ARTlife – Afghans in Denmark negotiating pasts/ forming futures

PhD fellowship in the field of ARTlife – Afghans in Denmark negotiating pasts/ forming futures (5+3)

The Graduate School at Arts, Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University, in collaboration with  Aarhus University Research Foundation (AUFF NOVA grant), invites applications for a fully-funded PhD fellowship in ARTlife – Afghans in Denmark negotiating pasts/ forming futures provided the necessary funding is available. This PhD fellowship is available as of 1 September 2017 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 September 2017. 

The PhD fellowship will be financed by the 2 parties.

The European ‘refugee crisis’ is currently a burning issue in the media and in political debate. In the social sciences and the humanities, the crisis has generally been framed within pre-existing concepts like ‘settlement process,’ ‘cohesion,’ or ‘integration.’ The ARTlife project (that also consists of an associate professor and two postdoctoral fellows) proposes a radically different approach. In collaboration with Afghan refugees settled in Denmark, we will experiment with the methodological and conceptual affordances embedded within the technologies of photography, film, and material objects in an attempt to understand what refugees themselves see as the challenges of mobility, transitions and ultimately, everyday life in Denmark. Our hypothesis is (1) that a bottom-up approach is a precondition for better understanding the ‘refugee situation’ in Denmark, and (2) that such an approach to what we call ‘articulations of life’ can best be attained through the development of co-creative methods, conducted between researchers and refugees.

ARTlife promote experimental workshops as a significant method for articulating life. The aim is to follow the lead of our Afghan collaborators in order to develop new, as yet unknown, research questions and themes. Between each workshop researchers will use more conventional ethnographic methods of semi-structured interviews, life story interviews and participant observation in order to generate knowledge about Afghan’s everyday life in Denmark. The articulations produced at / between each workshop will be shared on a dialogical Internet platform showcasing video clips, photos, objects, and interview material. Once the research phase is complete, the Internet platform will be reconfigured into an open access online ‘ARTlife Exhibition’.

The applicant is expected to formulate her/ his own research project proposal in relation to the theme of ‘articulations of life’ among Afghans in Denmark and align with the general experimental methodologies of ARTlife. We welcome proposals that address current challenges of Afghans in Denmark including gender and generation, citizenship, civil society organisations, transnationalism, sectarianism, politics, religiosity, or return migration.

The application must be submitted in English.

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, International Area Studies and the Study of Religion.

The PhD student’s place of work will be the School of Culture and Society, Aarhus University. In general, the student is expected to be present at the school on an everyday basis.

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 enclose documentation stating that you have submitted your Master’s thesis for assessment by the deadline for application, and you must have completed your two year Master’s degree (120 ECTS) no later than 31 August 2017.

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, International Area Studies and the Study of Religion:  http://talent.au.dk/phd/arts/contacts/

For further information, please contact Associate Professor Mikkel Rytter, School of Culture and Society, Mikkel.rytter@cas.au.dk, Phone + 45 25 14 98 92.

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 2017 at 23.59 CET
Reference number: 2017-8

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