Netherlands: Ph.D. Position-Faculty of Social en Behavioral Sciences

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Conceptions of the future change over time, and differ from society to society. Forms of the future (or ‘futurities’) build on specific cultural heritages, but also “go global” by the spread of various narratives and practices of communication technology. This project attempts the multidisciplinary comparisons required to understand such a global dynamic, by comparing digital future(s) in Europe and North America, East Asia and Southeast Asia, as they emerge in the history of two distinct genres of technologically-driven futurities: “science fiction” and “development discourse”.

The PhD project targets future scenarios in Southeast Asia by focusing on Islamic youth culture and electronic technology, especially in Malaysia and Indonesia. Islamic youth culture is interesting for its current fusion of modern popular culture (pop music, fashion, gadgetry) with religion and futurist thinking. Southeast Asian Islamic youth culture seems to embody a spontaneous, “user-led” reaction to top-down techno-nationalist development that, in the process, devises its own uses for and fantasies about technology, and mobile digital technology in particular.

Requirements

  • a MA , MPhil or MSc degree in the Social Sciences or Humanities with excellent results;
  • a good command of English (IELTS certificate of qualification 7,5) and ideally proficiency in Malay or Indonesian;
  • Outstanding research qualities manifest in a high-quality MA thesis or equivalent;
  • Ability and willingness to carry out empirical research and spend extended periods abroad;
  • Keen interest in interdisciplinary research methods and approaches and the ability to work in a team.

Conditions of employment

A successful applicant will be appointed as promovendus for a period of one year with an extension of three years after positive evaluation of research progress, capabilities and compatibility.
The gross monthly salary will be in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities for academic personnel, and will range from € 2.042, – per month in the first year, gradually rising to € 2.612,- in the final year.

Contract type

Temporary

for a period of one year with an extension of three years after positive evaluation of research progress, capabilities and compatibility.

Organisation

organisation

Additional information

Applications should include:

  • a motivation letter;
  • curriculum vitae;
  • degree transcript of the highest degree obtained (or to be awarded this year), in the form of a transcript/grade-sheet from your university;
  • the MA thesis or another major writing sample;
  • two reference letters;
  • a short research proposal (app. 2.000 words)
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