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Postdoctoral Researcher Digital Spatial History/digital Archaeology

University of Amsterdam is pleased to invite applicants to apply for a new opening postdoctoral fellowship position in humanities. The initial contract for this position is 24 months and posible to extend. All candidates regardless of citizenship are eligible to apply before November 21, 2018.

The Amsterdam School of Historical Studies (ASH)currently has a vacant postdoctoral position as part of the NWO-funded VIDI Project The Freedom of the Streets. Gender and Urban Space in Eurasia (1600-1850), led by Dr Danielle van den Heuvel.

ASH is one of six research schools in the Amsterdam Institute for Humanities Research at the University of Amsterdam (UvA).Applications are invited from excellent candidates who wish to conduct research on digital historical visualizations including GIS-mapping and the making of 3D models of early modern streets as interfaces for historical research on premodern gendered urban space.

This postdoctoral project is one of five closely-related projects, which together aim to systematically analyse the gendering of urban space in premodern Asia and Europe. It is widely held that between 1600 and 1850, women gradually withdrew from the public sphere of the street and moved to the private sphere of the home. This powerful narrative, linked to theories of modernisation, has created a conceptual stranglehold that sees public space as exclusively male and private space as entirely female, thereby obscuring the actual workings of gender in pre-industrial urban societies. The Freedom of the Streets project offers a pioneering approach to the study of gendered urban space, in which mapping and visualisations play an important role alongside analyses of gendered discourses about urban mobility.

Each team member focuses on a specific city or a specific theme. A PhD candidate and a postdoctoral researcher study gendered uses of space in two of the most important cities in the early modern world: Amsterdam and Edo. Another PhD project specifically looks at the relationship between urban nature and gender and compares women's experiences in Berlin and Amsterdam. The post for which applications are sought will be filled by a postdoctoral researcher who takes a leading role in digitally visualising the relationship between gender and urban space in these cities, thereby providing a complementary spatial analysis, as well as an important tool to engage with wider audiences. Building on the work of the PhD candidates and postdoctoral researchers, the Principal Investigator analyses how the access of women to pre-industrial streets was shaped in contrasting Eurasian urban communities.

The postdoctoral researcher will also closely collaborate with other research teams in the Faculty of Humanities, including CREATE: Creative Amsterdam: an E-Humanities perspective and the 4D Research Lab, which facilitates researchers from different disciplines in the Humanities who have specific spatial and architectural questions that cannot be answered with traditional methods.

You will be appointed for 26,6 hours per week (0,7 FTE)for a period of 24 months at the Department of History, European Studies & Religious Studies of the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Amsterdam. The intended starting date of the contract is 1 March 2019. The gross monthly salary (on a full-time basis) will range from 3,303 during the first year to 4,033 during the second year, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.

The UvA is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We value a spirit of enquiry and endurance, provide the space to keep asking questions and cherish a diverse atmosphere of curiosity and creativity.

You must have completed your PhD before the start of this postdoctoral project.

Only complete applications submitted as one PDF file to the link below will be considered.

Interviews will take place in early January 2019. For candidates living abroad interviews may be held via Skype.


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