Gepubliceerd op 01-07-2016

Job: Chair in the Social Anthropology of Asia, University of Amsterdam

The Department of Anthropology has an opening for a Chair in the Social Anthropology of Asia, which is located in the AISSR program group: Moving Matters: People, Goods, Power and Ideas. The post involves 0.6 fte devoted to teaching and 0.4 fte devoted to research and managerial tasks.

The UvA Chair in the Social Anthropology of Asia is located within the Department of Anthropology and performs a key role within the Program Group: Moving Matters: People, Goods, Power and Ideas. The successful candidate will pursue innovative comparative research into contemporary and/or socio-historical processes across Asia, and the Global South. The Chair will play a pivotal and specific function in consolidating the longstanding expertise at the University of Amsterdam on the comparative study of societies in Asia and on linkages between Asia and other parts of the world. The importance of the Global South and Asia in particular on the world stage render their changing dynamics and their theorization of vital interest to all social scientists. The Chair will establish interdisciplinary collaboration with scholars in other departments at the UvA and beyond. Within teaching, the Chair will be responsible for key courses in both the Bachelor’s and Master’s programs in Anthropology, especially in the fields of study concerning social anthropology, comparative-historical research, and a critical engagement with the field of development. Other important fields in which expertise is sought include entrepreneur-ship and labor, access to resources, the production of poverty and wealth, class dynamics and political economy. Moreover the Chair will actively support the minor program in Asian Studies and the MSc program in Contemporary Asian Studies. With regard to research, the Chair will share responsibility for the Moving Matters research group within the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR).


  • Bringing social anthropology in Asia and a comparative-historical approach to the teaching and research of the Anthropology department, especially within the PG Moving Matters of the AISSR;
  • stimulating and leading Asian Studies in the context of the Global South within teaching and research at a national and international level;
  • acquiring and helping to acquire external funding for research (also on behalf of junior researchers);
  • actively contributing to the development of anthropology in the national and international context by publishing and participating in national and international research networks and educational initiatives;
  • carrying out administrative tasks on behalf of the Department of Anthropology, the AISSR and their interdisciplinary centres, the teaching programs, and so forth.


  • PhD in Anthropology or other relevant disciplines such as sociology, social geography, development studies or social history;
  • strong general knowledge in the fields of Asian Studies, comparative-historical research, anthropology of development, as well as knowledge and experience in leading research projects and teams;
  • commitment to the research agenda of the AISSR in general and the Moving Matters Program Group in particular, and commit-ment to enhance interdisciplinary collaborations in this specific field;
  • outstanding track record in empirical research on themes that fit the research and teaching profile of the Moving Matters group, more particularly in the field of transnational flows, poverty and inequality, development and economic anthropology as exemplified in a strong publication record, in international peer reviewed journals and/or books published by internationally recognized press;
  • research experience in Asia and the Global South with proficiency in an Asian language;
  • demonstrated ability to acquire research funding from external sources (e.g. the Dutch Organization for Scientific Research, the European Research Council, or other national research councils and international funding agencies);
  • thorough mastery of anthropological research methods, preferably including research using comparative-historical research methods;
  • proven record of high-quality teaching at Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD level. Also a commitment to teaching general courses as well as specialist courses in the Bachelor’s and Master’s programs in Anthropology and in the interdisciplinary Research Master Social Sciences;
  • track record in administration and commitment to carrying out administrative tasks;
  • adequate knowledge of Dutch, or the willingness to acquire a working fluency of the Dutch language within five years;
  • track record in the public debate on issues related to Asian Studies and the Global South, proven commitment to engage outside of academia as well;
  • in possession of the Dutch Basic Higher Education Teaching Qualification (or foreign equivalent), or willingness to acquire such a qualification soon after appointment.

You can apply for this job until September, 05 2016.
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