Writing-Up Fellowship (EXPIRED)
Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research not BA-granting
|Job category||Graduate fellowship / Fixed term|
|AOS||Dealing with diversity in the life and sustainability sciences|
History of Philosophy
Metaphysics and Epistemology
Philosophy of Science
|AOC||Diversity in the life and sustainability sciences|
History of Philosophy
Metaphysics and Epistemology
Philosophy of Science
|Location||Klosterneuburg, Lower Austria, Austria|
|Start date||September / October 2021|
The Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research (KLI) in Klosterneuburg (Austria) announces 5 Writing-Up Fellowships for late-stage PhD students working on topics related to “Dealing with diversity in the life and sustainability sciences”.
The Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research (KLI) is an independent center of advanced studies in the life and sustainability sciences. The mission of the KLI is to enable scientific reasoning dedicated to understanding and sustaining life in its biological, cognitive, social, and cultural diversity. At the KLI, we are committed to contribute to addressing pressing social-environmental challenges of our time through inter- and transdisciplinary research. We especially support theoretical and conceptual research as well as philosophical and historical work in the life and sustainability sciences. In line with this mission, we recognize equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) as fundamental values of our institute. We believe that only if research institutions engage with the broadest spectrum of views, opinions and experiences will we be able to contribute to addressing the pressing societal and environmental challenges of our world through research.
“Dealing with diversity in the life and sustainability sciences”
This call aims to support an interdisciplinary cohort of late-stage PhD students whose work deals with diversity in the life and sustainability sciences. The 5 KLI Writing-up Fellowships are not restricted to specific topics or approaches. However, as A Home to Theory that Matters, the KLI will support projects that engage with theoretical and conceptual work in the life and sustainability sciences as well as philosophical, historical, and sociological work related to these fields. Though not exclusively, we look forward to receiving applications especially in the following research areas:
Which theoretical and conceptual framings are needed to explain the plethora of phenotypes we see in human populations, today (from morphologies to individual and social behaviors to cognition, language, and cultures)? How can these framings help to integrate methodologies and evidence (e.g. morphological and genomic evidence) dealing with the multiplicity of factors (e.g. environmental, cultural, social) underpinning the emergence of biological and cultural diversity in human populations? How can we evaluate the most plausible explanations that account for human variability as well as the processes and factors involved in human evolution? What forms of reasoning and methodological approaches are needed to make sense of new data (e.g., from morphological to genomic)? What are the ethical and philosophical implications of theories and approaches from the past (e.g., eugenic and race theories) used to explain human evolution? How do legacies from such approaches influence current research and how can scientists deal with them in their own work? What theories and conceptual approaches can contribute to overcome these legacies?
Biological anthropology; Cultural anthropology; Cultural evolution; Ethnography; History of science’ Philosophy of science.
Which theories and conceptual framings do we need to capture and explain the interdependencies and co-evolution of diversity of life forms, such as cognitive, cultural, social, and biological diversity? How can we explain the interconnection between the loss of cognitive or cultural diversity and the loss of other species or ecosystems diversity? How can we define and decide upon parameters, indicators, and concepts to assess diversity of life forms? Which frameworks and research approaches (e.g., ecological models; evolutionary models) can support efforts to preserve and foster diversity of life forms? Which kind of framings can support actions aiming to preserve and foster diversity of life forms locally and globally? How can we integrate insights from socio-economic sciences as well as social-ecological research and transformation studies to value and foster diversity of life forms? How can theories enhance research approaches (e.g. inter- and transdisciplinary research) to be able to value and foster diversity of life forms? And which theories and approaches can help predict future scenarios of diversity of life forms (e.g. biodiversity) on Earth?
Taxonomy and Systematics; Phylogenetics; Conservation biology; Ethnobiology; Sustainability sciences; Ecological economics; Transformation and transition studies; Environmental philosophy.
How do the life and sustainability sciences engage with issues of diversity of knowledge systems? How can work in the philosophy, history, and social studies of science support efforts to deal with these issues? How can such efforts be non-hierarchical, acknowledging the asymmetries of power that animate engagement with non-Western knowledge systems? How can work in the life and sustainability sciences engage with postcolonial theory and indigenous knowledge to decolonize research? How can feminist epistemology, queer theories, and intersectional studies nurture and inform the way inter and transdisciplinary collaborations deal with difference and identity in these fields? How do the environmental sciences engage with questions of climate and social justice? How has research in this field accommodated concerns based on inequities related to, for instance, class, caste, race, and gender in its analytical approaches? How can the life and sustainability sciences engage with and nurture subaltern voices? What theoretical framings can help to include the voices of people with different abilities in the life and sustainability sciences?
Philosophy of science; Post-colonial and Decolonization studies; Climate justice; History of science; Science and technology studies; Environmental philosophy; Feminist, queer and intersectional studies.
Who is encouraged to apply?
The 5 KLI Writing-up fellowships aim to support doctoral students in the final stage of their PhD research. Writing-up fellowships are individual fellowships awarded to work independently on the applicant’s research project supervised by their advisor in the home university. The 5 fellowships are especially well-suited for two categories of PhD students:
Both categories of PhD students should be interested in and eager to extend their research perspective by drawing on novel concepts of evolutionary theorizing based on long-standing work done at the KLI.
Details of the fellowships:
Benefits of working at the KLI:
A full application will comprise:
The applications will be selected using the following criteria:
|How to apply|
Aspiring applicants fill in the Contact Form (https://www.kli.ac.at/content/en/fellowships/fellowship_contact_form). Please specify “Dealing with Diversity Writing-Up Fellowship” in the motivation section of the form.
|Web address to apply||https://www.kli.ac.at/content/en/the_kli/open_call...|
|Email to apply|
|Hard deadline||February 15, 2021, 11:59pm CET|
|Web address for more information||https://www.kli.ac.at/content/en/the_kli/open_call...|
|Contact name||Guido Caniglia|
|Time created||January 14, 2021, 10:01am EST|
|Scheduled expiry date||February 15, 2021, 11:59pm CET|
|Expired on||February 17, 2021, 12:46am CET|
|Last updated||February 16, 2021, 6:46pm EST|
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