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PhD candidate Different pathways towards industrialized societies: textile production in the US and Japan, 1750-1990 (1.0 FTE)

Utrecht University's Faculty of Humanities is looking for a PhD candidate. Are you interested? Then please read the full profile and apply.

12 maanden geleden


Domplein, Utrecht, Utrecht
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 - 38 uur
€ 2222 - € 2840 per maand


The Department of History and Art History seeks to appoint a PhD candidate for the project “Race to the bottom? Family labour, household livelihood and consumption in the relocation of global cotton manufacturing, ca. 1750-1990”, funded by means of an ERC Consolidator Grant awarded to Prof. dr. Elise van Nederveen Meerkerk.

The PhD candidate will be working on the following subproject:

PhD project 2: Different pathways towards industrialized societies: textile production in the US and Japan, 1750-1990

The US and Japan form an interesting comparison between countries that experienced more capital-intensive and more labour-intensive industrialization of textiles, respectively. Both developed an internationally competitive textile industry during the 19th century, but the routes taken were strikingly different. Whereas in both countries (young) women undoubtedly had less influence on their own fate than most men, the position of women in American households was most probably favourable compared to that of women in Japanese households. Apart from differences in the allocation of household labour, it appears that (federal) state industrial policies have been important in developments and relocations of the textile industries in both the US and Japan. Moreover, several developments in the world market induced institutional and political changes, such as the US Civil War – and its resultant “cotton famine” – in the 1860s, and the disintegration of the British Commonwealth market. This project aims to systematically compare the role of each of these factors on the resilience and decline of US and Japanese textile production, and their respective weight in both contexts.


A successful PhD candidate should preferably have:

  • a (Research) Master's Degree in History, Economics or another relevant discipline and a demonstrable affinity with the scope of the project;
  • an outstanding record of Undergraduate and Master's Degree work;
  • excellent command of English, both written and orally.
  • experience with archival research;
  • strong writing skills;
  • capacity to work both as a creative and independent researcher and as part of a team.


We offer a position (1.0 FTE), start date from 1 October 2018 onwards. The appointment is for an initial period of 18 months which after a satisfactory evaluation will be extended by another 30 months (4 years in total). The gross salary for a full-time employment starts at €2,222 in the first year, ending at €2,840 in the fourth year (P-scale of the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities). Salaries are supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8 % and a year-end bonus of 8.3 % per year. We offer a pension scheme, (partly paid) parental leave, collective insurance schemes and flexible employment conditions (multiple choice model). More information is available at: working at Utrecht University.

Additional information

A brief project summary is available on the ERC website (click tab “Summary”).

Enquiries can be made to Elise van Nederveen Meerkerk, e.j.v.vannederveenmeerkerk@uu.nl. An extended research description is available upon request.