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Postdoctoral fellowship position at Leiden University/Netherlands-Flemish Institute in Cairo

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral fellowship for up to 6 months, connected to the ERC- funded research project Rethinking Disability at Leiden University, in cooperation with the Netherlands-Flemish Institute in Cairo.


The postdoctoral fellow will carry out research into the history of disability and disabled people in Egypt, with special attention to Egypt’s contribution to the International Year of Disabled Persons (1981) at the national and international levels and also in its capacity as member of the Arab League and of the Non-Aligned Movement. In broader terms, the researcher will study the position of disabled people and other vulnerable groups in their social contexts and examine topics such as the significance of compassion, dignity, and charity and the role of the extended family and the community in accommodating disabled people. At the legal level, the study of the impact of the Rehabilitation of Disabled Persons legislation of 1975 (modified in 1982) appears to be relevant. 

Previous research experience in history or in one of the related disciplines and fluency in Arabic and English are essential for carrying out this research. Applications including a CV with details of education, research experience and a list of publications and a motivation letter of up to 1000 words should be sent to project leader Dr Monika Baar by the 5th of May 2017. Expressions of interests and questions concerning details about the tasks associated with the position and salary can be submitted using the same email address.

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