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Postdoctoral Researcher: Heritages of Hunger, subproject 6

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

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Houtlaan, Nijmegen, Gelderland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
32 uur
€ 4978 - € 4978 per maand


As a postdoctoral researcher 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 6: Teaching Ireland's Great Famine: Educational Practices in Schools and the Heritage Sector. Your postdoctoral research project investigates educational practices related to the legacies of Ireland's Great Famine in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, the rest of the UK, as well as elsewhere in Europe. You will examine past and present teaching methods in primary and secondary education and school curricula, in light of historical perceptions of the Famine. Moreover, you will research educational programmes, resources and workshops hosted by museums and other heritage institutes. Additionally, you will analyse educational activities surrounding Famine commemorations.

Your research is to result in at least 4 peer-reviewed articles in international journals. Furthermore, you will actively assist the project team in developing educational resources (MOOC, repository, educational recommendations). You are also expected to actively contribute to the project's programme of meetings, in terms of content as well as organisationally (at least 4 expert meetings, 2 conferences, 4 public events).


  • A completed (or soon to be completed) PhD degree in history, literary studies or cultural studies (at least an approved manuscript).
  • Demonstrable expertise about the Great Irish Famine; preferably in combination with knowledge of education, heritage, memory processes.
  • Excellent active command of spoken and written English.
  • An excellent track record in research achievements and international publications.
  • Demonstrable experience and affinity with knowledge utilisation, preferably in education or the heritage sector.
  • The ability to work collaboratively in an international research team, as evidenced by previous work experiences.
  • A demonstrated capacity to work to deadlines.


  • Employment: 32 hours per week.
  • A maximum gross monthly salary of € 4,978 based on a 38-hour working week (salary scale 11).
  • The exact salary depends on the candidate's qualifications and amount of relevant professional experience.
  • 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 12 months, after which your performance will be evaluated. If the evaluation is positive, the contract will be extended by 3 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 is available from: 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