The aim of this call is to recruit one doctoral candidate.
Run by PSL and financed by L’Oréal corporate sponsorship, the Research Chair on Beauty studies provides a forum for research and education that brings together researchers from a variety of disciplines connected to the concept of beauty. It widely disseminates the results of its work, its seminars, conferences, technology transfer initiatives, and a final product.
For the researchers, the fundamentally elusive nature of beauty offers a fertile breeding ground for questioning our cultural, civilizational and geographical depictions of beauty.
What is beauty? How is one thing beautiful and another is repellent? What are the scientific and social phenomena behind the distinction we draw between them? What are the institutions that preserve, create or reinvent beauty? What will beauty be like in the future, in an increasingly hybrid world? Under what formal conditions can beauty be exemplified in the sciences? Are there invariants in beauty, despite its multi-faceted manifestations that thwart any normative definition?
There is a consensus surrounding beauty in public opinion: it is seen as a slightly passé notion that involves seeking extra sparkle for oneself or in one’s environment. In its new appearance as a social value, beauty seems to have lost its formerly radical nature: by Kant’s definition of beauty as the only subjective universality that does not depend on a concept, it could be convulsive, deadly or divine. Today, it has become diluted, losing its aura and distance until it often calls to mind only a standardized mode of appearance. Correlatively, 20th century art detached itself from the notion of beauty, preferring instead to cultivate engagement, take an avant-garde stance, or break with accepted norms.
So why devote a research chair to this outmoded notion of beauty? Because contrary to this diluted, standardized conception, we believe that there are scientific invariants to beauty, which can be shared by researchers across all fields, and even more importantly that “beauty will save the world,” as Dostoevsky claimed.
On this basis, the chair treats beauty as an heuristic and prospective notion. This means not only affirming that beauty has a future, and that with persistent inventiveness (via new beauty technologies, bio-art, the ecology of beauty, etc.) tomorrow’s beauty is still to be discovered, adapted, and dreamed, but also accepting that the future, and our image of the future needs beauty as a compass to ensure that we remain in touch with what makes us uniquely human.
Connecting beauty to the specific definition of being human removes it from the sole purview of the arts and aesthetics, opening it to a truly cross-disciplinary approach that embraces everything from the exact sciences and applied creation to the humanities, political science, and social science. This multidisciplinarity flourishes at PSL, which has historically developed its cross-disciplinary expertise, and the Research Chair on Beauty studies draws upon the university’s outstanding schools with the aim of becoming an incubator for cross-disciplinary and prospective thinking.
General terms of the call for applications
One doctoral candidate will be selected from this call.
- French Master's degree
- Master’s degree or equivalent,
from a French or international school
- Graduate diploma
from a French or international school
- Applicants must not already be registered for a thesis
- There is no age limit for
- Candidates must be admitted to a Doctoral School related to one of PSL's member or associate institutions
Applications to be submitted
By the candidate
PSL contract, 3 years.
French and English (working language and publications)
Applicants may be graduates of PSL programs or any other school or institute in France or internationally.
Doctoral Contract Terms
The monthly stipend for doctoral contracts is €1,758 gross, in addition to an annual sum of €5,000 for the doctoral candidate, which shall be used exclusively to cover expenses related to his or her research activities.
Within two years after beginning the thesis, the doctoral candidate must have published at least one article in a scientific journal as the primary author of original research and at least one article of a popularized version as a prerequisite to thesis defense.
The doctoral candidate must participate in running the Chair (help organize scientific events, conferences, etc.).
All disciplinary fields of research are eligible. Applicants from the exact & natural sciences (mathematics, physics, chemistry, computer science, biology, etc.) and arts/creation (practice-based) are particularly encouraged.
The steering committee for the Research Chair on Beauty studies meets as a jury to recruit junior researchers for the chair. The committee is composed of Rémi Carminati (physicist), François Jouen (neuroscientist), Alexandra Palt (General Manager of the L'Oréal Foundation and Chief Sustainability Officer for L’Oréal), Kaouther Adimi (writer and program manager for the L'Oréal Foundation), Anne-Marie Turcan-Verkerk (textual historian), Frédéric Worms (philosopher), Clélia Zernik (professor of aesthetics and chair of the steering committee) and may call on external experts as needed.
The jury will also pay close attention to interdisciplinarity and to how well the research fits into the scientific framework of the Chair.
This timeline may change depending on the evolving status of public health restrictions.
Incomplete applications will not be considered.
* The scope of Université PSL includes eleven institutions: Collège de France, Conservatoire National Supérieur d'Art Dramatique, Dauphine, École nationale des chartes, École nationale supérieure de Chimie de Paris, École nationale supérieure des Mines de Paris, École normale supérieure, École Pratique des Hautes Études, ESPCI Paris, Institut Curie, Observatoire de Paris.
Partners : Ecole Française d'Extrême-Orient, Ecole nationale d'administration, Ecole nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, la Fémis, Beaux-Arts de Paris.
Legal Considerations, Ethics, and Access to Data
The personal information collected as part of this call for applications will be handled in compliance with the French Data Protection Act.
By submitting an application to the committee, the applicant authorizes PSL to access the information provided via the platform. The coordinator of the Chair has the right to access and use the information required to contact applicants and researcher references. This information includes the salutation, first and last name, and information of the applicant and the researcher reference. Use of this information shall not be tolerated for any purpose other than administration of this call for applications.
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|Titel||The Research Chair on Beauty Studies Launches Second Call for Applications for Doctoral Contract|
|Job location||Université PSL, 60 rue Mazarine, 75006 Paris|
|Publicerad||april 8, 2020|
|Sista ansökningsdatum||maj 31, 2020|
|Ämnen||Informatik,   Ekologi,   Estetik,   Miljökemi,   Konsthistoria,   Tillämpad matematik,   Medicinsk fysik,   Tillämpad fysik  |