Deadline: November 16, 2020
£34,403.15 – £37,258.50
Week Commencing 30th November
Katrina Jungnickel / firstname.lastname@example.org
This Research Assistant/ Project Manager post is part of the 5year 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 grant.
Politics of Patents 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. Inventors are the focus of the research as they operate on the cutting edge of social and political change; building on the past to make claims on the present and imagine different futures. We are exploring how inventors create new forms of clothing that resist, subvert, or reinforce social and political norms and beliefs, and in the process, develop a deeper understanding about how different expressions of citizenship come into being.
The research uses an inventive mixed-methods approach including quantitative and in-depth visual and document analysis, interviews with inventors and garment reconstruction, performance and exhibition making. See http://www.PoliticsofPatents.org.
You will be part of a team of five (along with the PI, two postdoctoral researchers and PhD candidate).
As the Research Assistant and Project Manager you will assist with the running of the POP project and POPLab. You will work in the studio (on campus and online) with the team to help to maintain the POP clothing patent dataset and source and collate additional relevant data and prepare it for analysis. You will help to organise, run and document events and social media activities. You will help to source materials and construct and sew a collection of inventions/costumes.
Over the course of the project, you will develop (a) analytical and practice research skills, (b) management skills for running a research project and events, and (c) an understanding of academic careers. You will be part of a team of scholars, participate in the academic life of the Department and College, develop your network, and gain further expertise.
This post is a 1FTE research post, fixed term for 24 months. We are hoping to appoint to this post for a start in February 2021.