PhD Position in Transcultural Studies, Universitat St. Gallen

June 30, 2020

Transcultural Studies is a research Focus at the HSG School for Humanities and Social Sciences (SHSS) and explores contemporary cultural and social transformations, configurations and negotiations in an ethnographic, comparative and genealogical perspective. The particular focus lies on migration/mobility and cultural aspects of inequality and redistribution.

PhD Position in the SNSF-funded Project
Europe's Un/Deserving: Moralizations of Inequality in Comparative Perspective
Subproject Hungary, start 1 January 2021

The project explores un/deservingness as a key and ascending mode of reshaping inequality within the contemporary transformations of European societies. Its aim is to understand un/deservingness registers in their varieties, similarities, and contrasts in three highly contested socio-economic fields, guided by the overall research question: How do claims and debates of un/deservingness play out with regards to citizenship, redistribution, and gender regimes?

The project will apply a set of triangulated methods including ethnographic fieldwork, qualitative interviews, and critical discourse analysis. The fieldwork in each case will take particular contestations as the empirical entry point from which to reveal and reconstruct different configurations and genealogies of un/deservingness on different scales (municipalities, cantons, companies, biographies, etc.). The project consists of three Subprojects (Switzerland, Austria and Hungary).

The 4-year project is headed by Prof. Dr. Jelena Tosic and co-coordinated by Dr. Andreas Streinzer (PostDoc) and is based on a cooperation with Prof. Dr. Violetta Zentai (Center for Policy Studies, CEU, Budapest).

The candidate holds a Master's degree in social/cultural anthropology, ethnology, sociology, geography or other relevant discipline. She/he provides over knowledge and experience in qualitative research and ethnographic fieldwork. Prior engagement with the issues of economy, inequality, gender and redistribution are an asset. The PhD student will be able to conduct research within the framework of the overall project and the subproject in Hungary both independently and in team-work.

Application deadline: July 31, 2020

More information is available in the detailed call (Download).