AISSR and the Department of Anthropology at the University of Amsterdam
are looking for a PhD candidate who will participate in the NWO-funded
research project ‘Sexuality, Religion and Secularism. Cultural
encounters in the African Diaspora and the Netherlands’.
candidate will conduct the subproject entitled ‘Sexual well-being and
relationships among African migrants’. This sub-project is embedded
within the larger research program titled ‘Sexuality, Religion and
Secularism. Cultural encounters in the African Diaspora and the
Netherlands’, carried out in cooperation with the University of
Groningen. The aim of this program is to research how sexual well-being
is approached from three perspectives:
- that of (Dutch) organizations working with a sexual health approach,
- that of religious actors in the African Diaspora and
- the perspective of African migrants themselves.
of these perspectives will be researched with attention to the
particular cultural trajectories they are part of, emerging from
sub-Sahara Africa and Europe. Theoretically, the research program
conceptualizes these approaches in terms of practices and techniques of
the self. Furthermore, the research program departs from the premise
that secularity is not a neutral phenomenon, but implies particular
techniques of the self and particular ways of framing religion and
The focus of the project for which we are currently
hiring will be on the third perspective, with the aim of researching and
analyzing the personal biographies and cultural trajectories of African
migrants in the Netherlands. The focus is on the choices they make
regarding their sexual well-being and relationships, and the ways they
understand and experience the different (religious) organisations and
agents they encounter in this search.
The PhD candidate will be
based in Amsterdam at the AISSR and will conduct up to 12 months of
fieldwork in the Randstad, the conurbation in the west of the
Netherlands that encompasses Amsterdam, The Hague, Rotterdam and Utrecht
and many smaller towns in between.
- Participate in the AISSR PhD programme;
- conduct ethnographic field research;
- write and complete a PhD dissertation within four years;
- 10% teaching;
- participating in conferences, workshops, seminars and other scholarly activities.
graduated with excellent results on a research-based MA thesis in
Anthropology or a closely related discipline such as Cultural Sociology
or Human Geography;
- have relevant (ethnographic) fieldwork experience on ideally on gender and sexuality;
- have excellent written and spoken English, and ideally fluent in French or Portuguese as well;
- to be able and willing to work in an interdisciplinary team;
- have the abilities to finish the PhD thesis in four years; i.e., good skills in planning, taking initiatives, academic writing.
faculty is committed to promote diversity and gender equality and we
strongly encourage qualified person from minority groups to apply.
Conditions of employment
full-time appointments will be for a period of four years (12 months
plus a further 36 months contingent on a satisfactory performance during
the first year), starting January 2016.
The gross monthly salary
will range from €2,125 in the first year to €2,717 in the final year,
based on a full-time position of 38 hours per week, plus 8% holiday
allowance and 8,3% end-of- year allowance, in conformity with the .
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The AISSR and the
Department of Anthropology at the University of Amsterdam are looking
for a PhD candidate who will participate in the NWO-funded research
project ‘Sexuality, Religion and Secularism. Cultural encounters in the
African Diaspora and the Netherlands’.