Postdoctoral Fellowship Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA)
We are looking for a Research Fellow who aspires to become and independent researcher and to work at the Centre for the History of Science and affiliated to the field of excellence Dimensions of Europe at the University of Graz (Austria). Applications are welcome from those with particular expertise in the area of early modern history of science, but also in Renaissance and Enlightenment Studies with a particular focus on historical epistemology and history of knowledge. Language skills in Italian, Latin or Ottoman Turkish are welcome.
Centre for the History of Science and the cluster Knowledge Transfer and Concepts of Europe (1400–1800)
The Centre for the History of Science and the cluster “Knowledge Transfer and Concepts of Europe (1400–1800)” part of the field of excellence “Dimensions of Europe” aims at researching the intersections between knowledge transfer and concepts of Europe by applying a longue durée perspective, i.e. from the ancient times over the early modern period up to the present. In doing so, knowledge transfer is understood as a multidimensional, transregional, and transcultural process, which includes complex forms of interaction between different actors, institutions, and places of knowledge production. Concepts of and discourses on Europe do, however, often neglect the evidence of these processes Rather, they do serve as an instrument for construction of Europe’s peripheries or generally for othering. Thus, in line with critical European studies, the project’s purpose is to challenge and overwrite traditional, anachronistic views of knowledge production, the bipolar topographies of knowledge as well as the related narratives of national historiographies, which have been dominant since the 19th century.
The subject foci researched at the Centre for the History of Science, where the project will be located, include a global history of science perspective. After all, already in the period (1400–1800) researched at the Centre, European actors acted as global actors, thus central concepts such as “Eurocentrism”, “globalization”, “colonialism”, “diversity”, “racism” etc. are critically questioned. Only from the media-mediated transcultural exchange process of knowledge and their reflection in the Enlightenment can these also be better understood in the present.
If you are interested and want to prepare a proposal for MSC-PF 2023 with the Centre for the History of Science and the cluster Knowledge Transfer and Concepts of Europe (1400–1800), please get in contact with: