Vaccines and vaccination raise complex questions around polices, practices, and people. Protecting and promoting health through vaccination always also involves areas of tensions, contention and intense negotiation: interests of the elderly vs. young; individual life/health vs. notions of a “healthy” society; societal engagement with well-being vs. death and dying; vaccine production and use for individuals vs. public health; body vs. biopolitics; tension between knowledge production in the laboratory vs. implementation; tension between scientificity (Wissenschaftlichkeit) and the personal assessment of scientists.
This Innovative Training Network aims to explore past, present and emerging “Regimes of Remembering”, “Regimes of Knowing”, “Regimes of Doing” and “Regimes of Living” by focusing on historical, scientific, cultural, and political negotiating processes. “How should one live” is taken as a starting point for an investigation into global and societal negotiations of different actors and agencies. It takes a multi-disciplinary approach to the subject of vaccines to ensure meaningful dialogue between humanities, social, medical and natural sciencs. The integrated research fields offer important perspectives on the subject of vaccines and reflect key methodological approaches in the medical humanities:
Number of fellowships available:
4 doctoral positions for 3 years each, with the option of an extension of another year 1 Post-doc position for 2 years, with the option of an extension.
22 Oct 2021 Deadline for online applications for PhD fellowships
12 Nov 2021 Recruitment event at the University of Hamburg
01 Feb 2022 Start date of PhD fellowships
Location of Employment:
University of Hamburg (Germany)
Career Stage for PhD Students:
Early Career Researcher, i.e., postgraduate with up to four years of academic experience from the following disciplines: Empirical Cultural Studies, Historical Studies, Social/Cultural Anthropology, Media Studies.