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Postdoctoral Researcher in Algerian Culture and History

University of Helsinki - Faculty of Arts

Location: Helsinki - Finland
Salary: €41,000 to €50,000
£36,465.44 to £44,470.05 converted salary*
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 10th January 2019
Closes: 15th March 2019

Contract type: Fixed-term contract

Closes: 15th March, 2019

The Faculty of Arts at the University of Helsinki invites applications for the position a postdoctoral researcher in area and cultural studies. The position is in the European Research Council funded project “VoCAL Articulations of Identity and Empire (CALLIOPE)” directed by Dr. Josephine Hoegaerts. The position is for a fixed term of three years, from September 2019 (negotiable) onwards.

Postdoctoral researchers role in the project

The CALLIOPE project studies how audible performances of public speech have influenced the course of political careers and political decision making in the 19th century. It shows how voices helped to define diverse identities and contributed to practices of political transfer during the colonial period. In viewing political representation through the lens of audibility, the project will offer a new perspective on citizenship and colonialism by reframing how authority was embodied - through performances that were heard, as well as those that could be seen.

The appointed postdoctoral researcher will be expected to take charge of research on one geo­political area or axis of ‘exchange’ covered in CALLIOPE, and focus on vocal practices of political representation within ‘French’ Algeria (ca. 1830-1920).

The candidate will study rhetorical and vocal norms in in the region (as presented e.g. in religious, educational and judicial texts), and the links and tensions between political (Franco-) Algerian speech and other forms of rhetoric, taking responsibility for the ‘sub-project’ in CALLIOPE concerning the evolution of public oratory (religious, rebellious or otherwise) in its exchange with rising colonizing powers -a project necessitating fluency in French, and ideally also familiarity with Arabic (for a full project description, contact the project director).

The main duties will include full-time research and participation in the activities of the project. The post will require both independent and collaborative scholarly publishing, as well as teaching (5­10% of the annual working time) and other tasks. All candidates are expected to have excellent skills in written and oral English as well as French.


An appointee to the position must hold a doctoral degree in a field relevant to the project (such as history, cultural studies, political science, language, or anthropology), as well as have the ability to conduct independent scientific research and possess the teaching skills required for the position. The candidate should have a proven capability to publish in scientific journals, have excellent analytical and methodological skills, and be able to work both independently and as a part of a multidisciplinary scientific community. We particularly appreciate applicants with a proven track record in multidisciplinary collaboration and an aptitude for methodological innovation.

Read the full job description and apply online here.

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