appointment, it can be extended for a total duration of four years.
Position 1 : 1 September 2018
Position 2 : 1 September 2019
Position 3 : 1 September 2019
Employer : Aix-Marseille University
Aix-Marseille University(AMU) Aix-Marseille University offers training in all disciplines: Arts, Literature, Languages and Humanities; Law and Political Science; Economics and Management; Health; Science and Technology. An intensive research site in collaboration with leading organizations, AMU is one of the French sites of excellence recognized by an international jury as part of Future Investments. The AMU Foundation helps develop research, training and employability of students, while creating a privileged link with the socio-economic world. Training, research, guidance, employability, interdisciplinarity and exploitation of knowledge are the pillars of this establishment, largest university in France and the Francophone world. For more information: https://www.univ-amu.fr/en/university
Aix-Marseille University aims to increase the share of women in research and teaching and, therefore, explicitly encourages applications from women. As an international research institution, Aix-Marseille University particularly welcomes applications from abroad.
The selection among the eligible candidates will be based previous experience and grades, the quality of the degree thesis, references, relevant experience, and the candidate’s written motivation for seeking the position. Key selection criteria for the doctoral positions are analytical skills, methodological abilities, language proficiency and the capacity for team-work as well as independent research. After a careful examination of the applications, the short-listed candidates (no more than 3 for one position) will be interviewed.
Your application/How to apply?
Please send your application in one PDF document to firstname.lastname@example.org. Use the subject heading “ENEP-CHINA PhD Position”.
Deadline for position 1: 1 June 2018, 12:00 noon CET. Reply before 30 June 2018.
For position 2 & 3: application can be sent at any time, but no later than 30 June 2019, 12:00 noon CET.
If you have any further enquiries about the positions, please do not hesitate to contact Prof. Christian Henriot at email@example.com