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Postdoctoral Fellowship in Cultural History 2017, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands

Publish Date: May 31, 2017

Deadline: Jun 27, 2017

Postdoctoral researcher Texel Shipwreck BZN17 in Context

Faculty of Humanities – Amsterdam School of Historical Studies

Research at the Faculty of Humanities is carried out by six research schools under the aegis of the Amsterdam Institute for Humanities Research. The Amsterdam School of Historical Studies (ASH), one of the six research schools, currently has a vacant postdoctoral position as part of the NWO-project Maritime archaeology meets cultural history: The Texel shipwreck BZN17 in context, led by Dr Helmer Helmers.

Project description

The NWO-project "Maritime Archeology Meets Cultural History: The Texel Shipwreck BZN17 in Context" investigates the recent, spectacular find near Texel in the context of British royalist travel to and from the Dutch Republic between 1640 and 1661. The discovery of the Texel wreck BZN17 recently attracted worldwide attention. Unique objects retrieved from the wreck, some related to the British royal House of Stuart, made international headlines, exciting professional archaeologists, historians and general audiences alike. This project seeks to promote a new engagement with early modern material culture in general, and those unique objects found in the wreck in particular, using cultural historical sources and methodologies.

Within this project, two  postdoctoral researchers will conduct archival research in the UK and the Netherlands, establishing a historical context as well as basic facts regarding the owners of both goods and ship. Subsequent co-operation with researchers of materiality will further our understanding of how the history of Anglo-Dutch mobility and displacement of exile affected material culture, and how individual and group identities were shaped through that culture on both sides of the Channel. A pilot study for a transdisciplinary European project, this project seeks to build a bridge between maritime archeologists and cultural historians, in association with experts from the Conservation, Heritage and Museum sectors. Research outcomes will be widely disseminated through international media and exhibitions. This  postdoctoral research position, which focuses on the Dutch context, will begin on 1 November 2017

The  postdoctoral researcher will study the Texel find in the context of royalist travel in the mid-seventeenth century by researching Dutch archival, manuscript sources and Dutch printed news.

The tasks of the researcher include:

  • contributing to the project database on English royalist travel to and from the Dutch Republic;
  • writing one peer-reviewed scholarly article in a major journal;
  • contributing to an exhibition catalogue;
  • participation in project meetings.


The successful applicant must have:

  • a PhD in cultural history or a related field in the Humanities
  • (maximum of 2 years of experience post PhD);
  • a research and publication record commensurate with career stage;
  • specialist knowledge of mid-seventeenth-century Dutch history;
  • research experience in Dutch archives;
  • a thorough command of early modern Dutch handwriting and English;
  • an interest in maritime history and/or archeology and material culture;
  • a strong cooperative attitude and willingness to engage in collaborative research.


The postdoctoral researcher will be appointed for 19 hours per week for a period of 12 months at the Department of Dutch Language and Culture of the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Amsterdam. The intended starting date of the contract is 1 November 2017. The gross monthly salary (on full-time basis) will range from € 3.238 to € 3.475 depending on experience and qualifications, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.

Job application

Applications should include the following information, in one PDF file (not zipped):

  • a letter of motivation;
  • a full academic CV;
  • a full list of publications (please provide an English translation if the publication is not in English or Dutch); (do not send publications or theses as part of your application);
  • the names and contact details of two referees who may be approached by the selection committee.

Applicants must have completed their PhD before the start of this postdoctoral project.

Please submit your complete application no later than 27 June 2017 to Only complete applications submitted as one PDF file to this email address will be considered. Please state vacancy number 17-298 in the subject line of your application. Interviews will take place on 14 July 2017. For candidates living abroad interviews may be held via Skype.

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