Postdoc in the Politics of Family Secrets University of Copenhagen, Saxo Institute, Faculty of Humanities Denmark

Postdoc in the Politics of Family Secrets, 1920-1980


At the Saxo Institute, Faculty of Humanities, University of Copenhagen, a postdoctoral post in history is registered for occupation from 1 August 2018. The post is limited to 26 months.


About the research project  


Most families have or have had a secret. About the wrongful child who had to be eliminated, the grandmother whose mental illness was explained, or unclean, who lived hidden like gay. Secrets can bind families together, but they can also create divide and divide. The project investigates what the secrets say about the family as an institution and about family relationships with the state and the surrounding community. The focus is on the mid 20th century when society was undergoing dramatic change, and the welfare state was established and consolidated. When has secrecy provided protection and when has it been a form of oppression? How have changing social norms, legislation and public authorities 'production and management of knowledge influenced families' management of information about social taboos - and vice versa? And finally,  


The project places itself in the intersection between international research fields, new family history, emotion history and welfare state history. It is expected to result in agenda-setting research within these fields and to develop new theory of historical research ethics.  


Job description  

The Postdoc itself prepares a subproject within the framework of the overall purpose of the collective project. It is recommended that potential applicants contact research director Karen Vallgårda for discussion of the content of the specific project.  


The Postdoc is expected to produce at least three independent publications at the highest international level and to contribute to the research group's joint publications. In addition, the postdoc expects that this contributes to the organization of joint academic events and to the ongoing dissemination of the research project results.  


The postdoc course includes a research stay at a leading international university.  


About the research community  

The postdoc is part of a close collaboration with the research group under the leadership of the Associate Professor, PhD. Karen Vallgårda. This involves participation in regular research meetings and preparation of joint publications as well as co-operation on organizing conferences, etc. As a result, the postdoc will become part of an international research network.  


In addition, the postdoc will be part of the Saxo Institute's stimulating, interdisciplinary and versatile research environment.  



Recruitment as a postdoc requires research qualifications at least equivalent to what can be achieved through satisfactory PhD education in a humanistic or social science field.  


It is a condition that the applicant can read Danish.  


In addition, emphasis will be placed on the following qualifications:  

  • Research experience in the cultural-historical and / or cultural analytical field, preferably focusing on the power / political dimensions of cultural practice.  

  • Research qualifications in relation to the period of active research and the degree of originality and scope of scientific production.  

  • Applicant's scientific effort, professional breadth and depth, rigor, thoroughness and accuracy in relation to the stated position.  

  • Participation in / organization of research networks - national and international.  

  • Competences and experience in broad dissemination of research results.  

  • Documented educational qualifications.  

  • Documented administrative qualifications.  

  • English language skills, written as orally.  


Read more about the postdoctoral qualification requirements in the Notification of Job Structure for Scientific Staff .  


Further information about the project can be obtained from Associate Professor Karen Vallgårda, email: / phone: 20 20 38 61.  



The application must be sent electronically via the "Search Online" link in Adobe PDF or Word format.  


The application must contain the following documents:  

  • Application letter (max 1 page).  

  • Project description of max 8,000 credits (excluding literature list), which contains a description of the purpose of the subproject, theory, source and analysis strategy, incl. Motivated account of how the sub-project forms part of the overall project.  

  • Schedule, max 1 page.  

  •  CV, max 2 pages.  

  • Documentation of education (diplomas and diplomas)  

  • Completed and numbered publication list that clearly distinguishes between peer-reviewed and non-peer reviewed publications. Contemporary works are marked with *  

  • Publications. Applicants can attach no more than 2 publications. The release date must be clearly marked on the publication list. The selected publications are uploaded as attached documents and numbered from 1-2.  

  • Up to three recommendations.  


At the end of the term all material will be destroyed.  


Recruitment procedure  

At the end of the application deadline, the head of department, with the advice of the employment committee, will select which candidates to be assessed. All applicants are immediately notified of whether their application has gone further for evaluation. Then the Dean sets up an expert assessment committee in order to assess the selected applications in relation to the specific position. The selected candidates are informed of the composition of the committee, and each applicant has the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment relating to the applicant himself.  


Reference is also made to Executive Order No. 242 of 13 March 2012 on the appointment of academic staff at universities .  


Applicants are regularly informed about the process by mail.  


Further information about the application procedure can be obtained from Rikke Dall, VP, e-mail:  


Wage and employment conditions  


The employment is limited to 26 months and is in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the AC. In addition, a total pension contribution of 17.1% of salary and pensionable supplement is provided. There will be the possibility of negotiating additional supplements based on qualifications.  


All interested regardless of personal background are invited to search.  


Application deadline is 1 March 2018 at. 23:59 CET.  


Applications or additional material received after this date will not be taken into consideration.  

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