Call for Applications

Theme: The Race-Religion Constellation
Subtitle: Critical Philosophy of Race
Type: PhD Position
Institution: Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies,
Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen
Location: Nijmegen (Netherlands)
Date: from September/October 2018
Deadline: 2.4.2018



As a PhD candidate you will work on a project funded by the
Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), entitled
‘Political Community Beyond the Race-Religion Intersection’. Dr Anya
Topolski is the main supervisor of this project. The PhD research
should result in a doctoral dissertation from the Faculty of
Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies of Radboud University,
Nijmegen. Short description of the project: The goal of this research
is to develop a European critical philosophy of race by focusing on
the intersection of race and religion manifest in terms of
antisemitism, islamophobia and antiziganism. At present, the socially
constructed category of race is most often restricted to colour-based
or biological notions of race. To fill this scholarly and societal
omission, a structural analysis of the race-religion intersection is
necessary. This analysis will make clear how racial exclusion in
Europe is related to religious categories whose origins lie in
early-modern religious struggles. This will not only allow us to
understand many of the current problems of exclusion Europe is
confronted with, but also to conceptualise non-exclusionary forms of
political community.

Work environment

The Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies has
approximately 140 staff members. The Faculty’s research institute
conducts multidisciplinary research, and its teaching institute
provides discipline-oriented study programmes to approximately 600
students. Research and education are integrated in the Faculty’s ten
research groups. Responsibility and solidarity are essential values
within the Faculty’s culture and determine collaborative and social
behaviour. Students and researchers at the Faculty reflect on a wide
range of philosophical, ideological and religious topics. We educate
and train our students to become engaged academics, who are able to
critically reflect on science and life and thus contribute greatly to
society. You will be a member of the Centre for Contemporary European
Philosophy (CCEP). The centre is the main centre for teaching and
research in 20th and 21st century continental philosophy in the

What we expect from you

- Master's degree in a relevant discipline;
- A strong interest in a field related to race/racism/racialisation
  (i.e. in critical philosophy of race, critical legal theory,
  critical race studies);
- Experience in interdisciplinary research and the ability to engage
  conceptually with material from fields such as theology,
  anthropology, sociology, gender theory, etc.;
- The ability to work both independently and as part of a team;
- A good command of written and spoken English. Knowledge of French
  and German would also be highly appreciated (for literature
- We have a preference for individuals who come from groups less
  represented in our faculty.

What we have to offer

- Employment: 0.75 - 1.0 FTE;
- In addition to the salary: an 8% holiday allowance and an 8.3%
  end-of-year bonus;
- The gross starting salary amounts to €2,222 per month and will
  increase to €2,840 in the fourth year (P scale);
- Possibilities for the duration of the contract are: 
- 3 years of full time pure research; 
- 4 years of pure research (0.75 FTE); 
- 4 years full-time research with teaching requirements (dependent on
  secondary funding). you will be appointed for an initial period of
  18 months, after which your performance will be evaluated. If the
  evaluation is positive, the contract will be extended by 1.5 or 2.5
  years respectively;
- You will be classified as a PhD Candidate (Promovendus) in the
  Dutch university job-ranking system;
- You will be able to make use of our Dual Career Service where our
  Dual Career Officer will assist with family related support, such as
  child care, and help your partner prepare for the local labour
  market and with finding an occupation.

Other Information

Preferred starting date September or October, 2018. Selected
candidates will be invited for an interview in Nijmegen. They will
also be asked to submit a short research proposal concerning the
topic of the PhD position.

You should upload your application (attn. of dr. Anya Topolski)
exclusively using the button 'Apply' below. Your application should
include (and be limited to) the following attachment(s):

- A motivation letter
- A CV including the names and contact details of two persons who can
  provide references
- A writing sample of maximum 8,000 words, e.g. a section of your
  Master’s thesis or a selection of other research papers you have
- A copy of your university transcript of grades

Interviews are scheduled to take place in April 2018 (possibly via

Perhaps if we remember that the study of human experience usually has
an ethical, to say nothing of a political, consequence in either the
best or worst sense, we will not be indifferent to what we do as
scholars (Edward Said).

Vacancy number: 21.02.18 
Application deadline: 2 April 2018


Dr. Anya Topolski
Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies 
Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen
Erasmusplein 1, Office 16.14
NL-6525 HT Nijmegen
Phone: +31 24 3612939
Email: a.topol...@ftr.ru.nl


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