Postdoc Position in Euromix: Regulating Mixed Intimacies in Europe

Vrije Universiteit of Amsterdam – Faculty of Law

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is a leading, innovative and growing university that is at the heart of society and actively contributes to new developments in teaching and research. Our university has ten faculties which span a wide range of disciplines, as well as several institutes, foundations, research centres, and support services. Its campus is located in the fastest-growing economic region in the Netherlands (the Zuidas district of Amsterdam), and provides work for over 4,500 staff and scientific education for more than 23,000 students. 

The Faculty of Law is an inspiring organization with over 300 employees and 3.000 students.

The faculty offers various courses in Dutch Law, Notarial Law and Criminology. The faculty's research focuses on social issues and the relevance of law in everyday life.  

As of 1 November 2017, a multi-disciplinary project funded by the European Research Council ERC, will start at the Migration Law Section of the Department of Constitutional and Administrative Law, Faculty of Law, VU University Amsterdam. This project, entitled ‘EUROMIX : Regulating Mixed Intimacies in Europe’  is a study of the regulation of ‘mixture’ (‘interracial’ sex, relationships and marriage) in Europe’s past and present. It challenges the common assumption that Europe never had ‘anti-miscegenation’ laws comparable to those in the United States. It explores if, when, how and why forms of regulation aiming to prevent or restrict ‘interracial mixture’ developed in Europe. The historical part looks at the regulation of ‘mixture’ in France, Italy, and the United Kingdom, in their colonies, and wartime Europe. The contemporary part explores whether and how, in spite of norms of formal equality and colour-blindness, ‘race’ and ‘monoracial family norms’ still play a part in European law and the everyday lives of ‘interracial’ couples. The project’s approach helps understand what lawmakers and enforcers believed ‘race’ was, what they believed ‘mixture’ was, how this was translated into legal practices, and how targeted couples responded. The project contributes to the genealogy of racial thinking in Europe, especially in addressing the understudied role of law and legal scholarship in the social construction of ‘race’ and ‘mixture’ in an increasingly diverse Europe. The project consists of 5 sub-projects: 1. France (PhD position). 2. Italy (PhD position) 3. United Kingdom (PhD position) 4. Mixed intimacies in European law (postdoc position) 5. Law in the everyday lives of mixed families (postdoc position).  

For the text of the research plan please send your request to 

Postdoc Research project ‘Law in the everyday lives of mixed families’
This project addresses the question how ‘mixed’ couples experience law in their everyday lives, how they address legal issues and with what results. The methodology used in this project will consist of a socio-legal analysis, mainly based on qualitative interviews with couples.  


  • conduct research as described above, leading to academic publications;
  • participate in coordinating tasks in the management of the project;
  • participate in co-supervision of PhD students;
  • organise conference(s) and edit edited volume;
  • (limited) undergraduate teaching. 

Candidates have a PhD, have demonstrable affinity with the topic of (regulation of) mixed intimacies and experience with socio-legal research. If candidates have equal qualifications on all other points, we will give preference to candidates who can speak French, Italian and English (preferably all three languages). 

Further particulars
The appointment will be initially for 1 year. After satisfactory evaluation of the initial appointment, the appointments can be extended for a total duration of 4 years. You can find information about our excellent fringe benefits of employment at like:

  • remuneration of 8,3% end-of-year bonus and 8% holiday allowance;
  • a minimum of 29 holidays, in the case of full-time employment;
  • generous contributory (65%) commuting allowance based on public transport. 

The salary will be in accordance with VU University regulations for academic personnel. The salary will, depending on experience, range from a minimum of € 3.238,- gross per month (salary scale 10) up to a maximum of € 4.757,- gross per month (salary scale 11) based on a fulltime employment. 

For more information please contact: Ms Prof Dr B. (Betty) de Hart, project leader, e-mail:

Applications should be sent before August 17, 2017 by email to, attn. Ms Prof Dr B. de Hart, mentioning the vacancy number in the subject line. 

Any other correspondence in response to this advertisement will not be dealt with

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