Category: Academic Staff & Researchers1 - Working at the VUB
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The Faculteit Letteren en Wijsbegeerte , Department History, Archeology, Arts, Philosophy and Ethics , is looking for a PhD-student with a doctoral grant.
More concretely your work package, for the preparation of a doctorate , contains:
The Faculty Faculty of Arts and Philosophy, Department HARP, is looking for one PhD-student with doctoral grant for the ERC Starting Grant project “FORAGENCY. Foraging, Fishing and Hunting as Agency in Colonial Central Africa (c. 1885- c. 1960)”.
You will be joining a team of researchers who will study how communities in the Congo basin managed to counter, alleviate or minimize their encroachment by colonial actors through the maintenance and adaptation of vernacular, non- agricultural uses of the environment.
The main questions to be addressed are:
1 Which techniques are mobilised for hunting, fishing and foraging?
2 Which strategies are used to trade and consume hunted and foraged products against colonial laws and values?
3 How are economic structures such as marketplaces and money mobilised outside of colonial capitalism?
4 Which knowledge is necessary to hunt, forage and transform natural products?
They will be answered through four thematic sub-studies: on intoxicating substances; on hunted and foraged foodstuffs; on curative uses of nature; and on vernacular environmental agency.
Each sub-study will consider the ecological interactions between four colonial cities and their hinterland: Kinshasa (Léopoldville), Brazzaville, Kisangani (Stanleyville) and Bujumbura (Usumbura).
The study will combine archival research, the study of material culture, oral history and participatory observation.
The project will be coordinated by Benoît Henriet at the Department of History at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB).
Although Brussels is the home base of the project, there will be several months of fieldwork required in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Republic of Congo and Burundi.
More concretely your work package, for the preparation of a doctorate, contains:
For this function, our Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering Campus (Elsene) will serve as your home base.3 - Profile
What do we expect from you?
You hold a Master's degree with Honours/Magna cum Laude in History and/or African Studies by the time of appointment (at the latest for 1/09/2023)
You have not performed any works in the execution of a mandate as an assistant, paid from operating resources, over a total (cumulated) period of more than 12 months.
Are you going to be our new colleague?
You'll be offered a full-time PhD-scholarship , for 12 months (extendable up to max. 48 months, on condition of the positive evaluation of the PhD activities), with planned starting date 01/10/2023.
You'll receive a grant linked to one of the scales set by the government.
IMPORTANT: The effective result of the doctorate scholarship is subject to the condition precedent of your enrolment as a doctorate student at the university.
At the VUB, you're guaranteed an open, involved and diverse workplace where you are offered opportunities to (further) build on your career.
As well as this, you'll enjoy various benefits:
Is this the job you've been dreaming of?
Send us ONLINE and at the latest on 31/03/2023 your CV, letter of motivation in which you clearly indicate your preference for one the project's sub-studies (Intoxication in colonial Central Africa/ Hunted, fished and foraged foodstuffs in colonial Central Africa) and the highest degree you've attained (not applicable for VUB alumni).
Do you have questions about the job content? Contact Benoît Henriet at [email protected] or on 02 629 39 05.
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