The Banister Fletcher Global Fellowship

Job reference: 01629

Location: Paris

Closing date: 29/04/2020

Salary: Other - Please see advert

Employment type: Fellowship - Stipendiary

Department: University of London Institute in Paris (ULIP)

Sub-Department: Other

Hours per week: TBC

The Banister Fletcher Global Fellowship

Paris/London Fellowship in Urban Studies (secondment or short-term appointment)

As the significance of shared culture and robust exchange between the cities of London and Paris comes increasingly to the fore, the University of London is announcing the endowment of a global fellowship opportunity piloted by the University of London Institute in Paris in partnership with the Bartlett School of Architecture (UCL) and Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), the University’s leading centres of research and learning in urban history, culture, design and theory.

This Global Fellowship aims to build experientially embedded research that reflects and informs the ways Paris and London are both distinct and connected. In the current context of rising nationalism, deepening inequalities, and environmental crisis, the fellowship invites interdisciplinary work to help shape new understandings of the variable triangulations of public works, private investment, and civil-society action. As patterns of labour and mobility change, as the imperatives of climate action increasingly shape urban policy and infrastructure, how are cities adapting, transforming, failing, and thriving?

The fellowship seeks in particular to foster new attention to urban dynamics of welfare and solidarity. Much scholarship focuses on macro-factors in global city analysis, stressing the intensification of global competition between urban centres and the particular configuration of proximate rivalry and emulation between historic European capitals. This emphasis tends to occlude significant transformation of the welfare state and related municipal and/or civil-society consultation and action. Yet community-led innovation and knowledge are increasingly shaping urban and design cultures of access to public and private spaces, including signage in shared space. It is generating new vernaculars and alternative forms of circular economies or more or less autonomous structures of solidarity. And these processes are shifting what are often perceived as ‘only’ local dynamics into a transnational frame.

The Banister Fletcher Global Fellowship invites scholars to place such capillary action and attention to alternative forms and spaces of knowledge production at the heart of proposals that may build on research and creative practice developed in relation to cultures and histories of the built environment across the world, but also more directly within the perimeter of the Paris-London framework. It encourages candidates to consider how their work will both benefit from sustained consideration of this Paris-London framework, while also contributing to the elucidation of it. It also anticipates the importance of historical perspectives and welcomes proposals anchored in the city as archive.

The Fellowship will be for a period up to 6 months (between 15thSeptember-15thApril 2020-2021), based in Paris or London, or split between the two cities. The Fellow will conduct and communicate original research, engage in the research environment of the supporting institutions, and contribute to fostering productive connections between them. More specifically, the Fellow will design and convene two 2-day workshops (for faculty and graduate students), one in each city, with funds available for this programming. S/he will also deliver two public lectures, one in each city, with video capture and the subsequent publication of both lectures, or a combination of them. The Banister Fletcher Global Fellowship intends to establish a series of published short texts which will constitute a reference in urban studies.

The University is seeking candidates who are looking to learn from new institutional and interdisciplinary collaborations. Candidates must have a substantial research track record and hold a PhD (or equivalent) in a relevant field or have demonstrated the impact of their work through creative practice and dissemination.

The University particularly welcomes applicants from minoritygroups.

This position is to be offered primarily on a secondment basis, though we will accept applications from non-salaried candidates.

The salary level has been initially set up to £35k (depending on experience) per appointment for a period between 4 and 6 months.

Further Information

How to Apply

Applicants should submit (amalgamatedin one document):

  • CV (including names of two referees)
  • Short summary/pitch outlining the key objectives for the fellowship (300 words max)
  • A project document explaining the aims and tentative organisation for each of the workshops, including possible invited participants (speakers or session leaders), as well as the relation between the Paris and the London events, and how these would be supported by the key-note lectures. Indicative titles for the latter and/or short abstracts may be given. Candidates are encouraged to diversify the means/modes of interaction in the workshops (up to 4 pages; font: times roman 12).

Applications closemidnight, Wednesday 29th April 2020.

If you would like to discuss the post informally, or have questions about the application process,

Rapid changes in working environments due to the COVID19 outbreak may result in necessary modifications in the modes of delivery (digital interface) associated with this appointment. Currently the University aims to maintain the specified timeframe for the Fellowship.

The University reserves the right to close the vacancy earlier than the published end date should it receive sufficient applications to warrant earlier shortlisting.

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