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Research Associate x 2 (Fixed Term)

The Faculty of Music is seeking two Postdoctoral Research Associates to work with Dr Matthew Machin-Autenrieth on the ERC-funded project 'Past and Present Musical Encounters across the Strait of Gibraltar'.

The project explores how a collective European-North African cultural memory has been articulated through music for different sociopolitical ends in colonial and postcolonial contexts. Music has been employed as a means of social control and representation during French and Spanish colonialism in North Africa in the twentieth century, and as a model for multiculturalism and cultural diplomacy among North African communities in Europe today. The project analyses how modern-day practices of musical exchange in the region are shaped by discourses and networks formed during colonialism. It brings together different geographical, linguistic and musical specialisms, leading towards an integrated understanding of musical exchange in the region.

Applicants will have a Ph.D. in music or related fields (e.g. anthropology, cultural studies/history, sociology) and a developing profile of publications. They will be able to manage a wide range of activities and to exercise judgment regarding the prioritising of workload. They will be highly attentive to detail and capable of resolving sophisticated conceptual problems relevant to the project. They will be able to work independently and to communicate effectively with a wide range of individuals. Appointees will be expected to work towards a monograph and collaborative research outputs in one or more of the following areas:

  1. Music and colonialism in the Maghreb, focusing on the French and Spanish Protectorates in Morocco (1912-56) and potentially another comparative case study in Algeria and/or Tunisia
  2. Postcolonial musical encounters between the Maghreb and the former metropoles of France and Spain
  3. Relevant theoretical approaches in (ethno)musicology, postcolonial studies and multiculturalism studies.

Please note that this is a 100% research position and as such the Faculty cannot offer any teaching opportunities that are not part of the project.

Further information about the Faculty is available at:

Informal enquiries should be directed to Dr Matthew Machin-Autenrieth,

Interviews will be held w/c 13th August 2018.

Fixed-term: The post is available from 1 October 2018 for a four-year fixed-term appointment.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please ensure that you upload a covering letter, a short research statement detailing what you will contribute to the project (no more than 500 words) and an up-to-date CV (including a list of publications), in the Upload section of the online application.

Please quote reference GT15375 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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