Jobs at Goldsmiths
2 x Postdoctoral Researchers (1FTE, Fixed term for 2 years & 9 months)
As part of the 5-year research project Politics of Patents: Re-imagining Citizenship via Clothing Inventions 1820-2020 led by Dr Kat Jungnickel and funded by a European Research Council Consolidator, the Department of Sociology are seeking two Postdoctoral Researchers on a fixed term basis from 1st April 2020 - 31st December 2022.
Politics of Patents (POP) undertakes a global sociological investigation of 200 years of clothing inventions. It takes as its focus clothing patents archived in the European Patent Office database/s to explore connections between citizens and clothing. We are analysing how inventors create new forms of clothing that resist, subvert, or reinforce social and political norms and beliefs, and in the process, we aim to develop a deeper understanding about how different expressions of citizenship come into being. For more information please see www.politicsofpatents.org
The Postdoctoral Researchers will be located in the POPLab on Goldsmiths campus. Along with team members, they will be expected to travel for conferences, workshops, fieldwork and other related research activities.
POP uses an inventive mixed-methods approach including in-depth visual and document analysis, interviews with inventors and garment reconstruction. It is oriented around sociological sewing – researching, reconstructing and wearing of clothing as both subject and method of enquiry. As such, the POPLab is equipped with computers, sewing machines, cutting tables, dress-forms and related materials. We welcome candidates with core competencies in social science and sewing who are interested in exploring these intersections further in their research scholarship.