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3 PhD and 3 Postdoc Positions ‘Construction History: Above and Beyond’ (Ghent U., VUB, ULB) – deadlines 30 June and 4 July 2022

The EOS research project “Construction History, Above and Beyond. What History Can Do for Construction History”, directed by professors Michiel Dehaene (UGent), Dave De Ruysscher (VUB, Tilburg University), Rika Devos (ULB), Johan Lagae (UGent), Stephanie Van de Voorde (VUB) and Ine Wouters (VUB) is currently looking for 3 PhD candidates and 3 postdocs, who can start between 1 October and 31 December 2022. The individual trajectory of each researcher is embedded in this larger team, operating in the three universities (Université Libre de Bruxelles, Ghent University and Vrije Universiteit Brussel). Each researcher will be situated in one of the 3 fields of dialogue: (1) colonial history – construction history; (2) legal history – construction history and (3) planning history – construction history.

The EOS research project will set up a dialogue (in terms of sources, methodologies, concepts and cognitive interests) between Construction History and three other fields of history, namely Colonial History, Legal History and Planning History. As such, the project sets out to strengthen the historical dimension of Construction History, while simultaneously demonstrating its relevance and potential to other fields and disciplines. The project overall concentrates on selected aspects in 19th and 20th-century building knowledge and building practice in Belgium and its former colony, with particular attention for tacit knowledge, in order to voice crucial yet underrated actors, sources and types of knowledge.

Applications need to be submitted online no later than 30 June 2022 (for postdoc positions) and 4 July 2022 (for PhD bursaries) via the respective university application portals.

More info and application links