The Arctic Centre is looking for dynamic individuals to join our research team in Groningen! We are advertising a funded PhD position in Arctic Material Culture Studies. Deadline is 13 May 2018.
As a PhD candidate, you will be committed to conducting independent and original scientific research, and will be expected to disseminate this research in academic (international peer-reviewed publications and presentations) and nonacademic forums.
PhD in Arctic Material Culture Studies
The successful applicant to this PhD position will carry out material culture analysis of one or more artifact assemblages from both Paleo- (ca. 2500 BC to AD 1400) and Neo-Inuit (ca. AD 1250 to present) archaeological sites in Arctic Canada. As such, she or he will be expected to spend a significant amount of time at museums in the Ottawa area of Canada examining a wide variety of artifact types (household, hunting and ornamental) composed of an array of raw materials (ivory, antler, bone, baleen, wood and a variety of minerals and metals). In collaboration with the supervisor(s), the PhD student will devise appropriate research questions that will guide the analysis. Potential themes may include (but are not limited to) inter- and intra-cultural exchange, materiality and social identity, artisanship and symbolism. There is scope for expanding the research to include ethnoarchaeologcal fieldwork in Nunavut, Canada. The project has the potential for true interdisciplinarity—integrating methodologies and theory from both archaeology, cultural anthropology and beyond. The thesis can be written in English, and may consist of a monograph or collection of related articles. The position will be based at the Arctic Centre and supervised by Prof. Peter Jordan and Dr. Sean Desjardins.
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