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Doctoral student in Human and Social Sciences M/W

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Date Limite Candidature : vendredi 1 octobre 2021

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General information

Reference : UMR8504-GILPAL-002
Workplace : PARIS 06
Date of publication : Friday, September 10, 2021
Scientific Responsible name : Gilles Palsky
Type of Contract : PhD Student contract / Thesis offer
Contract Period : 36 months
Start date of the thesis : 1 November 2021
Proportion of work : Full time
Remuneration : 2 135,00 € gross monthly

Description of the thesis topic

The aim of the thesis is to explore the genesis, transformations, evolutions and epistemological significance of graphic representations from 1954 to 2000, starting from the major place of elaboration and reflection that was Jacques Bertin's Cartography Laboratory in this period. It thus aims to contribute to an aesthetic, social and cultural history of scientific visual imaginaries, crossing the history of Humanities and Social Sciences, visual cultures in science, and the history of graphic and information design at the dawn of the development of digital humanities.
The thesis will focus on the history of graphic and instrumental research at the Cartography Laboratory and its place in the social sciences of the second half of the 20th century, in its institutional, epistemological and pedagogical dimensions. A first approach, which is essential and made possible for the first time by access to archives, will consist in mapping the institutional and intellectual landscape in which the Laboratory was born and developed.
The thesis will attempt to reconstruct the institutional history of the laboratory, its networks, its influence, and in particular the scientific dialogue established between the laboratory and various actors in the humanities and social sciences within the EHESS. It will analyse the links that were established, on a national or international scale, with a cartography in the process of being institutionalized.
The thesis, carried out within the framework of the UMR 8504 Géographie-cités, is part of the ANR project DESIGNSHS Graphic design and social sciences: the graphic laboratory of Jacques Bertin. This project began on 1 April 2020 and will last until 31 March 2024 (48 months). It brings together specialists in the history of science, geography, cartography, digital humanities and design, as well as those responsible for heritage institutions, for a comprehensive approach to and enhancement of Bertin's archives and those of his laboratory.
The PhD student will be involved in all phases of the project and will be able to contribute to the collective reflections developed on all tasks. Throughout the contract, he/she will also take on research promotion tasks (organization of seminars, networking with media partners, etc.).

Work Context

The doctoral student will be attached to the UMR 8504 Geographie-Cités, whose tutelles are the CNRS, the University of Paris, the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and the EHESS. He/she will benefit from the synergies established within the team between the doctoral students (approximately 80) and the researchers. He/she will be able to rely on the services of the unit's technicians and engineers.
The PhD student's affiliation will be decided according to his/her speciality, either to the University of Paris 1 Geography PhD School (ED 434) or to the EHESS PhD School (ED 286), which is multidisciplinary and oriented towards the social sciences.
Co-supervision will be provided by Gilles Palsky (Professor of Geography, University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne) and Nicolas Verdier (CNRS Research Director, EHESS Director of Studies).
For the whole of his/her work, the doctoral student will benefit from a team dynamic within the ANR DESIGNSHS project, characterized by the presence of confirmed researchers in history, geography, cartography, graphic design and digital humanities.

Constraints and risks

A significant amount of research work in archives, mainly at the National Archives (Pierrefitte-sur-Seine site) and at the National Library of France (F. Mitterrand site, Paris) is to be expected.

Additional Information

Expected competences:
The candidate should, at the time of starting the contract, hold a Master's degree (or equivalent) in humanities and social sciences with a research dimension, with a minimum average of 16/20 during the diploma year. The position requires knowledge of the history of social sciences and/or the history of graphic design, good communication skills (oral and written) in French and English to present papers and write articles in scientific journals.
The candidate should be able to work in a team and on an interdisciplinary project. An interest in or skills in graphic design and digital humanities will be appreciated.

An audition of the selected candidates will take place during the month of October either in person or by videoconference depending on the health context.
An initial expression of interest is requested prior to the application.
Contact: Mr Gilles PALSKY, gilles.palsky@univ-paris1.fr

Documents to be provided
A detailed CV
A one-page letter of motivation
A PDF file of the Master 2's thesis
A transcript of grades from Master 1 and 2
Letter(s) of recommendation from one or two referees

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