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Three PhD candidates in race and migration in China

Are you interested in doing research in China, and specifically in the field of race and migration studies? Is it your ambition to become a top-tier researcher?

The Department of Anthropology is seeking three PhD candidates for the CHINAWHITE project, which is funded by the European Research Council and led by Dr. Shanshan Lan. The PhD track is part of the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR) programme group Moving Matters.

The Reconfiguration of Whiteness in China is a long term research project which examines the multiple and contradictory constructions of whiteness in China as a result of the rapid diversification of white migrants in the country and the shifting power balances between China and the West. The research includes three doctoral projects:

  1. Performing whiteness in China’s Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) industry
  2. Performing whiteness in China’s media, fashion, and entertainment industries
  3. Performing whiteness in China’s transnational business and entrepreneurship sector

The person appointed will be affiliated with the AISSR’s organized PhD training. The academic work is to result in a doctoral thesis that will be defended at the Faculty of Social Sciences with a view to obtaining the degree of PhD.

  • You are expected to conduct one-year ethnographic fieldwork in China.
  • For the remainder of the employment period, the fellow is expected to live in Amsterdam and take active part in the research environment at the AISSR.
  • Teaching (circa 10% of the time) upon availability.