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As a PhD candidate you will conduct an anthropological study of the contemporary university in the Netherlands as a site of social-political engagement and contestation. You will be part of the research group Sovereignty and Social Contestation (SoSCo) of the Department of Cultural Anthropology.
About the project
In an era characterised by diverse planetary crises, vast socioeconomic inequalities, and post-truth/alternative fact politics, our higher education institutions have become especially charged sites for the projection of new hopes, demands, and expectations. How do different university stakeholders interpret and rework issues of politics in teaching and learning? This PhD project is an anthropological study of the contemporary university as a site of social-political engagement and contestation through ethnographic fieldwork at Utrecht University, the University of Amsterdam, and the University of Leiden. This project will help develop best practices for fostering an 'open mind, open attitude and open science environment.
We gladly receive applications from you (x/f/m) if you:
Furthermore, your suitability is exemplified by:
You are expected to contribute the teaching programmes of the department of Cultural Anthropology.
A better future for everyone. This ambition motivates our scientists in executing their leading research and inspiring teaching. At Utrecht University, the various disciplines collaborate intensively towards major strategic themes. Our focus is on Dynamics of Youth, Institutions for Open Societies, Life Sciences and Pathways to Sustainability. Sharing science, shaping tomorrow.
The Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences is one of the leading faculties in Europe providing research and academic teaching in cultural anthropology, educational sciences, interdisciplinary social science, pedagogical sciences, psychology, and sociology. Almost 7,000 students are enrolled in a broad range of undergraduate and graduate programmes. The Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences has some 1,100 faculty and staff members, all providing their individual contribution to the training and education of young talent and to the research into and finding solutions for scientific and societal issues.
The faculty strives for diversity among its employees and students and is committed to creating a safe and inclusive environment for everyone, as can be read in Utrecht University's Equality, Diversity and Inclusion policy.
The faculty attaches great importance to the fact that its employees can be widely deployed in the university organization, now and in the future, to further professionalize the support of education and research. To encourage this, every employee is given the time and facilities – for example in the form of training – at some point in their career to participate in projects or work in other departments. Characteristics that the faculty considers important are involvement, the ability to collaborate and flexibility.
The faculty is located at Utrecht Science Park near the historical city centre of Utrecht.
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