The Amsterdam School of Historical Studies
(ASH) currently has a vacant Postdoc researcher position as part of the broader field of Cultural Heritage and Identity. Within this field the focus is on material and immaterial heritage, including digital Humanities and on Cultural Heritage and societal changes. ASH is one of the five Research Schools within the Amsterdam Institute for Humanities Research
.What are you going to do
This postdoc position will focus on the intersection of cultural heritage, identity, health and wellbeing. Health and wellbeing are shaped by a complex interplay of social, cultural, and biological factors: as Covid has shown, even a virus will have a different impact across a population depending on economic and environmental factors, and on the alignment or clash between public health advice with cultural values, historical legacies, and personal circumstances. Moreover, the identity categories of ill, abnormal, infertile, old, or disabled are historically and culturally specific and can carry great stigma, fueling inequality and undermining wellbeing as well as social inclusion and participation. Cultural heritage and identity are part of the intersecting influences that can foster or undermine public health, promoting, deterring, or preventing healthy behaviour. Interdisciplinary research is needed to determine how history, heritage, and culture shape values and behaviours, which in turn can help explore how these factors might be mobilized to support healthier societies and to support people to cope with major threats to health such as climate change.
At ASH, we are looking for a postdoc who will contribute to and strengthen our research on Health Humanities, a diverse field of research and practice, uniting scholars, artists, curators, patients, caregivers, and healthcare activists who collaborate to broaden and historically contexualise contemporary approaches to health and medicine. The role of culture and identity in shaping experiences of illness and impairment are increasingly recognized as core contributors to health and wellbeing alongside the social determinants of health. Understanding historical legacies, values, and traditions is crucial for the design of effective public health initiatives, and arts and culture are key tools for managing mental health and coping with the impact of injury or disease.
We are particularly interested in projects that focus on disability studies or (mental) health and medicine. We expect the postdoc to help set up networking events and collaborative research activities that connect existing research within the Medical and Health Humanities with projects in the faculties of Social Sciences, Law and Medicine. Ideally, the postdoc has experience collaborating with patient or community groups and cultural institutions to design, deliver, and evaluate the role of arts and culture in health and wellbeing.
The postdoc will take an active role within the PULSE Network for Medical and Health Humanities
(UvA - Vu collaboration) and will be part of one of ASH's research groups or centres, for example the interdisciplinary research group Environment and Society or the Amsterdam Centre for Urban History
.Your tasks and responsibilities:
- conducting research, presenting intermediate research results at relevant workshops and conferences and publishing (the equivalent of) two peer reviewed articles;
- participating in research groups and centres within ASH;
- setting up networking events and collaborative research activities;
- co-organising knowledge dissemination activities and collaborations with patient or community groups and cultural institutions.