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Als onderdeel van het project Re/Presenting Europe: Popular Representations of Diversity and Belonging' waar Ocan aan meewerkt, zoekt Erasmus Research Centre for Media, Communication and Culture (ERMeCC) van het Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam PhD-candidate - Present Heroes: Sporting role models and mediated meaning making amongst urban adolescents. Geïnteresseerden dienen hun sollicitatiebrief en curriculum vitae via het sollicitatieformulier op de website van Academic Transfer. Sluitingsdatum is dinsdag 1 september 2021.


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The Erasmus Research Centre for Media, Communication and Culture (ERMeCC) and the Mulier Institute are looking for a PhD-candidate in a research project on Diversity in Sport within the NWA-ORC funded project Re/Presenting Europe: Popular Representations of Diversity and Belonging. This project is a collaboration amongst several universities and societal and grassroots organizations in the Netherlands and Curaçao. The full project consists of work packages that will address dominant and more countercultural spaces of ethnic/racial representation and belonging, in different (institutional) practices like education, healing, sport, popular culture, and urban arts. The goal of the project is a more inclusive understanding of the Netherlands and Europe.

The PhD project forms the contemporary component of a work package on diversity in sport with the title Arenas of Belonging: Sport Heroes as Models of Aspiration, Inspiration, and Participation. It focuses on the way in which (dominant) popular representations of sport heroes function as mechanisms of belonging and exclusion for ethnic/racially diverse youth in the Netherlands. We want to analyze how representations of sport heroes are at work amongst youth in contemporary communities. How do sports heroes impact young people’s personal and collective ethnic/racial and (trans)national identity, sense of belonging, and their future aspirations? Community-based participatory research will be applied, together with quantitative methods, to deliver an in-depth understanding of contemporary adolescents’ heroes and their personal and intersocial meanings in terms of identification, representations (including mediated stereotypes), and feelings of belonging. The PhD will work closely together with a postdoc and with a PhD-candidate from the second part of the work package titledPast Heroes: Historical analysis of representations of black athletes and constructions of ‘Dutchness’ and belonging, 1950s-present.

The PhD-candidate will collaborate closely with the work package team and the researchers of other work packages in the project that focus on popular music, urban arts and education. You will also have the opportunity to work with societal and scientific partners in the Netherlands and Curaçao.

  • A Master’s degree in Anthropology, Social Sciences or Media Studies, preferably a research master;
  • You have excellent oral and writing skills in Dutch and English, as demonstrated in an excellent thesis and/or other publications; Non-English speakers have to meet the C1-standards of the Common European Framework (CEF). Experience in other languages, particularly Spanish or Papiamento, is considered a plus;
  • Wide ranging knowledge of and affinity with working with adolescents and ethnic minority groups. Having a migration background yourself is considered a plus;
  • Proven affinity for empirical research, as evidenced by your master’s thesis, publications, research plans and other projects;
  • You have experience with qualitative research methods;
  • Organisational experience and skills;
  • You have affinity with sports;
  • You are able to work independently and flexibly, taking initiative where needed;
  • You are able to communicate and collaborate effectively in a team setting;
  • You are interested in and committed to teaching and supervising students.


Employment would commence in January 2023. The initial contract will be running for a term of 1,5 years, which - depending on performance – will be extended with a second term of 2,5 years.

The conditions of employment correspond with the “CAO Nederlandse Universiteiten” (CAO NU). For the job of PhD Candidate (Promovendus) the salary amounts to a maximum of € 3.247,- (grade P) gross per month on a 38 hour per week contract.

The EUR has attractive employment conditions, which include a holiday allowance of 8.0%, an end-of-year bonus of 8.3% and 41 annual vacation days in case of a full workweek. 

The candidate will have access to invaluable academic and professional development experiences (e.g., mentoring, collaborative research opportunities). At the end of the appointment they will have acquired the skills to pursue a career in academia or organizations that tackle issues of race and inclusion in sport and/or media.

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