PhD fellowship in the field of Enduring Materialities of Colonialism (EMoC): temporality, spatiality and memory on St Croix, USVI

The Graduate School at Arts, Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University, in collaboration with Independent Research Fund Denmark, invites applications for a fully-funded PhD fellowship in Enduring Materialities of Colonialism (EMoC): temporality, spatiality and memory on St Croix, USVIprovided the necessary funding is available. This PhD fellowship is available as of 1 January 2020 for a period of up to three years (5+3). The candidate who is awarded the fellowship must commence his/her PhD degree programme on 1 January 2020. 

The PhD fellowship is advertised within the field of Enduring Materialities of Colonialism (EMoC): temporality, spatiality and memory on St Croix, USVI.

EMoC is a collaborative project that will use an expansive contemporary archaeology methodology that incorporates the minutae of archives, standing structures of plantations, assemblages retrieved from landscape survey and excavation as well as community memories. Based on the island of St Croix, the largest of the three US Virgin Islands, this project will locate, record, and interpret spatially-situated materialities of Danish colonialism through a multi-temporal lens up to present day. The results of this project will be disseminated as academic and community-based outputs and through heritage institutions in Denmark and on St Croix.

The PhD attached to this project will work with communities, materials and their connection to memory and identity through various methodologies based in a broadly-conceptualised contemporary archaeology approach. Ultimately their aim is to explore expressions and negotiations of evolving community memory on St Croix by working with people and their (various) relationships with extant materials.

How to apply

If you require professional guidance regarding your application for the PhD fellowship please contact the PhD programme director at History, Archaeology and Classical Studies:

For further information, please contact Associate Professor Laura McAtackney, School of Culture and Society, laura.mcatackney [at], Phone + 45 27 85 28 22.

The application must be submitted in English.

All applicants must document English language qualifications comparable to an 'English B level' in the Danish upper secondary school ('gymnasium'). Please see this page for further information:  

Applications for the PhD fellowship and enrolment in the PhD degree programme can only be submitted via Aarhus University’s web-based facility.

Guidelines for the application facility: