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Postdoctoral Researcher in the project "Contagious Digitalities: Information, Inoculation, Immunity"

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25 juni 2024
30 september 2024 Nog 71 dagen om te solliciteren

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

Postdoctoral Researcher in the project “Contagious Digitalities: Information, Inoculation, Immunity” (CDIII) (1.0 fte for 2 years)

The postdoctoral researcher will be working on a subproject within the starting grant project funded by the Dutch Government “Contagious Digitalities: Information, Inoculation, Immunity”, funded for 2025-2027 and directed by Dr. Ilios Willemars (Assistant Professor in Cultural Analysis and Media Studies at Leiden University). Other members of the project team are Dr. Janna Houwen (Assistant Professor in Film, Literary and Media Studies) and Dr. Nidesh Lawtoo (Professor in Literary Studies).

Contagious Digitalities: Information, Inoculation, Immunity
This project examines the relationship between metaphors of contagion, spread, inoculation, and immunity in connection to problems of risk, information, data and the digital. The intent is to make visible a politics of inoculation that remains hidden from sight. A politics that is concerned with calculating, predicting, and managing the risk of contagion through the enforcement of inoculative policies first registered in Michel Foucault’s lectures on security, territory, and population, and aimed at the immunization of networks of control and information against noise, disruption, and breakdowns in communication (e.g. Deleuze, Serres, Mitropoulos).

As a result of COVID-19, recent years have seen an increase in theoretical, literary, and artistic work around issues of disease and vaccination. There, contagion, immunity, and inoculation are often understood in their biomedical inflection. This project investigates how inoculation operates not only in relation to the body, however, but proliferates outwards to the internet, the digital, and the operation of networks and protocols as diagrams of power (e.g. Guattari, Thacker).

We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher who is interested in doing theoretically inflected and politically urgent work on the intersection between digital culture and viral metaphors. The successful applicant must have a background in Cultural Analysis and/or Media Studies and is interested in the politics of the digital and bio- and necropolitical questions around immunity and inoculation. The successful candidate will study digital culture and metaphors of contagion through close readings of literature, art and other cultural objects. As part of their application, the candidate is asked to write a brief justification for the inclusion of a case study that they would like to work on as part of this project. The successful applicant will be given the chance to structure and further develop this project according to their own research interests.

Contagious Territories
The project titled Contagious Digitalities (CDIII) contributes to a larger and on-going project titled Contagious Territories by Willemars and Houwen on the notion of contagion across a number of fields. CDIII will support this project both intellectually, through the publication of research papers and through discussions between the post-doc and the supervisors (Willemars & Houwen), but practically as well because the post-doc will help organize a conference and teach courses in either the Media Studies MA program, or the BA program in Film and Literary Studies or Arts, Media and Society.

Your tasks within the project (1.0 fte)

  • You will publish two peer reviewed articles on the theme of the research project.
  • You will publish a chapter in an edited volume.
  • You will engage in science communication in relation to the outcomes of the project for instance in the form of a pod-cast/website/blog.
  • You will organize an international conference on the theme of the research project together with Willemars and Houwen.
  • You will edit a special issue on the basis of conference proceedings.
  • You will teach courses in the MA Media Studies and/or the BA in Film and Literary Studies and/or the BA in Arts Media and Society to the amount of 20% of your contract.
  • The project will involve study trips abroad by members of the research team to work with scholars outside of Leiden University and foster international collaboration.
  • You will participate in meetings of the research group;
  • You will present papers at conferences, both in the Netherlands and internationally;
  • You will actively participate in, and contribute to, the academic community of the Institute;
  • You will contribute to the organization of events and outreach activities within the project.

Your profile

  • You hold a Ph.D. with a specialisation in Cultural Analysis and/or Media Studies, awarded by the time of appointment, ideally on a topic related to the themes of the research project;
  • You have a personal affinity with digital media and metaphors of contagion and disease;
  • You think creatively and seek to write theoretically challenging and politically urgent analyses of cultural objects;
  • You have full professional proficiency in English;
  • You are a team player and an independent thinker;
  • You have an affinity with the LUCAS institute’s aims, values and strategy;
  • You live and are officially registered as resident in The Netherlands or are willing to relocate upon starting the position.
  • In our hiring policy we are attentive to a diverse make-up of our team in terms of race, gender, sexuality, and (dis)ability.

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 postdoctoral researcher for 2 years. The appointment will start 1 January 2025. 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 the number of years of relevant work experience. 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 € 3,877,- (scale 10.4) to € 4,332,- (scale 11.0) for a full working week.

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. For more information, see https://www.workingat.leiden.edu/.

Diversity & Inclusion
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.

Enquiries can be made to the PI of the project, Dr. Ilios Willemars. Questions about the procedure can be directed at Jennifer Dijkman (im-lucas@hum.leidenuniv.nl). Information about LUCAS can be found at https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/geesteswetenschappen/centre-for-the-arts-in-society and about Leiden University at https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en.

Please submit your application via the online recruitment system, via the blue button at the top of this page, latest 30 September 2024. Applications received via e-mail will not be taken into consideration. Your application should include:

  • A letter of motivation;
  • A sample of written academic work (max. 10 pages);
  • A CV including education, employment history, publications, and organisational experience;
  • A proposal for a case-study to be undertaken in the project (max. 1 page);
  • 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.

(Online) interviews will take place in October or November 2024.

Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated.

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