Post-Doctoral Fellowships (2) on Globalhealth, depression and schizophrenia (CfA, Villejuif/Paris, France, Jan 2016-June 2017)

The Cermes3 (Villejuif/Paris, France) announces two 18-month Post-Doctoral Fellowships (Jan 2016-June 2017), to be based at CERMES3 (UMR CNRS, Inserm, EHESS, UPD), Villejuif/Paris, France.

The post-docs are funded through theEuropean Research Council project GLOBHEALTH “From international to global: Knowledge and diseases and the post-war government of health”. Both postdocs fall in the domain, Placing mental health on the world health agenda: the globalization of a refractory problem, one of four being examined by the GLOBHEALTH.

1) Post-doc on “PLACING DEPRESSION ON THE GLOBAL AGENDA:INDIA”

This post-doctoral research will centre on the introduction of depression as a mental health category in India beginning in the 1980s, as part of the broader global transformation of depression from a minor psychiatric category focused on clinical severity to a widely diagnosed, moderate disorder, and of its status as an iconic disorder of social and health disparities, gender, work and unemployment, development policies and other social and economic relations. This project should critically consider the breadth and impact of the conceptualization, screening and treatment of depression within the larger socio-historical context of India. Research will include archival work, document analyses, interviews and fieldwork. The latter will take place at least one national site, and at a local site (e.g. psychiatric clinic, primary health care centre, home for elderly). The project will be located at CERMES3, Villejuif/Paris, but will involve on-site research in India. Supervision will be offered by Jean-Paul Gaudillière (historian) and Anne M. Lovell (medical anthropologist).

REQUIREMENTS: PhD in anthropology or history, but other disciplines will be considered. Some background or interest in mental health, psychiatry, pharmaceuticals or public health is an asset. Excellent mastery of written and spoken English is required. Competency in a language of India (Hindi or Bengali) and some knowledge of French are preferable.

2) Post-doc on “GLOBALIZING SCHIZOPHRENIA AND OTHER SEVERE MENTAL DISORDERS”

This post-doctoral research will centre on a critical history of the development of international research on schizophrenia and other severe mental disorders and the role of WHO, which may include WHO international research programme on schizophrenia, national and local efforts and programs since the 1960s. The research may address scientific findings and controversies; the relationship of this research to international public health, epidemiology, psychiatry and other branches of medicine; intersections with traditional medicines; the changing nature of expertise. The project may also focus on more recent histories of the incorporation of schizophrenia into global health through new alliances (e.g. NGOs, universities, pharmaceutical markets), metrics (e.g. Global Burden of Disease), and movements for health and human rights. The nature of the project may be historical, anthropological or sociological. However, it should focus on local-global exchanges, particularly outside Europe and North America.

The project will be located at CERMES3, Villejuif/Paris, but will involve on-site research in Geneva (WHO) and site(s) in Africa or Asia. The project will be conducted in collaboration with Anne M. Lovell (medical anthropologist) and Jean-Paul Gaudillière (historian).

REQUIREMENTS: PhD in anthropology or history, but other disciplines will be considered. Some background or interest in mental health, psychiatry, pharmaceuticals or public health is preferable. Excellent mastery of written and spoken English is required; knowledge of French and language of the proposed field-site are assets.

APPLICATION: Applicants should include the following:

  • CV (degrees, educational/training experiences, work history, skills, honours/awards, publications)
  • copies of university diplomas
  • letter of motivation
  • draft project of 5 to 10 pages. Include: subject, rationale, materials, methods, field-site, expected outcomes, dissemination and a 1-year 18 month calendar for the project
  • sample of writing the applicant deems relevant to the project
  • names and contact details of two references

Please send complete applications to: Anne M. Lovell and Jean-Paul Gaudillière – indicate post-doc applying for in the subject line.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: SEPTEMBER 30, 2015. Selection will completed in November 2015 and the successful candidate is expected to start employment by January 1, 2016.

Information on CERMES3.
Description of the ERC Project.

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