PhD Candidate in the international project ‘The transnational dynamics of social and legal reform, 1815-1914’
The PhD-candidate’s main task is to write a dissertation within the international project ‘The transnational dynamics of social and legal reform, 1815-1914’, cofounded by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and the ‘Belgian Research Action through Interdisciplinary Networks’ – BRAIN-be. Building on the latest innovations in digital humanities, network analysis, and elaborating a newly developed Virtual Research Environment for the study of international organizations, this project opens new perspectives on the history of social reform in the period 1815-1914, with a special emphasis on the Low Countries. The project shows the ways in which local and national welfare policies and legal regimes emerged in this period and demonstrates that such innovations were deeply embedded in transnational networks. Within this broader context, it focuses on the involvement of reformers from the Low Countries, and highlights their activities at home and abroad. The overall aims of the project are to demonstrate the interconnectedness of local activism, national reform agendas and the transnational circulation of ideas and practices related to welfare and legal reform, and to make an empirical contribution to the understanding of social and legal reform as a social and discursive field in a transnational context. In order to accomplish these goals the project, first, maps the local, national and transnational ties of a carefully selected focus group of reformers and second, examines the framing of issues and ‘mental maps’ of the reformers in question.
The deadline for submitting your application is 17 December 2013.