Venue: Aarhus University in Copenhagen
Date of employment: January 1, 2020
Application deadline: October 1, 2019
Contact the PI: Gritt B. Nielsen
For details on the two specific PhD calls see: PhD subproject 1
About the project
The project aims to investigate the contemporary proliferation of social justice-oriented student activism, which re-sensitises the debates on the quality of public higher education, HE, around questions of equality, diversity and decolonization. The overall project consists of two PhD subprojects, focusing on the USA and the UK, respectively, and the PI who focuses on Denmark and South Africa.
Over the past 5 years, proliferation of social justice-oriented student movements in the USA and the UK has forcefully re-directed debates on the quality of public higher education, HE, towards questions of equality, diversity and/or decolonisation. Students are protesting the reproduction of hierarchies of knowledge within HE, based on gender, race, nationality, and research traditions. Among other, they argue that HE should be a safe space without discrimination and hate speech; they advocate the use of trigger warnings in class and no-platform speakers, whose messages they perceive to be offensive
Aiming to investigate these tendencies, the overall project consists of two PhD subprojects (focusing on the USA and the UK, respectively) and the PI who focuses on Denmark and South Africa.
About the position
The Graduate School at Arts, Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University, in collaboration with the Independent Research Fund Denmark, invites applications for a fully-funded PhD fellowship in Fighting for e/quality: Comparative ethnographies of new student movements provided the necessary funding is available. This PhD fellowship is available as of January 1, 2020 for a period of up to three years (5+3). The candidate who is awarded the fellowship must commence his/her PhD degree programme on January 1, 2020.
General info on doing a PhD in Denmark:
Aarhus University recognises PhD students as early stage researchers. PhD students are therefore given independence and the responsibility of pursing their own research. As a PhD student, you are considered a member of the academic staff and have the same rights as other employees, including a voice at staff meetings etc. Being a PhD student, you also receive a salary with the same rights as an employee, including holiday, maternity/paternity leave and a pension scheme as a part of your salary. The standard of living in Denmark is high and the economy performs above the European average. Accommodation, food, transport and leisure costs are therefore relatively high in Denmark in comparison with many other countries. However, salaries and PhD stipends are also correspondingly high, and many services such as medical treatment and schools are paid for via taxes and the Danish welfare system, so that no user fees are charged.