Assistant Professor Gender Studies & Postcolonial Studies — Department Media & Culture Studies, Utrecht University

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Assistant Professor Gender Studies & Postcolonial Studies (0,8 fte)
Department Media & Culture Studies UU

The Department of Media and Culture Studies (MCW) at Utrecht University is currently seeking an assistant professor (UD) Gender Studies & Postcolonial Studies, 0.8 fte.

The department of Media and Culture Studies provides education, and conducts research, in the fields of film, television, games, new media and digital culture, visual arts, theatre, dance and performance, gender and postcolonialism, music and cultural policies. Culture is a dynamic mix of artistic, creative and everyday practices with which people shape their identities and actions, and within which societal structures and institutions themselvestake shape. Media (both old and new) are crucial factors in these processes. The Graduate Gender Program (GGeP) is located within the department of Media and Culture Studies. Scholars from the various research groups in Media and Culture Studies liaise extensivelytogether in order to explore different facets of the roles played by gender, ethnicity, art, culture, and media in contemporary society. Gender Studiesresearch focuses on processes of in- and exclusion and diversity expressed throughout a broad range of media,cultural and artistic performances, all of which are studied within their particularintermedial contexts. We pay particular attention to the relations between historical and contemporary developments, transmedial and intermedial phenomena, social and cultural inclusion and diversity, activism, cultural heritage and the digital humanities.

The Gender Studies research group isfurther embedded in the Research Institute of Cultural Inquiry (ICON) in the faculty of the Humanities, the Utrecht University research area ‘Institutions’ and the focus research area ‘Culture, Citizenship and Human Rights’. Utrecht University Gender Studies also directs the Netherlands Research School of Gender Studies (NOG) and is the initiator of the Postcolonial Studies Initiative (PCI).

Job Description

We are currently seeking:

A candidate whose research both supports and enhances the three strands of our existing research program ‘Doing Gender: Media, Art and Politics’ encompassing:

1. Art & Beyond (Cultural Industry; Aesthetics & Ethics).

2. Postcoloniality & Social Justice (subaltern archive, postsecular, postsocialist citizenship, cosmopolitanism, migration, human rights, transitional justice, social inclusion and activism).

3. Contemporary Feminist Theory (epistemologies, colonial, posthuman, affect theory, new media).

Any prospective candidate should ideally combine research and teaching experience in transdisciplinary feminist and postcolonial theories, with a special focus on activism, the arts and aesthetics in feminist, queer, critical race and/or critical whiteness studies.

The successful applicant for the post of assistant professor in Gender Studies & Postcolonial Studies will teach a selection of the following courses:

Introduction to Gender Studies (BA)
Postcolonial Configurations (BA)
Visuality and Technology (BA)
Feminist Toolbox (MA)
Art and Affect (MA)
Feminist Research Practices (MA)
Advanced Introduction to Gender Studies (RMA)
Theories and Critical Research (RMA)
Issues of Postcoloniality (RMA)
The Body in Feminist Theory (RMA)

The successful applicant will additionally conduct tutorials and methodological research seminars forPhD candidates.


We require from the applicant:
• Proven teaching experience at both Bachelor, (Research) Master, and PhD level.
• Considerable research output, evidence of which include a finished PhD and publications at an internationally recognized level.
• Experience with successful applications for external funding is desirable.
• Experience in a coordinating position is advantageous.
• Good communication skills and team spirit.
• Basic Teaching Qualification (BKO) according to Dutch university standards (or to be obtained within two years).
• Fluency in English, preferably close to near-native standard.
• Fluency in Dutch has to be obtained within two years.

The Offer

The initial appointment will be on a temporary basis for a period of two years. Subject to satisfactory performance, this will be converted into a permanent position. The gross monthly salary for an assistant professor’s position will range from € 3,400 to € 5,288, for a full time position, consistent with the C.A.O. scale 11/12 (Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities).
The salary is supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8% and an end-of-year bonus of 8.3% per year. In addition, we offer a pension scheme, partial paid parental leave, flexible employment conditions, the possibility to participate in a collective health care plan, and other benefits. Conditions are based on the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.

About the Organization

Utrecht University, founded in 1636, is an internationally renowned research university with an enviable tradition with regard to both educational quality and study success. The Faculty of Humanities has approximately 7,000 students and 900 staff members comprised of four knowledge domains: Philosophy and Religious Studies, History and Art History, Media and Culture Studies, and Languages, Literature and Communication. Through its research and education in these fields, the Faculty aims to contribute to a better understanding of the Netherlands and Europe in a rapidly changing social and cultural context.

Additional Information

For additional inquiries please contact Prof. dr. Rosemarie Buikema by e-mail: For more information on the University of Utrecht you can consult our website, For detailed information about research and teaching programs of the UU Gender Studies Department please check and

Application Procedure

Applications should include a curriculum vitae, a list of publications and relevant teaching evaluations. You can use this link to apply:

Application Deadline:


Koen Leurs, PhD

Assistant professor Gender and Postcolonial Studies | Department of Media and Culture Studies | Utrecht University | Muntstraat 2A 3512 EV NL | room 0.05 |
T. + 31 (0)30 253 7844 |

Latest publications:
Digital Passages. Migrant Youth 2.0. Diaspora, Gender & Youth Cultural Intersections. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2015 (free open access download: )

“Social media as postcolonial contact zones. Young Londoners remapping the metropolis through digital media”. In: Ponzanesi, Sandra and Colpani, Gianmaria, (eds.) Postcolonial Transitions in Europe (pp. 255-276). London: Rowman & Littlefield, 2016.

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