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Open postdoctoral position at UiT (Norway), focused on hunter-gatherer education

UiT The Arctic University of Norway has established «The Arctic MSCA-IF program» (https://uit.no/project/arcticmsca) to recruit excellent young researchers planning to apply for a Marie Skƚodowska-Curie individual fellowship (MSCA-IF) to pursue a career in research. We invite applications from promising young researchers within the field of social anthropology. The selected candidate will write a proposal for a 24-month MSCA-IF at UiT together with Prof. Jennifer Hays. This is an opportunity to accelerate your research career while living in the urban research city of Tromsø, uniquely located at the top of the world surrounded by some of Europe’s last pristine wild nature.


This call is one of 55 from pre-selected supervisors at UiT The Arctic University of Norway through the “Arctic MSCA-PF program” (uit.no/project/arcticmsca/list-of-participants). Successful postdoc candidates will be invited to Tromsø (travel and accommodation expenses covered) for a three-day MSCA-PF symposium June 8-10, 2022 (if pandemic allows). At this event, the candidates will present their past research achievements, discuss future plans with their potential supervisor, and learn how to write a successful MSCA-PF application. The selected candidates will, jointly with the supervisor, write the MSCA-PF application by the deadline of September 14, 2022.


In this call we search for talented, young researchers within the field of social anthropology as presented by Prof. Jennifer Hays:


Hunter-gatherer communities worldwide, especially those in the Global South, must increasingly negotiate formal education systems as opportunities for engaging in traditional subsistence strategies are narrowed due to sedentarization and land loss. While ‘schooling’ provides access to skills and knowledge needed to engage with the dominant society, success in such systems remains elusive. The limited participation they do have often undermines local knowledge, skills, languages, values, culture, and relationships – all of which are central to traditional forms of livelihood and relations with nature. Recent comparative studies and literature reviews focusing on hunter-gatherers and school indicate both that there are clearly identifiable broad patterns affecting hunter-gatherer communities, and also that local situations are characterized by extreme diversity – thus pointing towards a need for small-scale, locally driven educational efforts informed by global understandings. How are particular communities and individuals navigating their educational options? What challenges are they facing? In connection with the Research and Advocacy Group for Hunter-Gatherer Education (HG-Edu), this call seeks talented researchers to contribute to a comparative project that focuses on participatory research with hunter-gatherer communities. The research will connect education with traditional knowledge and skills, land and biodiversity, language and identity, and/or human rights.


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