PhD Positions 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 Rsearch 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, the Netherlands, 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 a 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 secretariaat3.sb.rch@vu.nl. 

Research project ‘Euromix: Regulating mixed intimacies in France, Italy or United Kingdom’

This project answers the question If, when and where mixed sex, relationships and marriages were regulated, how they were regulated, how and why these regulations developed and how couples were affected.  Each PhD-project focusses of on one of three countries: France, Italy of United Kingdom.   

The methodology used in this project will be a combination of historical and socio-legal analysis.  

Tasks

  • conducting research - resulting in a PhD thesis in the form of a book and/or articles in academic journals;
  • (limited) undergraduate teaching. 

Requirements
We are looking for candidates with a Master Degree in a relevant field (e.g: history, law,  anthropology, sociology). Candidates should have a demonstrable interest in historical (archival) research and should be qualified to work in a multidisciplinary environment. 

If candidates have equal qualifications on all other points, we will give preference to candidates who can speak French or Italian and English. 

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 www.workingatvu.nl 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. 

Salary
The salary will be in accordance with VU University regulations for academic personnel and amounts € 2.222,- gross per month in the first year up to € 2.840,- in the fourth year (salary scale 85) based on a full-time employment. 

Information
For more information please contact: Ms Prof Dr B. (Betty) de Hart, project leader, e-mail: b.de.hart@vu.nl

Application
You are requested to write a letter in which you describe your abilities and motivation, accompanied by your curriculum vitae and an academic transcript (list of grades) from your BA and MA.

Applications should be sent before August 17, 2017 by email to secretariaat3.sb.rch@vu.nl, attn. Ms Prof Dr B. de Hart, mentioning the vacancy number plus project number 1, 2 and/or 3 in the subject line.

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



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