Genocide is the complex process of the systematic persecution and destruction of a group of people by a state or armed group. It is estimated that in the 20th century, some 40 to 60 million defenceless people fell victim to deliberate extermination, including six million Jews in the Holocaust. The 21st century has not fared much better, so far with mass murder in Darfur, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Myanmar, Syria, and elsewhere. The NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies has a specific scientific and social responsibility for research into these histories of mass murder. That is why this vacancy fits into the research strategy of the institute.
The Holocaust and Genocide Studies team conducts scholarly research into modern episodes of mass violence and genocide. It provides academic teaching (BA, MA, and postgraduate levels) on these topics and contributes to the internationalisation of research by establishing and expanding networks and partnerships at home and abroad. The team also promotes social debate in the Netherlands by organising public lectures and film symposiums. NIOD also wants to further develop its expertise in this area in the future. After all, it is of great social importance that the ever-emerging questions about the causes, courses, and consequences of mass violence can be answered on the basis of sound academic knowledge.Profile:
- NIOD is looking for a postdoctoral researcher / university lecturer with demonstrable experience, capacities and ambitions to provide expertise on the topic of genocide;
- The newly recruited lecturer will operate as a postdoc researcher in the Research Department of the NIOD, within the framework of the Research Agenda 2020-2024;
- The newly recruited staff member will be involved as lecturer in the teaching provided by the NIOD, in particular to strengthen the MA program in Holocaust and Genocide Studies at the University of Amsterdam;
- The newly recruited colleague is expected to reinvigorate the Holocaust and Genocide Studies team by offering support in the coordination of the MA program, initiation of student activities, and organization of public events.