The Global Studies Institute of the University of Geneva advertises a post-doctoral position (3 years) within the team of the new research project called "The contemporary expansion of corporate Islam in rural West Africa" and led by the Assistant Professor André Chappatte. This project is financed by an Eccellenza Professorial Fellowships of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF).
The project explores through ethnographic fieldwork the expansion in rural West Africa of forms of associative life inspired by the coporate bureaucracy. This ethnographic approach also welcomes a visual component (photography, film, etc). The research framework is based on three interrelated themes: 1) New forms of religious organization in West Africa; the emergence of corporate Islam; 2) Muslim activism in rural regions; 3) The phenomenology of religious experience. The project puts in dialogue 4 case studies (Muslim organizations) proposed by the 4 members of the research team (main research; postdoctoral researcher; 2 PhD students). The working languages are English and French.
The successful applicant will write a monograph based on a study case of his-her choice as long as this Muslim organization offers the possibility to undertake an ethnographic fieldwork in safe rural areas. The successful applicant will also offer a visual work (photography, film, etc.). The research method is a 12 month ethnographic fieldwork.
Deadline for submission: 20.07.2020