A phylogenetic history of torture: The genealogy of ritual violence in Scandinavia and the Middle-East (5+3)

PhD fellowship in the field of A phylogenetic history of torture: The genealogy of ritual violence in Scandinavia and the Middle-East (5+3)

The Graduate School at Arts, Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University, in collaboration with DIGNITY – Danish Institute Against Torture, invites applications for a fully-funded PhD fellowship in A phylogenetic history of torture: The genealogy of ritual violence in Scandinavia and the Middle-East provided the necessary funding is available. This PhD fellowship is available as of 1 June 2018 for a period of up to three years (5+3). The candidate who is awarded the fellowship must commence his/her PhD degree programme on 1 June 2018. 

The PhD fellowship will be financed by the 2 parties.

This project is part of an interdisciplinary comparative research project, which seeks answers to the question: why human sacrifice? See: http://talent.au.dk/fileadmin/talent.au.dk/ARTS/Human_Sacrifice_and_Value-opslag_E2018.pdf

The research project is a collaboration between scholars in anthropology, archeology, history, and religious studies.

The PhD project is a historical and cross-cultural anthropological study of torture as a form of sacrificial violence. It will be unfolded within the framework of the following two case-studies: Tracing the genealogy of torture from post-World War II era to present in the Levant/Middle-East (and adjacent regions). Tracing the genealogy of torture between 1500-1700 AD in Scandinavia (or northern Europe). The project is based on archive studies combining quantitative and qualitative data. It consists of a cross-cultural comparison of large chunks of historical and present material.

The PhD candidate should have an MA degree in history, sociology, historical anthropology, anthropology, history of religion or similar.

An aptitude for handling data with analytical software is required. Knowledge about text mining and/or cross-cultural comparison is not required but will be considered an advantage. It is an advantage if the candidate can document scholarly knowledge within one or both of the specific areas of the case-studies.

The project will entail exposure to extensive material on torture and human suffering and the candidate should be aware of potential mental health consequences hereof.

The PhD student must complete the studies in accordance with the valid regulations for the PhD degree programme, currently the Ministerial Order of 27 August 2013 on the PhD degree programme at the universities: http://talent.au.dk/phd/arts/rulesandforms/thephddegreeprogramme/

Description of the graduate school’s PhD degree programme: http://talent.au.dk/phd/arts/phdstudystructure/

Rules and regulations for the PhD degree programme at the Graduate School at Arts: http://talent.au.dk/phd/arts/rulesandforms/thephddegreeprogramme/

The PhD fellow will be enrolled as a PhD student at the Graduate School at Arts, Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University, with the aim of completing a PhD degree at the School of Culture and Society, Aarhus University. 

The PhD student will be affiliated with the PhD programme Anthropology, Global Studies and the Study of Religion.

The PhD student’s place of work will be both the DIGNITY – Danish Institute Against Torture and the School of Culture and Society, Aarhus University. As a guideline, the PhD scholar is expected to work an average of 70 percent at the School of Culture and Society and 30% at DIGNITY – Danish Institute Against Torture during the overall period of study. The specific distribution of working hours will be agreed on at the time of employment/enrolment.

The PhD degree programme is expected to include a lengthy research stay at a foreign institution, cf. Description of the graduate school’s PhD degree programme.

School of Culture and Society’s research programme:
http://cas.au.dk/en/research/research-programmes/

 

5+3 programme

When you apply for a 3-year PhD fellowship (5+3), you must have completed your two year Master’s degree (120 ECTS) no later than 31 May 2018.

The PhD fellow will be employed as a PhD student at the Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University. The terms of employment are in accordance with the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (see section 6.1.4), as well as with the protocol to the agreement covering staff with university degrees in the state sector (see enclosure 5). The agreement and the protocol including amendments are available online: http://talent.au.dk/phd/arts/rulesandforms/thephddegreeprogramme/

Salary: http://talent.au.dk/phd/arts/rulesandforms/salary-and-employment/salary-5-3-programme-and-part-b-of-the-4-4-programme/

Application
If you require professional guidance regarding your application for the PhD fellowship please contact the PhD programme director at Anthropology, Global Studies and the Study of Religion:  http://talent.au.dk/phd/arts/contacts/

For further information, please contact Associate Professor Mette-Louise Johansen, School of Culture and Society, mlej@cas.au.dk, Phone + 45 22 32 31 50 or research director Henrik Rønsbo, hr@dignityinstitute. dk, Phone +45 36 93 86 21.

All applicants must document English language qualifications comparable to an 'English B level' in the Danish upper secondary school ('gymnasium'). Please see this page for further information: http://talent.au.dk/phd/arts/application/english-test/

Applications for the PhD fellowship and enrolment in the PhD degree programme can only be submitted via Aarhus University’s web-based facility.

Guidelines for the application facility: http://talent.au.dk/phd/arts/application/application-guide/

 

Deadline for applications: 15 March 2018 at 23.59 Danish time (CET/CETS).
Reference number: 2018-13

During the assessments, Aarhus University can conduct interviews with selected applicants.