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Postdoctoral position within the research project 'Constructing the Ocean' at the School of Culture and Society

Aarhus Universitet

Aarhus, Østjylland

Indrykket
15-09-2021
Kontakt
Aarhus Universitet
Jens Chr. Skous Vej 3
8000
Aarhus C
Praktisk information
Oprettet
15-09-2021
Udløber
27-09-2021
Kviknummer
330828460
Jobtype
Fuldtid
Arbejdsområde
Forskning og undervisning
Stillingsbetegnelse
Ph.D. Stipendiat
Erfaringer - I højere grad
Ikke angivet (Forskning og udvikling)
Sprog
Dansk Læse/ tale

The School of Culture and Society, Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University invites applications for a two-year fixed-term postdoctoral position within the research project ‘Constructing the Ocean: Indian Ocean Infrastructures and Thick Transregionalism’.

The position is full-time and expected to begin on 1 January 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter.   

The university is keen for its staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified applicants regardless of their personal background.

Place of employment: Nobelparken, Jens Chr. Skous Vej 3-5Research contextWe are looking for an innovative scholar with an academic background in anthropology, global studies, the sociology of religion or similar fields, preferably with a specialisation in India or the Indian Ocean world and/or the study of Islam and Muslim communities.

The pos.doc-position is part of the research project ‘Constructing the Ocean: Indian Ocean Infrastructures and Thick Transregionalism’ (CO-OC), headed by the principal investigator, associate professor Uwe Skoda (global studies), with associate professor Thomas Fibiger (study of religion) as co-PI. There are two postdoc-positions in the project, but the other has already been filled. The project is funded by the Independent Research Council Denmark.

Focusing on community-led infrastructure projects, CO-OC will investigate how transregional relations play out in the everyday lives and social imaginaries of one of the Gujarati Muslim communities residing in the port cities of Mumbai, Dar Es Salaam and Dubai. Furnished by monsoon winds, connections of all kinds – economic, religious, material, aesthetic, social, political – have crisscrossed the Indian Ocean for millennia. Today, the region has re-emerged as an increasingly important focus of geopolitical strategy. By way of ethnographically rich analyses of community-led Muslim infrastructural initiatives, CO-OC aims to advance the study of what has been called ‘thick transregionalism’. Studying the social life of infrastructures of a heterogeneous religious community in three littoral locations, this project hopes to unpack the links within and between Indian Ocean regions.The positionThe successful applicant is expected to carry out ethnographic fieldwork in Mumbai, with a focus on the involvement of Muslim transregional communities in urban redevelopment projects such as the Bhendi Bazaar. Moreover, the applicant will participate in project activities such as workshops, conferences, and meetings, including departmental research meetings. The fieldwork includes visits to other field sites in Dar Es Salaam and Dubai. A number of individual and co-authored publications should result from the project.

Applicants are asked to submit a research proposal (2-3 pages) in which they present their ideas for the sub-project and fieldwork.

In addition, applicants must submit:

  • a concise statement of their motivation for applying for the position (maximum one page).
  • a maximum of five (selected) publications.
The successful applicant will be expected to:
  • develop their research within the framework provided by the project (a full project description is available, see contacts below).
  • independently carry out fieldwork in Mumbai, within the framework of the project.
  • present their research at international meetings and publish results in peer-reviewed, international scientific journals, including co-authored publications with other project participants.
  • contribute to the organisation of research workshops and a final / concluding  international conference.
TeachingThe position may involve some teaching as agreed upon with the head of the department and the project PIs.Knowledge exchangeThe successful applicant will be expected to exchange knowledge with various sectors of society and to contribute actively to public debate in areas related to the position.QualificationsApplicants for this position must hold a PhD degree or have equal qualifications in anthropology, area Studies, the study of religion or a related field.

Applicants must document:
  • doctoral-level experience of ethnographic fieldwork, preferably with Muslim, Indian and/or Indian Ocean communities.
  • an international research profile, research network and the willingness to engage with a collaborative research project and colleagues within the project and at the university.
  • fluency in written and spoken English, and the willingness to acquaint themselves with Danish if they do not already have the necessary Danish skills.
Clear advantages are:
  • a documented interest in the study of transregionalism, diaspora studies and/or the study of religion.
  • knowledge of Gujarati or other relevant language.
The research activities of applicants will be evaluated in relation to the actual research time available to them. We therefore encourage applicants to specify any periods of leave they may have had without research activities (e.g. maternity/paternity leave), so we can subtract these periods from the span of their academic career when evaluating their productivity.

