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South African Research Chair Violent Histories and Transformation

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Historical Trauma and Transformation   

Project title: Legacies of Dehumanization

Closing Date: 10 September 2020

Background

The Chair of Research in Historical Trauma and Transformation invites applications from suitably qualified doctorate graduates for a postdoctoral fellowship valued at R230,000 per annum. The postdoctoral fellowship is based at Stellenbosch University and is available for 1 year, with the possibility of extension for an extra year. Fellowships are only available to individuals who have obtained their doctorate degree within the past 5 years, and whose degree were in the areas of social psychology, social/affective neuroscience, cognitive psychology, psychophysiology, or a related field.

Scope of research:

Dehumanization has been associated with unspeakable acts of cruelty during European colonialism. As such, it may be regarded as a relic of colonial times. However, recent evidence suggests that dehumanization continue to prevail in various international contexts, including South Africa, promoting negative intergroup outcomes that hinder structural reform. Notably, dehumanizing experiences also manifest in the pervasive, structural violence of the entire social space, and may therefore be subject to underreporting. The proposed, interdisciplinary research seeks to advance our theoretical and practical understanding of these issues by exploring (i) what leads an individual to dehumanize others (ii) what are the consequences of dehumanization, especially in terms of hindering social and structural reform and (iii) how do we undo its effects at an individual and societal level. Potential avenues of exploration may include, but are not limited to, the unconscious effects of feeling excluded from humanity, neuroimaging of dehumanized perception, and contemplative practice as potential avenue in restoring humanity.

Applicants must:
a) be available to start the fellowship in September 2020 – January 2021;
b) be willing to work full time;
c) be competent and experienced in quantitative data analysis (preferable), AND/OR competent in qualitative data analysis;
d) hold a PhD (must have graduated within the past five years);
e) be able to work in an interdisciplinary team environment;
f) have experience in writing academic articles;
g) be able to articulately communicate academic findings to disseminate results.

Application Procedure

Apply by email to melikef@sun.ac.za, providing the following documentation:
  1. Cover letter describing the applicant’s research interests and indicating how these align with the theme(s) of the scholarship outlined above;
  2. Comprehensive curriculum vitae (CV), including list of publications, and the names and contact details of at least two referees;
  3. Copies of all academic transcripts.
  4. Email enquiries for more information about the scholarship may be sent to Dr Melike Fourie at marethem@gmail.com with the following Subject Title written in capital letters: POSTDOC SCHOLARSHIP ENQUIRY.

Closing Date: 10 September 2020

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South African Research Chair Violent Histories and Transformation

Call for Applications:   

Scholarships for Master's, Doctoral and Post-Doctoral Fellowships                        

Deadline: Monday 21 September 2020

Background

Professor Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela holds the SARChI Chair— South African Research Chair in Violent Histories and Transgenerational Trauma —which is funded by the National Research Foundation (NRF), and the Research Chair in Historical Trauma and Transformation at Stellenbosch University. Scholarships are available to join the SARChI Chair's programme and the Research Chair in Historical Trauma and Transformation. Working with an interdisciplinary team of senior researchers with extensive research and supervision experience, the SARChI Chair invites applications for Master's and doctoral study and for post-doctoral fellowships. The scholarships will cover fees and living expenses. Full-time affiliation will also provide access to funds for other study-related costs, such as equipment, fieldwork support and conference attendance.

Applications are invited for the following, starting in 2021:

  • Two scholarships for Masters (2 years full-time)
  • One scholarship for Doctoral study (3 years full-time)
  • One fellowship for Post-doctoral study (2 years)

    Applicants are required to submit a draft proposal with their application. The draft proposal should describe, under a proposed title, the research to be undertaken and the applicant's disciplinary background. The application deadline is 21 September 2020. Successful candidates will be informed of the outcome of their application within 3 weeks.

    A key criterion for selection of students will be the fit between their interests and abilities and the focus of the SARChI Chair programme. Demonstrable knowledge of qualitative research methods in the field of Psychology or related fields in the Humanities and Social Sciences will be ascribed high importance. Applicants familiar with mixed methods research will also be considered.

    Applicants will be required to demonstrate the contribution of their proposed research project to the programme as a whole and specifically to the themes of the programme: transgenerational trauma; strategies for “healing" violent pasts; and patriarchal violence at the intersections of race, class, sexuality and other social sites of oppression.

    To be considered for the Masters and doctoral scholarships, candidates should have obtained an overall grade of 70% and above.

    Successful candidates will be required to study full-time and to be based in Stellenbosch or surrounding areas to take up the residential scholarship. The candidates will form a cohort of postgraduates and pursue their individual research under the supervision of the Chair and/or senior members of the team. Candidates affiliated with the SARChI Chair's programme will be required to contribute to building the intellectual culture of the Chair and to participate in other projects such as workshops and reading groups.

    Entry will be highly competitive, and successful candidates will be encouraged and supported to work together to advance their careers by writing articles for popular media, attending academic conferences, and publishing either book chapters or journal articles.

    According to NRF rules, preference will be given to South African citizens or permanent residents. Preference will be given to women candidates.

