PhD Position (38 hours per week)
‘Cultural violence in Fulani networks in networked wars in the Sahel'
Vacancy Number: 22-812 13252
As of May 1, 2023, the Leiden University Institute for History will be appointing a PhD candidate within the NWO-funded project ‘ Digital warfare in the Sahel: Fulani popular networks of war and Cultural Violence' led by Professor Mirjam de Bruijn ( https: // www. universiteitleiden.nl/en/staffmembers/mirjam-de-bruijn#tab-1 ).
Project description: Violent conflict is on the increase in the Sahel since 2012, coinciding with the increased use of Social Media in the region. The organization of networks and their information flows are changing, and this project studies the conflict as a digitally and physically networked one. Cultural violence—the legitimation of violence—spreads through (trans)regional networks, and discursive and ‘real' warfare become entangled. This interdisciplinary study focuses on (trans)national Fulani networks, combining historical- ethnographic and computational methods to understand the ‘workings' of networked conflict. The project warns of possible increases in ethnic violence, resulting from digital media uses.
The project consists of 2 PhDs, 1 assistant researcher, Expert in Digital Humanities and the PI; further intensive collaboration with Research/Practice institutes in Africa is part of the programme.
The PhD candidate will be the main researcher in the sub project of the programme entitled: ‘Cultural violence in Fulani networks in networked wars in the Sahel', Important methodology for this sub project is a combination of (n)ethnography and discourse analysis, both distant and close reading. The project will compile a dataset of content in the digital and non-digital networks, verify these as well on the ground. The candidate should be acquainted with Natural Language Processing techniques, and should be able to speak French, preferably also good knowledge of Fulfulde and some basic knowledge of Arabic.
We search for a candidate who has good social skills; is a team player; and will contribute to the overall project also with administrative tasks.
About our faculty, institute and project Since its founding in 1575, Leiden University has acquired an international reputation for excellent teaching and research. With its staff of over 800, the Faculty of Humanities provides 26 Bachelors and 27 Masters programmes for over 7200 students based at locations in Leiden's historic city centre and in The Hague.
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Terms and conditions: We offer a full-time position for initially one year. After a positive evaluation of the progress of the thesis, personal capabilities and compatibility the appointment will be extended by a further three years. Salary range from € 2,541. - to € 3,247. - gross per month (pay scale P, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities).
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. Additional budget allows for research visits abroad and attendance of international conferences. More at https: // www. workingat.leiden.edu/.
Diversity and Inclusion Leiden University's Institute for History embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty, and staff of all identities and backgrounds. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized backgrounds to apply.
Information: For more information, contact Professor Mirjam de Bruijn (email@example.com).
Applications: Applications should be submitted in English and include a:
Applications should be submitted no later than 31 January 2023 via the blue button in our application system. Please quote the vacancy number in your application. All requested documents should be sent in PDF format.
An interview with the search committee is part of the procedure. Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed at the end of February 2023.