Only submitted publications will be assessed; a list of publications is not sufficient. As a result, applications without submitted publications will not be assessed.

Professional references or recommendations should not be included. Applicants who are selected for an interview may be asked to provide professional references.

The application must be submitted in English.

For further information about the position, please contact Uwe Skoda (skoda@cas.au.dk) or Thomas Fibiger (thomas.fibiger@cas.au.dk).

For more information about the application, please contact HR supporter Marianne Birn, e-mail mbb@au.dk.The work environmentThe research project is a collaboration between the departments of Global Studies, the Study of Religion, and Anthropology, and the exact workplace may be negotiated with the successful applicant. All departments are part of the School of Culture and Society at Aarhus University, and the successful applicant as well as other project participants may participate in various activities at all three departments, which are all thriving, international research communities.

Read more about the research programs of the School of Culture and Society here: https://cas.au.dk/en/School of Culture and SocietyAt the School of Culture and Society the object of research and teaching is the interplay between culture and society in time and space:

-  From the traditional disciplines of the humanities and theology to applied social research
-  From Antiquity to the issues facing contemporary societies
-  From local questions to global challenges.

The school’s goal is to produce compelling research with an international resonance, as well as offering teaching and talent development of high quality. The school has a broad cooperative interface with society, both in Denmark and abroad, and contributes to social innovation, research communication and further and continuing education. 

For further information about the school, please see http://cas.au.dk/en/.
 
Qualification requirementsApplicants should hold a PhD or equivalent academic qualifications.FormalitiesFaculty of Arts refers to the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities (the Appointment Order).Aarhus University also offers a Junior Researcher Development Programme targeted at career development for postdocs at AU. You can read more about it here: https://talent.au.dk/junior-researcher-development-programme/

If nothing else is noted, applications must be submitted in English. Application deadline is at 11.59 pm Danish time (same as Central European Time) on the deadline day.

Aarhus University’s ambition is to be an attractive and inspiring workplace for all and to foster a culture in which each individual has opportunities to thrive, achieve and develop. We view equality and diversity as assets, and we welcome all applicants.

Shortlists may be prepared with the candidates that have been selected for a detailed academic assessment. A committee set up by the head of school is responsible for selecting the most qualified candidates. See this link for further information about shortlisting at the Faculty of Arts: shortlistingFaculty of ArtsThe Faculty of Arts is one of five main academic areas at Aarhus University.

The faculty contributes to Aarhus University's research, talent development, knowledge exchange and degree programmes.
With its 550 academic staff members, 275 PhD students, 9,500 BA and MA students, and 1,500 students following continuing/further education programmes, the faculty constitutes a strong and diverse research and teaching environment.

The Faculty of Arts consists of the School of Communication and Culture, the School of Culture and Society and the Danish School of Education. Each of these units has strong academic environments and forms the basis for interdisciplinary research and education.

The faculty's academic environments and degree programmes engage in international collaboration and share the common goal of contributing to the development of knowledge, welfare and culture in interaction with society.
Read more at arts.au.dk/en

The application must be submitted via Aarhus University’s recruitment system, which can be accessed under the job advertisement on Aarhus University's website.
Aarhus University Aarhus University is an academically diverse and research-intensive university with a strong commitment to high-quality research and education and the development of society nationally and globally. The university offers an inspiring research and teaching environment to its 38,000 students (FTEs) and 8,000 employees, and has an annual revenues of EUR 885 million. Learn more at www.international.au.dk/

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Aarhus Universitet
Jens Chr. Skous Vej 3
8000
Aarhus C
Praktisk information
Oprettet
15-09-2021
Udløber
27-09-2021
Kviknummer
330828460
Jobtype
Fuldtid
Arbejdsområde
Forskning og undervisning
Stillingsbetegnelse
Ph.D. Stipendiat
Erfaringer - I højere grad
Ikke angivet (Forskning og udvikling)
Sprog
Dansk Læse/ tale
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