CFP 6th International Conference on Multicultural Discourses (Netherlands)

ConferencesTHE 6TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON Multicultural DiscoursesOctober 23-25, 2018, Tilburg, the Netherlands

Following the past and recent successes of the International Conference on Multicultural Discourses, with the latest held in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in 2016, we have now decided to hold the event once every two years instead of three.

This means that the 6th International Conference on Multicultural Discourses will be held from Oct 23-Oct 25, 2018 at the Department of Culture Studies – School of Humanities at Tilburg University, the Netherlands. The event will be co-organized by the Babylon – Centre for the Study of Superdiversity affiliated to the same institution – and the Centre for Contemporary Chinese Discourse Studies, Hangzhou Normal University, and hosted by the former.

Taking cultural discourse studies (CDS) as the central frame of reference, the aim of this international conference is to investigate the affordances, shortcomings, as well as unexplored potentials offered by the multicultural discourses as an intellectual movement when engaged with recent conceptual developments and areas of interest across the social sciences and the humanities.

The conference is therefore intended to provide the wide scholarly community with a forum that explores cultural forms of and approaches to the following issues.

Maastricht U Job Ad: Globalisation & Development (Netherlands)

Job adsAssociate Professor in Globalisation and DevelopmentMaastricht University – Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Department of Technology and Society Studies, the Netherlands

Deadline: September 3, 2017

FASoS is seeking an associate professor with demonstrated excellence in teaching and research in the broad field of Globalisation and Development. Expertise in the field of digitalisation is an asset.

Research is carried out within the context of the Research Institute for Arts and Social Sciences and, in particular, relating to the interdisciplinary research programme Globalisation, Transnationalism and Development (GTD). The selected candidate is expected to develop international research projects and to attract external funding that is related to and in dialogue with an interdisciplinary research approach. He/she will contribute to initiatives to stimulate a dynamic research environment within the GTD and to create research opportunities for junior members of the group.

S/he will contribute to the teaching and coordination of courses and supervision of internships, projects and theses in the BA and MA programmes on Globalisation and Development Studies and possibly to a new BA programme on Digital Transformations. The division of teaching and research duties follows the regular division used at the Faculty of 60% teaching and management and 40% research. The research time can be extended through external fundraising.

Fluency in English is a prerequisite, while non-Dutch speaking applicants should be willing to learn Dutch.

In view of recruitment policies and the composition of our corps of assistant professors at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, and Maastricht University in general, female candidates with equal qualifications will be given preferential treatment.

Starting date: Preferably by January 15, 2018 (or as soon as possible thereafter).

Radboud U Job Ad: Communication Science & Artificial Intelligence (Netherlands)


Radboud University is seeking a colleague to expand our research and teaching programs in communication science with specific expertise in the area of artificial intelligence, focusing on the communication between individuals and intelligent media technologies. The professor will have a strong focus on artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques for advancing the study of mediated communication and its uses and effects.
Application deadline: 15 March 2017

Max Planck Fellowships for Language Sciences (Netherlands)

IMPRS 2017 Fellowships

The IMPRS for Language Sciences is now advertising three fully funded PhD positions for the duration of four years. Closing date for the applications is January 4 2017.

The IMPRS for Language Sciences is now advertising three fully funded PhD positions.

The International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) for Language Sciences is the leading research school in the world devoted to studying the foundations of human language. It is a joint initiative of the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, and the Centre for Language Studies of the Radboud University. The research school offers unrivalled training, top facilities (from genetics labs, advanced brain imaging techniques, psychology labs to supported fieldwork opportunities), and an outstanding interdisciplinary environment (see

We aim to attract outstanding students who wish to earn a PhD degree in any area of the Languages Sciences. Broad questions addressed by students of the IMPRS include:
• What is the architecture of the language system?
• How is language represented in the brain?
• What is the genetic basis of neurodevelopmental communication disorders?
• Why is the human brain capable of learning and processing diverse languages?

