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PhD Position: A History of Material Culture in former “French” Sub-Saharan Africa

Logo der TU Darmstadt Announcing a PhD Position
A History of Material Culture in former “French” Sub-saharan Africa

Part of a new research project funded by the European Research Council
>> (ERC)
>> Project leader: Professor Mikael Hård
>> Darmstadt University of Technology (TU Darmstadt), near Frankfurt,
>> Germany, announces a three-year position for a doctoral student (with
>> the option of a two-year extension), beginning October 1, 2017. We
>> welcome applications from talented and diligent students with research
>> experience from the former “French” parts of Sub-Saharan Africa who are
>> willing to explore new historical perspectives, empirically and
>> methodologically.
>> The successful candidate will become a part of a larger project called
>> “A Global History of Technology, 1850–2000” (GLOBAL-HOT). This
>> historical project investigates the history of material culture and
>> machinery in various parts of the world from 1850 to 2000. The team
>> members investigate the persistent use of indigenous artifacts and
>> technologies along with globalized ones, as well as the emergence of
>> hybrid solutions. The goal is to increase our understanding of the
>> relationships between the development and use of technologies in Europe
>> and North America on the one hand and the so-called Global South
>> (Africa, Asia, Latin America) on the other. Some of the topics and areas
>> of particular interest include:
>> – The local translation of internationally available plans, designs, and
>> practices
>> – Technological encounters and the emergence of hybrid artifacts in the
>> Global South
>> – The continued application of locally embedded practices and know-how
>> – The maintenance, operation, and repair of buildings and
>> infrastructures
>> For this endeavor, the project will draw on a wide array of sources that
>> go beyond written material in official archives – including artifacts,
>> artwork, and images, along with interviews, oral sources and the media:
>> magazines, newspapers, and TV/radio broadcasts. For further information,
>> please visit our preliminary homepage:
>> Requirements: Applications are open to students with an excellent
>> master’s degree. This announcement is only directed at young scholars
>> with thorough research experience from former “French” Sub-Saharan
>> Africa. In addition to knowledge of English (active in writing and
>> speaking) and French (at least reading ability), the command of a local
>> language is required. English is the common project language.
>> The candidate is expected to, at the end of his/her appointment, submit
>> a PhD thesis to the School of Historical and Social Sciences at TU
>> Darmstadt. Theses can be written in English or German. In addition, the
>> applicant is required to contribute actively to the success of the
>> research project as a whole, e.g., by participating in regular meetings,
>> coordinating their time and work plans with the team, co-authoring
>> articles, and helping with publicity and the organization of events. We
>> thus expect strong collaborative abilities and a pronounced willingness
>> to become part of an exciting research team. Team members are expected
>> to take up residence in the Darmstadt/Frankfurt area.
>> Formalities: The successful candidate will be offered a half-time
>> position at pay grade TV-TU Darmstadt E13 (gross ca. 1,800 euros per
>> month). The position includes health insurance and social security.
>> Additional funding for research travel is available.
>> How to apply: If you are interested in this position and would like more
>> information, feel free to request a brief project description from
>> Your application should include a CV and a cover letter in English (max
>> 1,200 words). Please use this letter to tell us more about your
>> background, motivation, and how attaining a PhD in this program would
>> fit into your future employment and academic plans. Please attach degree
>> certificates and documents that support your qualification for the
>> position, such as language certificates, recommendation letters, and
>> transcripts. All documents (incl. the cover letter) need to be merged
>> into one single pdf file that does not exceed 10 MB and sent to
>> Please use the following text in the “subject” line of your email: your
>> last name + “position no. 197.”
>> TU Darmstadt intends to increase the number of women scientists and
>> encourages them to apply. Candidates who have a degree of disability of
>> at least 50% are given preferred treatment if equally qualified.
>> Shortlisted applicants will be invited for a Skype interview, and they
>> will also be asked to write and to submit a short essay (max. 1,200
>> words) on a relevant topic beforehand.
>> Deadline: July 30, 2017
>> Contact person: Professor Mikael Hård, Department of History, School of
>> Social and Historical Science, Technische Universität Darmstadt,
>> Dolivostrasse 15, DE-64293 Darmstadt, Germany,
>> Visit us online:
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