The School of History at Queen Mary University of London wishes to recruit a three-year Postdoctoral Research Assistant to work on a Wellcome Trust funded research project,  ‘Pathologies of Solitude, 18th – 21st century’, led by Professor Barbara Taylor (PI).

This project, which begins in September 2018, is a four-year investigation into changing perceptions of solitude in Britain from the 18th century to the present, with particular emphasis on the perceived health risks of solitude and loneliness. The project is collaborative, involving a research network and visiting scholars who will explore solitude from multiple disciplinary perspectives. The project will also engage with campaigns devoted to alleviating loneliness, while an ambitious outreach programme will take its findings to the general public.

Two further Postdoctoral Research Assistant posts will be advertised in the course of the project (for posts beginning in January 2019 and September 2019).Full details of the project can be requested from Professor Taylor: b.g.taylor@qmul.ac.uk.

The successful candidate will hold a PhD in a relevant area which will have been awarded before the start of the role. Relevant subject areas include but are not limited to: history of the emotions; medical humanities; English literature; history of religion; cultural history; philosophy; intellectual history; gender studies; scientific studies of the emotions; psychology; psychiatry; psychoanalysis; social anthropology; sociology; urban studies; gerontology; comparative literature.

Applications close 24 April 2018. More details are available here.


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