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The project “VoCAL Articulations of Identity and Empire (CALLIOPE)” at the University of Helsinki will run from March 2018 – February 2023 and is directed by dr. Josephine Hoegaerts. It is funded by the European Research Council (ERC-Starting Grant 2017). The project studies how audible performances of public speech have influenced the course of political careers and political decision making in the 19th century. It shows how voices helped to define diverse identities and contributed to practices of political transfer during the colonial period. In viewing political representation through the lens of audibility, the project will offer a new perspective on citizenship and colonialism by reframing how authority was embodied - through performances that were heard, as well as those that could be seen.

The Faculty of Arts invites applications for the positions of


to the CALLIOPE project for a fixed-term of three years, starting in 2019.

An appointee to the position must hold a doctoral degree in a field relevant to the project (such as history, cultural studies, political science, or anthropology), as well as have the ability to conduct independent scientific research and possess the teaching skills required for the position. The candidate should have a proven capability to publish in scientific journals, have excellent analytical and methodological skills, and be able to work both independently and as a part of a multidisciplinary scientific community. We particularly appreciate applicants with a proven track record in multidisciplinary collaboration and an aptitude for methodological innovation.

Candidates will be expected to take charge of research on one geo-political area or axis of ‘exchange’ covered in CALLIOPE, and focus on vocal practices of political representation within that area.
Post-Doc 1: London and Kolkata
The candidate will study vocal practices of political representation transfer in English and Bengali in the nineteenth century, taking responsibility for the ‘sub-project’ in CALLIOPE concerning the British-Bengali axis of travel and exchange, researching the interplay between debating political elites in Kolkata, public speech by British officials in India and speech in Westminster (a project necessitating fluency in Bengali in addition to English).
Post-Doc 2: Algiers and ‘beyond’
The candidate will study rhetorical and vocal norms in Algeria, and the links and tensions between (Franco-)Algerian speech and other forms of rhetoric in Arabic, taking responsibility for the ‘sub-project’ in CALLIOPE concerning the evolution of ‘Muslim’ oratory in its exchange with rising colonizing powers (a project necessitating fluency in Arabic as well as, ideally, familiarity with Urdu).

The main duties will include full-time research and participation in the activities of the project. The post will require both independent and collaborative scholarly publishing, as well as teaching (5-10% of the annual working time) and other tasks. All candidates are expected to have excellent skills in written and oral English as well as respectively, (PD 1) Bengali or (PD2) Arabic.

The period following the completion of doctoral degree must not exceed five years, excluding family leave and equivalent periods of absence.

The salary for the position is based on level 5 of the job requirement scheme for teaching and research personnel in the salary system of Finnish universities. In addition, the appointee shall be paid a salary component based on personal work performance. The annual gross salary range varies between 41,000 and 50,000 euros, depending on the appointee’s qualifications and experience. The appointment starts with a probationary period of six months.

Please submit your application as a single pdf file which includes the following documents in English:
1) A curriculum vitae (max. 2 pages)
2) A list of publications (max. 3 pages)
3) A statement (max 2 pages) outlining the applicant plans to shape the sub-project applied for
4) A summary (max. 2 pages) on the applicant’s scholarly activities including original research at an international level, international academic networks, local co-operation, success in obtaining research funding
6) A sample of scholarly writing (not more than 10,000 words)
5) Names and contact details of 2 or 3 referees.

Please name the pdf file with your last name and the initial(s) of your first name(s), as well as which position you are applying to.

Please submit your application, together with the required attachments, through the University of Helsinki Recruitment System via the link Apply for job. Applicants who are employees of the University of Helsinki are requested to leave their application via the SAP HR portal. Deadline for applications is August 20, 2018.

Further information on the position can be obtained from director Josephine Hoegaerts (josephine.hoegaerts(at)

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Due date

20.08.2018 23:59 EEST