Fully Funded Vrije Universiteit Brussel 2022 International Postdoctoral Positions in Colonial and Construction History.

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The EOS research project “Construction History, Above and Beyond” is a good fit for this open position within the project’s framework. What History Can Do for Construction History” was directed by professors Michiel Dehaene (UGent), Dave De ruysscher (VUB, Tilburg University), Rika Devos (ULB), Johan Lagae (UGent), Stephanie Van de Voorde (VUB), and Ine Wouters. Michiel Dehaene is from UGent, and Dave De ruysscher is from VUB and Tilburg University. Rika Devos is from (VUB). This project will provide a total of 6 academic roles, including 3 PhD slots and 4 postdoc opportunities (the fourth postdoc mandate will be opened later in 2023). You may get an overview of the entire project as well as a list of all the mandates that are involved by visiting the following website: www.vub.be/arch/project/eos.


In terms of sources, methodology, concepts, and cognitive concerns, the EOS research project will establish a dialogue between the study of Construction History and three other sub-disciplines of history, namely Colonial History, Legal History, and Planning History. As a result, the purpose of the project is to enhance the historical component of Construction History while simultaneously proving its applicability and potential to other domains and subjects of study. The project as a whole focuses on selected aspects of building knowledge and building practice in Belgium and its former colony during the 19th and 20th centuries, with a particular emphasis on tacit knowledge, in order to give a voice to important yet underrated actors, sources, and types of knowledge.

The distinct trajectories of each postdoctoral researcher are integrated into this bigger team, which collaborates across the three universities (VUB, UGent and ULB). It is absolutely necessary for the members of the team to engage in extensive conversation and to discuss the results of their work together. Each of the three fields of conversation that the postdoc posts are placed in are as follows: (1) colonial history – construction history; (2) legal history – construction history; and (3) planning history – construction history.


This particular opening, which has been posted by the Free University of Brussels (VUB), participates in a conversation about the relationship between colonial history and building history. Professors Stephanie Van de Voorde (VUB) and Johan Lagae are both responsible for its oversight (UGent).

The conversation between the histories of colonialism and construction will develop around the application of specific technologies, the ecologies of building materials and debris, and the distribution of labor on the construction site in Congo as the former Belgian colony during the 19th and 20th centuries. Due to differences in climate, availability of skills, knowledge, and resources, as well as different agendas and expectations linked to the unequal power relationships that characterize the colonial situation, these topics take on a particular significance in a colonial setting. Methods and guidelines from metropolitan areas are most commonly translated and reformulated to be applied “overseas.”


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Regarding this soundlisten (helpinfo) the Vrije Universiteit te Brussel (also known as the Free University of Brussels-VUB) is a research university located in Brussels, Belgium that is multilingual in Dutch and English. The Brussels Humanities, Science, and Engineering Campus is located in Ixelles, the Brussels Health Campus is located in Jette, the Brussels Technology Campus is located in Anderlecht, and the Brussels Photonics Campus is located in Anderlecht (in Gooik). The Flemish-Brussels jurist Pierre-Théodore Verhaegen established the Université libre de Bruxelles (English: Free University of Brussels-ULB) in 1834. In 1970, the university broke apart, giving rise to the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (English: Free University of Brussels).


It was his dream to build a university that was independent from both the state and the church and that placed a significant focus on the academic freedom of its students. This is still represented in the university’s motto, which is “Scientia vincere tenebras,” which translates to “Science conquering darkness.” It is also reflected in the university’s more contemporary tagline, which translates to “Reasonably opinionated” (in Dutch). As a consequence of this, the university embraces pluralism; it admits students of all ideologies, political perspectives, cultural traditions, and social backgrounds on an equal footing; and it is managed through democratic structures, which means that all members, including students and faculty, take part in the decision-making process. Both of these characteristics contribute to the university’s status as a pluralistic and democratic institution.


Education, research, and serving the local community are the three core focuses of the university, which are each handled by one of the eight faculties that make up the institution. The faculties offer instruction in a variety of subject areas, including the natural sciences, arts, social sciences, biological sciences, and classics. Engineering is also one of the areas of study. There are around 8,000 students enrolled in the university’s undergraduate program, and there are 1,000 students enrolled in the university’s graduate program. The university confers bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. In addition to this, the institution places a significant emphasis on research; this contributes to its position as the 189th top university in the world. Its research publications have been cited more times than the research articles produced by any other university in Flanders. Etterbeek, Jette, and Anderlecht are the three campuses in the Brussels Capital Region that make up the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. These campuses are where the university’s faculties, services, and departments are located. In addition, we have locations in Leuven, Gooik, and Diest for our campuses.


Moving around is not only pleasurable and good for your health, but it also has the potential to help alleviate the stress associated with studying and increase attention. Participate in one of the many sports, ranging from casual to serious competition, that are available to you at the VUB. A student’s life can sometimes feel like a wild party. The VUB has a long history of student folklore, which includes such traditions as St. Vé, the Humanistic Singing Festival, Baptism, and a variety of ludic rites. In addition, you can go to the illustrious TD’s, any one of the several wonderful cafés in Brussels, or immerse yourself in some of the coolest scenes in Brussels.


Scholarship Sponsor(s):  Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Scholarship Country: Belgium

Scholarship Worth: Fully Funded

Study Level:  Undergraduate

Nationality: International Students



Scholarship Offer:

  • The University intends to extend an offer of employment for a period of one full-time equivalent (FTE) for a period of one year, with the anticipated beginning date of October 1, 2022.
  • You will be paid according to one of the scales that have been established by the government.
  • You will receive full reimbursement, in accordance with VUB policy, for your home-to-work journey on public transportation, or compensation if you travel to work by bike;
  • hospitalization insurance provided free of charge;
  • The opportunity to shape the content of your career and continue your education through the VUB Learning Resource Network;
  • Excellent amenities for sport and exercise;
  • Ecocheques
  • In our campus restaurants, we offer delectable meals at costs that are affordable;
  • A work environment that is welcoming to families and is open to communication prioritizes work-life balance and provides great holiday accommodations along with 35 days of paid time off (based on a full-time contract).


Eligibility for Scholarship.

  • The candidates’ applications will be evaluated based on whether or not they satisfy all of the following criteria:
  • Passive and active knowledge of both Dutch and French to a fluent level. Note that compliance with this criteria is mandatory, as archive research cannot be conducted without it.
  • A deep-seated interest in archive research
  • Fieldwork experience in (Central-)Africa is preferred, as well as the willingness to conduct such work there.
  • Excellent editing skills, which must be proved by a sample of writing: one of your best research texts, in addition to a chapter from your doctoral dissertation (in Dutch, French, or English)
  • Strong capabilities in working with others, as well as good social skills.
  • a desire to take part in conferences held all over the world.




The Vrije Universiteit Brussel 2022 International Postdoctoral Positions in Colonial and Construction History, Belgium for Fellowship  is open to all International Students


These scholarships are given to students in remembrance of the tragic events that occurred in the Department of Econometrics and Business Statistics and its honors students in October 2002. These scholarships were made available through the Department of Econometrics and Business Statistics, as well as gifts from a variety of individuals, including alumni..


Application Procedure

Are you interested, and do you qualify? To submit your application, please visit career2.successfactors.eu on the Vrije Universiteit Brussel website.


Application Deadline

The application deadline for Vrije Universiteit Brussel 2022 International Postdoctoral Positions in Colonial and Construction History, Belgium for Fellowship Is  June 30, 2022

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