PhD student Southeast European studies (17872) - Languages and Cultures
Ghent University

PhD student Southeast European studies (17872) - Languages and Cultures

Belgium 26 Feb 2021


L'université de Gand, en abrégé UGent, anciennement Rijksuniversiteit Gent (université d’État de Gand,

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26 Feb 2021
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   →  Apply before 26/02/2021 23:59 (Brussels Time)
   →  Faculty of Arts and Philosophy  
   →  Department: LW21 - Talen en Culturen
   →  Occupancy rate: 100%
   →  Number of positions: 1.00    
   →  Type of employment: Contract of unlimited duration with a 4 year clause 
   →  Term of assignment: 48 months 
   →  Wage scale:  WM1 to WM4 (master degree) 
   →  Required diploma: Master 


Contemporary Southeast European societies are characterized by sharp sociospatial inequalities, not only at a transregional and global scale, but also within the region. While imperial legacies are important to understand these intraregional patterns, post–World War II development politics brought about specific processes of inner peripheralization and relative deprivation. We are seeking well-qualified applications for a doctoral research project on the intertwinement of social and spatial processes of peripheralization within Southeast Europe since the Second World War. Applicants are expected to independently develop the precise topic, methods and questions of their research within this framework, taking into consideration the following parameters. Research proposals should give priority to well-defined case- and regional studies of peripheral social spaces (from regions, urban environments or rural areas, to firms, neighbourhoods or villages). Comparative proposals analysing multiple inner peripheries across political boundaries are particularly welcomed. The successful candidate should also demonstrate awareness of the wider and global ramifications and disciplinary relevance of the research beyond Southeast European area studies. While a historical approach to the theme is essential, research projects applying multiple methods (such as geospatial techniques, bottom-up historical research, anthropological methods and field-work) will be given preference.  





Ghent University is a world of its own. Employing more than 8,000 people, it is actively involved in education and research, management and administration, as well as technical and social service provision on a daily basis. It is one of the largest, most exciting employers in the area and offers great career opportunities. With 11 faculties and more than 80 departments offering state-of-the-art study programmes grounded in research in a wide range of academic fields, Ghent University is a logical choice for its staff and students. The Department of Languages and Cultures at the Faculty of Arts and Philosophy hosts teaching and research in area studies. The section for Slavic and East European studies boasts a rich tradition in Southeast European studies.


Apply online through the e-recruitment system before the application deadline (see above). We do not accept late applications or applications that are not sent through the online system.

Your application must include the following documents:

Note that the maximum file size for each field is 10 MB.

As Ghent University maintains an equal opportunities and diversity policy, everyone is encouraged to apply for this position.

All candidates will be informed about the outcome of the first round of the selection procedure before the end of March 2021. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an online interview, which will tentatively take place in the third week of April 2021.


For more information about this vacancy, please contact prof. dr. Pieter Troch ( Important: do NOT send your application by email, but apply online.

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