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Description of the Research Project
This NWO-funded research project studies the role of the Reformed Church in the Dutch colonial past. The project looks at the theological and exegetical arguments put forward by church and academic theologians to defend or criticize slavery, and at the concrete financial, social and administrative role of the church in slavery and slave trade (missionary, pastoral, the church as slave owner, investor, gatekeeper). Multiple perspectives are included (enslaved people, former slaves, indigenous people, mixed groups and white colonizers) and attention is paid to the legacy of slavery in today's churches and society.
The research project is a collaboration between the PThU and the VU, with the University of Curaçao and NiNsee (the National Institute for the Study of Dutch Slavery and its Legacy) as partners.
As a student research assistant you will be responsible for supporting both the organization of the research project, as well as the processing of the obtained data. You will be involved with the practical preparation of the seminars and conferences and you will digitalize and order raw data within Excel, supporting the team members in organizing and filling the project’s database.
What do we expect from you?
There are other vacancies within this project. Please check our website: https://www.pthu.nl/en/about-us/vacancies/vacancies-church-and-slavery-project/
Fixed-term contract: 1 year, with the possibility of extension.
We offer a large and inspiring team of scholars from various backgrounds and disciplines, ranging from biblical studies and church and colonial history to anthropology and gender studies, as well as a research project that covers both a long period of European and colonial history and societies in several continents.
The research project will have a vast scientific impact by expanding scholarly knowledge on the role of the churches and also by transforming that knowledge by the project’s scope, volume and its incorporation of the black and/or indigenous perspective. The project will also have a great impact on church and society, by contributing to the development of a new narrative of the Dutch past, in which our assumptions on the relations between toleration, racism, trade, slavery and Protestantism will be tested and revised.
We offer our Student Research Assistant the following
Within the research project, we greatly value diversity and therefore welcome applications from groups who are currently underrepresented in our institutions.
The Student Research Assistant will be employed by the PThU.
The Protestant Theological University (PThU) is connected with the Protestant Church in the Netherlands. It trains students to be the future ministers of the Protestant Church in the Netherlands as well as general theological experts, and provides post-academic training for ministers and chaplains. With its nationally and internationally highly qualified research, the PThU seeks answers to the current and timeless questions that church, academy and society pose to us.
The Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU) has as its ambition to contribute to a better world through outstanding education and ground-breaking research. The VU strives to be a university where personal development and commitment to society play a leading role. A university where people from different disciplines and backgrounds collaborate to achieve innovations and to generate new knowledge.
Protestantse Theologische Universiteit (PThU)
De Boelelaan 1105, 1081 HV, Amsterdam
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