The Department of Technology Management of the Technische Universiteit Eindhoven has a vacancy for a Postdoctoral position (3 years, 0.8 fte) on the symbolic role of infrastructures in European history 19th-20th centuries). V39.367 within the subdepartment of History, Philosophy and Technology Studies (AW).
Proposed starting date: September 1, 2004.
The Department of Technology Management (TM) has several BSc and MSc programmes. Education and research in the department focus on the development and use of technology in a business and society-oriented context. Research is design and application oriented, based on fundamental scientific insights and methods. Main areas of interest are operations management, innovation management and policy, and human-technology interaction.
The Department of History, Philosophy and Technology Studies (AW) researches the interaction between technological and societal changes from historical, philosophical and sociological perspectives. The postdoc project will be carried out in the History of Technology Section, which investigates technological and societal changes in particularly the 19th and 20th centuries.
General project description The postdoc project is part of the research programme Transnational infrastructures and the Rise of Contemporary Europe, funded by the Netherlands’ Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). To be European in the twentieth century is to live within infrastructures, such as energy, transport and communication infrastructures. These infrastructures have been constitutive for where the flow of people, information, energy, goods and services could go and could not go, and in this way they shaped in a very concrete way the frontiers and internal structure of Europe. Economic, social, cultural, and political histories of Europe tend not to incorporate this pivotal role of material infrastructures in the making of Europe. This programme aims to bridge this gap. European integration will be studied as an emergent feature of the building and use of infrastructures, of linking, de-linking and re-linking, and of the use, non-use and re-use of infrastructures. Infrastructure building and use has been a contested process riddled by conflict. It thereby provides a window to contrasting visions of Europe. The programme will focus upon these tensions to bring out the plurality of Europe. The programme includes four PhD projects, 2 postdoc projects, and one synthetic project. The PhD projects investigate different infrastructures, the postdoc projects will focus on a social analysis of the users of transnational infrastructures and a cultural analysis of European identity related to transnational infrastructures.
This programme is embedded in the pan-European research programme Tensions of Europe. Technology and the making of Europe in the 20th century, co- ordinated by the Dutch Foundation for the History of Technology, which is based at the department (see http://www.histech.nl/tensions>).
Postdoc project description
There are many studies of national symbolism, but few focus on the European dimension. In this project European culture is defined as the signifying system through which a European identity is communicated, reproduced, experienced, explored, and developed. Aspects of this culture are often represented in symbols accompanying the planning, construction and use of transnational infrastructures (including stylised maps, postcards, pictures, advertisements, cartoons, songs, and little stories recorded in newspapers, novels etc.). They will reflect ideas on regional, national and European identities, as contrasted to the colonies and/or the USA. These symbols make European transnational infrastructures and their meanings tangible and comprehensible.
The postdoc project will focus on questions like: how was the European dimension of transnational infrastructures culturally appropriated and signified? How were regional, national and European identities related? What were the consequences for the construction and use of transnational infrastructures?
The project will focus on 3-4 case studies working closely together with the PhD students and with the project leader. Joint publications is one of the aims. Research will be directed at looking at ways in which these projects were represented, communicated, and experienced by the designers of the projects and by the various publics involved (surrounding communities and users).
Main tasks The postdoc candidate is expected in a 3 year period to: * investigate the symbolic dimensions of infrastructure development and use in 20th century Europe and its relation with the shaping of European identities; * produce two scientific articles and a chapter for an edited volume.
Requirements * The postdoc candidate should have a doctorate degree in the history of technology, cultural analysis, contemporary European history, or another relevant field and have an active interest in technology related topics. * The candidate should have an active interest in a cultural analysis of the role of technological change in European history. * The candidate should have an active interest in working in a team and cooperating on publications.
Appointment and salary We offer: * a temporary appointment for a period of 3 years, effective from 1st September 2004 (0.8 fte); * a gross salary between EUR 2.179 and EUR 3.453 per month, depending on experience and knowledge; * a broad package of fringe benefits (a.o. an excellent technical infrastructure, child care, savings schemes, and excellent sports facilities); As part of an equal opportunity scheme, women are explicitly requested to apply.
Information Information about this position is available from: www.tm.tue.nl/vacancies <www.tm.tue.nl/vacancies” target=_blank>http://www.tm.tue.nl/vacancies>, www.tm.tue.nl/capaciteitsgroep/aw/ <www.tm.tue.nl/capaciteitsgroep/aw/” target=_blank>http://www.tm.tue.nl/capaciteitsgroep/aw/> or can be obtained from prof.dr. Johan Schot (phone +31.40.2475763, e-mail: [email protected] <mailto:[email protected]>) or dr.ir. Erik van der Vleuten (phone +31.40.2474544, e-mail [email protected]). Further information: Mrs. P.J. Evers, personnel officer, phone +31.40.2475204, e-mail: [email protected] <mailto:[email protected]>
Application Interested candidates are requested to send a written application with a recent Curriculum Vitae, a list of relevant publications, and the names and contact details of (at least) two referees to the managing director of the Department of Technology Management, ir. M.J.M. Verbruggen, TEMA 1.32, PO Box 513, 5600 MB Eindhoven, the Netherlands (fax number: +31.40.2475712) or by e-mail [email protected]“>to [email protected] <mailto:[email protected]> . Please include the job vacancy code:V39.367. Applications should be received by 1st May 2004.