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PhD Candidate: Historical Representations of Diversity, Race, and ‘Dutchness’ in Sport, 1950s-Present

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    Radboud University
    Language sciences
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    Recognised Researcher (R2)
    16/08/2022 00:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Netherlands › Nijmegen


Do you want to create a more inclusive understanding of Europe? And are you interested in working with scientific and societal partners in Curaçao, where part of your research will also take place? The Radboud Institute for Culture and History calls for a PhD candidate for a work package on Diversity in Sport within the ‘Popular Representations of Diversity and Belonging’ project, where you will be able to put your inclusive ideas to the test and push European boundaries.
The Radboud Institute for Culture & History seeks a PhD candidate for a work package on Diversity in Sport within the NWA-ORC funded project (Re)Presenting Europe: Popular Representations of Diversity and Belonging. This project is a collaboration between several universities and societal and grassroot organisations in the Netherlands and Curaçao. The full project consists of work packages that will address dominant spaces of representation of belonging, both in the formal institutional space of education and healing, as well as informal spaces of sport, popular culture and urban arts. The goal of the project is a more inclusive understanding of Europe.
The PhD project forms the historical component of a work package on diversity in sport entitled Arenas of Belonging: Sport Heroes as Models of Aspiration, Inspiration, and Participation, 1950-Present. It focuses on the way in which sport successes have contributed to a sense of belonging in an increasingly diverse Dutch society, and how transatlantic entanglements with the Dutch Caribbean have played a role in constructions of race and diversity. It addresses how dominant assumptions about sport had integrative power, but also damaged, stereotyped and "blackened" athletes. Such popular representations created a new racial archetype of "the natural black athlete" that reproduced colonial myths or caused a "brawn drain" in the countries of origin. The PhD project will collaborate with a postdoctoral project that employs digital humanities methodologies to analyse tropes of inclusion and belonging in historical periodicals (such as Delpher). The outcomes of continuities/discontinuities of such tropes and stereotypes will be connected to outcomes of the second part of the work package that focuses on Present Heroes: Sporting role models and mediated meaning making amongst urban adolescents.

As a PhD candidate you will write a PhD thesis, participate in the Graduate School for the Humanities, which includes taking courses for approximately six months, and provide six months of academic service to the Faculty of Arts at Radboud University. Your research will be embedded in the Radboud Institute for Culture & History (RICH), which focuses on understanding the complexities of Europe in a changing world, and of the changing world of which Europe forms a part. Within the project, you will collaborate closely with the work package team and the researchers of other work packages in the project that focus on popular music, urban arts and education. In addition, you will work with scientific and societal partners in Curaçao, where part of your research will take place. The resulting PhD will be a joint doctorate of Radboud University and the University of Curaçao.

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  • It concerns an employment for 1.0 FTE.
  • The gross starting salary amounts to €2,541 per month based on a 38-hour working week, and will increase to €3,247 in the fourth year (salary scale P).
  • You will receive 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus.
  • You will be employed for an initial period of 18 months, after which your performance will be evaluated. If the evaluation is positive, the contract will be extended by 2.5 years (4 year contract).
  • You will be able to use our Dual Career and Family Care Services. Our Dual Career and Family Care Officer can assist you with family-related support, help your partner or spouse prepare for the local labour market, provide customized support in their search for employment and help your family settle in Nijmegen.
  • Working for us means getting extra days off. In case of full-time employment, you can choose between 29 or 41 days of annual leave instead of the legally allotted 20.

Work and science require good employment practices. This is reflected in Radboud University's primary and secondary employment conditions. You can make arrangements for the best possible work-life balance with flexible working hours, various leave arrangements and working from home. You are also able to compose part of your employment conditions yourself, for example, exchange income for extra leave days and receive a reimbursement for your sports subscription. And of course, we offer a good pension plan. You are given plenty of room and responsibility to develop your talents and realise your ambitions. Therefore, we provide various training and development schemes.

Selection process

You can apply until 15 August 2022, exclusively using the button below. Kindly address your application to Marjet Derks. Please fill in the application form and attach the following documents:

  • A letter of motivation.
  • Your CV, including the names and contact details of two academic references, one of which should be your MA thesis supervisor.
  • A full transcript of grades obtained during your BA and MA studies.
  • A one-page research statement in which you elaborate on how you propose to approach the project theme.

The first round of interviews will take place on Tuesday 20 September. You would preferably begin employment on 1 January 2023.
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Additional comments

For questions about the position, please contact Marjet Derks, Professor of Sport History at +31 24 361 28 30 or marjet.derks@ru.nl. Alternatively, you can contact Jaap Verheul, Professor of Transatlantic Relations at +31 24 361 55 17 or jaap.verheul@ru.nl.

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Offer Requirements

Specific Requirements

  • You hold a Research Master’s or comparable degree in History, American Studies, Cultural Studies, or a comparable discipline; experience in sport-related research is an advantage.
  • You have affinity with digital humanities.
  • You have excellent oral and writing skills in Dutch and English, as demonstrated in an excellent thesis and/or other publications; experience in other languages, particularly Spanish or Papiamento, is an advantage.
  • You are able to work independently and flexibly, taking initiative where needed.
  • You are able to communicate and collaborate effectively in a team setting.
  • You are interested in and committed to teaching and supervising Bachelor's students.

Work location(s)
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Radboud University
6525 XZ
Houtlaan 4

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