Are you looking for a challenging position in a dynamic setting? The Amsterdam School for Heritage, Memory and Material Culture
currently has a vacant PhD position as part of the Critical Heritage Ecologies research initiative, led by principal investigators Dr. Colin Sterling and Dr. Tessel Bauduin. The Amsterdam School for Heritage, Memory and Material Culture is one of the five Research Schools within the Amsterdam Institute for Humanities Research
. What are you going to do?
You will undertake doctoral level research on Restitution Ecologies as part of a wider research initiative on critical heritage ecologies led by Dr. Tessel Bauduin and Dr. Colin Sterling. As a PhD candidate you will investigate the material ecologies of restitution through case studies, cross-disciplinary comparative research and – where relevant – engagement with artistic practice. As calls for the return of objects increase and the heritage and museums field orients towards issues of decolonization and reparation, this PhD project asks how such initiatives might support, challenge or undermine broader strategies of worldly repair. In so doing, the research aims to provide a new framework for critical and practical work at the intersection of heritage studies and the environmental humanities. To understand the ecological entanglements and implications of restitution processes, the project will focus on four case studies that speak to different dimensions of material, symbolic, environmental, and social repair.
These case studies will be decided in collaboration with the selected PhD candidate, but the chosen research foci may address questions related to: (a) the chemical, material and biotic ecologies in which museum objects are embedded; (b) the conceptual intersections of heritage restitution and rewilding / remediation projects; (c) the environmental ‘impact’ of emerging restitution projects; (d) non-Western / Indigenous perspectives on care and repair, especially as these relate to more-than-human worlds and object animacy. This PhD project will be ambitious in scope but grounded in empirical research that tests the boundaries of decolonial and reparative work in heritage and museums.
During the project you will work towards your PhD and receive further training in doing interdisciplinary research. You will also take part in seminars and other activities hosted by one of the Dutch National Research Schools. You will gain expertise in contemporary challenges involving museums, heritage, restitution, and the environmental crisis, and will have the opportunity to teach on these themes. Tasks and responsibilities:
- Carry out original research in the fields of heritage studies and museum studies;
- Write and submit a PhD on Restitution Ecologies within the period of the appointment;
- Participate in regular meetings with the main supervisors and develop shared knowledge and insights on the intersections of critical heritage and the environmental humanities;
- Publish one single-authored, peer reviewed article, and contribution to other written project outputs as required;
- Present intermediate research results at workshops and conferences;
- Organise collaborative knowledge dissemination activities;
- Teach courses at bachelor’s and/or assist at master’s level in the 2nd and 3rd year (0,2 FTE per year);
- Participate in the Research School and Faculty of Humanities PhD training programmes.