Do you want to improve the theoretical grasp of the design of best ritual practices, to facilitate a ‘good death’? Do you want to gain empirical insight into the actual ritual practices surrounding euthanasia in The Netherlands? If so, you have a part to play! Radboud University is looking for a PhD candidate Ritualization of Euthanasia.
For twenty years now, the Netherlands has had statutory rules and procedures regarding the termination of life on request. It is known that assisted dying has a considerable emotional and psychological impact and that rituals at the end of life can offer solace and have beneficial effects on resolving grief. So far, there has been no sustained research into the ritualisation of this contemporary form of dying. Euthanasia, however, is an important social phenomenon that has the potential, as preliminary research indicates, to challenge the status quo of ritual studies, not least because of the ultimate control over circumstances and timing of death and thus its highly 'programmed' character. At issue is the contrived malleability of rituals in relation to their actual efficacy, especially in terms of offering solace. You will describe and analyse the rituals in question through a survey, direct observation, and ethnographic interviews.
Fixed-term contract: You will be employed for an initial period of 18 months, after which your performance will be evaluated. If the evaluation is positive, the contract will be extended by 2.5 years (4 year contract) or 3.5 years (5 year contract).
Houtlaan 4, 6525 XZ, Nijmegen
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Make sure to apply no later than 3 Jan 2023 23:59 (Europe/Amsterdam).
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