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Chair by special appointment (bijzondere leerstoel) in the Anthropology of Digital Diversity

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8 augustus 2019
29 augustus 2019 Vacature gesloten

The department of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology (CA-DS) of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences is looking for a

Chair by special appointment (bijzondere leerstoel) in the Anthropology of Digital Diversity

Project description
This chair is supported by the Leiden University Fund (LUF) and embedded in the institute of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology at Leiden University. The CA-DS research program Global Vulnerabilities and Social Resilience focusses on three areas of research: Sustainability, Diversity, and Digitalization. CA-DS currently hosts the Chairs of: Anthropology, Global Sociology, Anthropology and Sociology of Africa, the Chair by Special Appointment of Material Culture, and the Emeritus Professor of Environment and Development. Also affiliated to CA-DS is the Chair of African Studies with special attention to the Study of African Development, of the African Studies Centre of Leiden University. At CA-DS, this new chair by special appointment (bijzondere leerstoel) will develop innovative research and teaching on digital diversity, with a thorough ethnographic approach based on anthropological fieldwork, namely on an in-depth and long-term knowledge of the societies and the cultures that are the topic of investigation, in particular in Muslim Southeast Asia.


Key responsibilities
The Chair is expected to consolidate and profile the institute’s scientific tradition and expertise on the Anthropology and Sociology of Contemporary South East Asia. Beginning 1 January 2020, this Chair will coordinate and enhance the research and teaching topics of digitalization in contemporary societies, digital culture and digital diversity, with a regional focus on Muslim Asia, building on and expanding the current research and teaching on Muslim youth cultures and new media in South East Asia as well as on Digital Anthropology, providing a critical take on the information society in the Bachelor and Master CA-DS and playing a leading role in the development of teaching and research programs on digitalization in the Faculty of Social Sciences.

This Chair will develop opportunities for transdisciplinary and interfaculty research and research-driven teaching programs in the university-wide research program Urban Transitions run by the Indonesie Regio Groep, and further connect with ongoing LDE partnerships, especially on the topics of Digitalization, Global Heritage and Development, and potentially e-Health.

The Chair will build on existing networks and initiate new ones to expand existing collaborations in Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia and Japan, submitting relevant network grant applications in areas such as NWO’s Smart Cities program, as well as maintaining and developing new partnership with private and public partners, especially with a view to funding research and student internships. Key responsibilities include:

  • Developing the scientific research programme of CA-DS in the area “Anthropology of Digital Diversity, in particular in Muslim Southeast Asia” in cooperation with existing members of staff;
  • Securing funded research projects at CA-DS;
  • Developing and teaching courses at bachelor and graduate level in the framework of CA-DS International Bachelor Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology, and the International Master Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology;
  • Publishing in international peer-reviewed journals as well as ethnographic monographs;
  • Supervising PhD projects and members of staff on the topic of the chair;
  • Maintaining and developing new partnership with private and public partners, especially with a view to funding research and student internships. 


Selection criteria

  • PhD in Cultural Anthropology;
  • A clear research profile based on extensive ethnographic research experience;
  • Record of external research funds;
  • Experience in (co)supervising PhDs and early career scholars;
  • Record of inspirational teaching;
  • International publication track record;
  • Record of impactful research and collaboration with societal actors (NGOs, government, foundations);
  • Experience in academic leadership and management;
  • Fluency in English and Dutch. While teaching in Dutch is not required, proven capacity and motivation to learn the language is expected for the good functioning of this role. If not speaking Dutch, reaching working standards (staatsexamen B2) within one year is required.

Description faculty
The Faculty of Social Sciences at Leiden University consists of five institutes: Education and Child Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Cultural Anthropology & Development Sociology, and the Centre for Science and Technology Studies. The Faculty is home to 5000 students and 600 members of staff. Our teaching and research programmes cover diverse topics varying from social learning to political behavior. For more information, see https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/sociale-wetenschappen. Information about the Institute for Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology can be found at https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/social-behavioural-sciences/cultural-anthropology-and-development-sociology.

Our research program Global vulnerabilities and social resilience addresses ‘Diversity’, ‘Sustainability’ and ‘Digitalization’ as areas of critical investigation. These three themes articulate the urgent connection between economy, politics and ecology and run as a red thread through multiple projects in the institute. CA-DS uses a signature methodology consisting of a unique mix of qualitative, quantitative and visual methods, based on thorough ethnographic fieldwork. The strength of this anthropological approach consists in the ability to connect global challenges with people's daily strategies of resilience. CA-DS has a long history and strong disciplinary roots; it plays a pivotal role in interdisciplinary and international partnerships in Leiden and beyond. For more information on our research profile see Research.

In our three-year International Bachelor's programme Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology, we train students to critically examine global economic, political and cultural processes such as globalization, financialization and migration, and their impact on diversity, sustainability and digitalisation. We teach students how to employ theoretical insights to better understand the world around us and to contribute to find solutions for societal problems. For more information on our programmes see Education.

Terms and conditions
This appointment is for a period of 5 years and starts 1 January 2020 for 0,2 FTE. The appointment does not grant additional salary, but a research fund for the chair’s activities.

Leiden University is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups.

Enquiries can be made to the Institute's Scientific Director, Prof.dr. Christina Grasseni, email c.grasseni@fsw.leidenuniv.nl. If you have any enqueries about the procedure, please contact the Institute Manager, Ilse Prins, email i.m.prins@fsw.leidenuniv.nl, telephone +31 71 527 6787 .

Please submit online your application no later than 29 August 2019 via the blue button of our application system. The selection procedure will take place in 2019. Selected candidates will be invited for an interview. You are kindly requested to be available on September 17th.

Applications should include:

  • Max. two page cover letter outlining a statement of interest and plan of action for the special chair (namely how the candidate envisages to fulfil the tasks and key responsibilities);
  • CV outlining how the candidate meets the selection criteria and name and contact of two referees;
  • A one page research statement outlining past and ongoing research activities as well as planned research;
  • List of relevant publications;
  • A one page teaching statement outlining preferred methods and teaching experience;
  • List of courses taught with students evaluations from the last 2 years;
  • Two short proposals, for either taught or proposed courses in the anthropology of Digital Diversity, in particular in Muslim Southeast Asia at bachelor and master level.

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