Gepubliceerd op 09-05-2017

Vacature: PhD Resilient Diversity: The Governance of Racial and Religious Plurality in the Dutch Empire, 1600-1800 (Deadline 2 June)

The International Institute of Social History (IISH) conducts advanced research on global and economic history of work, workers, and labour relations and to this end gathers data, which are made available to other researchers as well.

The KNAW Humanities Cluster includes the International Institute of Social History, the Huygens Institute of Netherlands History and the Meertens Institute. They share one operational office, which organizes and supports the operational management of the Humanities Cluster as a whole and of the three institutes separately.

The Research Department of the IISG is looking  for candidates for a

PhD Postion in History
(38 hours per week, 1 fte)

Project description
From September 1, 2017, the International Institute of Social History in Amsterdam will be appointing a PhD for a four-year period, within the NWO financed project Resilient Diversity: The Governance of Racial and Religious Plurality in the Dutch Empire, 1600-1800. The Early Modern Dutch Empire was characterized by diversity. This project looks into how diversity was governed in the Dutch Empire in the Atlantic and the Indian Oceans. At the same time, it examines the reasons for the resilience of institutions of diversity governance and its impact in Early Modern and contemporary society. For more information see  https://socialhistory.org/en/projects/resilient-diversity-governance-racial-and-religious-plurality-dutch-empire-1600-1800.

The candidate to this PhD position will be responsible for the development of the subproject Bordering up: regulating mobility through passes, walls and guards. This subproject answers the question how colonial authorities imposed spatial boundaries on mobility in order to maintain the availability of labour to fulfil its economic needs and simultaneously to promote social peace and order. The candidate will be directly supervised by prof. Ulbe Bosma and co-supervised by dr. Matthias van Rossum. For more information see https://socialhistory.org/en/projects/bordering-regulating-mobility-through-passes-walls-and-guards.

This project is a joint endeavour between the International Institute of Social History (IISH-Amsterdam) and the Institute for History, Leiden University. The candidate will work within a team of four senior researchers (at the IISH prof Ulbe Bosma and dr Matthias van Rossum and at Leiden University prof Cátia Antunes, and dr Karwan Fatah Black), two postdoctoral fellows and two PhD candidates.

Key responsibilities:

  • Writing a dissertation in Dutch or English within four years;
  • Submitting research results for publication to international peer-reviewed academic journals;
  • Attending and actively participating in all the team meetings;
  • Jointly contribute to the team’s database (as a research tool for the whole project);
  • Presenting papers at conferences and workshops;
  • Co-organizing conferences and workshops;
  • Teaching some undergraduate courses in the second and third year of appointment
  • Participating in PhD training courses (within the frame of the N. W. Posthumus Institute).

Selection criteria:

  • (Research) MA degree in History (or a discipline closely connected with the theme of the PhD project);
  • Written and oral fluency in Dutch and English;
  • Demonstrable interest for research premises of the project;
  • Willingness to work within a team and an international academic community that aspires to scholarly excellence;
  • A problem-focused approach to research and demonstrable ability to apply theoretical and comparative frameworks;
  • Ability to work both independently and as a member of a team.

Terms and conditions:
The appointment with the IISH is for the duration of four years. The remuneration amounts to a minimum of €2588 and a maximum of € 4084 gross per month (salary scale 10 Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities) in a full-time appointment. The IISH offers appealing secondary employment conditions, including but not limited to 8.3% year-end bonus, 8% holiday allowance, a good pension plan and 6 weeks worth of vacation days every year.

Please send your application by email to phd052017@bb.huc.knaw.nl attn. Ben Stroomberg (HR Adviser), no later than June 2, 2017. In the subject line, please state the following: PhD052017.
All requested documents should be sent in PDF format, one PDF with all the documents listed below excluding the MA thesis, and a separate PDF with the thesis. The PDF’s should be titled ‘IH PHD + family name applicant’ and ‘IH PHD thesis + family name applicant’. Letters of application should be submitted in English and include a:
• Cover letter;
• Research statement having in mind the research question and content of the current project (maximum number of words 1500);
• A cv and a list of publications (if applicable);
• Copy of (research) MA thesis (or current draft for candidates that expect to graduate before September 1, 2017;
• List of (maximum) two referees to your application (with full postal addresses, telephone numbers and emails). Referees will be contacted directly by the search committee.

For additional information concerning this vacancy, please contact prof. dr. Ulbe Bosma, email ubo@iisg.nl or dr. Matthias van Rossum, email mvr@iisg.nl. More information about the IISH can be found at socialhistory.org.

Interviews with short listed candidates are envisaged on June 19, 2017, at the IISH. (Short listed candidates will receive an invitation on June 14, 2017).

Human Resources

Deadline: 2 juni 2017


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