PHD POSITION for the project “VISUAL TRUST. Reliability, accountability and forgery in scientific,...

Updated: 3 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 29 Nov 2021

This is a 4-years full-time doctoral academic research job (contracts are of 1 year renewed annually). The candidate will conduct research under the supervision and direction of the principal investigator (Roger Canals – University of Barcelona – Department of Social Anthropology). The general objective of this project is to analyse through a qualitative, comparative and bottom-up approach, the relationships of (mis)trust that individuals from different socio-cultural milieu establish with “social”, “religious” and “scientific” images. In other words, the principal aim is to understand how visual (mis)trust is “crafted”, “distributed”, “experienced” and “assessed”. Therefore, this project will also address the issue of the “visual fake” and the notion of “authenticity” and “originality” of current images, adopting a practise-based approach. This research will be conducted through audio-visual research methods along the lines of Visual Anthropology and Multi-Modal Anthropology. It will lead to several research outcomes (films, articles, photo-essays, among others).

This doctoral researcher will be part of a research team based at the Faculty of Geography and History at the University of Barcelona. She/he will conduct research on Task 1.1: Social Images (documentary photography and film; photojournalism). This task consists in ethnographic research on the production, circulation and reception of so-called documentary photography and documentary film as well as of photojournalism. This research will be based on audio-visual methods (photo-elicitation, vide-elicitation, using of camera in research, participatory photography). It will include: doing participant observation and interviews with image-makers (photographs, artists, documentarists, filmmakers), agents of image-circulation (editors, designers, curators) and “receivers” of these images (either in specific events like exhibitions or in workshops organized specifically for the project).

This research will include on-line research on the presence of “documentary images” on Internet. Therefore, part of the fieldwork will be conducted on-line.

The research will take place mainly in Spain. Additionally, it can be conducted in other European countries such as France. Contact with individuals not dwelling in the EU will be done on-line.

During the fieldwork, this research will have to comply with the ethical and methodological protocols specified in the project.

The principal duties and responsibilities of this researcher will be:

-Elaborate a state of the art in relation to current investigations on anthropology of images applied to the study of so-called documentary photography and cinema.

-Contact agents involved in the “making”, “dissemination” and “reception” of “social images” (especially photography and cinema). This researcher will make interviews and participant observation with these agents basing on an ethical and methodological protocol provided by the PI. This fieldwork will include the using of audio-visual devices. Training on the specific methodology of the project will be provided. This researcher will have to safely store the research documentation and share it with the PI, according to the established protocol. Technical devices will be provided by the project.

-Code the interviews and the images filmed or gathered during fieldwork using software for qualitative data analysis. Training for this software will be provided.

-Attend relevant public events (conferences, meetings, exhibitions) as part of the research project and organize events for the research (participatory photography and cinema, among others).

-Disseminate the results of the research conducted via scientific papers, films or photographs to be presented at international, academic conferences and to be submitted to international, scientific journals. The project will cover the travel expenses related to data collection and to the participation in Conferences (up to a maximum established in the budget approved by the ERC).



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Project title

VISUAL TRUST. Reliability, accountability and forgery in scientific, religious and social images





Gross salary per year

19.500 €

Required documents

Application letter (max 3 pages), Curriculum vitae, 2 recommandation letters (optional)

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