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Tenure-Track Position (Assistant Professor) in Japan Studies

University of Aarhus - School of Culture and Society

Location: Aarhus - Denmark
Salary: Not Specified
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 11th April 2019
Closes: 6th May 2019

The School of Culture and Society at Aarhus University invites applications for an assistant professorship in a tenure-track position in Japan Studies with a focus on modern or contemporary Japan.

The assistant professorship is a full-time, five-year training position sponsored by the Scandinavia-Japan Sasakawa Foundation and subject to the availability of funding. The assistant professorship is available from 1 August 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter. It is located in the Department of Global Studies, Japan Studies Section.
A tenure-track position as an assistant professor means that within a period of five years the progress of the tenure candidate will be reviewed in relation to their fulfilment of the same quality requirements as those that apply to other associate professorships, and in relation to the criteria stated in the original advertisement. If the review is positive, the candidate will be offered a tenured position as an associate professor at Aarhus University.
The position
Recent developments in Japan as well as in other developed regions suggest that sustainability in all its forms has a huge impact both nationally and internationally on a socio-political and economic level. For instance, Japan is a leading consumer of diverse sources of energy in Asia, as well as a country that has experienced some of the consequences, which are seen as a direct effect of global warming in recent years, such as periods of intensive heat and torrential rain. This situation is aggravated due to diverse natural and manmade disasters. Furthermore, Japan faces various challenges relating to social sustainability because it is one of the most rapidly aging and shrinking societies in the world. All these factors affect the country politically as well as economically. There is ever-increasing international interest in how Japan manages these multiple challenges as it seeks to achieve sustainability in all these areas.

The successful applicant will have strong academic competences within an area of the humanities or social sciences relating to Japan. The department has a special interest in applicants who are engaged in studies concerning sustainability issues in Japan, and who could therefore help to consolidate and expand this field in terms of both teaching and research.

Sustainability is a topic of specific interest to students and colleagues from other departments and faculties (anthropology, history, archaeology, sociology, environmental studies), as well as being one of the chief topics of the MA in Global and Area Studies that the department will be working with in the years to come. The Department of Global Studies has anthropologists and historians currently working in this area in relation to some of the other regions it comprises, and the new colleague is expected to engage in comparative research and multidisciplinary teaching with a point of departure in Japan. 

We are looking for a candidate with a research profile that includes sustainability issues in Japan, with a background in a discipline such as Japan/Asian studies, anthropology or sociology, history or socioeconomics/socio-politics. The successful applicant will be expected to develop new research projects with relevance for the interdisciplinary and interregional focus of the Department of Global Studies.

Application deadline 6 May 2019

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