Gepubliceerd op 13-02-2017

Vacature: PhD student KITLV/Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies and Erasmus University Rotterdam

Job description
We are looking for a PhD candidate who:

  • will engage in literature research and fieldwork in Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao and the Netherlands;

  • conducts qualitative and quantitative comparative analyses of these non-sovereign territories;

  • reports about these analyses in (co-)publications in international academic publications;

  • and will finish a PhD dissertation within four years

The candidate will

  • hold a MA (preferably a Research Master) in History, Anthropology, Caribbean Studies or Cultural Studies;

  • have an excellent command of written and spoken Papiamentu, Dutch and English;

  • have an affinity with Dutch Caribbean cultural heritage practices;

  • will work with a wide range of cultural heritage workers and scholars.

Applications should contain

  •  A motivation letter
  • A recent academic publication and/or M.A. thesis

  • Curriculum vitae

Conditions of employment
The starting salary is € 2.191 and will increase each year after a positive evaluation (following the Collective Agreement for Dutch Universities CAO-Nederlandse Universiteiten; http://www.vsnu.nl/en_GB/cao-universiteiten.html). Benefits include pension contribution, annual holiday premium of 8% and an end-of-year premium of 8.3%. We offer an extensive package of fringe benefits. KITLV offers a dynamic research environment, an excellent library on campus, and good research facilities.

Contract type: Temporary,


KITLV/Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies is a world-class research institute for the study of Southeast Asia and the Caribbean, with a focus on Indonesia and the ‘Dutch’ Caribbean, in an interdisciplinary and comparative perspective. Benefitting from the unrivalled collections offered on campus by Leiden University, KITLV researchers explore (dis)continuities between the (pre)colonial and postcolonial period, and articulate their research agendas empirically and theoretically in order to advance wider debates on the meandering paths of globalization. KITLV engages with the academic community across the world, as well as with (inter)national governmental organizations, NGOs, the media, and the interested general public. KITLV http://www.kitlv.nl is an institute of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW).

In cooperation with Erasmus University and the Universities of Aruba and Curaçao, KITLV searches for an ambitious and enthusiastic PhD student, who will conduct research on past and present definitions and practices of cultural heritage in the Dutch Caribbean islands of Aruba, Bonaire, and Curaçao and in the Netherlands. The researcher will work within the Traveling Caribbean Heritageproject http://www.kitlv.nl/traveling-caribbean-heritage/, a project of KITLV with the universities of Aruba and Curaçao and the Erasmus University Rotterdam. The applicant will work at KITLV, while the defense of the dissertation will be at the Erasmus University Rotterdam.

Additional information
The PhD candidate will defend his/her dissertation at the Erasmus University Rotterdam, embedded in the Erasmus School of History, Culture and Education https://www.eshcc.eur.nl/geschiedenis/

We plan to interview in March, on site or via Skype. For enquiries, please contact Prof. dr. G.J. Oostindie (KITLV) oostindie@kitlv.nl, prof. dr. Alex van Stipriaan (EUR) stipriaan@eshcc.eur.nl, dr. Luc Alofs (University of Aruba) luc.alofs@ua.aw, dr. Rose Mary Allen (University of Curaçao) adr550@hotmail.com



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