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In today’s digital, networked world, the public is increasingly connected with each other, with politicians, and with public institutions, yet seemingly has less democratic involvement in public governance and administration. This stands in contrast to earlier ideas from the middle and late twentieth century about how linking citizens and public institutions, for example through computing networks, could transform society.
Cybernetics, an interdisciplinary science born in the aftermath of World War II, offered politicians, academics, and engineers a model for understanding and incorporating communication and feedback in public institutions. Cybernetics showed that societies and systems could be understood as feedback loops of inputs and outputs, which could be used to make these systems self-correcting. It thus gave both a way to analyse democratic societies’ flaws and, potentially, to rectify these flaws by building self-correcting public institutions and infrastructures, often based on new computing and communications technology.
This PhD project will thus investigate how cybernetics influenced new ideas and practices regarding the public and public institutions in the post-1945 period. The project could include, but is not limited to, researching the historical influences of cybernetics on one or more of the following:
In retrieving these historical conceptions of networked, cybernetic publics and/or public institutions, this project can offer new models for contemporary democratic governance. We welcome applicants interested in national, comparative, and transnational perspectives on this topic.
Your research will be located in the Maastricht University Science, Technology, and Society Studies research programme at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences: https://www.maastrichtuniversity.nl/fasos-research-institute/research-programmes/%E2%80%8Bmaastricht-university-science-technology-and-society
This is a full-time position that, in principle, combines 0.9 FTE research with 0.1 FTE teaching. The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences offers BA programmes in Arts & Culture, European Studies, Digital Society, and Global Studies. Information on those and other FASoS teaching programmes can be found on our website.
You hold an MA/MSc degree in History, Science and Technology Studies, Politics, Media Studies, or a related discipline (or are expected to obtain such a degree by 1 September 2023). You have received excellent grades and you have an obvious interest in academic research, particularly historical research methods. You are capable of autonomously conducting original research as well as working in a team. You are fluent in English (Cambridge English Proficiency, level C2, oral and written).
Fixed-term contract: 4 years (1+3).
What we have to offer
You will be part of an international network of top universities and renowned scholars within the field. Initially, you are employed on a 1-year contract as PhD-candidate (teacher level 4). The first year will be a probation period, after a positive assessment the position will be extended for the remaining 3 years.
Remuneration will be according to standard salary levels for PhD-candidates starting with a salary of € 2,541 gross per month in the first year up to € 3,247 gross per month in the fourth year according to the PhD-candidate salary scale.
Each year the standard salary is supplemented with a holiday allowance of 8% and an end-of-year bonus of 8.3%.
The university’s relocation policy stipulates that you need to move to (the vicinity of) Maastricht. If not already living in Maastricht (or its direct surroundings), you will be eligible for an allowance for moving costs or an allowance for alternative housing.
Other secondary conditions include e.g. a pension scheme and partially paid parental leave as well as a shared office space and a PC.
The terms of employment of Maastricht University are set out in the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities (CAO). Furthermore, local UM provisions also apply. For more information look at the website www.maastrichtuniversity.nl > About UM > Working at UM.
Starting date: preferably 1 September 2023.
Maastricht University is renowned for its unique, innovative, problem-based learning system, which is characterized by a small-scale and student-oriented approach. Research at UM is characterized by a multidisciplinary and thematic approach, and is concentrated in research institutes and schools. Maastricht University has around 22,000 students and about 5,000 employees. Reflecting the university's strong international profile, a fair amount of both students and staff are from abroad. The university hosts 6 faculties: Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, Faculty of Law, School of Business and Economics, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience.
For more information, visit www.maastrichtuniversity.nl.
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASoS) has about 250 staff members, and about 1,730 students. More than 77% of the students are non-Dutch (65 different nationalities). All programmes are offered in English and some are also offered in Dutch. FASoS offers four 3-year bachelor’s programmes: Arts and Culture, European Studies, Digital Society and Global Studies. It also offers eight different 1-year Master’s programmes and two 2-year research master’s programmes.
Research is organised around four programmes: Politics and Culture in Europe; Science, Technology and Society Studies; Arts, Media and Culture; and Globalisation, Transnationalism and Development. The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is housed in the historic city centre of Maastricht.
Our Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences offers the opportunity to pursue a PhD in the interdisciplinary field of arts and social sciences. You receive a coherent program of introductory courses, intensive supervision and frequent discussion with the senior researchers inside and outside the Faculty. The Programme can be characterized by its international and interdisciplinary nature and the emphasis on cultural and societal issues of the modern world.
The School focuses on four themes:
1. Politics and Culture in Europe.
2. Maastricht University Science, Technology and Society Studies.
3. Globalisation, Transnationalism and Development.
4. Arts, Media and Culture.
Further information on the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and its Graduate School may be accessed on: http://www.maastrichtuniversity.nl/fasos
Maastricht University (UM)
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