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AURA invites applications for PhD Scholarship

PhD scholarship in the field of the anthropology and environmental history of the Anthropocene. Deadline March 15, 2014.

The Graduate School, Arts, Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University, in collaboration with the project Aarhus University Research on the Anthropocene, invites applications for a 3-year PhD scholarship within anthropology/environmental history that studies emergent environments on a human-disturbed earth. Candidates who are awarded the scholarship commence their PhD programme on 1 September 2014.

Financed by the Faculty of Arts and Danish National Research Foundation, the PhD scholarship is advertised within the field of emergent anthropological and cross-disciplinary interests in the An-thropocene, particularly fieldwork-based studies of co-species landscapes and the emergent envi-ronments on a human-disturbed earth.

The PhD scholar will work at AURA (Aarhus University Research on the Anthropocene). AURA is a transdisciplinary project to study emergent environments in a human-disturbed earth. Headed by Professors Anna Tsing and Nils Bubandt, the project works across the conventional divisions between the arts and the sciences, and so far includes scholars with backgrounds in philosophy, biology and anthropology. The research objects of AURA include multispecies interactions, landscape assemblages, and global movements of species. In this time of rapidly accelerated human disturbance of the Anthropocene, AURA explores unintended consequences and multispecies coordinations. We are looking for an innovative scholar who can help us accomplish our goal. For more information on AURA and its researchers, see http://anthropocene.au.dk.

Applicants for this position must hold a Master degree in anthropology or allied fields and have fieldwork experience and appropriate language skills. Applicants should outline a research agenda for an independent research project relevant for AURA. The successful candidate will be expected to work independently as a PhD scholar as well as collaboratively with the AURA team and engage actively in transdisciplinary team research.

The PhD scholar must complete the studies in accordance with the valid regulations for the PhD degree programme, currently the Ministerial Order of 27 August 2013 on the PhD Programme at the Universities: http://talent.au.dk/phd/arts/rulesandforms/thephddegreeprogramme/


Description of the graduate school’s PhD programme: talent.au.dk/phd/arts/phdstudystructure/

Rules and regulations for the PhD Programme at the Graduate School, Arts:


The PhD scholar will be enrolled as a PhD student at the Graduate School, Arts, Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University, with the aim of completing a PhD degree at the Department of Culture and Society, Aarhus University. The PhD scholar will be affiliated with the PhD programme Anthropology, International Area Studies and the Study of Religion.

The PhD degree program is expected to include a lengthy research stay at a foreign institution, cf. Description of the graduate school’s PhD programme.

The Department of Culture and Society’s research programme: http://talent.au.dk/phd/arts/phdstudystructure/

The PhD scholar will be employed as a PhD student at the Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University. The terms of employment are in accordance with the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations, as well as with the protocol to the agreement covering staff with university degrees in the state sector (in Danish): http://phd.au.dk/gradschools/arts/rulesandregulations/

Salary: http://phd.au.dk/gradschools/arts/rulesandregulations/payscaleseniority/

The PhD scholar’s place of work will be the Department of Culture and Society, Aarhus University. In general, the student is expected to be present at the institute on an everyday basis.

For further information, please contact Professor Nils Bubandt, Department of Culture and Society, bubandt@cas.au.dk, Phone + 45 8716216 or Project secretary Mia Korsbæk, Department of Culture and Society, etnomiak@cas.au.dk, Phone + 45 87162118.


If you require professional guidance regarding your application for a PhD scholarship please con-tact the head of the PhD programmeAnthropology, International Area Studies and the Study of Religion:http://talent.au.dk/phd/arts/contacts/

You must enclose the marks awarded for your Master’s thesis by the deadline for application, and you must have completed your two year Master’s degree (120 ECTS) no later than 31 August 2014.

Applications for the PhD scholarship and enrolment in the PhD degree programme can only be submitted via Aarhus University’s web-based facility.

Link to start of application

Guidelines for the application facility: http://talent.au.dk/phd/arts/application/application-guide/

Deadline for applications: 15 March 2014 at 23.59 CET

Reference number: 2014-218/1-138

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