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University Lecturer in Islam in Southeast and South Asia

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Publicatie datum
4 april 2023
1 mei 2023 Vacature gesloten

The Faculty of Humanities, Leiden Institute for Area Studies (LIAS) is looking for a:

University Lecturer in Islam in Southeast and South Asia (1,00 FTE)

Leiden University invites applications for a full-time University Lecturer in Islam in Southeast and South Asia, to begin 1 August 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter. This position is situated in the Leiden Institute for Area Studies, which is committed to the integration of disciplinary and regional/historical perspectives, based on a solid foundation of linguistic and cultural knowledge. We are looking for a colleague who can undertake research, teaching and administration across the full width of Religious Studies and South and Southeast Asian Studies, who combines doctrinal, theological, and theoretical expertise with specialised knowledge of the inflections and ramifications of Islam in the past and present of at least one Southeast or South Asian society, and who is interested in connections and comparisons between Southeast and South Asia. Besides the necessary knowledge of Arabic, a high degree of proficiency in at least one major Southeast or South Asian language is required.

Key responsibilities:

  • Original research, involving primary sources and/or fieldwork as appropriate.
  • Teaching, curriculum development and thesis supervision at undergraduate and graduate levels in programmes including the BA and MA Religious Studies, the BA South and Southeast Asian Studies, the MA Asian Studies, and the BA International Studies.
  • Supervision of PhD research.
  • A commitment to acquisition of research funding from national and international funding bodies.
  • Representation of the field to external audiences and media.
  • Administrative duties, commensurate with career stage.

Selection criteria

  • A PhD degree in a relevant field. Candidates near completion of the degree will be considered.
  • Research experience, including field and/or historical research, on Islam in Southeast and/or South Asia.
  • A compelling research agenda that promises original and significant work in the field.
  • A publication record that is commensurate with career stage.
  • A record of research funding acquisition, commensurate with career stage.
  • An ability to link the historically and theoretically grounded study of Islam to contemporary and comparative situations and issues.
  • A demonstrated affinity with Area Studies.
  • An excellent command of at least one relevant Southeast or South Asian language. Proficiency in more than one such language is an advantage.
  • A proficient reading knowledge of the Arabic language.
  • A commitment to high-quality teaching practice, and wide teaching scope in terms of content, which may include general and introductory courses in Religious Studies and South and Southeast Asian Studies.
  • A commitment to high-quality supervision practice at the BA, MA, and PhD levels.
  • An ability to supervise written work at all levels on both contemporary and historical topics.
  • Administrative abilities, commensurate with career stage.
  • A strong affinity with and capacity for teamwork in an intercultural and multi-ethnic work environment.
  • An excellent command of English. The majority of the MA programmes at Leiden University are taught in English, and staff members who have a better command of English than of Dutch may teach in English in BA programmes as well.
  • If the successful applicant does not speak Dutch, they will be expected to acquire a good command of Dutch within two years of the appointment. LIAS will make resources available to this end.

Our organisation
The Faculty of Humanities is rich in expertise in fields such as philosophy, religious studies, history, art history, literature, linguistics and area studies covering nearly every region of the world. With its staff of 995, the faculty provides 27 master's and 25 bachelor's programmes for over 7,000 students based at locations in Leiden and in The Hague. For more information, see: https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/humanities.

Leiden Institute for Area Studies (https://www.hum.leiden.edu/lias/) is comprised of a School of Asian Studies, a School of Middle-Eastern Studies, and a School of Religious Studies. The institute is committed to a present-day vision of Area Studies, integrating disciplinary and regional-historical perspectives on a solid foundation of excellent language skills. Current staff in LIAS have expertise in the fields of Anthropology, Archaeology, Art Studies, Buddhist Studies, Film Studies, History, International Relations, Language Pedagogy, Law, Linguistics, Literary Studies, Material Culture Studies, Performance Studies, Philology, Philosophy, Political Economy, Religious Studies, Sociology, and Visual Culture Studies.

Terms and conditions
We offer a 12 months fulltime position (38 hours per week) to be taken up preferably 1 August 2023, but no later than 1 January 2024. Upon good performance the position will be converted into a permanent one.

Salary range: from €3974.- to €5439.- gross per month (pay scale 11), in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities). The university lecturer may start at the appropriate step in scale 10 until they fully meet the requirements for scale 11 as specified by the Faculty of Humanities, particularly with regard to the number of years of relevant work experience.

Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8 %) and end-of-year bonuses (8.3 %), training and career development and sabbatical leave. Our individual choices model gives you some freedom to assemble your own set of terms and conditions. For international spouses we have set up a dual career programme. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break. More at https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/working-at/job-application-procedure-and-employment-conditions.

Leiden University requires teaching staff to obtain the University Teaching Qualification (UTQ). If the successful applicant does not already possess this qualification or its equivalent, he/ she must be willing to obtain this Qualification within two years.

Diversity and inclusion
Diversity and inclusion are core values of Leiden University. Leiden University is committed to becoming an inclusive community which enables all students and staff to feel valued and respected and to develop their full potential. Diversity in experiences and perspectives enriches our teaching and strengthens our research. High quality teaching and research is inclusive.

Queries should be directed to Prof David Henley (d.e.f.henley@hum.leidenuniv.nl), Chair of the BA South and Southeast Asian Studies programme, and to Dr. Corey Williams (c.l.williams@hum.leidenuniv.nl), Chair of the Leiden University Centre for the Study of Religion (LUCSoR).

Applications must be received no later than 1 May 2023. Applications should be in English and should be submitted via the blue button in our application system. Please ensure that you include in one single PDF document named 'FAMILY Name – Given Name – Vacancy Number', the following items, and in this order:

  • A letter of motivation, including a personal vision for the study of Islam in Southeast and South Asia, as well as for the broader comparative study of religion.
  • A CV including education and employment history, publications, language skills, invited talks and presentations, and courses taught.
  • A research agenda with clear potential for applications to funding bodies such as NWO and ERC (max. 2 pages).
  • A statement of teaching philosophy (max. 1 page).
  • One sample syllabus for a second year BA-level lecture course on Islam in Southeast and South Asia. You may assume that students enrolling in this course will already have followed the first-year course Introduction to the Study of Islam (https://studiegids.universiteitleiden.nl/courses/111955/introduction-to-the-study-of-islam).
  • One sample syllabus for an MA-level seminar course on Comparative Religion in Asia.

Names, positions, and contact details of three referees (letters are not requested at this stage).

Interviews with shortlisted candidates are tentatively scheduled for mid-May 2023.

Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated.

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