Assistant Professor in Public History of Slavery

Assistant Professor in Public History of Slavery

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28 Sep 31 Oct Amsterdam

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What are you going to do

We are looking for a colleague who will teach and conduct research on the various ways the history of slavery has been told, retold, ignored, represented, dismissed, memorialised, or commemorated in recent history - and today. You will have ample opportunities to develop new teaching modules on these and related topics for both BA and MA students. Your research will be part of the Amsterdam School of Historical Studies (ASH), one of the five research schools of the Amsterdam Institute for Humanities Research. ASH represents and fosters the study of the human past from Antiquity to the present day. It brings together more than 200 academics from Amsterdam's Faculty of Humanities, who participate in ca. 25 research groups. Given the wide range of research groups/centres within ASH, depending on your expertise you will join one of these groups, for example those on urban history or modern history, and/or help establish a new research group focused on public history.

Tasks and responsibilities:
  • designing and conducting independent research in the field of Public History of Slavery in the Modern Period, resulting in academic publications in peer-reviewed international journals and/or books;
  • actively pursuing external funding for research, notably funding from research councils, national as well as European;
  • actively contributing to and developing national and international research networks and other forms of cooperation;
  • actively contributing to and developing projects with museums, heritage sites, cultural institutions, government agencies and communities on (interpretations of) slavery's history in the public arena;
  • actively contributing to the research activities of the Amsterdam School of Historical Studies;
  • developing, coordinating and teaching courses, in Dutch and English, in the Bachelor's and (Research) Master's programmes in History;
  • supervising Bachelor and Master theses and tutoring students; co-supervising PhD theses;
  • actively contributing to the development and improvement of the broader teaching programmes in the department;
  • taking part in committees and working groups, and carrying out departmental administrative tasks.


University of Amsterdam (UvA)


You are a researcher working on the history of slavery and its legacies in an academic, heritage, or public engagement environment, with a proven flair for collaborative projects with a range of partners. Your projects and publications show a research focus analysing the traces of the history of slavery in, for example, the built environment, monuments and museum collections, or representations of this past in popular culture. Your work is interdisciplinary, with attention to innovative approaches to material culture and/or the archive. Your research matches the profile of the Amsterdam School of Historical Studies.

You are able to develop and teach courses on the heritage of slavery in contemporary society, from either a historical or an interdisciplinary perspective. In particular, you will contribute to the further development of the UvA Public History MA track and contribute to organising student collaborations with community groups and heritage organisations . We value your ability to offer inspiring lectures and tutorials in our BA and MA programmes that could attract a wide range of students, as well as a creative approach to engaging a wide range of stakeholders on the public history of slavery both inside and outside the university. You are committed to fostering an inclusive classroom.

We are committed to a culturally and intellectually diverse academic community and are especially interested in candidates who can contribute, through their research, teaching and/or service, to this mission. We particularly encourage people from underrepresented groups to apply.

Your experience and profile demonstrate the following:
  • a PhD in (Public) History or a related discipline;
  • you either have or show clear potential for developing a strong publication record commensurate with the stage of your academic career;
  • strong organisational experience and skills and the ability to work in a team;
  • an international academic network in the research area concerned, or a willingness to develop one;
  • a relevant network in the field of heritage institutions, or a willingness to develop one;
  • ability and ambition to obtain external research and/or project grants;
  • experience with research-led teaching in a higher education context and a strong commitment to personal development in teaching
  • experience with digital teaching facilities and affinity with IT in university teaching;
  • willingness to take an active part in the administrative and collegial life in the department;
  • strong command of both Dutch and English. If you are not a native Dutch speaker, an active and passive command of Dutch must be acquired within two years of the employment contract (the state examination for Dutch as a Second Language programme II must be passed);
  • a Dutch Basic Teaching Qualification, or a willingness to acquire one within the first two years of your appointment.

Conditions of employment

We offer permanent employment upon a satisfactory evaluation following a temporary employment contract of a maximum of 18 months with a probationary period of two months. If you already have an employment contract with the UvA, we offer permanent employment upon a satisfactory evaluation following a temporary employment contract of a maximum of 12 months. The employment contract is for 38 hours a week. Preferred starting date is between 1 February 2023 and 1 August 2023.

The gross monthly salary, based on 38 hours per week, ranges between € 3,974 (scale 11) to € 6,181 (scale 12) dependent on relevant experience. This sum does not include the 8% holiday allowance and the 8,3% year-end allowance. A favorable tax agreement, the '30% ruling', may apply to non-Dutch applicants. The Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities is applicable.

We additionally offer:
  • the opportunity to collaborate in interdisciplinary teams;
  • excellent opportunities for study and personal development;
  • a broad range of facilities to effectively combine work and personal life (e.g. parental leave provisions);
  • an inspiring academic and international working environment in the heart of Amsterdam.


Faculty of Humanities

The University of Amsterdam is the Netherlands' largest university, offering the widest range of academic programmes. At the UvA, 30,000 students, 6,000 staff members and 3,000 PhD candidates study and work in a diverse range of fields, connected by a culture of curiosity.

The Faculty of Humanities provides education and conducts research with a strong international profile in a large number of disciplines in de field of language and culture. Located in the heart of Amsterdam, the faculty maintains close ties with many cultural institutes in the capital city. Research and teaching staff focus on interdisciplinary collaboration and are active in several teaching programmes.

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  • Assistant professor
  • Behaviour and society
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • €3974—€6181 per month
  • Doctorate
  • 10455


University of Amsterdam (UvA)

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