Post-doctoral fellowship – Self-Consciousness and Bodily Inter-Subjectivity

Post-doctoral fellowship – Self-Consciousness and Bodily Inter-Subjectivity

Centre de Recherche en Epistémologie Appliquée, CREA, Paris.

UMR 7656. CNRS/Ecole Polytechnique.


Start: January 1st 2011.

End: December 31st 2011.

One-year contract with the possibility of a two-year extension.

Principal investigator

Dorothée Legrand.

Project description

Self-consciousness has classically been conceptualized as originating either from “solipsistic mirrors” (e.g. recognizing myself in the image of my body reflected in physical mirrors and attributing to myself mental states experienced through introspection) or from “social mirrors” (e.g. seeing myself in others’ eyes and understanding myself according to others’ reaction to my behavior). Is self-consciousness subjectively or inter-subjectively constituted? Most answers currently given to this question are partial, favoring hierarchical models where either oneself or others are prioritized. The present project aims at proposing alternatives to such views, by considering self-consciousness as both at once subjective and inter-subjective. In particular, the project focuses on bodily self-consciousness and intends to develop a conceptual characterization of the inter-subjective structure of embodiment. This conceptual work is expected to be actively integrated to experimental and clinical work.

The post-doctoral fellowship is part of a 3 year research grant from the Volkswagen Foundation, European Platform for Life Sciences, Mind Sciences and Humanities, involving collaboration between Dr Dorothée Legrand (Centre de Recherche en Epistémologie Appliquée (CREA), CNRS, Paris), Md Mathias Gorog (Hôpital Ste Anne, Paris), Dr Manos Tsakiris (Department of Psychology, Royal Holloway University of London) and Dr Simone Schütz-Bosbach (Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive ad Brain Sciences, Leipzig). The post-doctoral fellow is expected to participate to and highly benefit from the interdisciplinary expertise and activities of this group.


PhD obtained by December 31st 2010.

Proficiency in French or English.

Candidate’s Expertise


Appreciated Skills

Knowledge in psychology, cognitive sciences, social sciences and/or psychoanalytic theories.

Fluency in French and English.


The candidate is expected to be an independent researcher (shaping and conducting her/his own sets of projects), able to work collaboratively (actively participating to the effort of the aforementioned research group).

Funding details

The post-doctoral fellow will be employed by the CNRS.

Salary: 2500€ before tax (may be reevaluated depending on the professional experience of the candidate).


The application consists of the following documents written in English:

Research proposal (2000 words max).

Summary of academic experience and achievements (2000 words max).

Summary of the PhD (one page max).

One published or submitted publication or one chapter from the PhD.


Publication list.

One .pdf file including all these documents must be sent as attachment to an email to

Dorothée Legrand:

Closing date

October 4th 2010.

Further Information

Dorothée Legrand :