The Department of Anthropology, School of Culture and Society, Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University invites applications for a two-year postdoctoral fellowship. The appointment begins on 1 September 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter.
The position is affiliated with the AUFF Starting Grant research project “The Rise of Special Economic Zones in Asian Borderlands – RisezAsia” (http://projects.au.dk/
risezasia/). Theoretically the project wishes to develop tools for critical engagement with the unique forms of exclusion and marginalisation in borderlands instigated by special economic zones (SEZs). Secondly, in addition to its contribution to theoretical framings of borderland political economy, the research attempts to document the processes through which Asian borderlands are currently experiencing some of the largest land-grabs in modern history. Through the creation of new SEZs, millions of hectares of land are being annexed by mining and plantation companies for industrial exploitation, and remote borderlands are being populated by thousands of labour migrants. These large-scale acquisitions of land, population movements and the infrastructure projects they result in have a large impact on these ecologically vulnerable border zones and their populations.
Applicants must propose a country and a borderland research site and describe how the research priorities of the RisezAsia project will be relevantly addressed in the subproject. Fieldwork is envisaged.