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University Lecturer (UD) in Cultural Studies and Critical Theory

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21 februari 2023
19 maart 2023 Vacature gesloten

The Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society (LUCAS) invites applications for a

University Lecturer (UD) in Cultural Studies and Critical Theory (1.0 FTE), starting date 1 August 2023
Vacancy number: 13441

The Leiden University Center for the Arts in Society (LUCAS) is looking for a University Lecturer (UD) in cultural studies with a demonstrable expertise in critical theory and/or aesthetics, and with an affinity with interdisciplinary approaches to the study of culture in its broadest sense (i.e. including popular culture and music).

The successful applicant will conduct research and teach courses at BA and MA levels. These include the BA Film and Literary Studies and Leiden University College (The Hague).Their research will contribute to the research profile of the Institute and/or to the themes of the SSH Sector Plan, with new topics being humane AI, methodologies in the Humanities, heritage, environmental humanities, health humanities.

LUCAS is an international academic community that is firmly committed to developing critically engaged approaches to culture and art, and to increasing its own diversity and inclusivity. We particularly welcome candidates with a strong interest in the philosophical foundations of critical theory whose research and teaching interests may include phenomenology, Marxism, psychoanalysis, cultural studies or post- and decolonial theory.


  • You will develop, teach and coordinate courses on literary and critical theory, cultural studies, (interdisciplinary) approaches to literature, representation, cultural translation, film and literary analysis, popular music, and academic skills at different levels (e.g., in the BA programmes in Film and Literary Studies and in Arts, Media and Society and at Leiden University College in The Hague; the MA Cultural Analysis and Literary Theory and related programmes). Languages of instruction are Dutch and English; locations are Leiden and The Hague;
  • You are required to supervise BA and (Res)MA theses as well as internships in Dutch and English;
  • You will help in recruiting students by contributing to open days, orientation and information sessions;
  • You will participate in the development and implementation of educational innovation;
  • You will conduct research based on an individual research plan within one of the research programmes of LUCAS and/or the Sector Plan themes, and present the results in the form of publications, conference presentations and other means – to academic, professional/societal partners and wider audiences;
  • You will acquire project funding at national and international level (NWO, ERC, Horizon Europe etc.);
  • You may co-supervise PhD candidates;
  • You are required to fulfill administrative duties within the BA programme in Film and Literary Studies and the MA programme in Cultural Analysis and Literary Theory, the LUCAS institute and/or the Faculty of Humanities;
  • You will actively participate in, and contribute to, the academic community of the Institute;
  • You are well-connected and eager to further develop an extensive network in the field.

Your profile

  • You hold a PhD degree in literary studies, cultural analysis or philosophy, with a specialization in literary or critical theory.
  • You bring expertise in the field of contemporary (popular) culture, literature and (digital) media;
  • You are a scholar who is informed about current debates and new methods regarding culture, media, popular music and issues of representation and cultural translation.
  • You are an innovative and inspiring teacher, with an inclusive approach to education and a strong commitment to teaching a diverse community of BA and (research) MA students;
  • You are willing and able to meet the requirements for a Basic Teaching Qualification (BKO) within two years if you do not already possess a Dutch University Teaching Qualification;
  • You can contribute to the research profile of LUCAS and have affinity with the institute’s aims, values and strategy;
  • You have a proven track record of excellent research, as demonstrated by a list of peer-reviewed publications and/or monographs and awards/grants commensurate with career stage;
  • You have experience with acquiring research or educational awards/grants;
  • You are a clear communicator and team player, enthusiastic to collaborate across disciplinary boundaries, in both teaching and research;
  • You possess the following competences: conceptual capacity, environment orientation, presenting skills, result orientation, organizational sensitivity.
  • You have (near) native proficiency in Dutch and English (or willingness to master a C1 level of fluency in Dutch within two years, with funding being provided by the LUCAS institute);
  • You live and are officially registered as resident in The Netherlands or are willing to relocate upon starting the position.

The organisation
The Faculty of Humanities at Leiden University is a unique international centre for the advanced study of languages, cultures, arts, and societies worldwide, in their historical contexts from prehistory to the present. Our faculty is home to more than 6,000 students and 800 staff members. For more information see: https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/humanities. The Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society(LUCAS) is one of the seven Academic Institutes of the Faculty of Humanities. The institute hosts a range of academic disciplines clustered around a key research theme: the relationships between the arts and society. Our members study cultural production over the course of two millennia, from classical antiquity to our contemporary world, and teach in programmes ranging from Classics and Book History to Modern Literature, International Studies and Art History. Strengthened by our diversity, LUCAS members are uniquely placed to study the broad concept of the arts, with its rapidly changing ideas, aesthetics, and theories of cultural production. Through research, teaching and outreach, the Institute aims to deepen our understanding, both inside and outside academia, of the cognitive, historical, cultural, creative, and social aspects of human life.

As an academic community, we strive to create an open and welcoming atmosphere, stimulating everyone to get involved and contribute, and connecting scholars from different fields and backgrounds.

We offer
We offer a 1.0 FTE position as University Lecturer (UD), initially for 1.5 years, with the possibility of an extension to a permanent position, based on performance.The appointment will consist of 75% teaching/admin/development and 25% research.The salary is in accordance with the collective salary agreement of the Association of Dutch Universities (CAO) and depending on qualifications and experience. The gross monthly salary is € 2,960,- (scale 10) to € 5,439,- (scale 11) for a full working week. Depending on qualifications, the appointee may start at the appropriate step in scale 10 until they fully meet the requirements for scale 11 as specified by the Faculty of Humanities, particularly with regard to teaching skills certification and the number of years of relevant work experience.

Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses (8.3 %), training and career development and sabbatical leave. Our individual choices model gives you some freedom to assemble your own set of terms and conditions. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break. http://www.workingat.leiden.edu/.

Leiden University requires teaching staff to obtain the University Teaching Qualification (UTQ / BKO). If the successful applicant does not already possess this qualification or its equivalent, they must be willing to obtain this Qualification within two years.

Fostering an inclusive community is a central element of the values and vision of Leiden University. Leiden University is committed to becoming an inclusive community which enables all students and staff to feel valued and respected and to develop their full potential. Diversity in experiences and perspectives enriches our teaching and strengthens our research. High quality teaching and research is inclusive.

Digital Humanities expertise
We are particularly looking for candidates who have the digital knowledge and skills that are relevant for their field of research, and who are able to teach these.

Enquiries can be made to dr. Yasco Horsman (programme chair of the MA Media Studies; Y.Horsman@hum.leidenuniv.nl) or dr. Peter Verstraten (programme chair of the BA Film and Literary Studies; P.W.J.Verstraten@hum.leidenuniv.nl). Questions about the procedure can be directed at Mariska de Groot (im-lucas@hum.leidenuniv.nl). Information about LUCAS can be found at http://www.universiteitleiden.nl/geesteswetenschappen/centre-for-the-arts-in-society and about Leiden University at http://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en.

How To Apply
Please submit your application via the online recruitment system, via the blue button at the top of this page, latest 19 March 2023, 23:59. Applications received via e-mail will not be taken into consideration. Your application should include:

  • A letter of motivation including a discussion of your current scholarship, future research plans, and vision on teaching (max. 2 A4);
  • A CV including education and employment history, publications, courses taught and language proficiency;
  • An outline of your research plans for the coming years, with clear potential for grant applications (max. 2 A4);
  • Recent teaching evaluations;
  • Names, positions, and email addresses of two referees (no reference letters); please list these on your cv rather than filling them out separately in the system.

Interviews and teaching presentations will take place at the end of March or beginning of April. The appointment will start on 1 August 2023.

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