Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy
19 November 2019

Open positions for the new SNF project led by Patricia Spyer: “Images, (In)visibilities, and Work on Appearances”

The project will investigate the impact of images and image-making in the work on appearances inherent to significant sociopolitical transformation.

The Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy and the Department of Anthropology and Sociology are pleased to announce the forthcoming research project led by Prof. Patricia Spyer entitled “Images, (In)visibilities, and Work on Appearances” (IMAGEAPP).

Applications for two doctoral researcher positions are open.

This ethnographic project funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF) investigates how diverse image-makers in Indonesia explicitly deploy images with the aim of intervening in and transforming the world around them. Due to the rise of digital technologies and social media the ways in which images are produced, circulated, and received are changing.

This is especially important in places subject to rapid, profound transformation where the images and, more broadly, appearances identified with a prior sociopolitical order are challenged, as in post-authoritarian Indonesia. In such circumstances, image-makers or persons and collectivities who produce, curate, and/or broker images are key to visualizing alternative futures and forms of (co)habitation as a prerequisite for social change.

The appointed PhD students will closely work with the project’s Principal Investigator, Patricia Spyer, Professor at the Department of Anthropology and Sociology and Faculty Affiliate of the Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy, and are expected complete their dissertation by the end of the project.

Period of contract: 1 September 2020, for 4 years.
Activity rate: 100 %
Deadline for receipt of applications: 15 January 2020

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