What are you going to do?
You will provide education in a dynamic context with ample opportunities for the development of innovative teaching methods. Your research will be part of the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis
(ASCA), one of the five research schools of the Amsterdam Institute for Humanities Research
ASCA is home to more than 100 researchers and more than 140 PhD candidates, and conducts world-leading research in Cultural Analysis. ASCA researchers share a commitment to studying culture in all its forms and expressions within an interdisciplinary framework, and to maintaining a close connection with contemporary cultural and political debates. All ASCA research fits into at least one, but usually more than one of five thematic constellations: 1) Mediality; 2) Arts & Aesthetics; 3) Globalization & Migration; 4) Identities; and 5) Cultural & Social Critique.
Your teaching will mostly take place at the Department of Italian Studies and at the Modern and Foreign Languages Department (MVTC, in the Faculty of Humanities) of which the Italian department is a part. The department is located in the historical centre of Amsterdam and home to scholars with a diverse range of research and teaching interests. It offers a three-year BA curriculum in which students study modern Italy and its position in Europe and the world. Students of the programme gain specialized topical and historical cultural, societal, and language knowledge as well as broader comprehension of the region. The department also participates in various interdisciplinary and graduate programmes in the faculty and university, including the Research MA Literary Studies
, the MA Literature, Culture and Society
, and programmes at the Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies
You will teach Italian language courses and courses in Italian studies, as well as comparative courses in the Languages, Culture, and Region BA programmes of the Department of Modern and Foreign Languages and in other relevant BA and (R)MA programmes of the faculty (e.g. the BA Literary and Cultural Analysis and/or programmes in the History and European Studies department), which offers a dynamic context with ample opportunities for the development of innovative pedagogy and research-led education.Tasks and responsibilities:
- Designing and conducting independent research on transdisciplinary literary studies, with special attention for Italian studies. Expertise at the nexus of literary studies and one or more of the following areas (listed in alphabetical order) is a bonus:
- Critical race studies
- Environmental humanities
- Gender studies
- Postcolonial studies
- Science and technology studies
The conducted research will result 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 the research activities of the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA) and to the school's research constellations as outlined here, as well as the activities of the cross-faculty Amsterdam Centre for European Studies (ACES).
- Developing, co-coordinating and teaching courses in the BA programme in Italian Studies and in other relevant BA and (R)MA programmes across the faculty.
- 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 as directed.