U Lugano Studentship: Migration, Diversity & Intercultural Communication (Switzerland)

FellowshipsUniversità della Svizzera italiana (USI), Lugano, Switzerland. Ph.D. Student and Research Assistant. Deadline: June 30, 2018; open until filled.

Applications invited for a fully funded, full time, 3-year doctoral position in migration, diversity and intercultural communication. The applicant will work on a project fully funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation. The candidate will join the research team of Prof. Jolanta Drzewiecka at the Institute for Public Communication.

The project advances a novel approach to migrant belonging by exploring how identity capital and emotions mediate Eritrean settled refugee’ identities and belonging in Switzerland. We will extend the understanding of belonging as a discursively, materially and emotionally habituated practice. The project connects multidimensional notions of capital and affect to migrant belonging within a material-affective-discursive approach. It adopts a transnational perspective on Eritreans settled in Switzerland to elucidate how regional, ethnic, migration generation, gender and class distinctions shape belonging. It employs ethnographic methodology.

Applicants should demonstrate a high research potential, knowledge and experience in ethnographic fieldwork, excellent English academic writing skills, fluency in Tigrinya, and basic knowledge of German or French. The selected candidate is expected to complete a Ph.D. dissertation related to the project under the direction of Prof. Dr. Jolanta Drzewiecka. The ideal candidate will take ownership of the project and is both a team player and an independent critical thinker. He/she must be flexible, entrepreneurial and dynamic. He/she must enjoy working in a multilingual and multidisciplinary environment.


  • a master’s degree in communication, ethnic studies, linguistics, cultural studies, anthropology, sociology or related disciplines.
  • knowledge of ethnographic methods and ability and willingness to conduct fieldwork
  • excellent English academic writing skills
  • fluency in Tigrinya desired
  • basic knowledge of German or French
  • understanding of Eritrean culture and history
  • excellent communication skills

The candidate will be employed as a Research Assistant full time for three years starting October 2018 or thereafter. During this period, the appointee will undertake doctoral studies and will have the opportunity to interact with an international network of scholars in the field and join the academic community.

Send your application, incl. a letter of motivation (describing qualifications), detailed CV (with names and contact information for 3 academic references), university transcripts, and a writing sample (5 pages, in English, ideally from an academic paper), to Gian Hernandez, gian.louis.hernandez AT usi.ch

Author: Center for Intercultural Dialogue

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