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Postdoctoral Position in the Study of the Operation and Legacies of Organised Religion in Post/colonial St Croix, Usvi (the Former Danish West Indies)

University of Aarhus - Department of Archaeology and Heritage Studies

Location: Aarhus - Denmark
Salary: Not Specified
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 13th January 2022
Closes: 9th February 2022

The Department of Archaeology and Heritage Studies, School of Culture and Society, Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University invites applications for an 18-month, fixed-term postdoctoral position in the study of the operation and legacies of organised religion in post/colonial St Croix, USVI (the former Danish West Indies).

The successful applicant will be based at the School of Culture and Society, Aarhus University, Department of Archaeology and Heritage Studies, Moesgaard Allé 20, 8270 Højbjerg.

The appointment begins on 15 April 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter.
The university is keen for its staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified applicants regardless of their personal background. 

Research context 

We are looking for an innovative and dedicated scholar with a background in the study of religion and colonialism, preferably specialising in the Danish colonial experience or the role of organised religion in colonial contexts more broadly.

This position is made possible by a DFF Project II grant for the project Enduring Materialities of Colonialism: temporality, spatiality and memory on St Croix, USVI (2019-2024). The project is led by Dr Laura McAtackney and includes working in partnership with a range of colleagues: Dr Magdalena Naum, Aarhus University, Dr Krysta Ryzewski, Wayne State University, and Dr Meredith Hardy, National Park Service (USVI). This is a project based on co-production and knowledge exchange with the communities we are working with on St Croix, which includes a commitment to communicating the results of the research on the island and in Denmark as well as through academic outputs. It is an interdisciplinary project that has an emphasis on researching the roles of various material remnants of colonialism in providing new insights into the experiences of the colonial past and considering whether, and how, they continue to shape memory and identity on the contemporary island.

The successful applicant is expected to participate in project activities, especially conducting their own archival research at a variety of religious, private and public archives – the details of which will be decided in agreement with the project leader. This project will include fieldwork seasons with the expectation of spending at least one month as part of the project team on St Croix (probably June 2022 or 2023). The postdoc will be part of a team based at the Department of Archaeology and Heritage Studies at Moesgaard Campus, Aarhus and will be expected to take an active part in departmental activities including lectures, seminars and workshops. 

The position 

The successful applicant is expected to work with Dr McAtackney and other members of the EMoC team in carrying out their research.
Applicants are asked to submit: 

  • an up-to-date academic CV and cover letter 
  • a concise statement of motivation for applying for the position, indicating how their experience relates to the project aims and objectives [maximum one page] 
  • a maximum of five publications  

Deadline 

9 February 2022  

Read the full job description at the university homepage 

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