Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER Mohali) recruits Research Staff, Field Researchers

Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER Mohali) invites application for the recruitment of Research Staff, Field Researchers with Graduate holders

Company name : Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER Mohali)
Posts : Research Staff, Field Researchers
Qualification : Graduate
Salary : NA
No of Post : 02
Location :Mohali
Last date to apply : 07.10.2014

Details of Post :

Research Staff, Field Researchers:

Applications are invited for Research staff and field researchers for a project funded by ICSSR entitled “Constructing the Nation: An Ethnographic Account of Migrant Labour on Indo-Tibetan Border Roads.”

Brief description of the Project: The objective of the project is to theorize national identity in the context of seasonal/circular migration to the border areas of India. The idea is to expand the understanding of circular migration from a mere movement of labour/bodies in space, to a flow of ideas, meanings and identities. If we are to fully understand the meanings of migration and its impact we need to study the linkages between the cultural dynamics of labour movement, the symbolic aspects of their work and the political-economic processes that accompany their mobility. This project aims to bring the above aspects together through an ethnographic account of the processes of road construction in the upper reaches of the Himalayas. The particular focus will be on the oral histories and narratives of the circular migrants that travel from UP, Bihar, Jharkhand, Orrissa and Nepal every summer to participate in the task of constructing, maintaining and rebuilding the roads for the Border Roads Organization (BRO).

Research questions: 

        1. What experiences characterize ‘life on the road’ for the circular migrants?
        2. How do identities of caste, gender, regional and national identity shift in space and time as the circular migrants travel from Jharkhand to Himachal and back?
        3. What theories can we develop to explain the relationship between construction of identity and circular migration?
        4. What overlaps/contradictions emerge within dominant discourses of nationalism, development and defense; and the real life experiences of the circular migrants?
        5. How can policy be made more sensitive to the seasonal movements of rural populations?

Essential Qualifications: The right candidate will have experience conducting fieldwork including interviews in Hindi and have basic knowledge of scholarly databases in the social sciences and humanities. The candidate will be required to appear for an interview.

How to Apply:

Send in your resume to by October 7th, 2014. Interviews will be held in the second week of October, 2014 for appointment to begin in mid-october.

Important dates to remember :

Last date to apply : 07.10.2014

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