Lectureship in the Anthropology of Africa

University of Birmingham - School of History and Cultures

This appointment offers an exciting opportunity to join the Department of African Studies and Anthropology in the School of History and Cultures. From its origins as a specialist Centre of West African Studies, the department has expanded its teaching expertise to cover all regions of sub-Saharan Africa and its diasporas. Anthropology is an area of growing demand in our undergraduate teaching, whilst Anthropology has long been a significant component of our international reputation for multi-/inter-disciplinary research on Africa. In REF 2014 DASA was assessed as an Area Studies unit, and was ranked 2nd by GPA nationally, with exceptionally high-calibre research publications as well as strong impact beyond the academy.

We seek a specialist to extend our research and teaching expertise in the fields of social and cultural Anthropology. Candidates with expertise in any region of sub-Saharan Africa or its diasporas may apply.

DASA is a highly successful Africanist research unit, with a vibrant graduate interdisciplinary intellectual environment. The appointee will be expected to contribute to this success and vibrancy with high-quality publications and impact case studies for the next REF and beyond; through commitment to applying for external grant funding, with an emphasis on Global Challenges Research Fund calls; in recruiting doctoral researchers to the department; and by participating in our postgraduate research training workshops, weekly Africa Talks seminars, annual Cadbury programme, and other events, symposia and conferences hosted by the department.

The appointee will be expected to consolidate and expand our teaching provision, by delivering core undergraduate modules (such as first-year Thinking Anthropologically and second-year Theory, Ethnography and Research) in our Anthropology curriculum, and by developing new optional modules which will appeal to undergraduate and postgraduate students and will reflect research specialisms and cross-disciplinary interests in areas such as: religion and ritual; identities and inequalities, including gender, race and class; migration; labour and livelihoods; development; kinship, childhood and youth; popular culture, including social media; political power and institutionalisation.


  • Normally, a higher degree relevant to the research/teaching area (usually PhD) or equivalent qualifications
  • Extensive research/teaching experience and scholarship within subject specialism
  • Proven ability to devise, advise on and manage learning/ research
  • Skills in managing, motivating and mentoring others.


  • Excellent publications record demonstrated by a sustained series of existing and forthcoming publications at a high scholarly level (including
  • Clear promise of a strong submission for any future research audit).
  • Experience and achievement reflected in a growing reputation
  • Extensive experience and demonstrated success in planning, undertaking and project managing research to deliver high quality results
  • Extensive experience of applying and/or developing and devising successful models, techniques and methods
  • Experience and achievement in knowledge transfer, enterprise and similar activity
  • Demonstrable understanding of the research funding environment, with a particular emphasis on engagement with Global Challenges Research
  • Fund opportunities


  • Ability to design, deliver, assess and revise teaching programmes
  • Extensive experience and demonstrated success in developing appropriate approaches to learning and teaching, and advising colleagues
  • Experience and success in knowledge transfer, enterprise and similar activity that enhances the student experience or employability

Expected start date September 2018

For informal enquiries, please contact Dr Keith Shear;    k.s.shear@bham.ac.uk 

To download the details of this position and submit an electronic application online please click on the Apply Online button below, please quote Job Ref 58377 in all enquiries.

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