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The ’Return Turn’ in Danish Politics: Everyday Life of Somali and Syrian Refugees under Temporary Protection (5+3), 2020-4

PhD fellowship in the field of The ’Return Turn’ in Danish Politics: Everyday Life of Somali and Syrian Refugees under Temporary Protection (5+3)

The Graduate School at Arts, Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University, in collaboration with the Research Council of Norway, invites applications for a fully-funded PhD fellowship in The ’Return Turn’ in Danish Politics: Everyday Life of Somali and Syrian Refugees under Temporary Protection provided the necessary funding is available. This PhD fellowship is available as of 1 September 2020 for a period of up to three years (5+3). The candidate who is awarded the fellowship must commence his/her PhD degree programme on 1 September 2020. 

The PhD fellowship will be financed by the 2 parties.

The PhD fellowship is advertised within the field of The ’Return Turn’ in Danish Politics: Everyday Life of Somali and Syrian Refugees under Temporary Protection.

OVERALL project: Temporary protection as a durable solution? The ‘return turn’ in asylum politics in Europa (TemPro, 2020-2023)

The research project TemPro is a collaboration between legal scholars and anthropologists in Norway, UK and Denmark that explore the temporality and consequences of temporary protection in the current asylum- and refugee systems.
   Many countries in Europe, including Denmark, have responded to recent refugee flows by introducing new and enhanced measures oriented towards the swift return of refugees to their countries of origin. These include separate regimes of short-term protection and regular reviews to identify people who no longer have a need for asylum (In Denmark referred to as paradigmeskiftet). TemPro focus on the so-called ‘return turn’ in refugee policies in the Denmark, Norway and UK to create new knowledge about the effects of temporary protection for refugee inclusion, for welfare state institutions, and for regional and international refugee law.
   The increased legal fragmentation of refugee protection raises complex questions that require interdisciplinary approaches. TemPro’s contribution to this emerging research field is to unpack the complexity of constructed, contested and performed temporalities involved in the ‘return-turn’ trend in refugee protection. As such, we will interrogate how notions of temporality inform different aspects of refugee law, how refugee law and policy structure time, and how this intersect with other social times shaped by religious cosmologies, cultural imaginaries, social and economic institutions, interpersonal relationships, bodily process etc. that frame refugee’s everyday lives and position in society.    
   TemPro promote the two concepts of ‘legal consciousness’ and ‘precarious inclusion’ as tools for the inter-disciplinary collaboration between legal scholars and anthropologists. ‘Precarious inclusion’ as a concept seeks to conceptualize how tensions that simultaneously cut through law, policy, and practice can produce ambiguous and simultaneous processes of inclusion and exclusion. ‘Legal consciousness’ in its simplest definition refers to what people do as well as say about law. It has been used to explain how laws are understood, contested and internalised.
   Applicant should submit a five pages PhD proposal that outline an ethnographic research project focussing on how Somali and Syrian refugees cope with living under temporary protection in Denmark. The PhD proposal should be aligned with the overall framework of the TemPro-project (Please contact Mikkel Rytter for the full TemPro-project description) and include sections on ‘state of the art’, methodology, ethics and a timetable.
   We welcome proposals that suggest creative ethnographic methods and/or applied research in collaboration with relevant NGOs and stakeholders.
   The successful candidate should have a background in anthropology, sociology, human security or migration studies.
   Fluency in a Scandinavian language and Arabic or Somali will be an advantage. 

Professor MSO Mikkel Rytter, Department of Anthropology, Aarhus University will be the main supervisor. The successful candidate should expect a three-month research stay at Bergen University with co-supervisor, Researcher Marry-Anne Karlsen.

The PhD student must complete the studies in accordance with the valid regulations for the PhD degree programme, currently the Ministerial Order of 27 August 2013 on the PhD degree programme at the universities: http://phd.arts.au.dk/applicants/thephddegreeprogramme/

Description of the graduate school’s PhD degree programme: http://phd.arts.au.dk/applicants/phdstudystructure/

Rules and regulations for the PhD degree programme at the Graduate School at Arts: http://phd.arts.au.dk/applicants/thephddegreeprogramme/  

The PhD fellow will be enrolled as a PhD student at the Graduate School at Arts, Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University, with the aim of completing a PhD degree at the School of Culture and Society, Aarhus University. 

The PhD student will be affiliated with the PhD programme Anthropology, Global Studies and the Study of Religion.

The PhD student’s place of work will be the School of Culture and Society, Aarhus University. In general, the student is expected to be present at the school on an everyday basis.

The PhD degree programme is expected to include a lengthy research stay at a foreign institution, cf. Description of the graduate school’s PhD degree programme.

School of Culture and Society’s research programme:
http://cas.au.dk/en/research/research-programmes/

 

5+3 programme

When you apply for a 3-year PhD fellowship (5+3), you must have completed your two year Master’s degree (120 ECTS) no later than 31 August 2020.

The PhD fellow will be employed as a PhD student at the Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University. The terms of employment are in accordance with the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (see section 6.1.4), as well as with the protocol to the agreement covering staff with university degrees in the state sector (see enclosure 5). The agreement and the protocol including amendments are available online: http://phd.arts.au.dk/applicants/thephddegreeprogramme/

Salary: http://phd.arts.au.dk/financing/salary-and-employment/salary-5-3/

 

Application
If you require professional guidance regarding your application for the PhD fellowship please contact the PhD programme director at Anthropology, Global Studies and the Study of Religion:  http://phd.arts.au.dk/about-us/contact/

For further information, please contact Professor MSO Mikkel Rytter, School of Culture and Society, Mikkel.rytter@cas.au.dk, Phone + 45 25 14 98 92.

The application must be submitted in English.

All applicants must document English language qualifications comparable to an 'English B level' in the Danish upper secondary school ('gymnasium'). Please see this page for further information: http://phd.arts.au.dk/applicants/english-test/  

Applications for the PhD fellowship and enrolment in the PhD degree programme can only be submitted via Aarhus University’s web-based facility.

Guidelines for the application facility: http://phd.arts.au.dk/applicants/how-to-apply/

 

Deadline for applications: 15 March 2020 at 23.59 Danish time (CET/CETS).
Reference number: 2020-4

During the assessments, Aarhus University can conduct interviews with selected applicants.