The Faculty of Archaeology, Leiden University, seeks to appoint a full-time PhD candidate to carry out research at the intersection of Collection History research, Provenance Studies, and Digital Humanities. The successful candidate will join the Department of Heritage and Society, and be connected to the broader museums/collections-based research structures at Leiden University, in particular the Leiden University Center for the Arts in Society (LUCAS). The research should lead the candidate to obtain a PhD within a four-year timeframe (1.0 FTE).
The PhD candidate will be supervised by Dr. Martin E. Berger (PI), Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Archaeology, Leiden University.
The PhD candidate’s research is part of the ERC-funded Starting Grant project BECACO
– Between Canon and Coincidence: using data-driven approaches to understand Art Worlds. The BECACO project will develop a novel interdisciplinary framework for studying the provenance of ethnographic and archaeological collections. Mobilizing the potential of data-driven methodologies (e.g. quantitative analysis, network analysis, data mining), the aim of the project is to create a diachronic, international, and cross-institutional understanding of the collecting of Indigenous Latin American Material in Europe between 1850 and 2000. By studying the collections of 12 museums in 9 European countries, the project will reconstruct how – through the formation of collections – the Indigenous Latin American Art World as it existed in Europe between 1850-2000 constructed an artistic, aesthetic, and academic discourse that shaped how Indigenous Latin America is represented in Europe until today.
The BECACO project team project will consist of two Post-Docs, one PhD, and the PI. The successful candidate for the PhD position will focus reconstructing the Indigenous Latin American Art World in Europe in the period 1850 – 1950. The PhD candidate will work closely with the PI, who will focus on the period after 1950. Key tasks
- Conduct archival research on object and collector’s biographies in museums around Europe;
- Construct and maintain collection datasets based on museum database records, in collaboration with other team members;
- Carry out network analysis of collecting networks, in collaboration with other team members;
- Communicate with curators/museums in Europe, North America, and Latin America concerning project progress;
- Assist in organizing project-related symposia, conferences, and research fellowships;
- Publish and present research in international conferences and journals, both independently and with team members;
- Follow PhD courses based on an individual training and supervision plan, including through the Graduate School of Archaeology;
- Produce a PhD dissertation within a four-year timeframe;
- Contribute to the overall aims of the BECACO project.