U Kent: Lecturer in International Security or Conflict Analysis (UK)

“JobLecturer in International Security and/or Conflict Analysis, School of Politics & International Relations, University of Kent, Canterbury, UK. Deadline: 9 June 2019.

The School of Politics and International Relations is seeking to appoint a Lecturer committed to excellence in teaching and research with an ability to teach in the field of international security and/or conflict analysis. The successful candidate will be required to teach at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. The post holder will also contribute to the delivery and development of specialist modules on their research areas at undergraduate and/or postgraduate level.

The successful candidate will be expected to make a significant contribution to the School’s existing strong research culture, research impact and high level of student engagement. Additionally the candidate will be expected to apply for external research and/or enterprise funding and to play an active role in building the research capacity of the School’s Conflict Analysis Research Centre (CARC) and/or Global Europe Centre (GEC). The ability to convene a post-graduate level module in qualitative research methods that meets ESRC training requirements would be an advantage.

Taking the Moral High Ground

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This article asks questions relevant to many contexts of intercultural dialogue: “What actually happens when people are in the midst of unyielding disagreement? How do people accomplish intractability in interaction, and what might this tell us about the social and practical achievement and function of seemingly-incompatible positions in conflict?”

Abstract: “We examine how participants in a moral conflict hold fast to their beliefs during a highly publicized moment in an ongoing social controversy. We apply discourse analysis to a video-recorded confrontation between a same-sex couple seeking a marriage license, and a county clerk refusing to provide the license for religious reasons, which took place after the overturning of the Defense of Marriage Act in the U.S.A. (and had prohibited same-sex couples from marrying).We examine how pragmatics of account avoidance sequences and framing are deployed in interaction to accomplish “being morally principled.” This case illustrates how mediated public conversations around social changes provide participants opportunities to perform moralities and define the terms of debate in relation to cultural institutions. We reflect on how the consequence of this event is a form of debate in which participants speak past each other ritualistically, constructing worldviews as incompatible and problems as unresolvable.”