Postdoc in Ethnology within the ERC CONSPIRATIONS project

Postdoc in Ethnology within the ERC CONSPIRATIONS project

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20 Mar 8 Apr Lund

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Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top universities. The University has around 45 000 students and more than 8 000 staff based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö. We are united in our efforts to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition.

Lund University welcomes applicants with diverse backgrounds and experiences. We regard gender equality and diversity as a strength and an asset.

Job description

Description of the workplace

The position is located at the Division of Ethnology, which is part of the Department of Arts and Cultural Sciences. The Department of Arts and Cultural Sciences at Lund University is a multifaceted disciplinary environment for research and higher education, with around 90 employees and approximately 1700 students per year. The Department of Arts and Cultural Sciences runs several research environments and study programmes in the first, second and third cycles, distributed over nine divisions and two specialised centres.

The Division of Ethnology runs first-cycle education in Ethnology specialising in cultural analysis, second cycle education in the international Master’s degree programme in Applied Cultural Analysis, as well as short courses taught in English. The division also offers research studies in Ethnology. Ethnological research aims to understand and explain historical and contemporary societal phenomena from a cultural perspective. The studies focus on the practices of everyday life, on cultural encounters, power structures and norms. Besides developing cultural theory and ethnographic methodology, the ongoing research at the division can be summarised under three themes: Culture, Body and Health, Cultural Heritage and Use of History, and Cultural Identity.

As a postdoctoral researcher you will join the ERC CONSPIRATIONS research team. The working language within the project is English. The working language of Lund University is predominantly Swedish, but knowledge of Swedish in not a prerequisite for this position.

About the CONSPIRATIONS project

In recent years, conspiracy theories have become an important issue not only to the people who propagate them, but also to those who fear their consequences and design initiatives to push back against the ‘post-truth’ era. The objective of CONSPIRATIONS is to analyse this growing tension over conspiracy theories in Europe. The project proposes an innovative approach which moves beyond an exclusive focus on ‘truthers’ to examine the perspective of ‘truth defenders’ as well. This approach goes beyond the question of who is wrong and what to do about it. Instead, it offers a deeper understanding of the conflicts themselves, which are clearly of urgent importance for contemporary Europe.

The premise of this project is that the answer lies not in addressing the content of the conspiracy theories themselves, but rather the kinds of conditions that give rise to them. The secondary goal is to understand how these conflicts are influenced by social contexts, and how they unfold across diverse European settings. The objectives of this project will be achieved through ethnographic case studies.

CONSPIRATIONS is led by Dr Drazkiewicz. As a postdoctoral researcher you will have an opportunity to collaborate with her and other scholars working on conflicts over conspiracy theories in Sweden, Germany, Poland, Estonia and Bulgaria. More information about the project can be found here.

As a postdoctoral researcher you will be responsible for conducting research in Belgium and EU institutions.

Work duties and areas of responsibility

  • You will be a part of the ERC CONSPIRATIONS project, where you will be specifically responsible for implementing a subproject on Belgium and contributing to the subproject on the EU institutions.
  • You will conduct a multi-disciplinary literature review.
  • You will conduct field research and collect and analyze data (this position might include long periods of fieldwork in Belgium and extensive travel).
  • You will be responsible for presenting the findings of your work in (inter)national conferences.
  • You will be expected to publish your research findings in academic outlets and contribute to joined publications.
  • You will be responsible for coorganising academic events (conferences, workshops, seminars).
  • You will be responsible for communicating research findings with non-academic audiences.
  • You will be expected to collaborate with other CONSPIRATIONS researchers in accordance with the overall research plan.
  • You will be expected to deliver research that fulfil the objectives of the ERC CONSPIRATIONS project.

Teaching, supervision, and other administrative duties comprise a maximum of 20 % of the position.


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Requirements for the position are:

  • A completed doctoral degree or an international degree deemed equivalent to a doctoral degreeThis requirement must be fulfilled no later than two months after the application deadline and the applicant is responsible for supplementing his/her application within this time with documentation that proves the completion of the doctoral degree. The supplement should be emailed to Elzbieta Drazkiewicz (email address found here). The position is a career development post, and its purpose is to act as an initial step on a career path. Therefore, the candidate most likely to come into question is one who has completed a doctoral degree no more than three years prior to the last date for applications. If special grounds exist, the degree can have been completed earlier. Special grounds include leave of absence because of illness, parental leave, positions as elected representative in trade union organizations, military service or service/assignments relevant to the subject area. In such cases, certification concerning this is to be submitted in connection with the application.
  • Background in ethnology or other related discipline (for instance, social anthropology, cultural studies, sociology, human geography, political science, gender studies etc.).
  • Advanced language skills that allow for conducting in-depth ethnographic research on site in Belgium and the EU institutions. Thus, the candidate should have a proficiency in French and/or Dutch, equivalent to CEFR level B2 or higher.
  • Documented good proficiency in spoken and written English. As the candidate will be expected to publish in English-language outlets, proficiency in English equivalent to CEFR level C1 is required.
  • Documented experience of publishing in English in academic journals (appropriate to career stage).
  • A demonstrated ability to conduct ethnographic research and to use qualitative research methods.
  • Ability to work independently as well as a part of a research team.

Specific qualifications of additional merit

  • Demonstrable familiarity with research concerning conspiracy theories, disinformation, misinformation, rumours, and similar areas.
  • Knowledge of Belgian conflicts surrounding conspiracy theories.
  • Experience with digital research methods.

Assessment criteria

  • Good ability to develop and conduct high-quality research.
  • Teaching skills.

The main criterion for a postdoctoral fellowship is research expertise. As documentation for the assessment of qualifications, applicants are to submit a project plan of the research they intend to carry out during their appointment. Only applicants whose research plan and previous work could strengthen the research team and the project as a whole will be considered for the position of postdoc.

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 3 years.


The appointment is limited to three years and refers to full-time employment in accordance with the central collective agreement on fixed-term employment as a postdoctoral fellow between the Swedish Agency for Government Employers and OFR/S, Saco-S, 19 November 2021.

Lund University is a public authority which means that you receive specific benefits, generous annual leave and an advantageous occupational pension. More information about being an employee at Lund University can be found here: Work at Lund University.


About The Joint Faculties of the Humanities and Theology

The Joint Faculties of the Humanities and Theology have eight departments and carries out large and varied work within research and education with the purpose to understand people as cultural and social beings. The faculties have around 700 employees and around 4000 students.

About the Department of Arts and Cultural Science

The Department of Arts and Cultural Sciences at Lund University is a diverse department, comprised of thirteen areas of study and research. It employs over 90 people and enrolls annually about 1700 students.


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