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PhD Candidate: Heritages of Hunger, subproject 4

As a PhD Candidate you will work as part of a team on the NWO-funded NWA project ‘Heritages of Hunger: Societal Reflections on Past European Famines in …

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Houtlaan, Nijmegen, Gelderland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
40 uur
€ 2972 - € 2972 per maand


As a PhD Candidate you will work as part of a team on the NWO-funded NWA project ‘Heritages of Hunger: Societal Reflections on Past European Famines in Education, Commemoration and Musealisation’. This project is conducted by researchers at Radboud University, Wageningen University of Research and the NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies in Amsterdam. Heritages of Hunger investigates how educational practices (at schools, heritage sites, museums, surrounding commemorative practices) can create awareness of famines as heritages of shared experiences and past solidarity among European communities. The case studies to be examined through a comparative approach concern episodes of war (Belgium and Germany during and after WWI; the Netherlands, Russia and Greece during WWII, Germany after WWII); neglect and ecological crisis (nineteenth-century Ireland, Finland) and oppression (interbellum Spain, Ukraine). Furthermore, the project addresses the significant impact on famine legacies in education and heritage practices of European immigrant communities across the globe.

Subproject 4: Teaching European Famines in Museums and Heritage Centres
Your PhD research, which is to result in a dissertation, will examine past and present educational practices surrounding the heritages of the Ukrainian Holodomor, nineteenth-century Finnish famines and the Greek famine that occurred during the triple occupation by the Axis powers. You will analyse how museums and heritage institutions in Ukraine, Finland and Greece, as well as the US and Canada, educate visitors about these famine legacies: through exhibition spaces, workshops, educational projects and involvement in commemorations. The role played by diasporic communities in the transmission of these famine heritages will also be an important point of focus.

Furthermore, you will contribute to the educational resources (MOOC, repository) which the project will develop. You are also expected to actively participate in the project's programme of meetings (e.g. expert meetings, conferences, public events).


  • A completed research MA or equivalent in history, cultural studies, museum studies or literary studies.
  • Demonstrable expertise about European famines in their contexts.
  • Knowledge of any of the following fields: migration, heritage making, processes of cultural memory and canonisation, education.
  • Excellent command of spoken and written English; good passive knowledge of any other language relevant to the project will be a plus.
  • Demonstrable strong affinity with scientific research.
  • The ability to work collaboratively in an international research team.
  • Proven capacity to work with deadlines.
  • Experience with knowledge utilisation (preferably in education or the heritage industry) will be considered a plus.


  • Employment: 40 hours per week.
  • The gross starting salary amounts to €2,325 per month, and will increase to €2,972 in the fourth year (P scale).
  • In addition to the salary: an 8% holiday allowance and an 8.3% end-of-year bonus.
  • Duration of the contract: 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 2.5 years.
  • The intended start date is 1 February 2020.
  • You will be able to make use of our Dual Career Service: 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.
  • Are you interested in our excellent employment conditions?
A project description can be requested by mailing m.corporaal@let.ru.nl.

Additional information

For more information about this vacancy, please contact:
Dr. Marguérite Corporaal, Associate Professor
Tel.: +31 24 361 20 34
Email: m.corporaal@let.ru.nl

Prof. Lotte Jensen, Full professor
Tel.: +31 24 361 20 48
Email: l.jensen@let.ru.nl