- HOURS PER WEEK: 38 to 40
- FACULTY: Faculty of Humanities
- DEPARTMENT: departement Media- en Cultuurwetenschappen
- APPLICATION DEADLINE: 12 June 2023
We are offering a fully-funded PhD position on the project Normalising War-as-Entertainment. In its broadest sense, the project researches the emergence of a war-as-entertainment culture in nineteenth-century Europe. While the burgeoning culture of musico-theatrical representations of war are often dismissed or neglected as nothing but commercial spectacle, their popularity and longevity suggest that they served a larger need in responding to the emotives of insecurity brought on by nineteenth-century European warfare. The project will be the first to explore the roles of these fictionalised performances of war within nineteenth-century “security cultures”. As such it will establish a new musicologically-informed research perspective within The Security History Network
The role of the PhD candidate will be to:
- develop a novel understanding of war-themed entertainments’ functions within their socio-political environments informed by multi-media and performance analysis;
- interrogate the multi-media strategies of inclusion and exclusion in these war-themed representations;
- determine the feedback mechanisms between fictionalised musico-theatrical performances of war and the political practices and discourses of “security cultures”.
The PhD candidate will have the opportunity to design or expand the research corpus within the boundaries of nineteenth-century European war-themed entertainments based on their own expertise, in consultation with the supervisors.
As a PhD candidate, you will be based at Utrecht University, formally at the Department of Media and Culture Studies, but also at the Departement of History and Art History. The project team consists of dr. Annelies Andries
external link (PI), prof. Beatrice de Graaf external link (1st supervisor), and prof. Annelien de Dijn external link (2nd supervisor).
This PhD position is part of the interdisciplinary UU PhD programme of the Faculty of Humanities, funded by the administrative agreement (‘bestuursakkoord’) between the Ministry of OCW and the universities.
The ideal candidate has a (Research) Master’s degree in musicology, media and culture studies, theatre studies, or another relevant discipline such as history, cultural anthropology or cultural history, with a demonstrable expertise in researching music and an interest in musico-theatrical entertainments and/or politico-cultural history.
- You have an active command of English external link, being a native speaker or having either a Cambridge Certificate or equivalent at C1 level or a degree from an English-language university.
- You preferably have an active command of Dutch, or are willing to learn, as this will be desirable when working with historical sources.
- You have experience with archival research.
- You are able to work as an independent researcher, showing initiative, creativity and originality.
- You are able to work as part of a project team, participating collaboratively in events, training programmes, and project events, and you have good interpersonal and communication skills
You will be offered a temporary position (1.0 FTE), initially for 18 months with an extension to a total of four years upon a successful assessment in the first year, and with the specific intent that it results in a doctorate within this period. The gross salary ranges between €2,541 in the first year and €3,247 in the fourth year of employment (scale P according to the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities) per month for a full-time employment. Salaries are supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8% and a year-end bonus of 8.3% per year.
In addition, Utrecht University offers excellent secondary conditions
external link, including an attractive retirement scheme, (partly paid) parental leave and flexible employment conditions (multiple choice model). For more information, please visit working at Utrecht University external link.
As PhD candidate you will be member of the Institute for Cultural Inquiry
external link (ICON) and of the Research School Political History (via the Department of History and Art History). ICON is one of the four research institutes of the Faculty of Humanities. The researchers are working in six different research fields. PhD candidates are also embedded in the Graduate School of Humanities external link, which offers seminars and courses to improve your academic skills.
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The members of the Department of History and Art History use their knowledge of the past to better understand the challenges facing today’s society. The future of Europe, the threat of terrorism, increasing inequality, new forms of citizenship, continuing globalisation, management of cultural heritage, the role of art in shaping identity, art as a political statement and the international aspect of Dutch art are all examples of themes we address. Research into these themes not only provides greater depth of academic knowledge, it also contributes to current debates concerning political and social challenges, culture and international relations.Also, everyone deserves to feel at home at our faculty. We therefore welcome employees with a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives, regardless of race, skin color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, origin, disability or age.
The core values of the faculty for Humanities are professionalism, transparency, responsibility, connectedness and safety. The core values apply to everyone and we uphold these values in our work and in our communication with each other and with others.
The Department of Media and Culture Studies supports teaching and research in the fields of film, television, games, new media and digital culture, theatre, dance and performance, gender and ethnicity, musicology and cultural policy. Culture is a dynamic mix of artistic, creative and everyday practices with which people shape their identities and actions, and within which societal structures and institutions take shape. Media (old and new) are crucial factors in these processes.
The members of the Department of History and Art History use their knowledge of the past to better understand the challenges facing today’s society. The future of Europe, the threat of terrorism, increasing inequality, new forms of citizenship, continuing globalisation, management of cultural heritage, the role of art in shaping identity, art as a political statement and the international aspect of Dutch art are all examples of themes we address. Research into these themes not only provides greater depth of academic knowledge, it also contributes to current debates concerning political and social challenges, culture and international relations.
For more information about this position, please contact Dr. Annelies Andries
external link (Assistant Professor) at email@example.com. external link
To apply, please use the ‘apply’ button.
The application should include:
- a curriculum vitae;
- a letter of motivation;
- a sample of writing in English (e.g., Master’s thesis chapter, final paper written for a Master’s course, or published article);
- the names and contact information of two persons who can provide references.
Interviews will take place in the week of 19 June 2023.
The application deadline is 12 June 2023.