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Assistant Professor Gender Studies & Postcolonial Studies

Datum: 2016-03-27
Plats: Utrecht
Arrangör: Utrecht University
Typ: GenderJob

Assistant Professor Gender Studies & Postcolonial Studies

Job description:

The Department of Media and Culture Studies (MCW) at Utrecht University is looking for a candidate whose research adds to the three strands of our research programme 'Doing Gender: Media, Art and Politics'.

These are:
1.Art & Beyond (Cultural Industry; Aesthetics & Ethics);
2.Postcoloniality & Social Justice (subaltern archive, postsecular, postsocialist citizenship, cosmopolitanism, migration, human rights, transitional justice, social inclusion and activism);
3.Contemporary Feminist Theory (epistemologies, colonial, posthuman, affect theory, new media).

Ideally, you should combine research and teaching experience in transdisciplinary feminist and postcolonial theories, with a special focus on activism, the arts and aesthetics in feminist, queer, critical race and/or critical whiteness studies.

As an assistant professor in Gender Studies & Postcolonial Studies you will teach a selection of the following courses Introduction to Gender Studies (BA), Postcolonial Configurations (BA), Visuality and Technology (BA), Feminist Toolbox (MA), Art and Affect (MA), Feminist Research Practices (MA), Advanced Introduction to Gender Studies (RMA), Theories and Critical Research (RMA), Issues of Postcoloniality (RMA), The Body in Feminist Theory (RMA), tutorials and methodological research seminars for PhD candidates.


We require for this position:
•experience in teaching on both Bachelor, (Research) Master and PhD level;
•considerable research output, evidence of which include a finished PhD and publications at an internationally recognized level;
•experience with successful applications for external funding is desirable;
•experience in a coordinating position is advantageous;
•good communication skills and team spirit;
•basic Teaching Qualification (BKO) according to Dutch university standards (or to be obtained within two years);
•fluency in English, preferably close to near-native standard;
•fluency in Dutch has to be obtained within two years.

Conditions of employment:

The initial appointment will be on a temporary basis for a period of two years. Subject to satisfactory performance, this will be converted into a permanent position. The gross monthly salary for an assistant professor’s position will range from € 3,400 to € 5,288, for a full time position, consistent with the C.A.O. scale 11/12 (collective labour agreement) for Dutch Universities.

The salary is supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8% and an end-of-year bonus of 8.3% per year. In addition, we offer a pension scheme, partial paid parental leave, flexible terms of employment, the possibility to participate in a collective health care plan, and other benefits. Conditions are based on the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities. More information: working at Utrecht University.


A better future for everyone. This ambition motivates our scientists in executing their leading research and inspiring teaching. At Utrecht University, the various disciplines collaborate intensively towards major societal themes. Our focus is on Dynamics of Youth, Institutions for Open Societies, Life Sciences and Sustainability.

The Faculty of Humanities has around seven thousand students and nine hundred staff members. It comprises four knowledge domains: Philosophy and Religious Studies, History and Art History, Media and Culture Studies, and Languages, Literature and Communication.

With its research and education in these fields, the Faculty aims to contribute to a better understanding of the Netherlands and Europe in a rapidly changing social and cultural context. The enthusiastic and committed colleagues and the excellent amenities in the historical city centre of Utrecht, where the Faculty is housed, contribute to an inspiring working environment.

The department of Media and Culture Studies provides education and conducts research in the fields of film, television, games, new media and digital culture, visual arts, theatre, dance and performance, gender and postcolonialism, music and cultural policies.

Culture is a dynamic mix of artistic, creative and everyday practices with which people shape their identities and actions, and within which societal structures and institutions take shape. Media (old and new) are crucial factors in these processes.

The Graduate Gender Programme (GGeP) is placed in the department of Media and Culture Studies. The scholars from the various research groups in Media and Culture Studies often work together in order to explore different facets of the role played by gender, ethnicity, art, culture, and media in present-day society.

The Gender Studies research focuses on processes of in- and exclusion and diversity in a broad range of media, cultural and artistic performances, which are studied within their intermedial context.

We pay particular attention to the relation between historical and contemporary developments, transmedial and intermedial phenomena, social and cultural inclusion and diversity, activism, cultural heritage and the digital humanities.

The Gender Studies research group is further embedded in the Research Institute of Cultural Inquiry (ICON) in the faculty of the Humanities, the UU research area ‘Institutions’ and the focus research area ‘Culture, Citizenship and Human Rights’.

UU Gender Studies also directs the Netherlands Research School of Gender Studies (NOG) and is the initiator of the Postcolonial Studies Initiative (PCI).