The ESHCC has received funding through the Erasmus Initiative Vital Cities and Citizens to recruit four PhD candidates as well as partial funding for three assistant professors who will be working on selected themes of the Vital Cities and Citizens project as of September 2017. In addition, to match the EI funded positions, the School will appoint four PhD candidates who will be conducting their doctoral research in the framework of the Vital Cities and Citizens Initiative. The recruitment for the new positions will start in the second half of June 2017 via Academic Transfer and other relevant academic job sites.
The three assistant professors will be working in the fields of Historical Culture, Culture and Place in Globalizing Urban Environments, and Media and Creative Industries and will be respectively based at the departments of History, Arts and Culture Studies, and Media and Communication.
The new PhD candidates will be working on the following projects:
- Performing urban pasts: Historical reenactments with sensitive heritage (project leader Prof. Maria Grever)
- Sport in the city: Football fandoms in Rotterdam, Calcutta and Bangkok (project leader Dr Gijsbert Oonk)
- Imagining the city: Mobilities of belonging in a globalized world (2 PhD projects; project leader Prof. Stijn Reijnders)
- Aesthetic dispositions of audiences (project leader Prof. Koen van Eijck)
- Urban media engagement (project leader Prof. Jeroen Jansz)
- Cultural literacy in everyday urban life (project leader Prof. Susanne Janssen)
- The impact of cultural diversity on urban cultural organizations (project leader Prof. Susanne Janssen)
Each of the PhD projects will involve collaboration between ESHCC researchers from different departments and disciplinary backgrounds, as well as collaboration with researchers from the Faculty of Social Sciences (FSS) and/or the Institute for Social Studies (ISS). ESHCC researchers will also participate in a several projects led by FSS or ISS scholars.
Vital Cities and Citizens
The mission of the Erasmus Initiative Vital Cities and Citizens is twofold:
- to advance our understanding of the ways in which social and cultural transformations affect urban life - and
- by doing so – to help cities thrive as places of inclusion, tolerance and cohesion, and better articulate the aspirations of their diverse citizens.
The Erasmus Initiative Vital Cities and Citizens is a collaboration between the Faculty of Social Sciences (FSS, coordinator), the Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication (ESHCC), and the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS).
In November 2016, Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) launched three Erasmus Initiatives through which academic excellence and multidisciplinary collaboration in research is stimulated. The three Erasmus Initiatives are:
- Erasmus Initiative ‘Smarter Choices for Better Health’
- Erasmus Initiative ‘Dynamics of Inclusive Prosperity’
- Erasmus Initiative ‘Vital Cities and Citizens’
All faculties are represented in one of the three Initiatives, which form the basis for the new EUR strategy (2018+).