PhD Candidate: The Race-Religion Constellation (Critical Philosophy of Race) (0.75 - 1.0 FTE)

Radboud University Nijmegen – Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies

Vacancy number: 21.02.18
Application deadline: 2 April 2018

As a PhD candidate you will work on a project funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), entitled ‘Political Community Beyond the Race-Religion Intersection’. Dr Anya Topolski is the main supervisor of this project. The PhD research should result in a doctoral dissertation from the Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies of Radboud University, Nijmegen.

Short description of the project: The goal of this research is to develop a European critical philosophy of race by focusing on the intersection of race and religion manifest in terms of antisemitism, islamophobia and antiziganism. At present, the socially constructed category of race is most often restricted to colour-based or biological notions of race. To fill this scholarly and societal omission, a structural analysis of the race-religion intersection is necessary. This analysis will make clear how racial exclusion in Europe is related to religious categories whose origins lie in early-modern religious struggles. This will not only allow us to understand many of the current problems of exclusion Europe is confronted with, but also to conceptualise non-exclusionary forms of political community.

Work environment
The Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies has approximately 140 staff members. The Faculty’s research institute conducts multidisciplinary research, and its teaching institute provides discipline-oriented study programmes to approximately 600 students. Research and education are integrated in the Faculty’s ten research groups. Responsibility and solidarity are essential values within the Faculty’s culture and determine collaborative and social behaviour. Students and researchers at the Faculty reflect on a wide range of philosophical, ideological and religious topics. We educate and train our students to become engaged academics, who are able to critically reflect on science and life and thus contribute greatly to society.

You will be a member of the Centre for Contemporary European Philosophy (CCEP). The centre is the main centre for teaching and research in 20th and 21st century continental philosophy in the Netherlands.

What we expect from you

  • Master's degree in a relevant discipline;
  • a strong interest in a field related to race/racism/racialisation (i.e. in critical philosophy of race, critical legal theory, critical race studies);
  • experience in interdisciplinary research and the ability to engage conceptually with material from fields such as theology, anthropology, sociology, gender theory, etc.;
  • the ability to work both independently and as part of a team;
  • a good command of written and spoken English. Knowledge of French and German would also be highly appreciated (for literature analysis);
  • we have a preference for individuals who come from groups less represented in our faculty.

What we have to offer

  • employment: 0.75 - 1.0 FTE;
  • in addition to the salary: an 8% holiday allowance and an 8.3% end-of-year bonus;
  • the gross starting salary amounts to €2,222 per month and will increase to €2,840 in the fourth year (P scale);
  • possibilities for the duration of the contract are:

3 years of full time pure research;

4 years of pure research (0.75 FTE);

4 years full-time research with teaching requirements (dependent on secondary funding). you will be appointed for an initial period of 18 months, after which your performance will be evaluated. If the evaluation is positive, the contract will be extended by 1.5 or 2.5 years respectively;

  • you will be classified as a PhD Candidate (Promovendus) in the Dutch university job-ranking system;
  • you will be able to make use of our Dual Career Service where our Dual Career Officer will assist with family related support, such as child care, and help your partner prepare for the local labour market and with finding an occupation.

Are you interested in our excellent employment conditions?

Other Information
Preferred starting date September or October, 2018. Selected candidates will be invited for an interview in Nijmegen. They will also be asked to submit a short research proposal concerning the topic of the PhD position.

Would you like to know more?
For more information about this vacancy, please contact:

Dr. Anya Topolski, Assistant Professor Practical Philosophy

Are you interested?
You should upload your application (attn. of dr. Anya Topolski) exclusively using the button 'Apply' below. Your application should include (and be limited to) the following attachment(s):

  • a motivation letter
  • a CV including the names and contact details of two persons who can provide references
  • a writing sample of maximum 8,000 words, e.g. a section of your Master’s thesis or a selection of other research papers you have written
  • a copy of your university transcript of grades

Interviews are scheduled to take place in April 2018 (possibly via Skype).

No commercial propositions please.

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