Postdoctoral Program - The Role of Digital Media in the Shaping of Transnational Memories on Disappearance, Belgium

Publish Date: Oct 06, 2016

Deadline: Oct 31, 2016

About the program 

The research project, directed by Prof. Silvana Mandolessi, aims at analyzing digital media and transnational memory from an interdisciplinary perspective at the intersection of Humanities and Social Sciences.
The project is funded by a Starting Grant of the ERC. ERC Starting Grants are designed to support excellent investigators and their research teams to pursue ground-breaking, high-gain/high-risk research that cross disciplinary boundaries addressing new and emerging fields and introducing innovative approaches.
The researcher will be employed at the Department of Cultural Studies of the Faculty of Arts.


The project seeks to study the role of digital media in the shaping of transnational memories on disappearance. It investigates a novel case that is precisely in process of shaping: the disappearance of 43 students in Mexico in September 2014. The groundbreaking aspect of the project consists in proposing a double approach: one the one hand, a theoretical approach in which “disappearance” is considered as a particular crime that becomes a model for analyzing digital memory as a new configuration of memory in a digital age; on the other; a multidisciplinary approach situating Mexico´s case in a long transnational history of disappearance in the Hispanic World. This longer history seeks to compare disappearance as an object of memory practice in a broad-cast and a digital era in order to assess the differences, as well as shedding new light into the specificity of social, political and legal dimensions of the phenomena of disappearances in Mexico.

Focused on the Mexican’s case and combining insights from media studies, cultural studies, memory studies, social and political science, the project aims to provide a theoretical model for analyzing traumatic events that acquire a global dimension in/through the digital ecology.


You will be responsible for performing research in the framework of the project, planning,and organizing workshops and site visits in Argentina, Spain, and Mexico, helpingin supervising junior researchers, assisting with the preparation, and productionof publications 


We are looking for a highly motivated, enthusiastic, communicative, researcher with adrive to work in an interdisciplinary team.

The candidates are expected to have:

  • PhD in MediaStudies, or related fields, with specialty on Digital Media
  • Experience in Human Rights, Memory Studies and/or Latin American Studies is desirable
  • A high level of proficiency in Spanish and English, both spoken and written
  • The ability to carry out research in an interdisciplinary / intercultural group
  • Team-oriented with positive attitude and able to work well with others
  • Willing and able to travel to remote locations in Mexico
  • Ability to understand sensitive contexts while inspiring confidence and trust
  • Flexible and adaptable to project changes

Please, besides CV and list of publications, attach to the application a brief description of a potential research project (3-4 pags), in English or Spanish, to be carried out in the framework of the ERC project.


A fulltime position, initially for 1 year, with an extension to 3 years after good evaluation

Possibilities for further professional development (e.g. research stays, participation in workshops and seminars)

Working in a stimulating and creative context with an international team of collaborators.

Start date: January 2nd 2017


For more information please contact Prof. dr. Silvana Mandolessi, mail:
You can apply for this job no later than October 31, 2016 via the online application tool available in the official website.

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