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We are looking for applicants specialised in contemporary political history, who can contribute to teaching, research, as well as the organisation and outreach of the section of political history within the Department of History and Art History.
The political history section currently has about 20 colleagues who study political developments from the early modern period until the present day. It has a particular interest in a comparative perspective on long-term developments, and to connect the past with present-day political issues. Currently, main themes of teaching and research are the history of democracy, revolution, political ideas and ideologies, nationalism and (ethnic) violence, and political activism – all with a strong emphasis on Western Europe.
We encourage candidates working in the field of political history in the broadest sense to apply. Desired fields of research and/or teaching expertise include, but are not limited to, the history of empires and (post/colonial) states; the history of political violence, (civil) war and genocide; the history of political elites and leadership; the history of governmentality and its instruments; the history of political mobilization, political activism and identities in the context of civil society; and the history of environmental politics. Candidates who can help us expand the comparative perspective and geographical scope of our sections to cities, (post)colonial states and areas beyond Europe may receive additional consideration.
The section of Political History is engaged in teaching across the Department and beyond. Candidates are expected to be able to contribute to teaching of the section in its different areas and programs, inside and outside their direct field of expertise. This may include teaching at the general courses of the Bachelor majors in History (both the English- and the Dutch-language track); the specialisation tracks ‘Political Struggle in Modern Europe’ and ‘Conflict, Violence, and Security’ at Bachelor level; the Bachelor in Philosophy, Politics and Economics; the Master History of Politics and Society; the Research Master History and the various Minors in which the section is involved.
Candidates are also expected to play an active role in the organisation and community of the section of Political History, and the Department at large, by collaborating with colleagues on teaching, research and/or societal impact.
We welcome candidates who can contribute to the diversity – understood in the broadest sense – of the University and Department, both of its student body and of its faculty. Candidates are expected to be versatile in both Dutch and English; non-Dutch candidates will need to master the Dutch language on an academic level within two years, for which there will be support from the Faculty.
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