Gepubliceerd op 16-01-2023

UD in European Studies: Cultural Histories of Migration and Coloniality

What are you going to do?

  • You will provide education in a dynamic, international and diverse context with ample opportunities for the development of innovative teaching methods.
  • You will join and actively participate in the Amsterdam School for Regional, Transnational and European Studies (ARTES), a research community that combines humanities and social science-based approaches to the study of Europe and other world regions; with a strong interest in the politics of national and transnational cultural manifestations, in cross-border, transregional and transnational networks and interconnections, and in historical and/or contemporary manifestations of multilingualism and migration.
  • You will mainly teach in the BA and MA programmes in European Studies

Tasks and responsibilities:

  • Designing and conducting independent research on European cultural histories of migration and coloniality (from 1945 up to the present day), specifically cultural legacies and representations of labor migration, resulting in academic publications in peer-reviewed international journals and/or books. The candidate researches past and present cultural and artistic legacies of labor migration from Turkey, the Maghreb and/or Southern-Europe, as articulations of national, transnational and diasporic identities in Europe, and as sources of inspiration for a decolonial future. A focus on cultural representations (literature, cinema, visual arts) and attention to the politics of data and the digital is required, as is willingness to operate in an interdisciplinary research and teaching context.
  • actively pursuing external funding for research, notably funding from research councils, national as well as European;
  • actively contributing to and developing national and international research networks and other forms of cooperation;
  • actively contributing to the interdisciplinary research activities of the Amsterdam School for Regional, Transnational and European Studies; as well as the Research Priority Areas Decolonial Futures and Amsterdam Centre for European Studies.
  • developing, coordinating and teaching courses in the Bachelor and Master programmes of European Studies on Europe’s cultural histories of migration and coloniality in the major tracks European Culture and European History in interdisciplinary collaboration (for instance with the European Law major);
  • flexibility in teaching, including the ability and willingness to offer core courses in European Studies on topics beyond the own specialisms.
  • supervising Bachelor and Master theses and tutoring students; co-supervising PhD theses;
  • actively contributing to the development and improvement of the broader teaching programmes in the department;
  • taking part in committees and working groups, and carrying out departmental administrative tasks as directed.


You are an inspiring and ambitious researcher with a strong profile, demonstrable by international publications and academic network. Your publications show broad knowledge of the fields of (labor) migration, (post/colonial) cultural identities and representations. You are an Area or Regional Studies specialist, with a disciplinary background in the humanities (cultural history, cultural studies, film, literature or art history), a good command of relevant languages, and proven commitment to doing interdisciplinary research.

Your primary focus lies with Europe, but you are also able to engage with cultural histories of migration and coloniality in other regional contexts. Your research matches the profile of the Amsterdam School for Regional, Transnational and European Studies (ARTES).

You are able to develop and provide modules on cultural histories of migration and coloniality at the BA and MA levels. Important is the proven flexibility in teaching on topics beyond your own research focus, a willingness to work in interdisciplinary teams of teachers and the ability to offer inspiring lectures and tutorials in the BA, MA and minor programmes that aspire to an international community of students. We especially value an ethical commitment to the societal position of the communities that your research engages with.

Your experience and profile:

  • you hold a PhD in a relevant field, with a research focus on (labor) migration, cultural representations and societal transformation in contemporary Europe
  • you maintain an international academic network in the research area concerned;
  • you provide research output commensurate with the level of the position;
  • you are an active and ambitious researcher with a strong publication record;
  • you have the demonstrable ability and ambition to obtain external research grants;
  • you have broad and relevant teaching experience at BA and MA level, and an interest in teaching in interdisciplinary programmes such as European Studies;
  • you have good command of Dutch and English. If you do not speak Dutch, an active and passive command must be acquired within the first two years of the employment contract and the state examination for Dutch as a Second Language programme II must be passed;
  • you are capable of interdisciplinary co-operation in teaching, research, and are willing to take on administrative tasks;
  • you have excellent organisational experience and skills;
  • you acquired the Dutch Basic Teaching Qualification, or are willing to acquire this within the first two years.


We offer permanent employment upon a satisfactory evaluation following a temporary employment contract of a maximum of 18 months with a probationary period of two months. If you already have an employment contract with the UvA, we offer permanent employment upon a satisfactory evaluation following a temporary employment contract of a maximum of 12 months.

The employment contract is for 38 hours a week. Preferred starting date is between 1 April and 1 August 2023.

The gross monthly salary, based on 38 hours per week, ranges between € 3,974 (scale 11) to €6,181 (scale 12) dependent on relevant experience.This sum does not include the 8% holiday allowance and the 8,3% year-end allowance. A favorable tax agreement, the ‘30% ruling’, may apply to non-Dutch applicants. The Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universitiesis applicable.

We additionally offer:

  • the opportunity to collaborate in interdisciplinary teams;
  • excellent opportunities for study and personal development;
  • a broad range of facilities to effectively combine work and personal life (e.g. parental leave provisions);
  • an inspiring academic and international working environment in the heart of Amsterdam.


Faculty of Humanities

The University of Amsterdam is the Netherlands’ largest university, offering the widest range of academic programmes. At the UvA, 42,000 students, 6,000 staff members and 3,000 PhD candidates study and work in a diverse range of fields, connected by a culture of curiosity.

The Faculty of Humanities provides education and conducts research with a strong international profile in a large number of disciplines in de field of language and culture. Located in the heart of Amsterdam, the faculty maintains close ties with many cultural institutes in the capital city. Research and teaching staff focus on interdisciplinary collaboration and are active in several teaching programmes.

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Any questions?
Do you have any questions or do you require additional information? Please contact: dr. Guido Snel, Research Director of ARTES

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