Doctoral position in Social Anthropology – with a focus on heritage and sustainability

Ref PAR 2022/1783

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At the School of Global Studies, research in Social Anthropology is conducted on a host of themes related to the cultural and social phenomena in today’s globalized world. Topics include climate change, migration, religion, gender, cultural heritage, sustainability and consumption, health and indigenous peoples. Traditionally, extended periods of fieldwork and participatory observation have been hallmarks of the discipline. Its research methods explore how the practices and experiences of people’s everyday lives interplay with overarching social processes.

Social Anthropology at the School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg, announces a full doctoral position with a focus on heritage and sustainability (regional specification open). Currently, the field of heritage is progressively engaged in debates and policies regarding sustainability. But what kind of sustainability is entailed? Considering that there are multiple forms of sustainable development (within and beyond the SDG goals), when and how does sustainable development respond to, or contradict, heritage ideologies and practices, and what can heritage perspectives contribute with in conceptualizing sustainability? How can decolonizing frameworks and acknowledging “local knowledge” and particular ways of life invigorate these debates? The project of the PhD candidate shall relate to this focus area. We welcome project proposals that incorporate qualitative, ethnographically-based studies of heritage processes invoking problems or strategies related to sustainability. These may refer to heritage in a broad sense, ranging from informal heritage making in everyday life to formal uses of the past, for example by museums, heritage institutions, communities, social movements, or corporations.

Job assignments

The purpose of undertaking doctoral studies is to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary for conducting independent research within the field of Social Anthropology. The doctoral studies comprise one year of coursework and three years of research, culminating in the production of a dissertation that makes a significant and original contribution to the research field. The knowledge and skills that are acquired during the studies should be applicable to postdoctoral research or other professional work. The position is salaried and covers four years (full-time equivalent, fixed term), beginning in August 2023. The doctoral candidate may undertake departmental duties corresponding to up to 20% of a full-time position, in which case the duration of the appointment will be extended accordingly. There are no tuition fees. The candidate is expected to work in Gothenburg (except during fieldwork) and to, during the first year, complete PhD courses as well as develop the research project.

Eligibility

Applicants must fulfil both general and specific entry requirements.

An applicant meets the general entry requirements for third-cycle studies if they have obtained (Higher Education Ordinance Ch.7, Sec.39):

  1. a degree at the second-cycle level,
  2. at least 240 Higher Education Credits, of which at least 60 must be at the second-cycle level, or
  3. largely equivalent knowledge in other ways in Sweden or abroad.

An applicant meets the specific entry requirements for third-cycle studies if they have completed (Higher Education Ordinance Ch.7, Sec.40) at least 90 university credits in social or cultural anthropology or a closely related field.

Assessment

Applicants will be assessed based on the general and specific eligibility requirements and their estimated ability to benefit from the study programme. The assessment places particular focus on:

  1. A research proposal (max 2,000 words plus references) focusing on the theme described above, that outlines the applicant's research interests and the planned focus of his/her doctoral thesis. The research plan will be assessed for the applicant’s ability to formulate a research problem in relation to earlier research, and his/her familiarity with and handling of methodological and theoretical issues. The application shall include an ethnographic contextualization, aim and research questions, analytical framework, methods and ethical considerations.
  2. A Master's thesis, academic papers and/or other relevant works. These will be used to assess the applicant’s ability to formulate and delimit research tasks and analyse and present research results.
  3. A CV summarizing relevant work experience, language proficiency and other skills.
  4. Grades achieved in undergraduate and postgraduate studies.
  5. Interviews will be held with shortlisted applicants.

The applicant’s skills, experience, creativity and excellence in research are also assessed on the basis of the points above.

Decisions on the shortlist will be made latest in April and final decisions in May 2023.

The Head of Department is in charge of all admission decisions at the third-cycle level. This decision cannot be appealed.

For further information regarding the position

Associate Professor Staffan Appelgren, staffan.appelgren@gu.se , 031–7864333

Unions

Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg: http://www.gu.se/english/about_the_university/job-opportunities/unionrepresentatives

How to apply

In order to apply for a position at the University of Gothenburg, you have to register an account in our online recruitment system.

The application must include:

  • A proposal of maximum 2,000 words.
  • A Master’s thesis and/or any other relevant papers or publications. Submitted texts must be written in Swedish or English. Any translated versions must be accompanied by the original text.
  • A CV.
  • Copies of diplomas and/or academic transcripts verifying that the general and specific entry requirements stated above have been met. Evidence of other relevant qualifications.

Reference letters can be submitted by the applicant, but are not mandatory.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the application is complete. No changes or additions are allowed after the final submission date.

For questions regarding the handling of the application portal or technical problems, please contact rekrytering@gu.se

Closing date: 15 of February 2023

The University works actively to achieve a working environment with equal conditions, and values the qualities that diversity brings to its operations.

Salaries are set individually at the University.

In accordance with the National Archives of Sweden’s regulations, the University must archive application documents for two years after the appointment is filled. If you request that your documents are returned, they will be returned to you once the two years have passed. Otherwise, they will be destroyed.

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