PhD candidate “Convention Conventions. Routines and Rituals in International Scientific Conferences, 1910-1960” at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Department of History & STS Programme, Maastricht University (1,0 fte, 3 years)

PhD candidate “Convention Conventions. Routines and Rituals in International Scientific Conferences, 1910-1960” at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Department of History & STS Programme, Maastricht University (1,0 fte, 3 years)

Geplaatst Deadline Locatie
18 feb 24 mrt Maastricht
The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASoS) is looking for a PhD candidate on the project “Convention Conventions. Routines and Rituals in International Scientific Conferences, 1910-1960” at the Department of History & STS Programme, Maastricht University (1,0 fte, 3 years).
The project is part of the European research collaboration “The Scientific Conference: A Social, Cultural, and Political History”, involving several international partners.

Functieomschrijving

Today international conferences are standard features of scientific life. Since their emergence in the nineteenth century some 170 000 of them are estimated to have taken place. Still the reasons for this rise and the functions that conferences have fulfilled in scientific practice are unclear and have rarely been studied.

In a joint research project, funded by HERA (Humanities in the European Research Area), an international team of scholars from four different institutes will investigate the history of the scientific conference. They see it not as a background for other, ‘real’ action, but as a phenomenon to be grasped in itself. What happened at international scientific conferences? How have they exchanged knowledge and shaped expertise? How have conferences embodied social hierarchies and international relations?

The PhD project will look at conferences as forms of sociability. The PhD candidate will examine the development of conference culture from early to mid-twentieth century, especially the role of rituals and routines (such as toasts, keynotes, excursions, and lady programmes) in academic community formation and knowledge production. The focus will likely be on conferences in chemistry as a typical scientific field. Relevant archival materials are kept at the Science History Institute in Philadelphia, USA, where the candidate will spend a few months’ time. Within these parameters, s/he gets to carve out a more specific project.

The larger European framework provides a rich and stimulating international research environment. The PhD candidate will contribute to regular team meetings and joint academic publications. S/he will also receive individual supervision and extensive training by the Graduate School of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, and the Netherlands Graduate Research School for Science, Technology and Modern Culture (WTMC) or the Huizinga Institute for Cultural History.

Specificaties

Universiteit Maastricht (UM)

Functie-eisen

You hold a MA/MSc degree in history of science, science and technology studies, (historical) sociology or anthropology or a related discipline (or are expected to obtain such a degree by 31 August 2019). You have received excellent grades and you have an obvious interest in academic research, particularly historical or (micro)sociological approaches. You are capable of autonomously conducting original research as well as working in a team. You are fluent in English; knowledge of other languages such as French, German or Russian is an asset.

Arbeidsvoorwaarden

Werkgever

Maastricht University

Maastricht University is renowned for its unique, innovative, problem-based learning system, which is characterized by a small-scale and student-oriented approach. Research at UM is characterized by a multidisciplinary and thematic approach, and is concentrated in research institutes and schools. Maastricht University has around 16,300 students and 4,300 employees. Reflecting the university's strong international profile, a fair amount of both students and staff are from abroad. The university hosts 6 faculties: Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, Faculty of Law, School of Business and Economics, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience.

http://www.maastrichtuniversity.nl/

Afdeling

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASoS) has about 250 staff members, and about 1,600 students. More than 76% of the students are non-Dutch (64 different nationalities). All programmes are offered in English and some are also offered in Dutch. FASoS offers two 3-year bachelor’s programmes: Arts and Culture and European Studies. It also offers eight different 1-year Master’s programmes and two 2-year research master’s programmes.  

Research is organised around four programmes: Politics and Culture in Europe; Science, Technology and Society Studies; Arts, Media and Culture; and Globalisation, Transnationalism and Development. The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is housed in the historic city centre of Maastricht.

Graduate School

Our Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences offers the opportunity to pursue a PhD in the interdisciplinary field of arts and social sciences. You receive a coherent program of introductory courses, intensive supervision and frequent discussion with the senior researchers inside and outside the Faculty. The Programme can be characterized by its international and interdisciplinary nature and the emphasis on cultural and societal issues of the modern world.

