PhD Positions Voices of Resistance (ERC CoG)

Locatie: Amsterdam
Max uren per week: 38.00
Max salaris: 3.539
Duur overeenkomst: 1, met verlenging tot in totaal 4 vier jaar
Solliciteer t/m: 02-06-2024


The International Institute of Social History (IISH) is searching for the research project Voices of Resistance


Three PhD researchers (0.8 to 1.0 fte)


The project Voices of Resistance: A Global Micro-Historical Approach to Enslavement across the Atlantic and Indian Ocean investigates histories of enslavement, slavery and racialization through the use of testimonies and personal accounts from court records from across the early modern European colonial empires in the Indonesian archipelago, the Indian Ocean and the Atlantic. The PhDs explore the cases and sources connected to the French, Portuguese and Spanish empires in Asia.


What you will do

Within the research project you will work independently on your PhD research. As part of this, you will also collaborate with the team on collective aspects of the project, such as creating data sets (on slave trade, enslavement and stereotypes), organising meetings and contributing to the outreach of the project through public stories.


You will be part of a research team at the International Institute of Social History in Amsterdam and the Economic, Social and Demographic History (ESDH) Department at the Radboud University in Nijmegen, and will participate in activities at both institutes.


What you bring in

You have enthusiasm for research and writing. You are independent, but also like to collaborate. You have knowledge of and affinity with the history of slavery, colonialism, resistance and/or racialization. It is highly recommended if you have experience with social history, the use of early modern colonial archives or other aspects of research.


What do we offer?

You will work in the Research Department of the IISH in Amsterdam, and participate in the department of Economic Social and Demographic History and the Graduate School of Radboud Institute for Culture and History in Nijmegen. Within the framework of the project, you will furthermore participate in the NW Posthumus Institute for economic and social history and connect to ongoing scholarly projects, such as Exploring Slave Trade in Asia, the Global Labour Conflicts Hub and GLOBALISE.


This is what we expect from you:

  • A completed research master's or master's degree in history, or another discipline that is relevant to this research;
  • Affinity with the history of slavery; or with history from 'below', the history of colonialism and/or resistance;
  • Experience with historical (source-based) research;
  • Proficiency of English, and at least one of the following languages: French, Portuguese or Spanish;
  • Good writing skills;
  • An independent, active and collegial working attitude;
  • At the start and during the duration of the employment you reside in The Netherlands.



You can apply by sending:

- curriculum vitae

- completed questionnaire

- a motivation letter

- the contact details of two references (email and phone number)



Questionnaire for applicants


A maximum of 100 words applies to each answer.


  • What do you find interesting in this research project?


  • Why do you want to complete a PhD?


  • How would you approach the research of one of the subprojects?


  • What do you think makes you suitable: what skills or experiences do you have that would be useful for this project and research?



Deadline and application

Responses can be submitted until 2 June via the application button.

Please ensure you submit all requested elements (CV, Questionnaire, Motivation Letter, two References). These can be combined in one or two files (pdf or word).

The questionnaire is intended to enhance equal opportunities between applicants. In the motivation letter you can provide your motivation or other information you find relevant for your application. We also ask you for the contact details of two references we can contact (these could be, for example, supervisors, lecturers, scholars or others you have worked with). We only request their contact details, it is not needed to include a reference letter.


In the interview stage of the selection procedure, we may ask for a sample of a text written by you (thesis; publication; otherwise) that gives a good impression of your writing skills. Interviews are planned for Tuesday 18 June 2024.


The intended starting date is 15th September 2024.


For more information about the vacancy you can contact Matthias van Rossum (projectleader and supervisor). The project description can be found attached to the vacancy on the website of the IISH, please see for this ‘jobs’ on


About the IISH

The International Institute of Social History (IISH - KNAW) is a research institute of the KNAW. The IISH is one of the world's leading research institutes in the field of social history. The institute studies how work and labor relations develop worldwide in the long term. To this end, the institute collects archives and data on a global scale. The connection between research and collections contributes greatly to the distinctive added value of the institute.


Employment conditions PhD.

On commencement of employment, the PhD student is placed in salary scale P0 €2,770 for the duration of 12 months. The salary of a Promovendus rises to €3,539 in years 2, 3 and 4 (these are fixed amounts that can only be adjusted following a CAO increase). This excludes 8% vacation allowance, 8.3% year-end bonus, travel allowance, internet and home working allowance and pension accrual with the ABP.

The KNAW offers its employees an excellent package of fringe benefits. A package that meets the various needs of employees depending on their stage of life, lifestyle or career ambitions. For example, by working an extra two hours per week it is possible to increase the number of days of vacation from 29 to 41 days per year (for full-time employment).

For a complete overview of the conditions of employment, please refer to the webpage: working at the KNAW.

Applying for a VOG may be part of the hiring procedure.


Diversity & Inclusion

The KNAW considers a working environment in which everyone feels welcome and valued of great importance. A work environment in which attention is paid to individual quality and where development opportunities are paramount. Together we strive for an inclusive culture where we embrace differences. We invite candidates who want to contribute to this with their background and experience. In case of equal suitability, preference will be given to the candidate who strengthens the diversity within the KNAW in this way.


Acquisition in response to this advertisement is not appreciated.