Post-Doctoral Research Assistant in Arts and Humanities Research Council Project

University of Leeds

United Kingdom


This project, led by Prof. William Gould (University of Leeds) Dr. Jesus Garza –Chairez (University of Manchester) and Prof. Crispin Bates (University of Edinburgh), traces the development of anthropology as an academic discipline in India and as an instrument of state formation across the transition to independence (1900- 1970). It examines the discipline in terms of ideas, institutions, intellectuals, their subjects, and the interplay between the global production and utilisation of anthropological forms of knowledge. The project connects these themes by examining the power relations between Western anthropologists and their Indian counterpart, and by analysing how these intellectual networks affect the state and its citizenship. 

You would be based in Leeds, working with Professor William Gould and the rest of the project team to conduct archival and interview based research in Britain and India. You will contribute intellectually to the development of this project, produce high quality research outputs and help to co-ordinate events, publications and partnerships in India relating to the successful completion of the project. You should have a PhD in a relevant discipline, with experience of archival or anthropological research in the field of South Asian history, and excellent interpersonal and organisational skills. A demonstrable interest in the history of anthropology, caste or ‘tribe’ in South Asia would be an advantage, as would language skills in either Hindi or other Indic language.  

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact: 

Professor William Gould, Project Lead

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 3612, email:

Professor Andrea Major, Head of School

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 1829, email:

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