Ph.D. Position in Contemporary History/History of Technology (Luxembourg) Deadline: April 22, 2019

University of Luxembourg

Application Deadline

April 22, 2019

Program Commencement

September 01, 2019

Duration of the Program

Up to 4 Years

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Program Details

The University of Luxembourg is a public research university with an interdisciplinary character, situated on Belval Campus and in Luxembourg City, Luxembourg. Founded in 2003, the University of Luxembourg is the only public university of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. Multilingual, international and research-oriented, it is also a modern institution with a personal atmosphere.

The University of Luxembourg invites applications for the following vacancy in its Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (C²DH). The C²DH is a research centre for the study, analysis and public dissemination of the contemporary history of Luxembourg and Europe with a particular focus on digital methods and tools for doing innovative historical research. It serves as a catalyst for innovative and creative scholarship and new forms of public dissemination and societal engagement with history. The PhD candidate will be a member of the Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (C²DH), which is one of the three Interdisciplinary Centres of Luxembourg University. S/he will work under the supervision of assistant professor Stefan Krebs in the FNR funded research project “Repairing Technology – Fixing Society? History of Maintenance and Repair in Luxembourg (1918-1990)”.

So far, repair and maintenance have been understudied sites and moments in the history of technology. The focus on innovation has obscured the importance of maintenance and repair; instead, the bulk of research focused on design, manufacturing and use of technology. The REPAIR project will analyse the changes and continuities in the history of maintenance and repair, using Luxembourg as a key example of a Western consumer society. The project encompasses three research strands: the first investigates the maintenance and repair of one of the quintessential 20th century consumer technologies: the telephone; the second traces the decline of professional repair services; and the third focuses on the development of post-war self-repair practices, situated between leisure activity and political activism. The REPAIR project will be the first systematic historical study of repair practices, networks and infrastructures in the short 20th century. By revealing when, why and how technical objects were maintained, repaired or scrapped, the project will provide crucial insights into the historical and political contexts of the emergence of consumer identities, the hidden societal and environmental dimensions of repair, and the quest for more sustainable consumption practices.

The activities of the doctoral candidate include

  • Writing a thesis on “Infrastructures of Repair: Maintaining the Telephone System in Luxembourg”
  • Contributing to research in the field of contemporary history, history of technology and/or environmental history

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Eligibility/ Requirements

  • Master’s degree or diploma in history, history of technology or related field
  • Good command of the following languages: English, French and/or German

Application Process

Candidates should submit the following documents:

  • Motivation letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Copies of diplomas
  • List of publications (if applicable)

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