NIOD is looking for a PhD candidate “Technologies of Identification and Politics of Reconciliation in Vietnam” at NIOD and University of Amsterdam.
In support of the project “Bones of Contention: Technologies of Identification and Politics of Reconciliation in Vietnam” NIOD is looking for a PhD candidate.
You will work as part of the team on the NWO-funded Vidi project: “Bones of Contention: Technologies of Identification and Politics of Reconciliation in Vietnam”. Detail description of the project can be found in this link: https://www.niod.nl/nl/projecten/bones-of-contention. This project is awarded to and will be led by Associate Professor, Dr. Tam T. T. Ngo, senior researcher of NIOD/KNAW (Amsterdam) and the Max Planck Institute for the study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity (Goettingen, Germany). Your PhD thesis will be defended at the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research, University of Amsterdam (https://aissr.uva.nl/).
The research project Bones of Contention investigates the use of Spiritual Forensics and DNA Forensics in finding and identifying missing war dead in Vietnam and how the employment of these identification technologies influences the country’s postwar reconciliation. Facing the challenge of finding and identifying millions of missing war dead, Vietnamese families since the 1990s have resorted to “spiritual forensics”, a variety of spiritual techniques to locate and name the dead. The success of ‘spiritual forensics’ challenged Communist atheism and the state’s arbitrary control over whose bodies can be unearthed and repatriated and whose cannot. To counter spiritual forensics, in 2013 the Vietnamese began to import top-notch DNA-based forensic technology, which is also only permitted in the identification of the remains of those who died fighting for, not against, the communist government. Bones of Contention aims to shed light on the ways in which the Vietnamese deal with their violent past and their deep divisions and to further the understanding of the nature of national sovereignty in the Vietnamese case.
Within the framework of Bones of Contention, the PhD candidate will investigate one of the following topics:
Research Areas: South Vietnam, Vietnamese Diasporas in America and Europe.
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For more information you can contact associate professor dr. Tam T. T. Ngo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen (KNAW)
Herengracht 380, 1016 CJ, Amsterdam
If you would like to apply, we look forward to receiving your application. Your application should include the following attachments:
The first round of interviews will take place in the first and/or the second week of March 2020.
The intended starting date is 01.08.2020 (negotiable)
Solliciteer uiterlijk op 28 feb. 2020 23:59 (Europe/Amsterdam).