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13 PhD positions in the EU Horizon 2020 Marie-Skłodowska-Curie Project: MSCA-ETN-POEM
The European Training Network “Participatory Memory Practices. Concepts, strategies, and media infrastructures for envisioning socially inclusive potential futures of European Societies through culture” (POEM) invites applications for 13 PhD fellowships with international focus to be funded by the Marie-Skłodowska-Curie ITN Action as part of the H2020 Programme of the European Commission. POEM is a consortium of high profile universities, acknowledged memory institutions, civil society organizations, and SMEs located in Cyprus, Denmark, Germany, Sweden, and the UK.
Short programme description
Diverging forces across European societies, most visible in both the contemporary nationalist movements and Islamist radicalization, demand a socially inclusive public memory. Its implementation calls for new strategies, practices, and infrastructures for staging and empowering membership and contribution of people from diverse social and cultural backgrounds for past and future development in Europe. To reach this goal, research needs to develop a comprehensive understanding on concepts, practices, and media infrastructures that facilitate the partaking of people from various backgrounds in the heritage building work of memory institutions (libraries, archives, and museums). The Innovative Training Network “Participatory Memory Practices. Concepts, strategies, and media infrastructures for envisioning socially inclusive potential futures of European Societies through culture” (POEM) will provide this comprehensive knowledge by studying in practice theoretical approaches on how connectivities are built by 1) institutions, 2) people and groups, and 3) media infrastructures for a socially inclusive, participatory heritage work and what facilitates or hinders collaboration. Therefore, a new generation of professionals will be trained through an innovative training programme and supervised by peer networks of transdisciplinary knowledge to act as change agents, brokers, and problem solvers in this contested field of heritage work. The comprehensive transdisciplinary composition of the consortium involving universities, memory institutions, civil society organisations, and SMEs from public and private sectors will therefore provide the POEM fellows with transdisciplinary knowledge on cultural and social analysis as well as on transferrable skills with respect to the changing socio-technical, organisational, legal, economic, and ethical issues to address future challenges for participatory memory work.
Public memory, cultural heritage, social media, digital media, ethnography of infrastructures, empowerment, social entrepreneurship, open knowledge, participatory design, digital heritage, digital museology, co-creation
Number of fellowships available
13 PhD fellowships
15.03.2018: Deadline for online application for PhD fellowships
18.05.2018: Recruitment event at the University of Hamburg, Germany*
01.10.2018: Start date of PhD projects
Host for PhDs
University of Hamburg (Germany), Aarhus University (Denmark), Cyprus University of Technology (Cyprus), University of Glasgow (UK), Uppsala University (Sweden), Ashoka UK (UK), Museum Europäischer Kulturen in Berlin (Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz, Germany).
Early stage researcher, i.e., postgraduate with 0-4 years of academic research experience at the date of recruitment
Critical Heritage Studies, Critical Data Studies Cultural Anthropology, Cultural Studies, Design Anthropology, Digital Cultures, Digital Anthropology, Digital Heritage, Digital Humanities, Digital Museology, European Ethnology, Human Computer Interaction, Information Behaviour, Information Studies, Media Anthropology, Media Studies, Memory Studies, Museology, Museum Studies, Participatory Design, Science and Technology Studies, Social Anthropology, Software Studies, Visitor Studies, Visual Anthropology, Visual Sociology.
The ETN-POEM is explicitly committed to the principle of equal opportunities. Qualified women are especially encouraged to apply. Severely disabled applicants will be preferentially considered in case of equivalent qualifications. Please note that individual host institutions may have their own additional application requirements.
For further information please refer to the project website: http://www.poem.uni-hamburg.de/.
* Travel expenses will be covered for applicants from EU countries; shortlisted candidates from overseas will be invited to join by videoconference.
Institute of European Ethnology / Cultural Anthropology
Edmund-Siemers-Allee 1 (West Wing)
20146 Hamburg, Germany
2 x PhD Opportunities in Conservation - University of Gothenburg, Sweden
1) Ethics of maintenance and repair of buildings
Weblink 1: http://www.gu.se/english/about_the_university/job-opportunities/vacancies-details/?id=205
Weblink 2: http://www.gu.se/omuniversitetet/aktuellt/lediga-jobb/Lediga_anstallningar-detaljsida/?id=205
The point of departure for this project is the contemporary challenge of resource management. Maintenance, repair and preservation of the built environment are identified as key practices for sociomaterial sustainability. The doctoral thesis shall identify and explore caretaking measures directed towards any kind of built environment, as a matter of ethics. The research work is conducted within an interdisciplinary project group, and the doctoral student will develop her or his thesis in collaboration with the group.
