This four-year Postdoc position is based in the Faculty of Humanities at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, within the framework of the NWA project “Pressing Matter - Ownership, Value and the Question of Colonial Heritage in Museums”
. This collaborative, interdisciplinary project responds to the growing contestation over what to do with the colonial heritage held in museums.
Situated within the subproject that addresses the potentialities
of objects collected in the colonial period to help us live with the past
, the project coordinator provides core organisational support for the project leader (Susan Legêne) and programme leader (Wayne Modest), and plays a crucial role in the implementation and development of the overall project. As project coordinator, you interact with the research staff, as well as with the different stakeholders, including participating museums, societal partners and the group of ‘critical friends’ in the Netherlands and abroad.
This position is not limited to project organization; it also requires active academic leadership, especially in developing a research infrastructure that connects museums and universities, and other relevant stakeholders. Deep understanding of the issues related with collections, colonialism and museums is a requirement. We expect active intellectual engagement that may include active participation in and contribution to the project’s outputs such as published or online outputs. You will be expected to develop and research certain themes as well, depending on your expertise.
You know the ins and outs, the planning and deliverables of the programme, and keep close contact with the financial project controllers. You will be employed by the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands and be jointly supervised by prof. dr. Susan Legêne and prof. dr. Wayne Modest.Your duties
- as part of the project management team you will:
- contribute to ensuring the overall cohesion and coherency of the project
- be the main contact person ensuring proper communication within the project across all consortium members
- monitor deliverables/outputs
- plan meetings and seminars to implement and assure knowledge utilisation outputs be the main contact with museums and other heritage institution partners
- provide support for proper functioning of the different Labs within the project
- be actively involved intellectually in the project with a specific own research project that contributes to the broader research ambitions and outputs of the project
- have broad oversight for the project budgets and be the main contact person between the financial contact persons from the partners and the VU