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The University of Luxembourg invites applications for the following vacancy in its Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (C²DH) :
Postdoctoral researcher in the field of contemporary history / history of technology (M / F)
The research project Remixing Industrial Pasts in the Digital Age : Sounds, Images, Ecologies, Practices and Materialities in Space and Time will investigate the contemporary history of Luxembourg’s south, the so called Minette region.
It will be a sustainable contribution to the program of the European Capital of Culture Esch-sur-Alzette 2022. Six sub-projects will study the history of cultures, populations and territories of the Esch 2022 region from different perspectives and angles.
They will trace back flows and circulations of ideas, people and goods between Luxembourg, France, and other European countries.
Results will be disseminated to an international scientific public, and, most importantly, aim at engaging a broad public through different public history means and digital storytelling.
The postdoctoral researcher will work under supervision of assistant professor Stefan Krebs in the sub-project Eat, Hear, Smell, Wear and Repair it : A Generational Perspective on Commodities and (Sustainable) Consumption as Means of Connecting Cultures .
The history of consumption is far more than economic history. Consumption as social and cultural history can help us to better understand the changes of, and relationship between classes, life styles, and cultural milieus.
The project will describe the role of consumption in the formation and development of local, regional, and national identities.
In addition, it will scrutinize the impact of migrant communities on consumption patterns and cultures. The migrant workforce in the Luxembourgish iron mines and steel works brought with them their domestic consumption preferences (e.
g. Italian and Portuguese food cultures) that shaped and, at the same time, were shaped by Luxembourg’s consumer culture.
The project also looks at the downside of the so-called democratisation of consumption, e.g. the increasing ecological impact of mass consumption (and production).
This effect is also known as the 1950s syndrome . The ecological movement of the 1960s started to criticise the growing ecological footprint of mass consumption, and this critique gained wider societal attention in the 1970s.
As results, more sustainable consumption practices and better consumer protection were discussed. At the same time, the economic engine of mass consumption in Luxembourg, i.
e. the iron and steel industry, started to stutter. The following transition into a service society also questioned traditional consumption cultures, and let to the emergence of new post-
industrial life styles and consumer identities, which are at the heart of this study.
The postdoc will be a member of the Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (C²DH), which is one of the three Interdisciplinary Centres of Luxembourg University.
The C²DH is a research centre for the study, analysis and public dissemination of contemporary history of Luxembourg and Europe with a particular focus on digital methods and tools for doing innovative historical research.
It serves as a catalyst for innovative and creative scholarship and new forms of public dissemination and societal engagement with history.