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2 Permanent Positions at Essex (May 6 2012)

LECTURER/ SENIOR LECTURER/ READER IN PHILOSOPHY, School of Philosophy and Art History [2 Positions]
Ref.: ACR613
Salary:                     In the range £37,012-£52,706 per annum
Closing date:              06/05/12

The School of Philosophy and Art History at the University of Essex seeks to appoint two full-time members of staff, either with permanency or with eligibility for permanency after a probationary period, to start on 1 September, 2012, or as soon as possible thereafter. One post will be at the rank of Lecturer; the second will be at the rank of Lecturer, Senior Lecturer or Reader, depending on the experience and qualifications of the applicant. We seek to make one appointment that will strengthen our teaching and research profile in moral and/or political philosophy, and a second that will either contribute to or suitably supplement our existing strengths in Continental European Philosophy.

The post-holders will be expected to make significant contributions to the research and teaching activities of the School, and to participate in the usual range of administrative duties. Essential qualifications include: a PhD in Philosophy or a related discipline; evidence of research excellence; experience of teaching in a higher education environment or the demonstrable potential to achieve this. Candidates for appointment to ranks beyond that of Lecturer will be expected to have a proven record of experience and accomplishment as detailed in the recruitment pack for these posts (see the link below). Ability to contribute teaching and/or research in the area of medical ethics may be an advantage.

Essex Philosophy is part of the School of Philosophy and Art History in the Faculty of Humanities and Comparative Studies at the University of Essex. We are internationally recognized for our unique combination of Anglo-American and Continental European Philosophy. We also have a long-standing research orientation in moral and political philosophy, and research strengths in the Philosophy of Psychiatry. We are committed to fostering a variety of philosophical approaches, and to developing links between philosophy and other disciplines. We offer a wide range of courses for undergraduates, taught postgraduates, and doctoral research students. We were rated among the top-ten research departments in Philosophy in the UK in the last Research Assessment Exercise; and are ranked in the top ten in the Guardian league table for philosophy (4th in 2010; 7th in 2011). We are currently ranked 4thnationally in philosophy for employability of our graduates. Applications for places have been steadily rising in recent years. The School offers a congenial environment for research and teaching, both of which are carried out with considerable emphasis on collegiality and collaboration. The School hosts the Essex Autonomy Project ( The work of the EAP is funded by two major grants from the Arts and Humanities Research Council of Great Britain, for investigation of the ideal of autonomy in human affairs.
Please use the link below for the jobpack containing a full job description, person specification and further information relating to this post:
If you have informal enquiries about this position, please contact Prof. Wayne Martin (Head of School)



Amherst, MA – The UMass Amherst Libraries will offer short-term residential fellowships to assist younger scholars in conducting research in Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA) in the Du Bois Library.  Full-time graduate students, faculty, or independent scholars (with a PhD) are eligible to apply.  Fellows will receive a stipend of $2,500 for a four-week residency.  The deadline for applications is April 20, 2012.  For more information:
Among the approximately 15,000 linear feet of manuscripts held by SCUA are many valuable collections for the study of social change in the United States, including the papers of the most important exponent of the politics and culture of the twentieth century, W.E.B. Du Bois.  Fellows may come from any field and any perspective, and they may work on any topic, but their research should explore the major themes that characterize Du Bois’s scholarship and activism. This includes the history and meaning of racial, social, and economic justice; the problems of democracy and political inclusion; the role of capitalism in world affairs; and the global influence of African cultures.
In addition to the Du Bois Papers, the UMass Amherst Libraries house over three million volumes and a rich suite of electronic resources to support advanced research in the humanities.  Comprehensive, searchable guides and finding aids to SCUA’s collections are available online at
Fellows will be selected on a competitive basis from applicants interested in conducting original research in the Du Bois Papers and other SCUA collections. The criteria for selection will include the potential of the proposal to contribute to scholarship; its fit with Du Boisian themes; the need for the use of SCUA’s collections; and a letter of support.  The application will consist of a brief (up to three pages) description of the research project, curriculum vitae, and the letter of support.  At the end of their consecutive four-week residency, fellows will deliver a public talk on their research.
For more information, contact Rob Cox, head of Special Collections and University Archives, at, or (413) 545-6842.


2 Positions at Kent, UK (31/03/12 & 01/04/12)

There are two lectureships just advertised at Kent that may be of interest

(1) School of Politics: Lectureship in Social and Political Thought

Closing date: 31st March

The job spec mentions a specialism in “history of political ideas and/or current post-structrualist and post-foundational political thought”.
However, the post is open to anyone who works in any aspect or approach of political philosophy.,6514235614&key=25577100&c=615435564847&pagestamp=senvjrvvnaumlyyfwg

(2) School of Arts: Lectureship in Film Studies
Closing date: 1st April

The job spec is for anyone with interest in Film Studies. However, the School of Arts has a number of philosophically trained aestheticians across its departments, including Film, so a philosopher who could demonstrate knowledge and interest in Film Studies would be eligible.,3472025954&key=25577100&c=615435564847&pagestamp=seobahmujodurvtqhz


Lecturer in Political Theory at Leeds (1/19/12)

Lecturer in Political Theory
University of Leeds – Education, Social Sciences & Law

Job Summary

You will be a full member of the School of Politics and International Studies. As a research active academic, you will maintain a strong research and publication record, and contribute to the School’s research activities and research culture. You will deliver undergraduate and taught postgraduate modules in appropriate subject areas, as well as supervising BA and MA dissertations; and recruit and supervise PhD candidates. You will also undertake a normal load of administrative duties within the School. You will have research expertise in any of the core areas of political theory, including the history of political thought, continental political philosophy and analytical political theory. You will be involved in the research, teaching and administration of the School as well as contributing to related activities within the school and the wider faculty. You will work within University values and policies which are designed to promote dignity, diversity and inclusiveness.

