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Five Year Postdoctoral Position in the History and Memory of the Holocaust for the Alfred Landecker Lecturer Program

The Department of History, Classics and Archaeology and the Pears Institute for the Study of Antisemitism, (School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy) Birkbeck, University of London are seeking a candidate to support in an application for the Alfred Landecker Lecturer Program.

This prestigious programme offers postdoctoral researchers funding for five years to undertake a significant, cutting-edge research project on the history and aftermath of the Holocaust and the social-political transmission of memory of the Holocaust. We particularly welcome applications that deal with these issues in any part of Europe, including Russia and the United Kingdom.

We are keen to support an outstanding candidate whose innovative research proposal addresses one or both of the following areas identified by the Alfred Landecker Foundation:

  • The present-day challenges regarding the politics of memory and democracy
  • The methods and practices for educating and imparting knowledge about history in the digital age.

The Alfred Landecker post-holder will primarily focus on their own research but will have the opportunity to contribute to teaching and to disseminate their knowledge and understanding to the wider public.

The Department of History, Classics and Archaeology at Birkbeck has a long and distinguished record as a centre of research and teaching excellence and a longstanding commitment to research-led teaching. HCA is one of the top History departments in the UK, ranked 7th out of 83 in REF 2014 (Times Higher Education research intensity table), with 85% of its research portfolio deemed ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. For further information about the HCA website.

The Pears Institute for the Study of Antisemitism at Birkbeck is known internationally for its innovative approach to research and teaching. It is one of only two centres in Europe whose mission is to promote understanding of antisemitism. Its founding principle is that the study of antisemitism is vital to understanding other forms of racialization, racism and religious intolerance. The Institute contributes to knowledge and understanding, public debate and policy formation in the UK, Europe, and the wider world. For more information visit the Pears Insitute website.

To be eligible, candidates must have completed their PhD within the five years before 31 March 2021 (parental and childcare leave will be taken into account with a maximum of 2 years per child).

Eligible candidates should submit a CV, covering letter, and 2000 word outline proposal to  by 4 pm on Friday 12 March 2021.

In addition to a project description, the outline proposal should include up to 400 words on how the project relates to the present and an account of how the project differs from existing research on the Holocaust and/or Holocaust memory.

Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed on Wednesday 17 March 2021.

The successful candidate will be informed shortly after and will receive support in developing their application for submission to the Alfred Landecker Foundation by 31 March 2021.

For any queries relating to the post, please contact .

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