Postdoctoral researcher Refugees and Early Modern States
The Amsterdam School of Historical Studies (ASH) currently has a vacant Postdoctoral position as part of the NWO-funded VICI Project The Invention of the Refugee in Early Modern Europe, led by professor Geert Janssen. ASH is one of the six research schools under the aegis of the Amsterdam Institute for Humanities Research.
Project descriptionThis Postdoctoral project Refugees and Early Modern States is one of five closely-related projects, which together aim to analyse the invention of the refugee in early modern Europe. Funded through a VICI-grant of the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO), the programme seeks to achieve three inter-related objectives:
- To explain the emergence of the refugee as a social category in European society.
- To identify the agency of displaced religious minorities in forging transnational solidarity networks.
- To uncover the impact of refugees on European state formation.
The Postdoctoral researcher will study objective 3 by examining how the protection and accommodation of displaced men and women interacted with the ambitions of early modern authorities to expand their territories and forge confessional regimes. She/he will work closely with three PhD’s and the PI. A detailed research outline on the project, including potential source material, may be obtained from the PI Geert Janssen.
Tasks of the Postdoctoral researcher will include:
- participating in meetings of the project research group and developing a shared database;
- presenting intermediate research results at workshops and conferences, and delivering at least two peer reviewed articles;
- organizing knowledge dissemination activities;
- organizing an international conference on early modern refugees and (co-)editing a collection of essays;
- contributing to teaching courses in early modern history.
The successful applicant must have:
- a PhD in Early Modern History;
- excellent research skills, demonstrated by a track record of publishing in high-ranking journals and/or with leading presses or a demonstrable capacity to develop such a record;
- astrong cooperative attitude and willingness to engage in collaborative research;
- enthusiasm for communicating academic research to non-academic audiences;
- proficiency in English.
Conditions of employment
The Postdoctoral researcher will be appointed for 38 hours per week (1 FTE) for a period of 3 years at the Department of History, European Studies & Religious Studies of the Faculty of Humanities. The intended starting date of the contract is 1 September 2019. The gross monthly salary (on full-time basis) will range from €3.389 during the first year to €4.138 in the third year, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch universities.
University of Amsterdam
With over 5,000 employees, 30,000 students and a budget of more than 600 million euros, the University of Amsterdam (UvA) is an intellectual hub within the Netherlands. Teaching and research at the UvA are conducted within seven faculties: Humanities, Social and Behavioural Sciences, Economics and Business, Law, Science, Medicine and Dentistry. Housed on four city campuses in or near the heart of Amsterdam, where disciplines come together and interact, the faculties have close links with thousands of researchers and hundreds of institutions at home and abroad.
The UvA’s students and employees are independent thinkers, competent rebels who dare to question dogmas and aren’t satisfied with easy answers and standard solutions. To work at the UvA is to work in an independent, creative, innovative and international climate characterised by an open atmosphere and a genuine engagement with the city of Amsterdam and society.
Amsterdam School of Historical Studies
The Amsterdam School of Historical Studies (ASH) represents and fosters the study of the human past from Antiquity to the present day. It brings together more than 200 academics from Amsterdam’s Faculty of Humanities, who participate in ca. 25 research groups. ASH does not limit itself to a particular period, discipline or method, but integrates a variety of (inter)disciplinary perspectives, including history, history of art, literature and religious studies. It encourages collaborations between scholars along thematic lines (e.g. Religion, the City, Conflict), geographical focus (e.g. Mediterranean History, American Studies, Modern Germany) and in terms of period (e.g. Antiquity, the Middle Ages, Early Modern and Modern History).
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Applications should include the following information, in one PDF file (not zipped):
- a letter of motivation;
- a research proposal of 500-1000 words, showing how the candidate would approach her/his project;
- a full academic CV, including a list of publications;
- the names and contact details of two referees who may be approached by the selection committee.
Applicants must have completed their PhD before the start of this Postdoctoral project.
Please submit your application by means of this link (use the obliged field ‘CV’ in the application form) no later than 25 April 2019.
Only complete applications submitted as one PDF file to this email address will be considered.
Interviews will take place on 16 / 17 May 2019. For candidates living abroad interviews may be held via Skype.