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Job Openings: 2 salaried PhD positions on sexuality, religion and secularism in the African Diaspora

2 fulltime salaried PhD positions in the program “Sexuality, Religion and Secularism. Cultural encounters in the African Diaspora and the Netherlands”, carried out in cooperation between Groningen University and the University of Amsterdam, funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). Deadline for applications for both positions: October 5.

Secularism, religion and ‘tradition’ in Dutch sexual health approaches, based at the department of comparative religion, Groningen University/ Centre for Religion, Conflict and the Public Domain. (subproject 1).

‘Sexual well-being and relationships among African migrants’, to be based at the anthropology department of the University of Amsterdam/AISSR (subproject 3)

The aim of the research program is to research how sexual well-being is approached from three perspectives: 1) that of (Dutch) organizations working with a sexual health approach, 2) that of religious actors in the African Diaspora and 3) the perspective of African migrants themselves. Each of these perspectives will be researched with attention to the particular cultural trajectories they are part of, emerging from sub-Sahara Africa and Europe. The research program departs from the premise that secularity is not a neutral phenomenon, but implies particular techniques of the self and particular ways of framing religion and tradition. Given the relevance of the program for various stakeholders, including the non-governmental and faith-based organizations themselves, knowledge valorization and communication about research findings to a broader audience will be important.

This program is committed to promote diversity and gender equality and we strongly encourage qualified person from minority groups to apply.

For more information on the positions and how to apply, follow the hyperlinks above. Application is only possible via the respective websites, applications via e-mail are not admissible. For more information about the research program, contact or