The School of Culture and Society, Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University invites applications for a fixed-term postdoctoral position within the research project ‘Constructing the Ocean: Indian Ocean Infrastructures and Thick Transregionalism’.
The position is full-time and expected to begin 1 July 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter and ending on 30 June 2025.
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.
Place of employment: Nobelparken, Jens Chr. Skous Vej 3-5, Aarhus C.
We are looking for an innovative scholar with an academic background in either Anthropology, Global Studies, the Sociology of Religion or similar, preferably with a specialisation in the Indian Ocean world and/or the study of Islam and Muslim communities.
The postdoc-position is part of the research project ‘Constructing the Ocean: Indian Ocean Infrastructures and Thick Transregionalism’ (CO-OC), headed by principal investigator, associate professor Uwe Skoda (Global Studies), with associate professor Thomas Fibiger (Study of Religion) as co-PI. Two other postdoctoral scholars participate part-time. The project is ongoing and is funded by the Independent Research Council Denmark from 2021 to 2025.
Focusing on community-led infrastructure projects, CO-OC investigates how transregional relations play out in the everyday lives and social imaginaries among the community of Dawoodi Bohras with their headquarter in Mumbai and diasporic communities around the Indian Ocean and the wider world. By way of ethnographically rich analyses of community-led Muslim infrastructural initiatives, CO-OC aims to advance the study of what has been called ‘thick transregionalism’. Studying the social life of infrastructures of a heterogeneous religious community in different locations, this project hopes to unpack the links within and between Indian Ocean worlds.
The successful applicant is expected to carry out fieldwork with a Dawoodi Bohra community related to the Indian Ocean (including a worldwide diaspora). Moreover, the applicant will participate in project activities such as workshops, conferences, and meetings, including departmental research meetings. The fieldwork includes visits to other field sites in Dar Es Salaam, Mumbai and Dubai. A number of individual and co-authored publications should result from the project.
Applicants are asked to submit a research proposal of maximum 3 pages in which they present their ideas for the sub-project and fieldwork.
In addition, applicants must submit:
- a concise statement of motivation for applying for the position [maximum one page].
- a maximum of five (selected) publications.
The successful applicant will be expected to:
- develop their research within the framework provided by the project (a full project description may be acquired, see contacts below).
- independently carry out fieldwork in in the selected site, within the framework of the project.
- present their research at international meetings and publish results in peer-reviewed, international scientific journals, including co-authored publications with other project participants.
- contribute to the organisation of research workshops and a concluding international conference.
The position may involve some teaching as agreed upon with the Head of the Department and the project PIs.