The Amsterdam School for Heritage and Memory (AHM) is hiring a Postdoc researcher position as part of the Horizon Europe-funded project Petroculture’s Intersection with the Cultural Heritage Sector in the Context of Green Transitions (PITCH
), led by researchers Dr. Jeff Diamanti and Dr. Colin Sterling. AHM is one of the five Research Schools within the Amsterdam Institute for Humanities Research
(AIHR). What are you going to do?
The Horizon Europe-funded project “Petroculture’s Intersections with The Cultural Heritage sector in the context of green transitions” (PITCH) aims to create a deeper understanding of petroculture’s intersections with heritage practices and how these reflect social, economic, and political changes over time. Through this research, the project aims to help citizens understand how petrocultures have affected their lives and be confident about how they might envision those lives otherwise, in a post fossil-fuel world. PITCH is a collaboration between the University of Stavanger, University College London, University of Amsterdam, ISCTE - Instituto Universitário de Lisboa, and Utrecht University. The project team will conduct pilot interventions at three different types of sites (museums, industrial heritage sites, and heritage landscapes) with four cultural heritage partners based in Finland, Germany, and the Netherlands.
The University of Amsterdam’s contribution to the project will focus on the creative re-use of fossil fuel infrastructures. As a post-doctoral researcher on the project, you will contribute to research on emerging economic and ecological approaches that aim to reinterpret and animate fossil fuel infrastructures in ways that actively build a more just and sustainable future. You will also undertake primary research in collaboration with project partner E-WERK Luckenwalde
, a not-for-profit Kunststrom (‘art-power’) Kraftwerk (power station) and contemporary art centre. E-WERK is an experimental prototype for a sustainable institution, powered and financed by the sale of 100% CO2 neutral heat and electricity. It is located in a former coal power station built in 1913, which has been reactivated as a CO2 neutral Kunststrom power station by artist Pablo Wendel. The power station provides heat and electricity for a contemporary art programme directed by curator Helen Turner.
E-WERK was established to pioneer more sustainable economic and ecological models for the cultural sector. As part of the PITCH project, the post-doctoral researcher will investigate the applicability of this model for other heritage and cultural institutions, and the impact such approaches may have on how citizens relate to historic energy infrastructures. Your tasks and responsibilities:
- Conduct secondary and primary research on new ecological and economic models for ‘reactivating’ energy infrastructures in collaboration with the project leads and the E-WERK team;
- Present intermediate research results at workshops and conferences;
- Publish at least one co-authored peer-reviewed article, and one book chapter in an edited volume emerging from the project;
- Co-organise knowledge dissemination activities and contribute to curatorial programme and workshops to be developed at E-WERK;
- Participate in meetings of the project research group (this may involve travel to Portugal, the UK, Norway, Germany, and Finland);
- The Postdoc is expected to be present at E-WERK at a frequency to be negotiated with the supervisory team.