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postdoctoral contract (M/F) in history of science, history of photography (France-West Africa)

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Français - Anglais

Date Limite Candidature : mercredi 22 septembre 2021

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General information

Reference : UMR8560-CHABIG-004
Date of publication : Wednesday, September 1, 2021
Type of Contract : FTC Scientist
Contract Period : 18 months
Expected date of employment : 1 December 2021
Proportion of work : Full time
Remuneration : 2728 € gross monthly salary
Desired level of education : PhD
Experience required : 1 to 4 years


The postdoctoral researcher will work within the project photIFAN, From Colonial Sciences to African Heritage : A Cartography and Reconsideration of the French Institute of Black Africa (IFAN). This project brings together Centre Alexandre Koyré, Musée du Quai Branly-Jacques Chirac, University of Gent, Musée Royal d'Art et d'Histoire de Bruxelles, EHESS plateforme géomatique, Institut des Mondes Africains (IMAF). It is funded by the Ile de France region, programme Domaine d'Intérêt Majeur Matériaux Anciens et Patrimoniaux (DIM MAP).

PhotIFAN seeks to explore the photographic production of the IFAN (Institut Français d'Afrique Noire, 1936-1966), evaluate and begin a process of preservation of this photographic heritage. IFAN played a major role in the development of scientific research (natural and social sciences and humanities) in West Africa, not least through an ambitious policy of photographic documentation during the colonial period and covering the whole of French West Africa. The resulting photographs are now poorly identified and little used. Disseminated in several locations across France and Africa, they however constitute a unique visual form of heritage and precious historical sources for research (history of science, African studies) and for the societies they represent. The project aims to produce a first overview of this photographic heritage and its localisation and to explore the epistemological and ethical questions it raises.


-1. Map the repositories (inventory, geolocalisation) of photographs produced by IFAN still extant in France and West Africa.
-2. To construct, with the support of the project partners, an online platform and search engine enabling an access to and linkage between different databases of digitized images
-3. Preparation and submission of one research article to a peer-review journal
-4. Participate in the organization of an international conference at the Musée du Quai Branly-Jacques Chirac focused on the contemporary issues raised by colonial photographs


- PhD Thesis in humanities or social science awarded before the position is taken up
- knowledge of history of science, especially in colonial and postcolonial contexts and/or of history of photography and of photographic collections
- An interest in material culture and the study of issues pertaining heritage
- If possible, awareness of issues pertaining to Africal colonial heritage, or experience of research in Africa
- Experience or interest in digital databases of material heritage, and in digital search tools
- Ability to work autonomously within an international network of institutions, and as part of the DIM MAP
- Good writing skills, ability to write research articles in English and French.

Work Context

The postdoc recruited will be hosted by Centre Alexandre Koyré (Condorcet Campus in Aubervilliers near Paris) where he/she will have access to desk, computer and other facilities. He/she will join a lively community of about one hundred phD students, researchers and academics working in the field of history of science broadly construed. The postdoctoral researcher will be supervised by Anaïs Mauuarin, Charlotte Bigg and Carine Peltier-Caroff and supported by the partner institutions of the project.

Constraints and risks

The postdoctoral researcher will be expected to regularly visit the partner institutions (especially Musée du Quai Branly-Jacques Chirac, Musée d'Aquitaine in Bordeaux, EHESS, IMAF)
A three-month research trip in West Africa is planned within the contract.

Additional Information

Applications should be submitted only via the CNRS recruitment website.
Applications should include :
- A cover letter
- A detailed CV
- The PhD thesis examiners' report
- PDF files of maximum two published or submitted research articles or book chapters
- one or more letters of recommendation (optional)

Applicants wishing additional information on the project and position please contact
Anaïs Mauuarin (Labex Hastec/CAK) : anais.mauuarin@ehess.fr
Charlotte Bigg (CAK) : charlotte.bigg@cnrs.fr
Carine Peltier-Caroff (MQB): carine.peltier-caroff@quaibranly.fr

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