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PhD Scholarship at the Faculty of Humanities, “The Carceral Mobility Project”

The scholarship will be part of a research programme, ‘The Carceral Mobility Project (CAMP): Investigating carceral junctions in the Danish asylum regime’, funded by the Danish Research Council (FKK), and affiliated with the Centre for Advanced Migration Studies, SAXO.  
Deadline for applications 15 August 2017. 
The three-year position is to be filled by 1 September 2017.  
This project explores a central paradox in Danish asylum encampment. On the one hand, the camps aim to control and manage mobile bodies. On the other, they are also connected to other spaces through flows of bodies, social media and the knowledge and practices of those who create and manage them. Crucially, the camps are at once sites of incarceration and junctions that connect and enable mobility. In order to understand asylum encampment as it is developing in Europe, this paradox of connectedness and incarceration – of carceral junctions – needs to be examined empirically and analytically. The project therefore explores: how refugees navigate the terrains of encampment they encounter on their way to, through and in Denmark; but also how the camps themselves operate, interconnect, shift and “travel”. Bringing these perspectives together, it develops the theoretical concept of the “carceral junction” to grasp the paradoxical work and consequences of asylum camps in Denmark and beyond. 
The PhD project will explore the camps from the perspective of the asylum seekers, tracing their actual routes from camp to camp through Europe and focusing on their shifting conceptions of future possibilities as well as the affective dimensions of carceral junctions. Methodologically, the PhD project will involve in-depth interviews with a relatively small number of informants in Denmark as well as their extended social networks and the subsequent retracing of their routes through Europe in an ongoing dialogue with the informants themselves. 
For further information please see below and be advised that the Faculty of Humanities reserve the right to administratively dismiss applications that do not live up to the formal requirements.   
Please note that the project proposal including the study plan, figures etc. must not exceed 12,000 characters.  
Application procedure   
Applicants need to hold a two-year Master’s degree (120 ECTS) or equivalent. Applicants must have submitted their thesis at the time of application, to the extent the thesis forms part of their Master program. In case you have not obtained your diploma by the application deadline, you must include a statement (pre-approval) from your university declaring that you have been awarded the Master’s degree.   
Applications must be submitted via the electronic application system.   
The following enclosures to the application must be submitted:   
  • A copy of the applicant's Master’s degree diploma along with a transcript of records   
  • Bachelor’s degree diploma and a transcript of records   
  • If the MA diploma and/or examination records are in another language than English, German, French, Spanish Danish, Norwegian, or Swedish, please include a translation into either of these languages in your application.        
  • Curriculum Vitae   
  • Project description (must not exceed 12,000 characters). (Please see further information below)   
Do not upload ZIP files and do not submit any publications, recommendations, or your Master thesis.   
Diploma and transcript of records   
The translation of diplomas/certificates and transcripts may be made by or approved by either:   
  • a state-authorized translator and interpreter   
  • the embassy or consulate of the country where the original document was issued or where the translation was made   
  • a Danish consulate/embassy.   
The PhD administration encourages applicants from within the EU to enclose a Diploma Supplement. The Diploma Supplement is part of a common European framework for transparency of competencies and qualifications – the EuroPass framework. For more information, click here:   
Applicants with a non-Danish Master’s degree will have their degree assessed by The Danish Agency for Universities and Internationalization in order to establish whether the Master’s degree is equivalent to a Danish Master’s degree. Read more at the website of The Danish Agency for Higher Education.   
Chinese applicants are required to enclose a CADGEEC (The China Academic Degrees and Graduate Education Evaluation Committee) certificate.
Project proposal requirements   
Please note that the research proposal must not exceed 12,000 characters in Microsoft Word (including spacing, punctuation, footnotes and references, title, study plan, figures etc., but excluding bibliography). Please specify the number of characters at the top (left/right) of your research proposal. Also please send the research proposal in an editable format. Guidelines on how to make a research proposal and information about required enclosures are available here:  
Proficiency in English  
Excellent communication skills in English are considered essential, and applicants should speak and write academic English fluently. The PhD Administration may ask applicants to document their proficiency in English at any time during the recruitment process, if this is considered necessary. 
Further information 
Employment as a PhD scholar occurs pursuant to the applicable rules of the Faculty of Humanities, as well as between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC). Under this agreement, the PhD student is obliged - without further remuneration - to carry out allotted work to an extent corresponding to a total of 840 working hours in the course of a three-year contract.  
Please note that it is normally a precondition for employment that the applicant in question does not already have a PhD degree. Applicants who have already obtained a PhD degree will, as a main rule, be dismissed. 
For further information on employment terms please consult the collective agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC) as well the protocol to the agreement covering staff with university degrees in the state sector (in Danish).  
Enrolment as a PhD student at the Faculty of Humanities' PhD School is a precondition for employment as a PhD scholar: For more information about the PhD School, click here.  
After the application deadline, the Dean selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Appointment Committee. All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been accepted for assessment. The Dean subsequently appoints an expert assessment committee tasked with carrying out an assessment of the selected applicants for the specific post. Selected applicants are notified of the composition of the committee. Applicants are ultimately offered the opportunity of commenting on the part of the assessment relating to themselves before the appointment is finalized. For further information read here.   
As an equal opportunity employer, the Faculty of Humanities invites applications from all interested candidates regardless of gender, age, ethnic origin or religion.   
For any further questions, please contact the PhD administration, e-mail If you have specific questions concerning your submitted PhD application, please use the following e-mail   
Application deadline: 15 August 2017 (CET). Start date: 1 September 2017. 
No supplementary documents will be taken into consideration after this deadline.   

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Simon Turner


Application deadline: 15-08-2017
Employment start: 01-09-2017
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Faculty of Humanities

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