We are looking for an outstanding and highly motivated researcher who will be part of the international Joint Project Initiative in Cultural Heritage project. Do you want to work at the intersection of postcolonial heritage and digital humanities? Please apply as a Postdoc in Polyvocal Interpretations of Contested Cultural Heritage at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU).
As a postdoc you will be part of the international Joint Project Initiative in Cultural Heritage project, Polyvocal Interpretations of Contested Colonial Heritage. The Dutch subproject is led by Prof. dr. Alec Badenoch (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam/VU) in partnership with the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision (Nederlands Instituut voor Beeld en Geluid). It works at the intersection of postcolonial heritage and digital humanities. It involves identifying and evaluating (post-)colonial audiovisual collections, engaging with their (potential) users, and implementing the lessons learned. These lessons will be incorporated into best practice recommendations and new interface designs for audiovisual heritage. In seeking ‘polyvocal’ interpretations, you will explore how memory organisations can shift from being authorized, institutional curators of colonial heritage that embed and reproduce colonial discourse, to enablers of dialogue in a multicultural society and postcolonial world. You will explore how new interfaces and archival practices can help reach out to and engage with citizens, activists, and communities critical of their national colonial past.
You will be embedded within the department of Art & Culture, History, and Antiquity (AHA), Faculty of Humanities, the interfaculty Research Institute for Culture, History and Heritage (CLUE+) and within national and international research networks and schools.
Working together in an interdisciplinary team, the postdoc will:
A challenging position in a socially involved organization. On full-time basis the remuneration amounts to a gross monthly salary of € 3.491 (scale 10.5). The job profile ‘Onderzoeker 4’ is based on the university job ranking system and is vacant for 0.8 FTE (fte may be adjusted in the initial phase, if needed to accommodate other commitments).
The initial employment contract starts on 1 June 2021 and will affect a period of 1 year, with the possibility of a one-year extension.
Additionally, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers excellent fringe benefits and various schemes and regulations to promote a good work/life balance, such as:
a maximum of 41 days of annual leave based on full-time employment
Are you interested in this position? Please apply via the application button until April 10, 2021.
Your application must consist of the following:
Shortlisted candidates may be requested to provide additional materials.
Interviews are planned for 19 and 20 April, most likely online, for example via Zoom.
Applications received by e-mail will not be processed.
If you have any questions regarding this vacancy, you may contact:
Name: Prof. dr A.W. (Alec) Badenoch
Position: Endowed Professor Transnational Media