Postdoc Position in Politics, Social Science – Vital Politics: Rethinking Normativity in the Anthropocene

    Postdoc Position in Politics, Social Science - Vital Politics: Rethinking Normativity in the Anthropocene

    Postdoctoral Position in “Vital Politics: Rethinking Normativity in the Anthropocene” project is available at the Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen (UCPH), Denmark

    Deadline to Apply

    June 21, 2021 (23: 59 GMT +1)


    PositionPostdoc Position
    No. of Position(s)1
    Research Area– Political Science
    – Social Science
    SalaryAccording to standard norms
    WorkplaceDepartment of Political Science,
    University of Copenhagen (UCPH), Denmark
    Contract Period2 Year
    Starting dateSept 01, 2021


    Applicants must have research qualifications at least corresponding to what can be achieved as part of a successfully completed PhD within a relevant field. We are particularly interested in candidates with expertise in new materialism, vitalism, and democracy.

    Responsibilities/ Job Description

    The successful candidate will become part of a vibrant and international research environment, with strengths in political theory, climate change politics, and the study of democracy.

    How to Apply?

    To apply, please click APPLY ONLINE button mentioned above.

    Documents Required

    Submit the application online in Adobe PDF or Word format. The application must be written in English and include the following enclosures:

    • Application letter/cover letter (max 1 page)
    • Curriculum vitae (with applicant’s e-mail & telephone number)
    • Documentation of qualifications (examination certificates/PhD diploma, etc.).
    • Complete and numbered list of publications.
    • The enclosed publications must be marked with *.
    • Research plan (max 4 pages), including a short description of previous research and a plan for the coming years that includes an account of how the applicant will contribute to the deliverables in the project description.
    • Documentation of research dissemination, if any
    • Publications. Applicants may choose a maximum of three publications for assessment. Publication dates must be clearly marked on the publication list. The publications selected must be uploaded as attachments and listed from 1 to 3.

    About Research project

    The position is part of a larger research project entitled “Vital Politics: Rethinking Normativity in the Anthropocene.” The project is funded by the Independent Research Council Denmark, with Professor with special responsibilities Lars Tønder as the principal investigator.

    The project examines how to include the natural environment in the justification of political norms, especially as it pertains to climate change. The project seeks to addresses this problem through a new perspective that grounds the justification of political norms within a larger concern for life itself. The project develops this perspective though a close engagement with the vitalist tradition, drawing on Canguilhem as well as thinkers such as Spinoza, Nietzsche, Bergson, and Deleuze.

    The postdoc position is specifically linked to a subproject that examines how vitalism’s concern for life prompts changes in the general theory of representative democracy. The starting point is the link between vitalism and the new materialist account of agency as distributed across human and nonhuman life. Furthermore, the subproject examines how this account of distributed agency is linked to a “politics of swarming” in which multiple actors coordinate through decentralized networks of communication.


    • Only material in Danish, Norwegian, Swedish and English can be expected to be assessed.
    • Further information about the application procedure is available from Pernille Lykke Paulsen (HR), e-mail: Please refer to ID number 2110765/21-2I #1.


    PI and Professor with special responsibilities,
    Lars Tønder,

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    Postdoctoral position in “Vital Politics: Rethinking Normativity in the Anthropocene” project

    Post expires at 8:59am on Tuesday June 22nd, 2021 (GMT+9)

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