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PhD-Fellowship in Anthropology: A comparison of endurance walking and running

(ref. BAP-2018-553)

This PhD fellowship will be embedded within the Cultural Mobilities Research (CuMoRe) cluster of the Interculturalism, Migration and Minorities Research Centre (IMMRC) at the Faculty of Social Sciences, in close collaboration with the Policy in Sports & Physical Activity Research Group at the Department of Movement Sciences at KU Leuven, Belgium. CuMoRe conducts state-of-the-art anthropological research on human (im)mobilities, broadly conceived.
Website unit <https://soc.kuleuven.be/immrc/cumore>

Project

The main objective of this pioneering project is to investigate, empirically, the increasingly popular phenomenon across Europe of leisure-time endurance activities, particularly long-distance hiking and running. More precisely, we want to grasp the mobile ways in which endurance practitioners deal with their (integrated) selves and with changing societal trends. The project is guided by a central research question: How do leisure-time endurance hikers and runners engage in their embodied physical activities and what does this tell us about the wider current societal context in which these mobilities take place?

This PhD position in social and cultural anthropology is part of a larger research collaboration with colleagues from movement sciences, involving senior researchers and MA students. More information about the project can be requested by e-mail to one of the supervisors (see below)

Tasks
● Conducting empirical research, including embodied ethnographic fieldwork, questionnaires and interviews, in Belgium and other parts of Europe (to be determined), for a period of minimum 12 months (this can be split up in multiple periods).
● Writing and completing a PhD dissertation within four years.
● Actively participating in the PhD Programme in Social and Cultural Anthropology at KU Leuven.
● Collaborating with the research team in research and publications.
● Participating in conferences, workshops,seminars and other scholarly activities.

Profile

Applications are invited from candidates with the following qualifications:

● A Master’s degree, with academic distinction, in a social science discipline (e.g. anthropology, human geography or sociology) or in movement sciences.
● Interest in social scientific research and ability to work both independently and in team.
● Relevant personal experience with endurance physical activities.
● A high standard of spoken and written English (required) and knowledge of other European languages (a must).
● Strong analytical and qualitative research skills and the motivation to pursue creative work in anthropology.
● The ability to present research results and publish them in peer-reviewed journals.

Offer

We offer you a full-time PhD scholarship. The appointment is initially for one year, but renewable for three years after a positive evaluation, leading to a Doctorate in Social and Cultural Anthropology.

The fellow will receive all regular provisions for PhD fellows at KU Leuven. In addition, s/he will be allocated office space and a laptop, and receive funding for research activities like attending conferences abroad and organizing workshops and conferences in Leuven or elsewhere. For more information on the application process, working conditions and career opportunities as a PhD fellow at KU Leuven see https://www.kuleuven.be/personeel/jobsite/en/phd.

The successful candidate may be asked to provide (limited) assistance with teaching, student supervision and data management. S/he will join a dynamic research team (faculty members, postdoctoral fellows and PhD students).

Interested?

For more information please contact Prof. dr. Noel B. Salazar, tel.: +32 16 32 01 59, mail: noel.salazar@kuleuven.be or Prof. dr. Jeroen Scheerder, tel.: +32 16 32 90 50, mail: jeroen.scheerder@kuleuven.be.

In addition to the standard online application, please send us a cover letter, a CV, at least one recommendation letter,and a sample piece of academic writing in English. Interviews with shortlisted candidates (in person or online) will be scheduled in September. A decision will be communicated by the end of September at the latest.
You can apply for this job no later than August 31, 2018 via the online application tool <http://www.kuleuven.be/eapplyingforjobs/light/54753318>
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