ORGANISATION/COMPANYUniversitat de Barcelona
RESEARCHER PROFILERecognised Researcher (R2)
APPLICATION DEADLINE16/07/2018 08:00 - Europe/Athens
LOCATIONSpain › Barcelona
TYPE OF CONTRACTTemporary
HOURS PER WEEK37,5
OFFER STARTING DATE01/10/2018
EU RESEARCH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMMEH2020 / ERC
FBG project number
The sound of special places: exploring rock art soundscapes and the sacred
Dr Margarita Díaz-Andreu García
Història i Arqueologia
The ARTSOUNDSCAPES project deals with sound, rock art and sacred landscapes among past hunter-gatherers and early agricultural societies around the world. The potential of sound to stimulate powerful emotions makes it a common medium for conferring places with extraordinary agency. Ethnographic and ethnohistorical sources indicate that these sites are often endowed with a sacred significance and, in many cases, they also receive special treatment, including the production of rock paintings. Despite aural experience being an integral component of the human condition and a key element in ritual, archaeology has largely been unable to study it systematically. Rock art landscapes are no exception and, although some studies have been made, they have largely been reproached for their lack of scientific rigour and subjectivity. ARTSOUNDSCAPES will fully address this weakness by investigating the perception of sound in rock art landscapes from an interdisciplinary approach reflected in its five Research Lines:
- Research Line 1: Characterising the acoustic properties of rock art landscapes. Aim: to undertake a comprehensive analysis of the acoustic properties of a series of rock art landscapes around the world in order to acquire scientifically accurate data for surveying relationships between sonic effects, soundscape perception and the positioning of rock art.
- Research Line 2: The psychoacoustics of rock art landscapes. Aim: to examine the sensations evoked in people by sounds and how they relate to auditory interpretations and physically measurable quantities; to explore auditory perceptions such as echolocation and the augmented audibility and intelligibility of distant sounds.
- Research Line 3: Neuropsychology and emotion in rock art landscapes. Aim: to test whether stimulation of the brain with the sound recorded in RL1 can induce patterns of brain activity related to particular emotions such as those provoked by altered or mystical states
- Research Line 4: Ethnographic and ethnohistorical sources. Aim: to critically revise ethnohistorical and ethnographic records related to music and sound among hunter-gatherers and early agriculturalists and/or also, if agreed with the PI, of other type of societies in the world, and to look at the ethnographic variation in sacred beliefs associated with sound in these same societies.
- Research Line 5: Phenomenological analysis of sacred emotion and rock art soundscapes. Aim: to combine the results obtained in the previous lines and to attempt a phenomenological understanding of sacred soundscapes among late hunter-gatherers and early agriculturalists around the world.
KEY RESPONSIBILITIES WILL INCLUDE:
- Work closely with the project PI, the Senior Post Doctoral Researcher(s) and the other teams members;
- Research on Research Line 4 (RL 4) in the areas and subjects agreed with the PI;
- Collaborate with the PI and team members working in RL1, RL2 and RL3;
- Unless on fieldwork, attending meetings, conferences or travelling for archival and literature research allowed by the PI, a key responsibility of the researcher will be to work in the Department of History and Archaeology, University of Barcelona.
FUNCTIONS AND/OR TASKS OF THE POSITION
Related to the whole project
- Collaborate with the PI, the senior PD and other team members for all required tasks and RLs in the project.
Related to Research Line 4
- Undertake archival and literature research into the use of music and musical instruments in past and present communities of interest to the project in an area of the world to be agreed with the PI;
- Undertake archival and literature research into the cultural and religious meaning of acoustics in past and present communities of interest to the project in the same or not communities and area to be agreed with the PI;
- Undertake archival and literature research into sound recordings made of acoustics and musical instruments in the past and present in a series of selected areas to be agreed with the PI;
- Construct a usable database with a programme and fields agreed by the PI to include the findings made during the archival and literature research, including the sound recordings.
Related to Research Line 1
- Actively join fieldwork seasons if needed by the project and required by the PI and/or the Senior Post-Doctoral Researcher(s);
- Actively assist in the post-processing of acoustic data acquired during fieldwork if needed by the project and required by the PI and/or the Senior Post-Doctoral Researcher(s).
Related to Research Lines 2 and 3
- Provide the necessary data for tests to be undertaken in RL2 and RL3 when required by the PI and/or the Senior Post-Doctoral Researcher(s);
- Assist the PI and the senior Post Doctoral Researcher(s) in ensuring that there is continuous, fluid and effective communication between RL2 and RL3 with the other project research lines aiming to, among other goals, produce joined-up academic work.
- Actively work in academic dissemination by leading the writing of at least two articles per year to be published in international peer-reviewed publications.
- Actively participate in conferences agreed by the PI representing the ARTSOUNDSCAPES project with a paper at least once a year
- Actively participate in non-academic dissemination for wider audiences agreed by the PI.
- Travel to undertake archival and literature research as needed;
- Perform other related duties as required.
Gross salary per year
Negotiable between 20000 and 27000€
Application letter, Curriculum vitae, 2 international publications if available, 2 academic reference letters to be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by the deadline
Send your application to:
Prof. Dr Margarita Díaz-Andreu
Application for a Junior Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship
A list of pre-selected candidates will be notified by email letting them know the date in which they will be interviewed.
The job will be for one year renewable to a second and final year.
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REQUIRED EDUCATION LEVELHistory: PhD or equivalent
REQUIRED LANGUAGESENGLISH: ExcellentSPANISH: Basic
We are looking for a highly motivated, creative, interdisciplinary
researcher with a background in either rock art, archaeoacoustics, anthropology or ethnomusicology.
The candidate is expected to possess:
- A positive and strong attitude in teamwork and a major commitment to research;
- Familiarity with ethnohistorical, musicological and ethnographical data related to either music among premodern communities or the role of sound in rock art landscapes;
- Ability to create and develop databases with any of the most common database programmes such as Excel, Microsoft Access and Filemaker;
- Developed writing and speaking skills for communicating with audiences ranging from the general public to international scholars;
- Demonstrated familiarity with conventional research reporting styles, including project layout, referencing, and written scientific reporting according to prescribed standards.
SKILLS POSITIVELY CONSIDERED WILL BE
- Experience in archaeoacoustics or ethnomusicology;
- Music-related degree
- Language skills
The candidate is expected to have:
- a PhD in Archaeology, Anthropology, Ethnomusicology or related areas.
The following specific requirements are considered as assets:
- Publications about ethnomusic and/or archaeoacoustics art in international peer-reviewed publications.
EURAXESS offer ID: 322161
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