The position is linked to the research project Maintenance Matters: Exploring Heritage Evaluation in Everyday Contexts, funded by the Swedish Research Council.
For further information about the research project, see http://conservation.gu.se/english/research/on-going-projects/maintenance-matters.-exploring-common-contexts-for-heritage--e-valuation or contact the project leader Ingrid Martins Holmbergingrid.firstname.lastname@example.org
2) Cultural heritage at the garden's markets
Weblink 1: http://www.gu.se/english/about_the_university/job-opportunities/vacancies-details/?id=206
Weblink 2: http://www.gu.se/omuniversitetet/aktuellt/lediga-jobb/Lediga_anstallningar-detaljsida/?id=206
The overarching purpose of this research project is to explore how cultural heritage today is produced and articulated in various formal and informal markets for garden-related products and services. According to the project grant, the doctoral student’s dissertation is to address these issues, with particular focus on how contemporary alternative garden movements (such as community gardens and guerilla gardening) are involved in and influence different kinds of markets, and how conceptions of cultural heritage, history, and authenticity come to the fore in these contexts.
This doctoral student position is linked to the research project Roots en Route: Heritage politics on the garden market, which is funded by the Swedish Research Council. Work in the project is conducted within an interdisciplinary research group, and the doctoral student will develop her or his thesis in collaboration with the rest of the project group. For further information about the research project, go to http://conservation.gu.se/english/research/on-going-projects/roots-en-route--heritage-politics-on-the-garden-market- or contact the project leader Katarina Saltzmankatarina.email@example.com
American Folklore Society • China Folklore Society • Folklore Society of Japan 2017 Summer Institute on Folklore and Intangible Cultural Heritage -
Topic: Continuity and Change in Rural Folk Traditions
July 15-27, 2017 (travel days July 13-14 and 28), Hailar Urban District, Hulun Buir region, and Evenki Autonomous Banner, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, People’s Republic of China.
Pending final approval from the Inner Mongolia Provincial Ministry of Education, the American Folklore Society invites applications from US graduate students and recent PhDs for a summer 2017 folklore-studies institute in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region of the People’s Republic of China.
The Institute, made possible by the generous support of the Henry Luce Foundation and of a number of local sponsors in China, will focus on case studies of continuity and change in rural traditions (including rural traditions transported to new homes by migrants and refugees) in China, Japan, and the US, and will also provide an introduction to the history of folklore studies in each country. Students and faculty will divide their time among class presentations, field visits, and informal discussions.
Faculty: Three Chinese faculty, two Japanese, and three Americans will participate.
Students: The China Folklore Society and Folklore Society of Japan are selecting students from those two countries. AFS will accept three current US graduate students or recent MAs or PhDs (in the last two years) in folklore studies. US participants must already have valid passports with at least one year of remaining validity, and will need to obtain China visas (with AFS assistance).
Language: English will be the primary language for the Institute, and all students should be proficient English speakers and listeners.
Cost: Support from the Henry Luce Foundation and from various sources in China will cover students’ international and domestic travel, hotel, meal, visa, and local transportation costs. Other personal expenses will be the responsibility of each student.
To Apply: Send a letter outlining your relevant background and interests and describing why you want to take part in the Institute, and a current CV, to AFS Executive Director Dr. Timothy Lloyd at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than May 14, 2017. Have questions? Use that same email address. We will announce acceptances at the end of May.
Summer School "Memory in the Digital age: Comparative Memory Studies” Bergen-Belsen Memorial, Germany
31 July – 6 August 2017
Deadline - 12 May 2017
The fourth Bergen-Belsen International Summer School, which will take place at the Bergen-Belsen Memorial from the 31st of July until the 6thof August 2017, will deal with memory and remembrance in a comparative perspective. We aim to gather international Master and PhD students from different disciplines, but with a particular interest in topics in Holocaust-, Genocide- and Memory Studies. The programme will consist of lectures, workshops, tours of the Memorial and an excursion to Hanover.The working language of the Bergen-Belsen International Summer School is English. The participants’ language skills must be sufficient to enable them to understand the preparatory texts, follow the lectures and tours and actively participate in the discussions.
Participants must be 18 or older. Accommodation will be in double rooms. The costs for the programme, accommodation and meals will be borne by the Bergen-Belsen Memorial. Participants are responsible for arranging and paying for their own arrival and departure as well as any necessary visas. The Memorial will not subsidise the travel costs. Registration is possible via the online application form until the 12th of May 2017.
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