University Grade 7 (£32,751 – £35,788 p.a.) or University Grade 8 (£36,862 – £44,016 p.a.)

Informal enquiries to Head of School, Professor Kevin Theakston email, tel +44 (0)113 343 4391 or Academic Group Leader Dr. David Seawright, email, tel +44 (0)113 343 6898

Closing Date: 19 January 2012


Postdoc Frankfurt (1/2/12)

The Centre for Advanced Studies „Justitia Amplificata: Rethinking Justice – Applied and Global”, funded by the German Research Council (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG) at the University of Frankfurt is seeking to appoint up to three post-doctoral fellows in political theory/political philosophy for the academic year 2012/2013.

Duration and Starting Date: 12 months, starting on either September 1st or October 1st 2012, according to the fellows’ convenience.

Candidates should have completed, or be close to the completion of, a doctorate in political theory/political philosophy, and should have proven potential to conduct and publish research at an international level. Candidates’ research should fall within the Centre’s areas of focus, namely global justice and applied theories of justice, as well as methodological questions on how to apply theories of justice to non-ideal circumstances.

Please send your application in English (a 2/3 page research project, CV, writing sample of preferably not more than 7,000 words (can be an excerpt), and two letters of reference) to the administrative officer of Justitia Amplificata, Ms Valérie Bignon,

Closing date is February 1st 2012.

For further information regarding the centre, its members, and its activities, please visit:

For the conditions of award of the fellowship, please visit:


Occupy Philosophy CfP (1/6/12)

Call for Papers

Michigan State University Department of Philosophy Graduate Student Conference

Occupy Philosophy:
Dialogue and Reflection on Economic Inequality, Capitalism, and Democracy in America

February 10-11, 2012

In light of recent events illuminating ongoing critiques of how wealth and resources are distributed in America, it is timely to interrogate the ethical, conceptual and methodological issues arising when capitalism and other political economic systems are evaluated. This conference is primarily concerned with the ways that philosophy can mediate discussions of economic power, human welfare, institutional justice, and the cost-benefit analyses that inform economic choices.

Submission Guidelines:
We invite submissions of papers by graduate students. We welcome papers that broadly address issues in social and political philosophy; preference will be given to original contributions that incorporate discussions of the recent “Occupation movement” and related events. Presentations should not exceed 30 minutes in length, and will be followed by a short commentary and moderated question and answer sessions. Submission deadline is January 6, 2012. Please submit abstract in addition to a paper suitable for blind review at <> .

Featured Speakers:
Featured Faculty:
John H. McClendon III, Professor of Philosophy at MSU

Jason Read, Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Southern Maine

Further Information:
For additional information about this conference, including registration information, accommodations and the conference itinerary, visit the conference web site:



Call for applications: The Groupe de recherche interuniversitaire en philosophie
politique de Montréal (GRIPP), spanning the departments of political science and
philosophy at McGill University, l’Université de Montréal, Concordia University,
and l’Université du Québec à Montréal, invites applications for its 2012
manuscript workshop award. The recipient of the award will be invited to
Montreal  for a day-long workshop in April/May 2012 dedicated to his or her book
manuscript. This “author meets critics” workshop will comprise four to five
sessions dedicated to critical discussion of the manuscript; each session will
begin with a critical commentary on a section of the manuscript by a  political
theorist or philosopher who is part of Montreal’s GRIPP community. The format is
designed to maximize feedback for a book-in-progress. The award covers the costs
of travel, accommodation, and meals.


A. Topic: The manuscript topic is open within political theory and political
philosophy, but we are especially interested in manuscripts related to at least
one of these GRIPP research themes: 1) the history of liberal and democratic
thought, especially early modern thought; 2) moral psychology and political
agency, or politics and affect or emotions or rhetoric; 3) democracy, diversity,
and pluralism. 4) democracy, justice, and transnational institutions.

B. Manuscript: Book manuscripts in English or French, not yet in a version
accepted for publication, by applicants with PhD in hand by 1 August 2011, are
eligible. Applicants must have a complete or nearly complete draft (at least 4/5
of final draft) ready to present at the workshop. In the case of co-authored
manuscripts, only one of the co-authors is eligible to apply. (Only works in
progress by the workshop date are eligible; authors with a preliminary book
contract are eligible only if no version has been already accepted for

C. Application: Please submit the following materials electronically, compiled
as a single PDF file: 1) a curriculum vitae; 2) a table of contents; 3) a short
abstract of the book project, up to 200 words; 4) a longer book abstract up to
2500 words; and, in the case of applicants with previous book publication(s),
(5) three reviews, from established journals in the field, of the applicant’s
most recently published monograph. Candidates are not required to, but may if
they wish, submit two letters of recommendation speaking to the merits of the
book project. Please do not send writing samples. Send materials by email, with
the subject heading “2012 GRIPP Manuscript Workshop Award” to Arash Abizadeh
<arash.abizadeh at>. Review of applications begins 10 January 2012.
Contact Arash Abizadeh <arash.abizadeh at> with questions.



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