Sunday, November 16, 2008

JOBS- 3 PhD positions, Legacy of Soviet Oriental Studies, Univ. of Amsterdam

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JOBS- 3 PhD positions, Legacy of Soviet Oriental Studies, Univ. of Amsterdam

Posted by: Michael Kemper <>

The Research Institute for Culture and History at the University of
Amsterdam has three vacant PhD positions per 1 April 2009 as part of
the NWO project The Legacy of Soviet Oriental Studies: Networks,
Institutions, Discourses.

The project analyses the history of Soviet Oriental and Islamic
Studies in Russia, the Caucasus and Central Asia and its repercussions
for the discipline today. Our first goal is to study the research
agendas and ideological approaches of the Oriental Studies
institutions that emerged in the course of 20th century in various
republics of the USSR, the changing Soviet discourses on Islam and
Muslim societies, the involvement of scholars in party and state
agencies, and their role in anti-religious propaganda. Our second goal
is to assess the legacy of the heavily politicised history of Soviet
Oriental Studies in today's Russia and the newly-independent
Muslim-majority states of the Former Soviet Union.

3 PhD Positions (m/f)
0.8 fte (i.e., part time 80%, 4 years)
Call open for both internal and external candidates.

PhD Project 1: From Ghafurov to Primakov: The Politicisation of
Academic Oriental Studies in Moscow and Leningrad/St. Petersburg since 1950

PhD Project 2: The Legacy of Soviet Oriental Studies in Kazakhstan

PhD Project 3: Soviet Oriental Studies and Azerbaijani Nationalism


The candidates are expected to research and complete a Ph.D.
dissertation within a period of four years (part-time position), and
to participate in the group work (incl. conferences, workshops, and


The candidates are expected to have a (research) master degree,
preferably with a specialization in History, Islamic Studies,
Anthropology, Political Studies, Central Asian Studies, or Russian
Studies. For the necessary language skills, please see the extended
project descriptions below.

More information

For further information candidates are welcome to contact Prof. Dr.
Michael Kemper ( and Dr. Stéphane A. Dudoignon


The intention is for the appointment to start on April 1, 2009, in
temporary employment for a period of 16 months. After completing this
first period successfully, the candidate will be employed for a
further period of 32 months. The gross monthly salary for the position
will be in accordance with the University regulations for academic
personnel, and will range from 2.042 to a maximum of 2.612 for a
full time position.

Job application

Those wishing to apply should send their letter of application in
English, together with a CV, a statement about the research proposal,
a specimen of their written work and the names of two referees, to the
director of the Institute for Culture and History, c/o drs P.J.
Koopman, Spuistraat 134, NL-1012 VB, Amsterdam. Applications have to
be submitted before January 1, 2009.

University of Amsterdam

The University of Amsterdam (UvA) is a university with an
internationally acclaimed profile, located at the heart of the Dutch
capital. A world centre for business and research, Amsterdam is also a
hub of cultural and media activities. The University of Amsterdam is a
member of the League of European Research Universities. The Faculty of
Humanities provides education and international research in a large
number of disciplines in the fields of languages and culture. The
Faculty is located in the centre of Amsterdam and maintains intensive
contacts with many cultural institutions in the capital. Just under
1,000 people are employed by the Faculty and approximately 6,500
students follow our courses. The Research Institute for Culture and
History (ICG) has programs in Archaeology, History, Literature, Art &
Cultural Heritage, the Golden Age, and European Studies. The emphasis
lies on studying European culture from a historical perspective.

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