Research School for Economic and Social History


Postdoctoral fellow in the spatial and network analysis of material infrastructures (KNAW-Humanities) – deadline 1 September 2022

The Humanities Cluster of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), a collaboration between the International Institute for Social History (IISH), the Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands, and the Meertens Institute, is looking for a postdoctoral fellow in the spatial and network analysis of material infrastructuresi (full time, 38 hr/w), based at the IISH.

The postdoc position is part of a project on the social history of material infrastructures. This project examines how large-scale infrastructures such as roads, city walls, and bridges contributed to regional and empire-wide integration, but equally why and how processes of integration regularly broke down, and how large-scale infrastructure projects contributed to countervailing trends including local tensions, local autonomy, and cross-border regional formations. Read the project abstract here: The Lives and Afterlives of Imperial Material Infrastructure in Southeastern China

The postdoctoral fellow will be mainly responsible for the spatial and network analysis of historical and archeological data provided by other team members, analysing and modelling archaeological and textual data in relation to each other, (co-)authoring of articles with other team members on the regional history of infrastructures, and collaborating with other team members and international partners on the design of a spatial analysis platform.

Applications should be submitted by 1 September 2022 via the Academic Transfer portal.

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