Netherlands: Two PhD candidates in Eastern European Studies at University of Amsterdam

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Job description

The Institute for Culture and History of the University of Amsterdam and the Leiden University Center for Linguistics have currently two vacant PhD positions (full-time, four years) as part of the joint NWO project The Russian Language of Islam, supervised by Prof. Dr. Michael Kemper and Prof. Dr. Jos Schaeken. Applications are now invited from excellent candidates who wish to conduct research on the discourse of Muslim authorities, scholars and intellectuals in the contemporary Russian Federation.

Project description

The goal is to investigate the role of the Russian language in this Islamic discourse, the way how the Russian language changes in the process (development of a religious sociolect?), the interferences of other languages (esp. Arabic and/or Turkic languages), and language strategies of actors in the discourse. Working language will be English.

Project 1: ‘Arabism’: Sufi and Dogmatic Discourses in Russia (vacancy number: 13-307 Kemper).
Project 2: The Language of Islam and the Russian Orthodox Church: Dialog and Mission. (vacancy number: 13-308-Schaeken).

Tasks will include:

  • completion and defense of a PhD thesis within four years;
  • regular presentation of intermediate research results at workshops and conferences, and publications in proceedings and  journals;
  • close collaboration with the other researchers of the group (including on issues not directly connected to one’s own PhD project, incl. the organization of conferences and joint publications);
  • assisting in teaching activities;
  • participation in the training program of the Graduate School for Humanities.

Requirements

  • A Master’s degree (or equivalent) with excellent grades in a relevant field, such as Slavic studies, Eastern European history, Islamic studies, Arabic studies, Turkology, anthropology;
  • good academic writing and presentation skills;
  • good social and organizational skills;
  • proficiency in Russian and, preferably, skills in Arabic or a Turkic language, plus an interest in religions in Russia (incl. the Russian Orthodox Church).

Conditions of employment

The PhD candidate for the project ‘Arabism’: Sufi and Dogmatic Discourses in Russia will be appointed full-time for a period of four years at the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Amsterdam. A first contract will be given for 12 months, with an extension for the remaining period on the basis of a positive evaluation.
The PhD candidate for the project The Language of Islam and the Russian Orthodox Church: Dialog and Mission will be appointed full-time for a period of four years at the Leiden University Center for Linguistics. A first contract will be given for 18 months, with an extension for the remaining period on the basis of a positive evaluation.
The preferred starting date of the contract is 1 January 2014 (can be negotiated).

The gross monthly salary (on full-time basis) for the position will be €2,083 during the first year (gross per month) to €2,664 during the fourth year, in accordance with the Collective Employment Agreement of the Dutch universities.

Additional information

Please contact Prof. Dr. Michael Kemper to discuss your plans before applying formally. We will then send you a working paper that gives you further information about the general goals of the project.

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