We are looking for an Assistant Professor (tenure track) Political History of the period 1800-present, specialised in Dutch and European political history in a global context. Demonstrable expertise in gender history is desirable, as is affinity with knowledge areas such as heritage studies, political biography or public history. You will have a proven academic record as apparent from academic publications and contributions to public debate. You will play a central role in teaching the courses of the section Political History, and will participate in teaching courses in the Dutch-language BA Geschiedenis, the English-language BA History and International Studies, and the MA History. You will have the freedom to redesign elements of the courses according to your interests and qualities, in close consultation with the director of studies. 30% of your time will be available for research, for presenting at conferences and publishing, as well as for writing grant proposals. You will become a member of the history staff within the department of Art & Culture, History, and Antiquity (AHA), Faculty of Humanities. You will participate fully in the daily affairs of the department. The research of most of the VU historians is embedded within the CLUE+ Research Institute for Culture, History and Heritage and within national and international research networks and schools.
The research and teaching of the Political History group analyses political history from a European and international perspective (1800-present). We focus on the exercise and legitimation of power in history by colonial empires, nation-states, organisations and individuals. In recent years particular attention has been paid to the role of the EU, the history of corruption and good governance, democracy, the 'politics of remembrance' (including the remembrance of the holocaust, slavery and colonialism), as well as theory of history and the (mis)uses of the past for political purposes. Concerning the latter, from our perspective, political history requires a reflection on the historian's societal task.Your duties
- teaching and developing courses, spread out over the year, in our Political History programs as well as the broader History and History and International Studies programs; supervision of bachelor and master theses and internships. Examples of courses that you might be asked to teach are European History 1800-present, Research Seminar Political History
- initiating and performing outstanding research leading to new publications
- preparing or participating in the writing of grant applications
- administrative and management tasks, including tutoring and an active role in recruiting new students