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Humanist Archives: Nov. 24, 2021, 7:18 a.m. Humanist 35.369 - lecturership, digital China (Leiden)

              Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 35, No. 369.
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        Date: 2021-11-23 11:05:51+00:00
        From: Schneider, F.A. (Florian) <>
        Subject: University Lecturer Digital China at Leiden University

Vacancy: University Lecturer Digital China

The faculty of Humanities, Leiden University Institute for Area Studies
(LIAS) is looking for a
University Lecturer Digital China (1,00 FTE)
Vacancy number: 21-585 10083

The Faculty of Humanities at Leiden University invites applications for
a fulltime University Lectureship in digital China. As University
Lecturer, you will hold a position within the Leiden University
Institute for Area Studies (LIAS), which has the ambition to be a
leading centre for the study of digital China. Your expertise will
complement the existing portfolio at Leiden in pursuit of that goal. In
addition to conducting research, you will teach courses in the
institute’s relevant BA programmes, the newly established undergraduate
minor in disinformation studies, and the (Res)MA Asian Studies and MA
International Relations. You will supervise BA and MA theses in all
these programmes.

We invite applications from scholars with a strong background in
humanities and social science research and teaching, with a focus on
area studies and the digital processes that shape the Chinese-speaking
world. In your research, you should demonstrate an ability to combine
methodological approaches ranging from qualitative to computational
research techniques and integrate such approaches with an emphasis on
area studies, driven by linguistic knowledge, cultural and historical
expertise, and a general curiosity for diverse human interactions in
digital spaces. You should be able to communicate this focus to a wide
audience and should demonstrate an ability to engage with students and
colleagues of Asian studies more broadly, including pre-20th century

Key responsibilities

   *   Conduct original research and regularly disseminate the results
through appropriate channels.
   *   Teach courses in digital media, cultures, technologies, and
communications at BA and MA level, including methods courses and
potential coding and data analytics skills.
   *   Teach courses on Chinese societies, with attention to regional
and transnational interactions.
   *   Acquire external project funding.
   *   Co-supervise PhD research.
   *   Actively contribute to the development of the curriculum of Asian
Studies in the context of broad programmes that connect to digital
technology and society, such as the minors in disinformation and in
digital humanities.
   *   Take on administrative duties in the institute’s area studies
programmes such as the BA Chinese Studies.
   *   Take the initiative to connect disciplinary expertise with area
knowledge, both in course work and in thesis supervision.
   *   Represent the field to external audiences and media.

   *   A completed PhD degree in area studies, media or communication
studies, digital humanities, cultural, political, or social studies, or
a similar relevant field. Candidates nearing completion of their PhD
will be considered.
   *   A research and publication record commensurate with career stage.
   *   A strong foundation in digital studies and digital methods
(qualitative, quantitative, or mixed), and an ability to teach digital
methodologies to students at all levels and across the humanities.
   *   Working knowledge of at least one programming language for data
analytics is highly desirable.
   *   A vision for the further development of Chinese Studies in the
context of contemporary digital developments in Asia.
   *   A commitment to high-quality teaching practices, and a wide
teaching scope in terms of content.
   *   A commitment to high-quality research, publication, and
   *   A strong affinity with, and capacity for, teamwork in a
multicultural environment, and a commitment to creating and nurturing an
open, inclusive environment for staff and students.
   *   Expert knowledge of the language, culture, and history of China.
   *   An excellent command of English. All MAs are offered in English,
as are many relevant minors, and English may be used in the BA Chinese
Studies as well.
   *   If the successful applicant does not speak Dutch, they are
expected to complete language training offered by the University
Academic Language Centre. LIAS will make resources available to this end.

Our organisation

The Faculty of Humanities is rich in expertise in fields such as
philosophy, religious studies, history, art history, literature,
linguistics and area studies covering nearly every region of the world.
With its staff of 995, the faculty provides 27 master’s and 25
bachelor’s programmes for over 7,000 students based at locations in
Leiden and in The Hague. For more information, please see the
website (

Leiden Institute for Area Studies ( is
comprised of a School of Asian Studies and a School of Middle-Eastern
Studies, with international staff and student populations. The institute
is committed to a present-day vision of area studies, integrating
disciplinary and regional-historical perspectives on a solid foundation
of excellent language skills. Current staff  in LIAS has expertise in
the fields of Anthropology, Archaeology, Art Studies, Buddhist Studies,
Film Studies, History, International Relations, Language Pedagogy, Law,
Linguistics, Literary Studies, Material Culture Studies, Performance
Studies, Philology, Philosophy, Political Economy, Religious Studies,
Sociology, and Visual Culture Studies.

The section of Chinese Studies at the LIAS is a vibrant community of
scholars devoted to researching and teaching the languages, cultures,
and societies of the Chinese speaking world. Research and teaching are
strongly supported by the outstanding collections of the Asian Library
of Leiden University. The closely affiliated Leiden Asia Centre is the
nation’s leading platform for policy-oriented academic research on
contemporary Asia.

Terms and conditions

We offer a fulltime, temporary position for 18 months, be taken up as
soon as possible, but no later than 1 August 2022. Upon good
performance, the postion will be converted into a permanent position.
Salary range from € 3807.- to € 5211.- gross per month (pay scale 11),
in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities).
Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional
holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses(8.3 %), training and career
development and sabbatical leave. Our individual choices model gives you
some freedom to assemble your own set of terms and conditions. For
international spouses we have set up a dual career programme. Candidates
from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax
break. More information can be found at the website 

Leiden University requires teaching staff to obtain the University
Teaching Qualification (UTQ). If the successful applicant does not
already possess this qualification or its equivalent, he/ she must be
willing to obtain this Qualification within two years.


Leiden University is strongly committed to diversity within its
community and especially welcomes applications from members of
underrepresented groups.


Enquiries can be made to dr. Florian Schneider, associate professor of
Modern China Studies, at


Please submit online your application no later than 14 December 2021 via
the blue button in our application system.

Applications should be in English. Please ensure that you include the
following documents in a single PDF document named ‘FAMILY NAME – Given
name –and in this order:

   *   A letter of motivation including a personal vision for the study
of Digital China, the future of this field, and the possibilities to
relate the field to research and teaching in area studies
   *   A CV including education and employment history, publications,
and courses taught to date and planned;
   *   A research agenda with clear potential for applications to
funding bodies such as NWO and ERC (max. 2 pages);
   *   A teaching statement (1 page);
   *   A course description (intro + outline of 12 two-hour weekly
sessions) on a topic of choice in digital media, culture, or politics,
aimed at second-year BA students in Chinese Studies (students at this
level have elementary Chinese-language reading skills);
   *   A course description (intro + outline of 12 two-hour weekly
sessions) on a topic of choice in digital media, culture, or politics,
aimed at MA-students Asian Studies;
   *   Names, positions, and e-mail addresses of three referees (no
reference letters).
The online interviews with shortlisted candidates are tentatively
scheduled for the 2nd and/or 3rd week of January 2022

Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated

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