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The Postdocs will be working within the research programme Museums, Collections and Society, a collaboration between the Faculties of Humanities and Archaeology, under the supervision of prof. dr. Pieter ter Keurs. Museums, Collections and Society aims to stimulate collections-based research and will operate in close cooperation with museums in Leiden and The Hague. It partakes in (inter)national discussions on museum and collection-based issues, such as inclusion/exclusion, the consequences of classifying collections, representation in museum displays and restitution. The research programme is hosted by the Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society (LUCAS) and includes a full professor/director and two University Lecturers. To complete the research team, we are looking for two excellent, highly motivated, enterprising, enthusiastic and experienced postdocs.
One of the postdocs is expected to examine the topic of ‘History of Collections’. It is now generally accepted that not enough is known about the historical context in which collecting activities took place and what happened with the collections after they were collected. It is important to highlight the relationship of collecting and the use of collections with socio-cultural and political developments of the period. Research on the history of collections enlightens our knowledge of the human-thing entanglement and the development of society. The postdoc who will focus on this part of the research programme is expected to submit a research proposal related to one or more Leiden (academic or museum) collections.
The other postdoc project will focus on ‘Ethical and legal issues in Collecting and Collection Care’. Ethical aspects of collecting, collection care and presentations (such as exhibitions) are now widely discussed, not only in academic literature, but also in newspapers, on television, on internet and social media. How do ethical questions relate to the existing legal regulations on issues such as ownership, restitution, and temporary loans? How does the international discussion on the ethics of collecting and ownership relate to the collections that are stored and presented in Leiden (both in the museums as well as at the university)?
We offer two part-time (0.9 FTE) temporary appointments for a period of 1 year, with the possibility of extension with 1 year or more, based on need, funding and performance. Please note that, due to the temporary nature of the appointment, the candidate will not be able to carry out externally financed research projects (e.g. with NWO or ERC grants) which exceed the period of appointment. The salary range is from €3.637,- to €4.978,- gross per month (pay scale 11 in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities), based on a fulltime appointment.
Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year (8.3 %) bonuses, training, career development and sabbatical leave. Our individual choices model gives you some freedom to assemble your own set of terms and conditions. For international spouses we have set up a dual career programme. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break.
The Faculty of Humanities is a unique international centre for the advanced study of languages, cultures, arts, and societies worldwide, in their historical contexts from prehistory to the present. Our faculty is home to more than 6,000 students and 800 staff members.
The Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society (LUCAS) is one of the seven academic institutes of the Faculty of Humanities. LUCAS is dedicated to ground-breaking research that explores the multifaceted relationships between the arts and society.