Two Postdoctoral positions in the research project ‘Nordatlantiske Hverdagshistorier’ at the Department of Anthropology

Updated: 25 days ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 29 May 2024

The Department of Anthropology, School of Culture and Society, Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University invites applications for two 18-month postdoctoral positions in the research project ‘North Atlantic Everyday Histories’ (Nordatlantiske Hverdagshistorier) financed by the Velux Foundations Museums Programme 2024-2027. The project is a comparative examination of everyday life over time through local oral histories and vernacular archives in Greenland, Iceland, and the Faroe Islands.

The appointments begin on September 1, 2024, or as soon as possible thereafter.

Place of employment: Aarhus University, Department of Anthropology, School of Culture and Society, Moesgaard Allé 20, 8270 Højbjerg, Denmark.

The university is keen for its staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified applicants regardless of their personal background. 


Research context

We are looking for two innovative scholars with a background in social anthropology, history, cultural heritage studies, or related disciplines, preferably with a specialisation in oral histories, vernacular archives, memory work, and living cultural heritage. Experience with sound recording equipment, sound editing, and podcast production as well as experience with video-filming is an advantage but not a prerequisite for applying. Fluency in written and spoken Icelandic or Faroese, and English is also an advantage. 


About the research project

What roles do oral histories and family archives play in understandings of history and how can these be collected, registered, and communicated in new ways? Based in interdisciplinary collaborations with local, regional, and national partners and institutions in Greenland, Iceland, the Faroe Islands, and Denmark, the project ‘North Atlantic Everyday Histories’ preserves

 

and communicates oral histories and family archives, providing new knowledge of their importance to our collective history. The project integrates three significant approaches within contemporary anthropology and cultural heritage research: affect, narrative, and material theory, and contributes to scientific knowledge-sharing, digitization of site-specific histories and archival material, and to the communication of shared north Atlantic cultural heritage based in experimental approaches to co-creation, workshops, and exhibition-making.  

Read more about the project: https://veluxfoundations.dk/en/museums-projects-2023


The position A

The successful applicant is expected to: 

  • contribute to the development of a comparative research design.
  • conduct six months of independent fieldwork in the Faroe Islands, preferably in Suðuroy, and more specifically around Tvøroyri, within the framework of the project.
  • present their research at international meetings and publish results in peer-reviewed international scientific journals.
  • teach at BA and/or MA level (maximum 20%, by agreement).
  • contribute to the organization of an international conference at Aarhus University.
  • co-author and publish research results in textual and multimodal formats (in particular sound and video) together with the other project members.
  • Coordinate a local exhibition and contribute to a national exhibition within the framework of the project.

Teaching

The position will involve some teaching as agreed upon with the Head of the Department and the project PI. 


Knowledge exchange

The successful applicant will be expected to exchange knowledge with various sectors of society and to contribute actively to public debate in areas related to the position.

Applicants must submit: 

  • a concise statement of motivation for applying for the position (maximum two pages)
  • a maximum of five publications. Please attach one pdf-file for each publication. Only submitted publications will be assessed; a list of publications is not sufficient. As a result, applications without submitted publications will not be assessed.
  • Certificates/Diplomas.
  • A CV (maximum two pages).
  • Teaching portfolio
  • If available: a project portfolio/ examples of multimodal works (photographs, film, sound work, artistic products, etc.). Such audio-visual materials can be included as links to external media webpages such as Vimeo and YouTube.

Qualifications

Applicants for this position must hold a PhD degree or equal qualifications social anthropology, history, cultural heritage studies, or a related field.

Applicants must document: 

  • an international research profile.
  • level of written and spoken Faroese and English, and the willingness to acquaint themselves with Faroese and Danish if they do not already have the necessary Danish skills.
  • qualitative research experience in the Faroe Islands.
  • familiarity with relevant methods, theories and critical texts related to oral history, (vernacular) archives, memory-work, affect-theory, narrative theory, material culture,
  • Experience with sound recording equipment, sound editing, and podcast production as well as experience with video-filming is an advantage but not a prerequisite for applying.

The position B: 

The successful applicant is expected to:

  • contribute to the development of a comparative research design.
  • conduct six months of independent fieldwork in Iceland, preferably in Vestfirðir and more specifically around Ísafjörður, within the framework of the project.
  • present their research at international meetings and publish results in peer-reviewed  international scientific journals.
  • teach at BA and/or MA level (maximum 20%, by agreement).
  • contribute to the organization of an international conference at Aarhus University.
  • co-author and publish research results in textual and multimodal formats (in particular sound and video) together with the other project members.
  • Coordinate a local exhibition and contribute to a national exhibition within the framework of the project.

Teaching

The position will involve some teaching as agreed upon with the Head of the Department and the project PI. 


Knowledge exchange

The successful applicant will be expected to exchange knowledge with various sectors of society and to contribute actively to public debate in areas related to the position.

Applicants must submit: 

  • a concise statement of motivation for applying for the position (maximum two pages)
  • a maximum of five publications. Please attach one pdf-file for each publication. Only submitted publications will be assessed; a list of publications is not sufficient. As a result, applications without submitted publications will not be assessed.
  • Certificates/Diplomas.
  • A CV (maximum two pages).
  • Teaching portfolio
  • If available: a project portfolio/ examples of multimodal works (photographs, film, sound work, artistic products, etc.). Such audio-visual materials can be included as links to external media webpages such as Vimeo and YouTube.

Qualifications

Applicants for this position must hold a PhD degree or equal qualifications in social anthropology, history, cultural heritage studies, or a related field.

Applicants must document: 

  • an international research profile.
  • level of written and spoken Icelandic and English, and the willingness to acquaint themselves with Icelandic and Danish if they do not already have the necessary Danish skills.
  • qualitative research experience in Iceland.
  • familiarity with relevant methods, theories and critical texts related to oral history, (vernacular) archives, memory-work, affect-theory, narrative theory, material culture,

Experience with sound recording equipment, sound editing, and podcast production as well as experience with video-filming is an advantage but not a prerequisite for applying.

Professional references or recommendations should not be included. Applicants who are selected for an interview may be asked to provide professional references.

The application must be submitted in English.

Please indicate in the headline of your cover letter which position you apply for.

For further information about the position, please contact:  Christian Vium email:  [email protected]

For more information about the application please contact HR supporter Helle Sindal, e-mail: [email protected]


International applicants

International applicants are encouraged to read about the 

attractive working conditions

 and other benefits of working at Aarhus University and in Denmark, including healthcare, paid holidays and, if relevant, maternity/paternity leave, childcare and schooling. Aarhus University offers a wide variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including a 

relocation service

 and an 

AU Expat Partner Programme

. You can also find information about the 

taxation aspects of international researchers’ employment by AU


The work environment

The key research environments related to the project are at the Department of Anthropology, and the Eye and Mind Lab.

Read about Department of Anthropology here: https://cas.au.dk/en/about-the-school/departments/anthropology

Read about the Eye and Mind Laboratory here: https://eyeandmind.dk/about/


School of Culture and Society

At the School of Culture and Society the object of research and teaching is the interplay between culture and society in time and space: 

  • From the traditional disciplines of the humanities and theology to applied social research
  • From Antiquity to the issues facing contemporary societies
  • From local questions to global challenges.

The school’s goal is to produce compelling research with an international resonance, as well as offering teaching and talent development of high quality. The school has a broad cooperative interface with society, both in Denmark and abroad, and contributes to social innovation, research communication and further and continuing education. 

For further information about the school, please see http://cas.au.dk/en/ .



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