Debating drugs and regulatory regimes in Dutch news media (Universiteit Utrecht) Phd Vacancy

How did public debates and local and national rhetoric interact with the evolution of Dutch drug regulatory regimes? This project is one of four within the recently NWO granted The Imperative of Regulation: local and (trans-)national dynamics of drug regulatory regimes in the Netherlands since the Second World War. It will investigate this interaction of regulatory regimes with public perceptions and attitudes towards drugs, drug uses, and drug users, as can be traced in public and professional debates: in news media (newspapers, radio and television), as well as in influential popular and scientific journals and other publications.

This project will differentiate between the images of drugs, drug uses and drug users. How did these change over time, for instance between periods of ‘repression’ and ‘tolerance’? How did different actors frame drug use, for instance politicians, law enforcement personnel, medical practitioners and health care professionals, and the drug users themselves? Why did these actors find some drugs more or less acceptable than others, and how did they perceive the borderline between legal and illegal psychoactive substances? How did images of drug users and drug addicts range between patients in a medical setting and dropouts and users on the streets? What interaction did these debates have with regulation? Attention will be given not only on how drug users were perceived, but how actors such as patients, activists from the psychedelic counterculture, and “junkie” associations presented themselves in public debates. Digital history methods will be employed in a ‘hybrid’ research methodology.

Though the successful candidate must show an affinity with historical research, candidates from various backgrounds in the humanities and social sciences are welcome. Demonstrated experience with digitalized sources is a plus. A completed MA (or doctorandus) degree is required for consideration. The candidate must be able to start on the project per 1 January 2016.

Conditions of employment
The candidate is offered a full-time position for four years. The salary is supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8% and an end-of-year bonus of 8,3% per year. In addition we offer: a pension scheme, a partially paid parental leave, flexible employment conditions. Conditions are based on the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities. The research group will provide the candidate with necessary support on all aspects of the project. More information is available here.

The gross monthly salary coming with a fulltime appointment will amount to € 2,125 in the first year to € 2,717 in the fourth year (P-scale of the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities).

Additional information
Additional information about the vacancy can be found here or with prof. T. Pieters:

As part of the selection procedure, the candidate is expected to give an outline of his/her research plans in a written report (ca 1000 words) providing an articulation of which strategies or focus he or she would like to give to the NWO project (the grant-proposal is available on demand).

Apply online through Academic Transfer.

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