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Postdoctoral fellowship in social or juridical anthropology with a focus on animal/ environmental law (M/F)

This offer is available in the following languages:
Français - Anglais

Date Limite Candidature : jeudi 9 décembre 2021

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General information

Reference : UPR299-DANBER-001
Date of publication : Thursday, November 18, 2021
Type of Contract : FTC Scientist
Contract Period : 12 months
Expected date of employment : 5 April 2022
Proportion of work : Full time
Remuneration : Gross salary: from 2,743 to 3,896 euros/month for 1 to 6 years of experience.
Desired level of education : PhD
Experience required : 1 to 4 years


The project RULNAT studies how animal- and environment-related issues are brought before the court; how they are handled by lawyers, activists and the state; how they are judicialised and governed by law and court procedures in different countries; and how the general debate on nature and animal rights is actually implemented. Based on the study of court cases, the analysis bears on how relations between humans and animals or the environment are shaped – or not – by legal action.
The project relies on an international team bringing together anthropologists and legal scholars who work in various regional contexts: Asia (India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, China), Europe (Italy, Scotland), Latin America (Colombia). For more information see https://rulnat.cnrs.fr/
In collaboration with the team and under the supervision of Daniela Berti (CNRS), coordinator of the project, the postdoctoral fellow will develop a comparative perspective from a cultural area that is not covered by project members and whose recent dynamics concern the governance of the environment or animals in legislative or judicial terms. The following regions will be privileged in the selection of applications: East Asia, Africa, and North America.


1. Regular on-site presence is required.
2.To contribute to the state of the art and to participate in the project's seminars and workshops.
3. To develop personal research work relevant to the project, which would typically include fieldwork (funded separately) and the analysis of collected data;
4. To prepare a paper or a chapter for publication, based on this research work.


- Experience of ethnographic fieldwork and/or bibliographical expertise on the environment or animals, together with a fair knowledge of legal and judicial issues regarding their protection.
- Knowledge of the language of the area of study as well as English (knowledge of French is also welcome though not required).
- Ability to read court files.

Work Context

The RULNAT project is coordinated by the Centre for Himalayan Studies (CNRS), situated in the new French hub for research in Social Sciences and the Humanities on Campus Condorcet, in the Paris area. Other institutional partners for the project are the Centre for International Studies (CERI – SciencesPo/CNRS), the Laboratoire d'Ethnographie et de Sociologie Comparative (LESC – University Paris Nanterre/CNRS), and the Maison des Sciences de l'Homme of the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB).
The postdoctoral fellow will have a working space at CEH with all the usual facilities.

Constraints and risks

To actively contribute to research for the project and in the scientific events organized.
To undertake fieldwork outside France.

Additional Information

The postdoctoral fellow will contribute to the comparative research project RULNAT (Ruling on Nature – Animals and the Environment Before the Court), funded by the French National Research Agency (ANR).
Place of work: Centre for Himalayan Studies (CNRS UPR299), in the EHESS (School of Higher Social Sciences Studies) building, Paris/Aubervilliers.
Employer: National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS)
Required: PhD in social or juridical anthropology; experience in research on the legal protection of the environment and/or animals.
End of applications: January 10, 2022
Documents to be sent:
- Research project (2,000 to 5,000 words)
- Detailed C.V.
- If applicable, viva report
- If available, one or two publications (in pdf format).
There is no need to send letters of recommendation.

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