If you have a background in (psycho)linguistics, psychology, cognitive neuroscience, molecular biology or genetics, computer science, or artificial intelligence, you could contribute to fundamental science in this area and earn a PhD degree from the International Max Planck Research School for Language Sciences.

PhD projects are fully funded for four years. PhD students receive a monthly salary sufficient to cover living costs in Nijmegen.

Applicants must have a Master’s degree (or expect to complete the degree before September 2017) in a relevant field. The working language of the research school is English.

Please compile your application as one PDF document including the following information:
1. Curriculum vitae. Include:
• Relevant work and educational background
• Details about your Master’s degree, including names of supervisors, (intended) date of completion, title of thesis, a brief description of your topic
• Grades for relevant coursework
• Details about relevant technical or research skills (e.g., programming, statistics, experimental design/methods, molecular biology, neuroimaging, practical phonetics, corpus methods, fieldwork).
2. One-page report of your (completed or ongoing) Master thesis project or equivalent research project for a general scientific audience (max. 500 words).
• Include only the theoretical motivation, research question, experimental design, results and/or implications.
3. Specify a potential supervisor and motivate why you want to work in her or his research domain (max. 200 words)
• See the list of potential promotors in the IMPRS here which includes links to the department websites of these professors.
4. References. Please provide contact details of two academic referees.
5. English proficiency. Non-native speakers of English must also provide a TOEFL/Cambridge/IELTS certificate or equivalent before taking up the post.

Closing date for the applications is January 4 2017.

Skype interviews are planned for the period between 8 and 19 February. Short-listed candidates in the final round will be invited for interviews at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics planned for the end of February. Start date for the positions is 1 September 2017.

The Max Planck Society is an equal opportunity employer. Applications from women, people with disabilities and under-represented groups are particularly encouraged.

Please send your application and any queries by e-mail with the subject header “IMPRS 2017 application” to

Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics job ad (Netherlands)

Research Scientist position in the Psychology of Language Department
Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
Expires: 1st April 2016

The Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics (Nijmegen, the Netherlands) is offering a Research Scientist position in the Psychology of Language Department led by Prof. Antje Meyer.

The MPI for Psycholinguistics is a leading research institute with a stimulating environment and excellent facilities and resources. The research of the institute is entirely devoted to the question of how we acquire, produce, and understand language. Its investigations are highly multidisciplinary, uniting anthropology, linguistics, psychology, neuroscience, computer science, and genetics. For further details of our research, please see our website.

The position is available to new PhDs as well as more senior researchers. Candidates should have, or shortly expect to obtain, a PhD in psychology, cognitive neurosciences, or linguistics. Further requirements are a strong background in experimental psychology or experimental psycholinguistics and excellent statistical skills. The successful candidate is expected to develop her/his own research projects and to contribute to the research program of the department, specifically either to research into the cognitive processes underlying dialogue or the bases of individual differences in language skills.

The position is available from June 2016 for up to five years. The institute provides state-of-the art research and training facilities (including EEG, eye tracking, virtual reality labs) as well as a conference and travel budget. The Max Planck Society is an equal opportunity employer.

Electronic applications should be sent to Evelyn Veen.

Applications should include:
• 2-page statement of research interests
• CV
• List of publications
• Contact details for up to three referees

Review of applications will start on March 1, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled.

International Academy for Conversation Analysis (The Netherlands)

International Academy for CA (IACA16) July 2016
With the support of ISCA (the International Society for Conversation Analysis), the Language and Social Interaction group of the University of Groningen will organize the first International Academy for Conversation Analysis (IACA16)
July 11 – 14, 2016, in Groningen, The Netherlands

IACA16 will take place in between two ICCA-conferences (2014 and 2018) and will focus on the research process rather than on research output. The academy is meant for CA researchers in all career stages, including PhD students. It will offer members of the CA community an environment to learn from each other about analytical choices, modes of analytical reasoning, and the different technologies that may support CA research.

