One-Year Postdoc Position: An Intellectual History of Global Inequality, 1960-2015: Argentina

Updated: 3 months ago
Job Type: FullTime

The School of Culture and Society at Aarhus University invites applications for a one-year postdoctoral fellowship in the history of ideas. The position is full-time, and is available from 1 February 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The position will be part of the project ‘An Intellectual History of Global Inequality, 1960-2015’.

Place of employment: Jens Chr. Skous Vej 3-7, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark.

The university wants its staff to reflect the diversity of society, and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of their personal background.

Research context
The research project is generously made available by the Danish Research Fund. The grant for the overall project is a ‘Sapere Aude: Research Leader’ grant. The successful applicant will be a member of a project team of four researchers, primarily from the field of the history of ideas. The project is led by Associate Professor Christian Olaf Christiansen at the Department of Philosophy and History of Ideas, and will run from 2019 until 2022.

The project will investigate the historical relationship between location and the intellectual history of inequality. The research objects of this study are concepts, theories and ‘languages’ relating to international economic inequality from 1960 to 2015. The approach is historical-contextualist and combines conceptual and intellectual history, focusing upon contributions to academic and public debates by public intellectuals, especially economists, sociologists, historians and philosophers. Furthermore, the approach is comparative: we will compare the thought of Northern (primarily American), Indian, African (primarily Ghanaian) and South American (primarily Argentinian) public intellectuals. The project is thus divided into four subprojects (with this position focusing on Argentina), each investigating a significant geographical area in the global discourse on economic inequality, enabling us to make new comparisons and trace connections in South-South as well as in North-South exchanges. The project will be an important contribution to the global turn in intellectual and conceptual history.

Research and postdoctoral project
The successful applicant will be responsible for the sub-project on Argentina. The postdoc will study key Argentinian intellectuals and the intellectual history of international and global economic inequality in Argentina. A key area of interest could be, for example, the Argentinian development economist Raúl Prebish and the intellectual history of dependency theory, including a study of other main economists associated with the UN Economic Commission for Latin America. Other public intellectuals, past and contemporary, could include Sergio Bagú, Ricardo López Murphy, Diego Abad de Santillán, Juan Noyola Vázquez or Ernesto Laclau. The applicant should propose how to expand this sub-project closely within the aim, structure and methodology of the overall research project. It is crucial that the applicant demonstrates the capacity to work within the academic field of intellectual and/or conceptual history.

With this in mind, applicants should attach a project proposal to their letter of application (max 3 pages), explaining how they would carry out this research task during their prospective contract, providing details on the content, timeline, expected scientific output of the work, and motivation.

The successful applicant will be expected:

  • to develop their research within the framework provided by the grant awarded, in cooperation with the team leader
  • to present their research at international meetings and publish results in peer reviewed, international scientific journals in a timely fashion
  • to play a role in organising research workshops, conferences, and other such activities
  • to a limited extent to assist the principal investigator in writing grant applications and preparing a volume of papers for publication, following the project’s main academic conference (currently scheduled for May 2021).

Academic staff are expected to contribute to the department’s social and academic environment. We emphasise the importance of good working relationships, both among colleagues and with our students, and participation in the daily life of the department is a high priority.

To a limited extent, and as agreed with the PI, the successful applicant will be expected to contribute to team-taught courses at BA and MA level in her or his area of expertise.

Qualifications and job requirements
Applicants for this position should hold a PhD degree or equivalent qualifications in the history of ideas/intellectual history, or related fields such as history, international/global studies or economic history.

The successful applicant should have documented expertise in most of the following areas:

  • intellectual and conceptual history and methodology
  • the history of economic thought (especially development economics and the economics of inequality)
  • knowledge of the geographical focal area (Argentina)
  • global or postcolonial history relevant to the overall project (such as North-South or South-South connections)
  • inequality studies.

Applicants for the position should also document:

  • an international and relevant research profile of high research quality
  • a deep understanding of the debates and literatures relating to global and international economic inequality
  • familiarity with research contexts in Argentina
  • the ability to work independently and in collaboration within a research group
  • experience of research organisation and research communication near-proficiency in academic English,
  • excellent reading skills in Spanish.

In addition to the submissions mentioned below, applicants should also submit:

  • a concise description of their research profile (max. one page)
  • a project proposal combining a concise statement of motivation for applying for the position with a draft research proposal for the sub-project on Argentina (max. three pages in total). The project proposal must be uploaded together with the letter of application
  • publications (maximum five articles or book chapters), documenting high research quality and, secondarily, a publication profile highly relevant to the position.

Please note that professional references or recommendations should not be included. Applicants who are selected for an interview (or otherwise considered for the position) may be asked to provide professional references.

The application must be submitted in English. Only publications which are actually submitted alongside applications will be assessed; a list of publications is not sufficient. Applications which are not accompanied by such publications will not be assessed.

For further information about the position, please contact Associate Professor Christian Olaf Christiansen email:  

For more information about the application, please contact HR supporter Marianne Birn ( ).

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
- From Antiquity to the issues facing contemporary societies
- From familiar Danish cultural forms to other very different worlds
- From local questions to global challenges

The school’s ambition is to produce compelling research with an international resonance, as well as offering teaching and talent development of the highest quality. The school has a broad cooperative interface with society as a whole, both in Denmark and abroad, and contributes to social innovation, research communication and further and continuing education. For more details about the school, please see .

The Faculty of Arts at Aarhus University is one of the largest environments for research and education in Northern Europe. We investigate human cultural and social forms of expression and practice. For more information on the research activities of the School of Culture and Society at AU / Arts, see: .

Research environment
The history of ideas is studied at Aarhus University by a vibrant research community, with researchers working in areas such as the history of political and economic thought, global intellectual history and many other areas, and with research units dedicated to special areas of expertise. The department offers undergraduate and graduate programmes in philosophy and in the history of ideas, and is also involved in the teaching of several undergraduate supplementary programmes and MA programmes in areas such as sociology and humanistic organisational development.
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Qualification requirements

Applicants should hold a PhD or equivalent academic qualifications.

Faculty of Arts refers to the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities (the Appointment Order) .

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background.

Aarhus University also offers a Junior Researcher Development Programme targeted at career development for postdocs at AU. You can read more about it here:

Faculty of Arts
The Faculty of Arts is one of four main academic areas at Aarhus University.
The faculty contributes to Aarhus University's research, talent development, knowledge exchange and degree programmes.

With its 500 academic staff members, 260 PhD students, 10,500 BA and MA students, and 1,500 students following continuing/further education programmes, the faculty constitutes a strong and diverse research and teaching environment.

The Faculty of Arts consists of the School of Communication and Culture, the School of Culture and Society, the Danish School of Education, and the Centre for Teaching Development and Digital Media. Each of these units has strong academic environments and forms the basis for interdisciplinary research and education.
The faculty's academic environments and degree programmes engage in international collaboration and share the common goal of contributing to the development of knowledge, welfare and culture in interaction with society.


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