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MSCA-PF: Joint application at the University of Granada. Department of History of Science

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    27/08/2021 18:30 - Europe/Brussels
    HE / MSCA
    Spain, Granada
    International Research Projects Office
    Promotion and Advisory Unit

Professor Rosa M Medina Doménech, from the Department of History of Science at the University of Granada, welcomes postdoctoral candidates interested in applying for a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowships (MSCA-PF) in 2021 at this University. Please note that applicants must comply with the Mobility Rule (more information about the 2020 call: http://sl.ugr.es/0aNV, the 2021 call is not yet open)

Brief description of the institution:

The University of Granada (UGR), founded in 1531, is one of the largest and most important universities in Spain. With over 60.000 undergraduate and postgraduate students and 6.000 staff. UGR offers a total of 89 degrees, 110 master’s degrees and 28 doctoral programmes through its 123 departments and 27 centers. Consequently, the UGR offers one of the most extensive and diverse ranges of higher education programmes in Spain.

The UGR has awarded with the "Human Resources Excellence in Research (HRS4R)", which reflects the UGR’s commitment to continuously improve its human resource policies in line with the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers. UGR is also a leading institution in research, located in the top of Spanish universities by a variety of ranking criteria, such as national R&D projects, fellowships awarded, publications, or international funding. UGR is one of the few Spanish Universities listed in the Shanghai Top 500 ranking - Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) (http://sl.ugr.es/0bsW). The UGR is amongst the 201-300 first universities of the world, between 2nd-5th position of Spanish universities and number 1 in the Andalusian Region in the Shanghai Top 500 ranking. Specialties at UGR that stand out are Library & Information Science (position 32) and Food Science & Technology (position 36). Moreover, the UGR is also situated amongst the first 100 universities in Mining & Mineral Engineering between (76th-100th position), in Mathematics (between 76th-100th position) and in Hospitality & Tourism Management (between 76th-100th position). The edition of the ARWU places the UGR in 201-300th position in the world and as the 4th highest ranked University in Spain, reaffirming its position as an institution at the forefront of national and international research.

Additionally, the UGR has 8 researchers at the top of the Highly Cited Researchers (HCR) list in Computer Sciences & Engineering (position 101-150). It is also well recognized for its web presence (http://sl.ugr.es/0a6i), being positioned at 43th place in the top 200 Universities in Europe.

Internationally, we bet decidedly by our participation in the calls of the Framework Programme of the European Union. For the duration of the last two Framework Programmes, the UGR has obtained a total of 67 projects, with total funding of 18.029 million euros, and for H2020, 118 projects with total funding around 29.115 million euros.

Brief description of the Centre/Research Group:

The Department of Pathological Anatomy and History of Science is located in the Faculty of Medicine. Its facilities occupy the ninth and tenth floors of Tower B of the new Faculty located in the PTS. Since 1987 it integrates two departmental sections: the Pathological Anatomy Section and the History of Science Section. In both, 12 professors and two members of the PAS perform their functions. The Department has teaching competencies in the Degrees of Medicine, Dentistry, Occupational Therapy, Degree in Social and Cultural Anthropology, and in various Official Master's Degrees. The members of the Department participate in six Groups of the Andalusian Research Plan: CTS-138 Pathological Anatomy, CTS-196 Gyneco-Obstetric Pathology, HUM-773 History of Science, HUM-603 Studies of Women, HUM-404 Tradition and Survival of Classical Culture and HUM-149 Eastern Andalusia and its relationship with America in the Modern Age The History of Science Department.

Project description:

"Things that matter in illness": Objects, emotions and gender in the experience of illness and medical practices for relief.

The project addresses the generic question regarding the role of objects in coping with illness and the therapies and relief that triggers. We use a transdisciplinary and transtemporal methodology that gathers various disciplines (history, anthropology, and sociology, feminist and cultural studies) to understand the role of materiality in illness and its associated emotions. This proposal deals with two of the challenges (1 and 6) set by the State Plan for Scientific and Technical Research and Innovation 2017-2020: to contribute from the Humanities and Social Sciences to the challenges posed by the processes of disease/health. Our research question makes sense in conversation with various contemporary academic questions that run through studies of materiality, gender, emotional studies, history, anthropology, and the sociology of disease. However, this research is rooted in relevant issues raised by contemporary or historical experiences of diverse conditions (chronic pain, fibromyalgia, intersex bodies, disability, and functional failure of organs, fear and mental suffering) and the reliefs, therapies and therapeutic relationships engendered by the concomitant suffering.

Therefore, this project focuses on understanding the relationships between materiality, illness and emotions, inspired not only by academic conversations but, more importantly, by the experience of getting sick partly apprehend from our previous research. Our transdisciplinary and transtemporal methodology is innovative in overcoming the mere aggregation of disciplines or juxtaposed chronologies. We are aware that the materiality-disease-emotions relationship still is a ​​work in progress in relation to disease / health, consequently the transtemporal question on the animated character of objects, is very useful to balance our presentism. The unanimated character of things has also been objected from perspectives that underline the discursive and/or animated nature of matter. This animated material world makes sense immersed in emotional processes, especially, in the framework of pain and suffering, and of practices, professional or not, that try to face and alleviate them. That is why the perspective of emotional analysis is part of our work. We are grouping the specific objectives of research in two areas: (A) How the tangibility of objects, agglutinated in the experience of the disease, has intangible stories and (B) How the Intangibility of emotions in the sick can materialize in specific objects and metaphors.

These specific objectives involve diverse contexts of disease (fibromyalgia, chronic pain, intersexuality, mental illness), of therapeutic practices (transplants, surgeries, medication, patient / professional relationships, plants and amulets) and of working emotions (fear, trust, disgust, rejection).

A transversal objective includes the aforementioned relationship with society coherently with an investigation stimulated by our disciplines in contact, as well as by contact –provided in part by previous works–, with the experience of falling ill. It involves the creation of an Interactive Museum of the Things of Sickness (MICE) that will collect the results of our research and it will arise social participation, expanding the impact of the research beyond the strictly academic field in line with Challenge 6 and 1 of the State Plan. As in previous research, this project is extremely attentive to the circulation of our results among various disciplines and academic contexts or national and international publications.

We have just applied for funding to the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation.

Research Area:

  • Social Sciences and Humanities (SOC)

For a correct evaluation of your candidature, please send the documents below to Professor Rosa M Medina Doménech (rosam@ugr.es):

  • CV
  • Letter of recommendation (optional)


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