The programme comprises four 4-day workshops on the following topics:
(i) ‘Interaction Organization’: Geoffrey Raymond on sequence organization
(ii) ‘Actions and Activities’: Paul Drew & Merran Toerien on action formation
(iii) ‘Practices’: Lorenza Mondada on embodiment
(iv) ‘Contexts’: Jeffrey Robinson on medical interaction
and two plenary lectures:
Elisabeth Couper-Kuhlen on Interactional Linguistics: its Achievements and its Future
Anita Pomerantz on some Methodological Issues in Conversation Analysis: Starting and Moving Forward

Registration will open on October 1 and close on October 15, 2015.

CFP Groningen Symposium on Language and Social Interaction (The Netherlands)

The second Groningen Symposium on Language and Social Interaction (GSLI) will be organized by the University of Groningen, Center for Language and Cognition on January 22, 2016. The theme of this year’s symposium is ‘Interaction and Health Care’. The symposium aims to bring together scholars interested in interaction in health care settings between clients and health care professionals. The symposium aims to cover a wide range of different health care settings ( e.g. consultations between general practitioners and patients, therapeutic interactions, clinic visits, etc.). The common ground is that all contributions focus on the ways health care professionals and clients collaboratively shape and organize their medical activities and tasks through interaction.

GSLI is glad to announce that Ruth Parry (University of Nottingham) has accepted our invitation as keynote speaker of the Symposium.

GSLI welcomes contributions for 20-minute presentations followed by 10 minutes for questions on any topic investigating the interaction between health care professionals and clients. Abstracts should not exceed 3000 characters including spaces (around 400 words), and can be uploaded till October 12, 2015.

University of Amsterdam job ad (The Netherlands)

The “>Department of Political Science of the University of Amsterdam (UvA) is currently seeking an Assistant professor in International Relations, with a focus on Security and/or Conflict.

Job description
The successful candidate has to be able to teach introductory courses in International Relations and a broad range of advanced courses in the field of security or conflict studies, at graduate and undergraduate levels. Special attention is given to contemporary questions around security and conflict, for example new security problems (including but not limited to: non-state violence, human rights, energy and resource scarcities, private security), or the politics of (violent) conflict and civil wars. She or he should bring to students in international relations (and students in political science more broadly) insights from contemporary debates on security and conflict.

In terms of research, the successful candidate should contribute to the existing research agendas of the  AISSR Research Group ‘Transnational Configurations, Conflict and Governance’. We expect the successful candidate to engage in conceptual innovation and contribute to cutting-edge debates in conflict studies and/or (critical) security studies. We expect the candidate to be capable of engaging in methodologically pluralist debates. Central in the group’s program is the examination of notions of identities, categorizations and boundaries as defined by classical political science concepts through analyses of contemporary policy practices and their changing institutional contexts, with a keen eye to the (implicit) politics involved.

• Developing, conducting, and supervising high quality academic research in the field of security/conflict;
• teaching general courses in International Relations and specialist courses in security/conflict at both undergraduate and post-graduate levels, and involvement in post-graduate supervision;
• a dynamic contribution to the research profile of the AISSR research group ‘Transnational Configurations, Conflict and Governance,’ and to the development of the field through scholarly publications and participation in national and international research networks;
• (participation in) acquisition of external research funding;
• contributing to administrative tasks in the Department.

Candidates should have:
• a PhD degree and a background in international relations, political science, or a related field;
• an ongoing programme of research and publications, focused on international, peer-reviewed journals and/or books published by internationally recognized academic presses;
• a demonstrated interest in security and/or conflict studies, and a broad general knowledge in International Relations;
• ability to provide excellent and inspiring teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels;
• a capacity to teach core courses within the International Relations curriculum;
• a capacity to teach in English or Dutch, and a willingness to learn Dutch within two years;
• the basic qualification at Dutch universities in higher education (Basiskwalificatie Onderwijs; BKO) certificate, or a willingness to acquire such within two years.

