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2 Doctoral researchers scholarships (PhD students) in the field of public history at the Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History.

In Short
  • Contract Type: Fixed-term contract 36 months (renewable for up to 48 months; depending on thesis progress evaluation)
  • Number of positions: 2
  • Work Hours: Full Time 40.0 Hours per Week
  • Location: Belval
  • Employee and student status
  • Job Reference: UOL03749




The PhD students will join the Public History as the New Citizen Science of the Past (PHACS) project hosted at the Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (C²DH) and will work under the direct supervision of Prof. Dr Thomas Cauvin. Focusing on the production of history with a public perspective, public history has developed as one of the most dynamic international fields of the historical discipline. In collaboration with cultural institutions and universities all over Europe, PHACS studies, researches, but also develops, constructs and evaluates the impact of public participation, coproduction, and shared authority for history-making. Connecting digital participatory practices issued from citizen sciences and crowdsourcing to history-making, PHACS is contributing to reshaping public history methodology. PhD research and projects may for instance focus on (but are not limited to) participatory exhibitions in museums, crowdsourcing cultural heritage, digital public history collections, community-based activities, or historical performances. Research and projects can be done in partnership with local or national partnering cultural institutions. 

Your Role
  • Research and write a history thesis in the domain of contemporary history
  • Participate in the development and evaluation of participatory practices in public history
  • Contribute to the development of public history training in Europe

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Your Profile
  • Master’s degree or diploma (Master equivalent) in history or related field
  • Experience in/with cultural institutions (especially but not only museums and archives) is an asset
  • Knowledge in digital history and/or public participation is an asset
  • Excellent command of English and good working knowledge of another language (French, German, Luxembourgish, Italian preferred)


Candidates should submit the following documents by 31/12/2020:

  • Motivation letter (including details about research and/or work experience with participatory practices)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • List of publications and projects (if available)
  • Brief history writing sample (maximum 25 pages) or public history project’s written description (including information about your role, your partnerships and the tasks performed, (maximum 5 pages)) (if applicable)
  • Copies of diplomas

Please apply ONLINE formally through the HR system. Applications by email will not be considered.

Further Information

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