Senior Researcher, Multidisciplinary Border Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences and Business Studies, University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu, Finland. Deadline: 27 November 2019.
The University of Eastern Finland is inviting applications for a Senior Researcher in Multidisciplinary Border Studies, as a shared position of the Karelian Institute and the Department of Social Sciences, Joensuu Campus. The position is associated with the Cultural Encounters, Mobilities and Borders (CULTCHANGE) research area of the University of Eastern Finland. The role of the Senior Researcher is to develop and carry out interdisciplinary top-level research in UEF’s CULTCHANGE research area, one of the university’s five strategic top-level international research areas seeking to find solutions to the complex challenges of our changing world. CULTCHANGE studies links between human security, social and cultural borders, and the ability of societies to demonstrate resilience and adaptability in the face of multilevel challenges to social cohesion and sense of belonging. The specific focus of this position will be in developing research strengths in relation to questions of social cohesion and ontological security. While Europe will be the primary focus, a broader comparative perspective is also welcome. As part of the CULTCHANGE community, the researcher will examine processes, impacts, and the consequences of socio-cultural bordering as well as investigate potentials for countering xenophobic and populistic tendencies.