Fellowship: PhD position on middleclass urbanism in Maputo, Mozambique

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Graduate School, Arts
Faculty of Arts
Aarhus University, Denmark

PhD fellowship in the field of Middle Class Urbanism. An interdisciplinary study of the physical reordering of urban sub-Saharan Africa (5+3)

The Graduate School at Arts, Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University, in collaboration with the Danish Council for Independent Research | Humanities, invites applications for a fully-funded PhD fellowship in Middle Class Urbanism. An interdisciplinary study of the physical reordering of urban sub-Saharan Africa provided the necessary funding is available. This PhD fellowship is available as of 1 February 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 February 2017. 

The PhD fellowship will be financed by the 2 parties.

This interdisciplinary research project will investigate rapid urbanization processes in sub-Saharan Africa with a special focus on the radical transformations of the built environment caused by middle class urbanism. Taking Maputo, Mozambique, as an ideal example of this development, this study integrates perspectives from anthropology, architecture, urban studies and history. These perspectives are drawn together under an analytical framework that conceptualizes ’middle class urbanism’ as a cluster of practices - cross-cutting the legal and the illegal, the formal and the informal – that is structured by ideas of privacy and security as key factors for improving the quality of urban life. It is the project’s hypotheses that ‘middle-class urbanism’ is a key driver for the reordering of the built environment in sub-Saharan Africa and that new forms of citizenship, which have the city rather than the nationstate as primary political community, emerge as an outcome of these processes.

Eligible candidates will:

(1) Have a background in anthropology or urban studies

(2) Have done research on urban development

(3) Be able to work in a Portuguese-speaking context

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 program 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 January 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 a 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 Morten Nielsen, School of Culture and Society, etnomn@cas.au.dk, Phone + 45 87 16 21 65.

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: 1 October 2016 at 23.59 CET
Reference number: 2016-218/1-172

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