Two PhD Positions in Public History at the University of Luxembourg (C2DH)

The University of Luxembourg aspires to be one of Europe’s most highly regarded universities with a distinctly international and interdisciplinary character. It fosters the cross-fertilisation of research and teaching, is relevant to its country, is known worldwide for its research and teaching in targeted areas, and is establishing itself as an innovative model for contemporary European Higher Education. Its core asset is its well-connected world-class academic staff which will attract the most motivated, talented and creative students and young researchers who will learn to enjoy taking up challenges and develop into visionary thinkers able to shape society.

The Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (C2DH) is a research centre for
the study, analysis and public dissemination of contemporary history of Luxembourg and Europe with a particular focus on digital methods and tools for doing innovative historical research
. It serves as a catalyst for innovative and creative scholarship and new forms of public dissemination and societal engagement with history.

They are looking for two people to cover PhD positions in Public History to:
– Research and write a history thesis in the domain of contemporary history
– Participate in the development and evaluation of participatory practices in public history
– Contribute to the development of public history training in Europe

Your Role
The PhD students will join the Public History as the New Citizen Science of the Past (PHACS) project hosted at the Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (C²DH) and will work under the direct supervision of Prof. Dr Thomas Cauvin. Focusing on the production of history with a public perspective, public history has developed as one of the most dynamic international fields of the historical discipline. In collaboration with cultural institutions and universities all over Europe, PHACS studies, researches, but also develops, constructs and evaluates the impact of public participation, coproduction, and shared authority for history-making. Connecting digital participatory practices issued from citizen sciences and crowdsourcing to history-making, PHACS is contributing to reshaping public history methodology. PhD research and projects may for instance focus on (but are not limited to) participatory exhibitions in museums, crowdsourcing cultural heritage, digital public history
collections, community-based activities, or historical performances. Research and projects can be done in partnership with local or national partnering cultural institutions.  

Your Profile
a) Master’s degree or diploma (Master equivalent) in history or related field
b) Experience in/with cultural institutions (especially but not only museums and archives) is an asset
c) Knowledge in digital history and/or public participation is an asset
d) Excellent command of English and good working knowledge of another language (French, German, Luxembourgish, Italian preferred)

Applications close on 31/12/2020.

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