    Application Procedure


    Submit your application via email to Dr. Samantha van Schalkwyk [samanthavs@sun.ac.za] with the following information:
  • Cover letter describing the applicant's research interests and indicating how these align with the theme(s) of the SARChI Chair;
  • A draft research proposal of no longer than 8 pages with a reference list of no more than a page long;
  • A sample of your academic writing (Honours thesis for MA applicants; a chapter from a Master's or PhD thesis for doctoral and post-doctoral applicants respectively)
  • The names of two contactable academic referees.
  • A letter of motivation explaining why you are interested in the scholarship.
  • Copies of all academic transcripts.

Email enquiries for more information about the scholarships may be sent to Dr. Samantha van Schalkwyk at samanthavs@sun.ac.za with the following subject title written in capital letters: MASTER'S SCHOLARSHIP ENQUIRY 2021; DOCTORAL SCHOLARSHIP ENQUIRY 2021; POST-DOCTORAL STUDY ENQUIRY 2021.

Closing Date: Monday 21 September 2020

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Advert: Postdoctoral Fellowship in Contemplative Science

Project title: The (unconscious) effects of feeling excluded from humanity: A contemplative approach

 

The Chair of Research in Historical Trauma and Transformation invites applications from suitably qualified doctorate graduates for a postdoctoral fellowship valued at R230,000 per annum. The postdoctoral fellowship is based at Stellenbosch University and is available for 1 year, with the possibility of extension for an extra year. Fellowships are only available to individuals who have obtained their doctorate degree within the past 5 years, and whose degree was in the area of social psychology, neuroscience, cognitive psychology, psychophysiology, or a related field.

Scope of research:

Because historical trauma is not restricted to discrete experiences, but manifests in the pervasive, structural violence of the entire social space, it may be subject to underreporting. The exclusive use of questionnaire measures may therefore fail to capture the cumulative toll of experiences of disenfranchisement carried in the body that may result in dynamic sensitivity to stress. The proposed, interdisciplinary research seeks to advance our understanding of these issues by exploring (i) physiological stress sensitivity during a virtual reality paradigm, (ii) how participants give meaning to their lived experiences of dehumanization, and (iii) how a context-sensitive and culturally appropriate contemplative intervention may impact internalized experiences of dehumanisation in a low to middle-income community.

Applicants must:

  1. be available to start the fellowship in February-March 2020;
  2. be willing to work full time;
  3. be competent and experienced in quantitative data analysis (preferable), AND/OR competent in qualitative data analysis (essential for phenomenological interviews);
  4. hold a PhD (must have graduated within the past five years);
  5. be able to work in an interdisciplinary team environment;
  6. have experience in writing academic articles;
  7. be able to articulately communicate academic findings to disseminate results.

Application Procedure:

Apply by email to Jolene Petersen (jrp1@sun.ac.za), providing the following documentation:

  1. Cover letter describing the applicant's research interests and indicating how these align with the theme(s) of the scholarship outlined above;
  2. Comprehensive curriculum vitae (CV), including list of publications, and the names and contact details of at least two referees;
  3. Copies of all academic transcripts.
  4. Email enquiries for more information about the scholarship may be sent to Dr Melike Fourie at marethem@gmail.com with the following Subject Title written in capital letters: POSTDOC SCHOLARSHIP ENQUIRY.

Closing Date: 20 January 2020

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PhD Scholarship

Research on Historical Trauma, Transgenerational Transmission of Trauma and Related Themes full-time residential doctoral scholarship


Two full-time residential doctoral scholarships offered by Studies in Historical Trauma and Transformation are available in this category from January 2019. The scholarships are funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation as part of the research initiative “Trauma, Memory and Representations of the Past." Applicants should have a strong research background, especially in qualitative research methods with a Research, Clinical or related Masters' degree in Psychology. Applicants from other fields in the Humanities and Social Sciences may be considered. Demonstrable research skill and experience at Masters' level in empirical data gathering, especially in qualitative research methods, will be ascribed high importance.

Applicants are required to submit a draft proposal with their application. The draft proposal should describe, under a proposed title, the research to be undertaken and the applicant's disciplinary background. Successful candidates will be informed of the outcome of their application before 31 August.

Applications should be sent to Dr. Samantha van Schalkwyk [samanthavs@sun.ac.za]

Applicants must:

  1. be available to register and to register by the end of January 2019;
  2. be willing to study full time;
  3. be competent in qualitative data analysis (essential for research involving phenomenological, narrative, or other qualitative methods);
  4. hold a Masters' degree with a grade of 70% and above;
  5. be able to work in an interdisciplinary team environment;

Successful applicants will be registered in the Faculty of Humanities at Stellenbosch University and will be expected to submit their
final thesis proposal
within six months of registration.   

Application Procedure:

  1. Submit your application via email to Dr. Samantha van Schalkwyk [samanthavs@sun.ac.za] with the following information:
  2. Cover letter describing the applicant's research interests and indicating how these align with the theme(s) of the scholarship outlined above;
  3. CV with full details of prior research;
  4. Copies of all academic transcripts.
  5. Email Enquiries for more information about the scholarships may be sent to Professor Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela at PumlaGM@sun.ac.za with the following Subject Title written in capital letters: SCHOLARSHIP ENQUIRY.
Closing Date: 27 July 2018