Jelke Boesten, King's College London
The Peruvian Truth and Reconciliation Commission concluded that sexual violence of mainly indigenous women during the conflict between Shining Path and the military (1980-2000) was systematic and widespread. Was rape used as a weapon of war, and if so, what does that say about the conflict? Up to what point do victim and perpetrator profiles reflect existing inequalities in Peruvian society? How do victim-survivors deal with the legacies of violence? What does it mean if there is no accountability? Examining testimonies and legal cases, this presentation will address some of these questions.
Publication date 22 September 2014
Closing date 20 October 2014
The Latin American Studies Programme (LASP) has vacancies for two PhD-candidates. LASP is an interuniversity graduate programme providing Master and PhD education. The research aim of LASP is to understand and explain key social, political, cultural and economic transformations in Latin America and the Caribbean in the context of global developments. LASP applies a comprehensive and integrated approach that combines a range of theories and methods from social sciences and the humanities.
LASP is the platform for collaboration of researchers from five academic institutions:
1) Centre for Latin American Research and Documentation (CEDLA);
2) Department of Cultural Anthropology of Utrecht University;
3) Research Programme Governance for Inclusive Development of the University of Amsterdam;
4) Department of Latin American Studies of Leiden University, and
5) Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology of VU University Amsterdam.
LASP has three interdisciplinary research lines that form the core of its research programme. They bring together research projects and activities that cut across the boundaries between the contributing institutions. Interdisciplinarity and a multilevel approach is a shared orientation, as well as a joint affinity with multimethod (qualitative and quantitative) research methodologies. The two PhD-candidates will do research within or cutting across the research lines. More specifically:
1. Natural resource use and sustainable development. The focus is on the growing importance of natural resources in Latin American development and its social, political, cultural, and environmental implications. It analyses the new political, economic and social processes that drive resource use patterns and reflect conflicting societal interests generated by these patterns.
2. Sociocultural resources and identities. This research line addresses the diverse ways in which social transformation reshapes cultural diversity and turns the construction of identities into a key source for mobilization and agency, not only in specific social fields (such as ‘the urban’, religion, transnational migration) but also as part of key domains of intervention such as education. In particular, this line looks at the agency and strategic pursuits of individuals, groups and networks within multilevel, local, national, and global reconfigurations.
3. Political resources: governability and (in)security. This research line looks at changes in politics, state-society relations, violence and (in)security, in particular in relation to issues such as democratic consolidation, citizenship, governability, and shifting notions of legality and illegality in the organization of protection and coercion.
Applicants should have:
* A master degree at one of the participating institutes of LASP with a demonstrable focus on Latin American Studies (through course work, research, and thesis)
* Preferably rotation activities at one of the other institutes of LASP (joint supervision, electives, etc.)
* Good study results (for example 7.5 as average grade for the master education)
* A thorough command of Spanish or Portuguese and preferably English
The appointments will be on a temporary basis for a period of four years with one of the LASP-institutes, starting 1 January 2015. The selected candidates will be appointed for 1.0 fte (38 hours per week) initially for a period of one year. Contingent on satisfactory performance the position will be extended by a maximum of three additional years leading to the completion of a PhD thesis. The gross monthly salary (on a full-time basis) will be in accordance with the Collective Employment Agreement of the Dutch universities.
Applications should include:
* a cover letter with a statement of motivation
* a CV and an overview of master grades
* a brief research proposal (not longer than 1,000 words excluding the bibliography) indicating title, research questions, theoretical and methodological approach and innovative character. The connection with one or more of the LASP research lines should be clearly explained.
* a letter of recommendation, to be submitted separately to the email address below, clearly indicating the name of the applicant in the subject of the email
Shortlisted candidates will be required to provide a copy of their MA thesis or another relevant writing sample.
For further information, you can contact Dr. Annelou Ypeij at email@example.com. Please submit your complete application before 20 October 2014 to firstname.lastname@example.org. Only complete applications submitted to this email address will be considered. Interviews will take place in the second half of November 2014.