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Two PhD Positions in History, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

The two PhD positions in the Department of Art & Culture, History, and Antiquity (AHA) at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam will look at Land grabbing in Asia (Banda Islands and West-Java) in the seventeenth century, and in the Americas (New Netherland and Suriname) in the same period.

The positions are part of the Dutch Research Foundation (NWO) Vidi project Land Grabbing Empire: State Strategy and Large Scale Land Transfers in Dutch Expansion (16th-18th century). Apart from the two PhD projects, this project also contains a sub-project by the principal investigator Dr. Pepijn Brandon on land grabbing in the Dutch Republic and the circulation of land grabbing strategies and practices in the Dutch Empire.

More information on the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam website.

Deadline – 25 November 2021

Research Fellow positions under Assistant Professor Florence Mok, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore


Social Science


NTU Singapore are looking to appoint a full-time Research Fellow (Anthropology/Geography) at the School of Humanities in Nanyang Technological University (NTU). The fellow will be one of a collaborative team of three postdoctoral research fellows based in NTU’s History Department working on the history of environmental crises and epidemics in colonial Hong Kong led by Assistant Professor Florence Mok.

This study will make an original contribution to the political, social and environmental history of modern Asia, British colonialism and the Cold War by exploring how the colonial government and the Chinese society in Hong Kong mitigated environmental crises from 1945 to 1980, a period with growing policy initiatives, increased economic affluence and rising political and social consciousness.

3-year postdoctoral position for an economic historian at the NUI Galway

The National University of Ireland Galway is recruiting 1 full-time, fixed term Postdoctoral Researcher – Economic historian for the project ‘Theatronomics: the business of theatre, 1732–1809′, led by Professor David O’Shaughnessy. The successful candidate will be expected to start on 1 January 2022. Contract duration is 36 months.


For more information see the NUI Galway website.

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