Aarhus University, Department of Archaeology and Heritage Studies
Postdoctoral position in community heritage on St Croix, USVI (former Dansk Vestindien)
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The appointment begins in Summer 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter.
The university is keen for its staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified applicants regardless of their personal background.
Research contextWe are looking for an innovative and dedicated scholar with a background in heritage, archaeology and / or history with a focus on community, preferably with some experience of working in the Caribbean or a similar context.
This position is made possible by a DFF Project II grant for the project Enduring Materialities of Colonialism: temporality, spatiality and memory on St Croix, USVI (2019-2024). The project is led by Dr Laura McAtackney and includes working in partnership with a range of colleagues Dr Magdalena Naum, Aarhus University, Dr Krysta Ryzewski, Wayne State University, and Dr Meredith Hardy, National Park Service (USVI). This is a project based on co-production and knowledge exchange with the communities we are working with on St Croix and that includes a commitment to communicating the results of the research on the island and in Denmark as well as through academic outputs. It is an interdisciplinary project that has an emphasis on researching the role of material remnants of colonialism in providing new insights into the experiences of the colonial past and considering if, and how, they continue to shape memory and identity on the contemporary island.
The successful applicant is expected to participate in project activities, especially working with various communities on the island to explore what they identify as ‘their’ (individual and collective) heritage. This project will include project activities on St Croix with the expectation of spending periods of at least two weeks on the island (if not longer; this aspect is to be negotiable). They will be part of a team based at the Department of Archaeology and Heritage Studies at Moesgaard Campus, Aarhus and will be expected to take an active part in departmental activities including lectures, seminars, and workshops when in Denmark.
The positionThe successful applicant is expected to work with Dr McAtackney and other members of the EMoC team in carrying out their research.
Applicants are asked to submit:
- An uptodate academic CV and cover letter
- a concise statement of motivation for applying for the position indicating how their experience relates to the project aims and objectives [maximum one page]
- a maximum of five publications
- teaching portfolio
- conduct their research independently through a collaborative ethos within the EMoC team on aspects of community heritage on St Croix.
- to maintain the project Deep Heritage Map and project website, including adding new material derived from their fieldwork.
- To work with project colleagues in creating heritage outputs, including signage and tourist interpretation that brings together documentary, photographic and oral research in interpreting the meaning of sites and places on the island.
- co-Lead on producing a public-orientated, and academically rigorous, output entitled ‘St Croix in 50 Objects’.
- Upto 10% of research time may be allocated to completing research responding to outcomes from project fieldwork on St Croix, this may include making connections between newly located material culture and pre-existing collections.
- present their research at international meetings and publish results in peer-reviewed, international scientific journals
- contribute to the organisation of research workshops and international conferences hosted at Aarhus University and on St Croix.
TeachingThe position may involve a small amount of teaching as agreed with the Head of the Department and the project lead.
Knowledge exchangeThe successful applicant will be expected to exchange knowledge with various sectors of society and to contribute actively to public debate in areas related to the position.
QualificationsApplicants for this position must hold a PhD degree in archaeology, heritage studies, museum studies, colonial history or a related field relevant to the job description.
Applicants must document:
- doctoral-level experience of working with theory and / or practice of community heritage and / or public archaeology.
- evidence of working with communities in conjunction with a public archaeology / history or heritage program.
- an international research profile with relevant publications or potential to achieve such a profile.
- fluency in written and spoken English.
- knowledge of historic Danish colonialism, especially in the Caribbean, and the relationship between archaeology, heritage and colonialism.
- experience of disseminating research to the public, especially working with museums and heritage institutions.
The application must be submitted in English.
Please upload a maximum of five publications alongside your application. Only submitted publications will be assessed; a list of publications is not sufficient. As a result, applications without submitted publications will not be assessed.
Professional references or recommendations should not be included. Applicants who are selected for an interview may be asked to provide professional references.
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The work environmentThe Department of Archaeology and Heritage Studies at Aarhus University is one of the largest and most active archaeology and heritage studies departments in the Nordic countries. It is a dynamic research environment that hosts a number of major research projects. The environment is versatile and cross-disciplinary with academic staff from many disciplinary foci and international backgrounds. Academic staff’s interests span topics from war and power to mobility and globalization with a particular focus on creative methodological approaches to understanding the past and how it shapes the present.
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School of Culture and SocietyAt the School of Culture and Society the object of research and teaching is the interplay between culture and society in time and space:
- From the traditional disciplines of the humanities and theology to applied social research
- From Antiquity to the issues facing contemporary societies
- From local questions to global challenges.
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Qualification requirementsApplicants should hold a PhD or equivalent academic qualifications.
FormalitiesFaculty of Arts refers to the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities (the Appointment Order).
- Appointment shall be in accordance with the collective labour agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations.
- Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities .
- Further information on the application and supplementary materials may be found in Application Guidelines.
- The application must outline the applicant's motivation for applying for the position, attaching a curriculum vitae, a teaching portfolio, a complete list of published works, copies of degree certificates and examples of academic production (mandatory, but no more than five examples). Please upload this material electronically along with your application.
If nothing else is noted, applications must be submitted in English. Application deadline is at 11.59 pm Danish time (same as Central European Time) on the deadline day.
Aarhus University’s ambition is to be an attractive and inspiring workplace for all and to foster a culture in which each individual has opportunities to thrive, achieve and develop. We view equality and diversity as assets, and we welcome all applicants.Shortlists may be prepared with the candidates that have been selected for a detailed academic assessment. A committee set up by the head of school is responsible for selecting the most qualified candidates. See this link for further information about shortlisting at the Faculty of Arts: shortlisting
Faculty of ArtsThe Faculty of Arts is one of five main academic areas at Aarhus University.
The faculty contributes to Aarhus University's research, talent development, knowledge exchange and degree programmes.
With its 550 academic staff members, 275 PhD students, 9,500 BA and MA students, and 1,500 students following continuing/further education programmes, the faculty constitutes a strong and diverse research and teaching environment.
The Faculty of Arts consists of the School of Communication and Culture, the School of Culture and Society and the Danish School of Education. Each of these units has strong academic environments and forms the basis for interdisciplinary research and education.
The faculty's academic environments and degree programmes engage in international collaboration and share the common goal of contributing to the development of knowledge, welfare and culture in interaction with society.
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