Further information
Further enquiries may be directed to:
Prof. Marieke de Goede, Co-Director of the AISSR Research Group Transnational Configurations, Conflict and Governance

Based on a full-time appointment (38 hours per week) the gross monthly salary will range from €3,259 to €5,070 (scale 11 or 12) depending on experience. The salary will be increased by 8 % holiday allowance and 8,3 % annual bonus. The Collective Labour Agreement (CAO) for Dutch Universities is applicable. The appointment will be temporary for three years, with the prospect of a permanent appointment if the conditions for tenure are realized.

Job application
Applications should comprise a letter of motivation, a full CV including a list of publications. These should be sent in one document as a pdf-file to with vacancy number 15-235 as subject. Please do not send us additional documentation at this stage. The deadline for applications is Monday 7 September 2015.

The University of Amsterdam (UvA) is a university with an internationally acclaimed profile, located at the heart of the Dutch capital. As well as a world centre for business and research, Amsterdam is a hub of cultural and media activities. The University of Amsterdam is a member of the League of European Research Universities.

The Department of Political Science is one of the departments of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (FMG). The College of Social Sciences (CSW) and the Graduate School of Social Sciences (GSSS) are responsible for the undergraduate and graduate teaching programmes in Political Science. The research within the Department is conducted in research programmes of the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR). The AISSR unites the social science research of the UvA, and is one of the largest research institutes in Europe.

ASC-IIAS Fellowship Application (The Netherlands)

The ASC-IIAS Joint Fellowship Programme
This fellowship is jointly offered by the International Institute of Asian Studies (IIAS) and the African Studies Centre in Leiden, The Netherlands.

It aims to attract researchers whose work is informed by current theoretical debates in the social sciences and humanities over global connectivities and who are able to critically engage with shifting paradigms  in “area studies” beyond the ways in which these have traditionally been conceived in the West.

We are particularly interested in receiving fellowship proposals that go beyond a mere analysis of current issues associated with African-Asian comparative economic developments or Chinese investments in Africa — although none of these themes, if appraised critically and for their societal consequences, will of course be excluded. Our definition of Asia and Africa is broad and inclusive, Asia ranging from the Middle-East to the Pacific Coast, and Africa from North-Africa to the southern tip of the continent.
• Fellowship of maximum 6 months
• Fellows will receive a monthly grant to cover the cost of living and housing
• Applications include a work plan of 1000 words maximum and a CV
• Candidates should have a PhD

For whom?
The ASC-IIAS fellowship is intended for researchers specialising in Asian-African interactions. Interested applicants are invited to email/post their applications, consisting of:
Application form  download here (Word)
Curriculum Vitae
• Two letters of reference

Please ensure that a minimum of two letters of reference are sent to us in confidence via email or post, commenting on the applicant’s academic abilities and the value of  the applicant’s research project.

Closing dates for applications:
NEXT deadline: 15 March 2016.
NOTE: It is not possible to apply in September 2015.
From 2016 the closing dates are again 15 March and 15 September of each year.

Note for applications via email:
• You will receive a reply acknowledging receipt of your email/application.
• If you have already sent in your application via email, kindly do not send the same application via post and vice versa.
• Please keep your email and attachments below 10MB by zipping any large files, as emails larger than 10MB will be rejected by our email system.Address for submission of applications, reference letters and/or queries:
(1) Email
(2) IIAS-ASC Fellowship Programme
c/o Ms. Sandra van der Horst
International Institute for Asian Studies
Rapenburg 59
2311 GJ Leiden
The Netherlands

Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development job ad

The Prince Claus Fund is seeking a Director with international experience and management skills, who has extensive knowledge of culture and development. A clear vision in these areas is expected, but also the ambition and entrepreneurship to further develop this specific network organisation, and provide professional and responsible financial management. Knowledge of the Dutch social and political context in which the organisation is situated is also required. The candidate should also be able to serve as an excellent representative of the organisation: the candidate should possess exceptional interpersonal skills in order to effectively collaborate with people from diverse cultural backgrounds. Applications should be addressed to the Chairman of the Board and submitted by 23 May 2015 to Adrienne Schneider.

