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Cardiff University 2017 Call for EOI in MSCA Individual Fellowships - Arts and Humanities

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    Cardiff University
    Communication sciences
    Cultural studies
    Juridical sciences
    Language sciences
    Political sciences
    Religious sciences
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    Established Researcher (R3)
    Recognised Researcher (R2)
    Leading Researcher (R4)
    07/04/2017 23:00 - Europe/London
    United Kingdom › Cardiff

The College of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences (AHSS) at Cardiff University and its Principal Investigators wish to develop high-quality research MSCA IF proposals in collaboration with postdoctoral researchers from within and outside of Europe in a number of key thematic areas. The College will facilitate a good match between the research interests of the CU PIs and the incoming researchers and will provide support for the preparation of high-quality proposal to ensure a high probability of success.

Each School has identified a few thematic areas of particular interest, however applications are welcome in other topics as well. To get an overview of the research landscape in the School of your interest, please click the links below.


School of English, Communication & Philosophy

1) Health and the Humanities: Encompassing literary histories of science and medico-literary studies, our cultural and creative research examines alternatives to current policy and practice, and investigates contemporary or historical cultural fears and prejudices surrounding specific health conditions and how affected people deal(t) with them. Therefore, we are looking for projects that complement or intersect with our expertise in language and communication research into linguistic patterns associated with disease, discourse analysis of healthcare communication, such as work on handover meetings on hospital wards, and the tension between cognitive and social priorities in linguistic expression; other themes could be how our philosophical research probes ethical dilemmas and decision-making in healthcare, and motivations for behaviours between patients and healthcare staff, including implicit bias.

2) Cultures of the Imagination: We welcome projects that respond in imaginative and novel ways to the complexities of historical or modern-day cultures, drawing on innovative methodologies to tackle (inter/multi)disciplinary questions. This could involve contributions to digital cultures; illustration studies; history of the book; heritage cultures, memory and material studies, with neo-historical and counter-factual approaches; creative-critical experiments, for example involving cultural and philosophical theory; literary, philosophical and linguistic approaches to Celtic studies; postcolonial studies, empire and slavery studies; period-based research, with particular emphasis on the early modern, Romantic and Victorian periods; modern and contemporary cultures; children’s literature; women’s writing and approaches to gender and sexuality; literary, linguistic and philosophical explorations of law; culture, ethics and religion.

School of History, Archaeology & Religion


1. Authoritarian regimes: examining the role of ideology and resistance in authoritarian regimes from Nazi Germany to early Soviet Russia.

2. Gender and identity: the difference that gender makes from the ancient world to the present day, in a variety of sites from the home, the workplace and the classroom to popular culture and literary texts.

3. Medicine and the Body: Considering themes including women and medicine, the history of psychiatry and shell shock, urban and rural public health, hospitals and medical education, and medicine in the ancient world.

4. Transnationalism: Addressing a range of themes, from links between Southeast Asia and Australia to the Welsh diaspora in Australia and South America.

5. Historical theory: Considering how historical theories have developed, and how theory has been used in historical writing.


1. Houses and the built environment: understanding domestic architecture and the social significance of monumentality. It has included in the recent past critical considerations of the role of mosaics in Greek houses, the organisation of domestic space in Viking longhouses and the relevance of the concept of ‘House Societies’.

2. Social significance of Chronology: Cardiff has been at the forefront of the development of new statistical approaches to chronologies and has pioneered applications in the Neolithic of Britain and Europe, the seriation of Early Anglo Saxon grave assemblages and the development of early copper mining in central Europe.

3. Human and animal lifeways: our research focuses on new approaches to burials and the use of isotopic analysis to provide insights into the social and physical aspects of individuals, animals and food. It includes a detailed examination of the importance of fish in the British diet, the changing importance of different foodstuffs in the Neolithic colonisation of Europe and a consideration of the significance of dog burial in Egypt.

4. Materiality: The department has a wide and varied range of interests in materials which are facilitated by the presence of several archaeological scientists and access to a range of analytical equipment. Work encompasses the detailed consideration of the preservation of iron in modern museum contexts, through the analysis of Roman coinage to the sourcing of flint in the Balkans.


1. Religions of the First Millennium: considering the historical emergence and development of a range of religions (e.g. Buddhism, Jainism, Graeco-Roman Paganism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam) in the period of the First Millennium;

2. Religion in Contemporary Societies: Examining the role of religion in shaping contemporary political, cultural, and economic themes and ideas in the context of national and transnational events.

School of Law and Politics

The School of Law and Politics supports a broad range of research in two broad themes. The School has particular strengths in socio-legal studies, political and legal theory, international political sociology as well as comparative and historical studies in law and politics. Expressions of interest are invited from researchers in the broad areas of Global Justice and Social Justice. Current research under these themes includes (but is not restricted to):

1) Social Justice: Family law, health law and policy, human rights law and policy, canon law, devolved law and governance, criminal law.

2) Global Justice: Humanitarian and human rights law and ethics, Maritime Governance, environmental justice, postcolonial and anti-colonial politics and law, critical military studies, EU governance.

School of Modern Languages

1) Memory and conflict: The School of Modern Languages offers extensive expertise in the social, cultural and political history of conflicts, their representation, and their presence in individual and collective memory. Scholarship covers both military and social conflict, and encompasses such areas as literature (including comics and graphic novels), film, theatre, the visual arts, and music.

2) Mobility and translation: A key research theme in the School of Modern Languages relates to the connection between social and geographic mobility on the one hand and, on the other, processes of cultural and linguistic translation. Specific areas of interest include translation and migration, the construction of transnational communities and networks, and the role of multilingual practices in today’s cultural industries.

Both themes can be approached across a number of media (including printed, electronic and visual texts) as well as languages and cultures.

School of Music - Our research balances cultural-historical approaches with the analytical and critical, and promotes a broad spectrum of methodologies, including sketch studies, archival research, editing and philology, textual analysis, iconography, aesthetics, cultural theory, ethnography, oral history, microhistory, and digital humanities.

School of Welsh - Our expertise encompasses a range of themes and subjects which spans literature, from the Middle Ages to the contemporary period, as well as language, including sociolinguistics and language planning and policy.


Information about the application process can be found under "Additional Info".

Selection process

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Step 1. There are 2 types of MSCA individual fellowships - European Fellowships (EF) and Global Fellowships (GF). Please review each programme (and key eligibility criteria) to determine the most appropriate for you

Step 2. Main areas of research at Cardiff University in the Arts and Humanities are listed under the different themes above. Please check /review to identify which areas you might be interested in and potential mentors. To access the EoI form for submission and review please click here

Step 3. Potential applicants will be notified of the outcome of the selection process by April 28 2017. Successful applicants will then be supported by Cardiff University while developing their application.

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