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The Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA) https://asca.uva.nl currently has a vacant Postdoc researcher position as part of the ERC-funded research project Resilient Cultures – Music, Art, and Cinema in Mainland China and Hong Kong (RESCUE), led by main researcher Prof. Jeroen de Kloet. ASCA is one of the five Research Schools within the Amsterdam Institute for Humanities Research (AIHR). ASCA is home to more than 120 scholars and 160 PhD candidates, and is a world-leading international research school in Cultural Analysis. ASCA members share a commitment to working in an interdisciplinary framework and to maintaining a close connection with contemporary cultural and political debates.
What are you going to do?
This Postdoc position is embedded in the ERC-funded research project Resilient Cultures – Music, Art, and Cinema in Mainland China and Hong Kong (RESCUE). In this projectwe investigate the resilience of pop music, contemporary art and queer cinema in rapidly changing cultural, technological and (geo)political contexts. Specifically, we look at indie pop in Hong Kong (project 1), folk music in Mainland China (project 2), art institutes in both Hong Kong and Mainland China (project 3), as well as socially engaged art practices (project 4) and queer cinema (project 5) in both localities. The research findings will testify to the polyphony, diversity and vitality of cultural productions in Mainland China and Hong Kong.
This postdoc project focuses on art institutes in both Hong Kong and Mainland China (project 3). It involves:
Your tasks and responsibilities:
What do you have to offer?
You are passionate about developing innovative strategies for combining humanities and social science research. You are interested in critical media and cultural theory, in inter-Asia cultural studies, art studies, postcolonial theory, platformization studies; and in combining different research methodologies. You have a strong interest in contemporary art and in art institutes. In addition, you have a social and cooperative attitude, and you thrive in a team setting. You are curious and open-minded towards research traditions and methodologies you are less familiar with.
Your experience and profile
Candidates need to have the following qualifications:
Experience in digital methods and in coding will be a plus.
What can we offer you?
The Postdoc researcher will be appointed at the department of Media Studies of the Faculty of Humanities and will conduct the research in The Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis. The employment will be for one year. Contingent on a positive performance evaluation the contract will be extended with 2 years. The employment contract is for38 hours a week. The preferred starting date is 01 August 2024.
Your salary, depending on relevant experience on commencement of the employment contract, ranges between € 3.226 - € 5.090 gross per month on the basis of a full working week of 38 hours. This sum does not include the 8% holiday allowance and the 8,3% year-end allowance. Favourable tax agreements may apply to applicants moving from abroad. The Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities is applicable.
What else do we offer?
The University of Amsterdam is the largest university in the Netherlands, with the broadest spectrum of degree programmes. It is an intellectual hub with 42,000 students, 6,000 employees and 3,000 doctoral students who are all committed to a culture of inquiring minds.
The Faculty of Humanities provides education and conducts research with a strong international profile in a large number of disciplines in de field of language and culture. Located in the heart of Amsterdam, the faculty maintains close ties with many cultural institutes in the capital city. Research and teaching staff focus on interdisciplinary collaboration and are active in several teaching programmes.
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If you have any questions about the position or the department, please contact during office hours:
If you feel the profile fits you, and you are interested in the job, we look forward to receiving your application. You can apply online via the link below. We will accept applications until the 22nd of March 2024.
Your application should include the following information:
Please submit the required information in 1 pdf by uploading in the required field ‘CV’.
Candidates selected for an interview will be asked to write a short research proposal. The interviews will be held over Zoom on April, 24 2024, between 9:00-13:00 CET (tentative).
The UvA is an equal-opportunity employer. We prioritize diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for everyone. We value a spirit of enquiry and perseverance, provide the space to keep asking questions, and promote a culture of curiosity and creativity.
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The University of Amsterdam is one of the largest comprehensive universities in Europe. With some 40,000 students, 6,000 staff, 3,000 PhD candidates, and an annual budget of more than 850 million euros, it is also one of Amsterdam’s biggest employers.
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