Post Doc Maritime Anthropology

Applications are invited for two 3 years positions as Postdoctoral Fellow (SKO 1352) of Social Anthropology to be based at the Department of Social Anthropology.

The positions will be part of the research project “(Dis-)Assembling the Life Cycle of Container Ships. Global Ethnographic explorations into Maritime Working Lives”, lead by associate professor Elisabeth Schober, and funded by The Research Council of Norway.

Shipbuilding, shipping, and ship-breaking are three rather unfamiliar maritime industries that make up the most crucial nodes enabling the life cycle of a container ship. The objective of the project is to shed new light on the globe-spanning networks around these vessels, and on the workers that are involved in making, maintaining, and breaking the ships. By uniting three ethnographic sub-projects – one focusing on shipbuilding, one on shipping, and one on ship-breaking – the focus is also on the connections and disjunctures between the different components that make, maintain, and break container ships. The combination of ethnography with a large-scale “interpretive” comparison-making perspective will allow for the exploration of some of the key social, political and economic relations that feed into global capitalism today. More information about the project can be obtained at the website or from associate professor Elisabeth Schober.

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