The organisation
Culture, in the vision of the Prince Claus Fund, is a basic need in the development of people and society. The Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development actively supports international cultural co-operation with qualified partners in areas where it is really needed, primarily in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. The Fund fights for preservation of culture and supports sustainable cultural processes. In addition, it initiates activities to increase awareness of the importance of culture and development in daily life. The Fund, in the spirit of Prince Claus, acts in the belief that people are not developed but they develop themselves. The Prince Claus Fund is supported by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Dutch Postcode Lottery.

The Prince Claus Fund office is in Amsterdam and has its own exhibition space as well as an extensive documentation centre. There are approximately 20 employees (15 FTE) at the Fund. As an international network organisation, The Fund’s main languages are English and Dutch, but French and Spanish are also heard frequently because of the Fund’s global network.

Job description
As Director you will be responsible for directing the daily operations of the Fund. You will develop the long-term vision of the Fund and maintain active working relationships with its partners and network. You will represent the Fund and take responsibility for adequate external communications and publicity, as well as function as the point of contact for relevant institutions and funders.

Knowledge and expertise in managing financial affairs is indispensable, as the Fund must be able to clearly justify its spending. You will be responsible for fundraising and maintaining contact with sponsors in particular.

You will ensure that the organisation is run professionally (including budget, annual reports, year plan, financial management, contracts, personnel, planning, procurement, housing, preparation and report of Board meetings).

As a creative initiator you will contribute independently to the further development and expansion of the Fund. Strengthening the international network and ensuring regular publicity in leading international media, as well as in local media in the Fund’s target countries, will be among your focuses. As Director, you will be enthusiastic and able to actively share the vision of the Fund to inspire those within and outside the organisation. You will monitor operations and ensure that the Fund maintains high quality standards in all its activities and also preserves its innovative and independent position.

As Director, you are a policy consultant and adviser to the Board and the Advisory Council and ensure the implementation of the Board’s decisions. You are the liaison between the government, agency and society in achieving the Prince Claus Fund’s objectives.

The candidate
You have a strong, demonstrable interest in and knowledge of both culture and development and you have a vision of how these fields relate to one another.  You have experience in leading, and in carrying the overall responsibility for, a small professional (part project) organisation.

You put ideas into action and have a strong vision. You develop new initiatives independently, establish new connections and inspire and stimulate others. Above all you have great communication skills and you demonstrate tact and integrity in the performance of your duties, while also possessing a powerful and persuasive personality. You are able to function equally well in both difficult social situations and in high-level social situations.

You are used to working in an international environment and have an open mind to values, cultures and customs in the countries where the Fund operates. At the same time you have in-depth knowledge of the Dutch political and social context and administrative culture. You have the ability to find the right balance and appropriate conduct to co-operate with a Board that acts at a distance from daily operations.

You possess excellent language skills in English and Dutch, both in speaking and writing. Command of additional languages is an advantage.

As an experienced manager you are able to competently manage the spending of funds and also ensure good accountability and governance of those expenditures. You have a basic understanding of financial information systems, modern communications and developments in the fields of PR and automation.

Conditions and remuneration
As Director, you will have a unique professional function that enables you to further develop your personal qualities and experience, and to apply them in an organisation with high quality standards and an established reputation, executing a unique and interesting mission.

With a high degree of autonomy, but under governance and with the support of an expert Board, you will take the lead to manage and represent the Fund. This position offers you the opportunity to establish and maintain diverse national and international contacts on many levels, for example, through visits to projects and network partners abroad. You will be in contact with a wide variety of people from different levels of organisations and society. The financial compensation and benefits package offered for this role will be commensurate with experience and industry norms.