The School focuses on four themes:

1. Politics and Culture in Europe.

2. Maastricht University Science, Technology and Society Studies.

3. Globalisation, Transnationalism and Development.

4. Arts, Media and Culture.

Further information on the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and its Graduate School may be accessed on: www.maastrichtuniversity.nl/fasos .

https://www.maastrichtuniversity.nl/about-um/faculties/faculty-arts-and-social-sciences

Additionele informatie

European project

The European collaboration that frames the PhD project involves four partners, located at: Uppsala University, Sweden; Birkbeck University, London; the Centre Alexandre Koyré in Paris; and Maastricht University, the Netherlands. Each partner consists of one principal investigator and one other researcher, and examines one dimension of conferences in history: social stratification, geopolitics, setting, and ritual, respectively. The partners will stay in close touch, meet twice a year, and produce individual as well as joint publications. Five Associate Partners (museums and academic institutions) offer support and societal embedding, the Science History Institute in Philadelphia being one of them. The project also runs an outreach programme.

The Maastricht leg consists of the PhD candidate and dr. Geert Somsen (PI). Any inquiries about the position or the project may be addressed to him: g.somsen@maastrichtuniversity.nl.

Further information on the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is available on our website: www.maastrichtuniversity.nl/fasos.

Specificaties

  • Promotieplaatsen
  • Gedrag en maatschappij; Taal en cultuur
  • max. 38 uur per week, tijdelijk
  • €2325—€2972 per maand
  • Universitair
  • AT2019.049

Werkgever

Universiteit Maastricht (UM)

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Locatie

Grote Gracht 90-92, 6211 PA, Maastricht

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Sollicitatieprocedure

The deadline for submitting your application is extended until 25 March 2019.

Interested candidates are invited to submit:

  • A letter of motivation stating the candidate’s qualifications and reasons for interest in the position;

  • Their CV;

  • Grade transcript of previous education at MA/MSc level and undergraduate level;

  • Two academic papers (course papers; theses; academic publications); 

  • The contact information of two references (including e-mail; phone number, mailing address, and relationship to the applicant).

Maastricht University is committed to nurturing an inclusive culture and a welcoming atmosphere. This inclusiveness strategy has resulted in a very diverse representation of nationalities and cultures. We strongly believe that diversity (including, but not limited to nationality, age and gender) of the staff and student population will increase the quality of UM education & research. Fostering diversity and inclusivity creates an academic community where individual talents thrive, and values and differences are cherished. We strongly encourage you to apply if you are qualified for this position. 

The deadline for submitting your application is 25 March 2019.  

Selected candidates will be invited for an interview on 25 April or 3 May (first round) and 23 May (second round).  

Please send your application electronically to the Secretariat of the History department: pzfasosvac_hislk@maastrichtuniversity.nl

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Sollicitatieprocedure

Sollicitatieprocedure

The deadline for submitting your application is extended until 25 March 2019.

Interested candidates are invited to submit:

  • A letter of motivation stating the candidate’s qualifications and reasons for interest in the position;

  • Their CV;

  • Grade transcript of previous education at MA/MSc level and undergraduate level;

  • Two academic papers (course papers; theses; academic publications); 

  • The contact information of two references (including e-mail; phone number, mailing address, and relationship to the applicant).

Maastricht University is committed to nurturing an inclusive culture and a welcoming atmosphere. This inclusiveness strategy has resulted in a very diverse representation of nationalities and cultures. We strongly believe that diversity (including, but not limited to nationality, age and gender) of the staff and student population will increase the quality of UM education & research. Fostering diversity and inclusivity creates an academic community where individual talents thrive, and values and differences are cherished. We strongly encourage you to apply if you are qualified for this position. 

The deadline for submitting your application is 25 March 2019.  

Selected candidates will be invited for an interview on 25 April or 3 May (first round) and 23 May (second round).  

Please send your application electronically to the Secretariat of the History department: pzfasosvac_hislk@maastrichtuniversity.nl

Solliciteer uiterlijk op 24 mrt 2019.