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    Alexandra Cuncev

    Research Fellow
    Centre for the Humanities and Health
    School of Humanities/ Department of Philosophy

    The Centre for the Humanities and Health at King’s has been created with the help of a £2 million Strategic Award from the Welcome Trust and offers unparalleled opportunities to develop a wide ranging interdisciplinary interface between health sciences and the humanities. The Centre will conduct a multi-stranded programme of research entitled ‘The Boundaries of Illness’.

    The staff of the Centre comprises eight senior academics from KCL’s departments of Psychology, Psychiatry, English, Philosophy, History, Nursing and Medicine, who will conduct a multistranded programme of research entitled ‘The Boundaries of Illness’ which has six distinctive, inter-connected strands of activity under the following headings:

    1. Illness narrative as literature and testimony
    2. Distress and disorder
    3. Case studies of medical portraiture.
    4. Nursing and identity: crossing borders
    5. Cultural and historical influences on psychiatric diagnosis
    6. Concepts of health.

    The Centre will create a programme of seminars and conferences, and will undertake international collaborations and receive visiting scholars. It will also appoint a new lecturer, post-doctoral fellows and PhD students, and will maintain an active, high profile website.

    Within the ‘Boundaries of Illness’ programme, there are six projects that form the core research at the Centre, as above. The current post will work in the ‘Concepts of Health’ project. The project, which is led by Professor MM McCabe, Professor of Ancient Philosophy, Department of Philosophy, has three aims:

    (i) To carry out a five-year programme in Concepts of Health, to bring the resources of the analytic tradition of philosophy to bear on the central issues in medicine and health sciences.
    (ii) To develop the systematic discussion of the concept of health in the context of the medical humanities.
    (iii) To further the development of the Philosophy of Medicine as a unified and coherent discipline with principles and methods of its own.

    The successful candidate will be expected to carry out research in the general area of this project, and to take a major part in the organising of it, including
    • Setting up and organizing of the annual conference in consultation with colleagues from the CHH, especially from Professor David Papineau and Professor M M McCabe.
    • Editing the volume of papers from the annual conference, reporting to Professors Papineau and McCabe.
    • Attending, contributing to, and keeping a detailed record of the concepts of health seminar.
    • Helping to set up, and to do some teaching for, the new MSc in the Philosophy of Medicine.
    • Engaging on some teaching in the department in areas related to the philosophy of medicine, where appropriate.

    The successful candidate will
    • Have, or be about to complete, a PhD in Philosophy.
    • Have expertise in central areas of philosophy, especially ethics or metaphysics or epistemology.
    • Have organizing or administrative experience of some kind.

    The appointment will be made, dependent on relevant qualifications and experience, within the Grade 6/7 scale, currently £32,917 to £47,253, per annum, inclusive of £2,323 London Allowance, per annum. Benefits include an annual season ticket loan scheme and a final salary superannuation scheme.

    For an informal discussion of the post please contact Professor Mary Margaret McCabe on 020 7848 2309 or by e-mail (

    Further details and application packs are available on the College’s website at, or alternatively by emailing Human Resources at All correspondence should clearly state the job title and reference number G6/AAE/062/09

    The closing date for receipt of applications is 5th May 2009.

    Interviews will be held on week commencing 18th May 2009.

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