Job opportunity: Senior Lecturer in Critical Area Studies at The University of Glasgow

The School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Glasgow is seeking to appoint a Senior Lecturer in Critical Area Studies based in the Central and East European Studies (CEES) subject group. This new permanent post will contribute to identifying and developing innovative and flexible approaches to redefine Area Studies in light of post-colonial and de-colonial debates. Interdisciplinary Area Studies has defined the CEES teaching and research agenda since its establishment in 1949.

The ideal candidate will have area expertise and advanced language skills in one or more of the post-socialist countries of Europe and Asia. We are particularly interested in applicants who will bring to this job an outstanding portfolio of interdisciplinary qualitative methodological skills and approach the teaching of the region of our interest through cutting-edge pedagogical approaches. We welcome applications from outstanding candidates whose Critical Area Studies approaches are embedded in Social Science disciplinary backgrounds and are capable to bridge between two or more disciplinary settings.

Central and East European Studies is a multidisciplinary subject group and is home to Europe-Asia Studies, the principal academic journal in the world focusing on the history and current political, social and economic affairs of the countries of the former Soviet Union, Eastern Europe and post-socialist Asia. CEES is renowned for its world-class teaching  and research on the former socialist countries of the Balkans, Baltic States, the Caucasus, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia (especially Central Asia) and Russia.

We produce graduates with a profound knowledge of a large and strategically important region, as recognised not least by the repeated recognition and funding by European Commission’s Erasmus Mundus programme of our International Master in Central and East European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (CEERES). Our MRes in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies has been a dedicated pathway within the ESRC-funded Scottish Graduate School of Social Sciences since 2017.

CEES also leads the inter-university LBAS Centre of Excellence, the Centre for Russian, Central and East European Studies (CRCEES) ,which was established in 2006 as part of a UK government initiative to enhance national capacity in Language-Based Area Studies.

The postholder will play a significant leadership role in building on existing, and adding new teaching, research, and impact activity. They will contribute novel theoretical, methodological, empirical and cultural perspectives. They will have the ability to lead significant research programmes and develop and convene taught courses at both UG and PG levels.

This post is full time (35 hrs per week), open ended.

Informal Enquiries should be directed to Prof Clare McManus, 

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Closing date: 16 May 2023