Postgraduate job opportunity: Research Assistant on ‘Mobilising Multidirectional Memory to Build More Resilient Communities in South Africa’

We are seeking to appoint a part-time Research Assistant to work on an AHRC-funded project entitled ‘Mobilising Multidirectional Memory to Build More Resilient Communities in South Africa’. Full details below.

Faculty: Arts, Humanities and Cultures
School: Languages, Cultures and Societies (LCS)
Responsible to: Head of School of LCS
Reports to: Professor Stuart Taberner
Hourly rate: £14.59 per hour, (University of Leeds Grade 6, pro rata)
Hours: 2.5 hours a week for 12 months plus 1 week full-time in Johannesburg in April 2018.
Closing date: 9am Monday 28 November 2016
Interview date: Tuesday 13 December 2016
Start date: 1 May 2017
Job ref: RA2017MMM

Informal enquiries may be made to Professor Stuart Taberner (

Main purpose of the role

We are seeking to appoint a Research Assistant to support an AHRC-funded project entitled ‘Mobilising Multidirectional Memory to Build More Resilient Communities in South Africa’ that is being led by the University of Leeds (Professor Stuart Taberner and Dr Matthew Boswell) in partnership with the South African Holocaust and Genocide Foundation.

With a degree-level qualification in German Studies, English, Cultural Studies, History, Holocaust studies, Sociology, Heritage Studies, Development studies, Memory Studies or a related area, you will be responsible for (i) undertaking bibliographical research to support the project’s research outputs; (ii) booking flights, accommodation, and catering, and for maintaining websites and social media; (iii) coordinating and contributing to a one- week knowledge exchange event programme taking place in Johannesburg in April 2018; (iv) creating new content (blogs, vlogs, interviews) for the project website; (v) maintaining the project’s social media channels.

All travel costs associated with the Johannesburg event programme will be covered by the project.

Description of project

This project explores how the memory of the Holocaust and the memory of the 1994 Rwandan genocide are today mobilised in post-apartheid South Africa as tools for confronting South Africa’s traumatic past and for promoting both reconciliation and greater awareness of, and commitment to, human rights in the present. The project examines the work of the South African and Holocaust Genocide Foundation (SAHGF) and specifically its explicit mobilisation of Holocaust memory to prompt debate on South Africa’s colonial and apartheid pasts and on the stark social, political and racial divides that continue to afflict the country today.

We will work closely with the SAHGF to use our research findings to evaluate and support its education programmes, its collaborations with other South African and also international heritage centres, NGOs, and development bodies, and to impact directly on its mission to promote both reconciliation in post-apartheid South Africa and a more just society. More broadly, we will make a contribution to policy in relation to governmental and nongovernmental bodies promoting the development of a human rights culture in post-conflict societies. We will formulate policy recommendations for how institutions might mobilise multidirectional memory more effectively to help build more resilient communities in the present and future.

Job description

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Person specification

Letters after each criterion indicate the method of assessment which will be used during the selection stage: A = Application form, I = Interview, T = Test



How to apply

Please submit:

Send Completed Applications to:
By: 9am on Monday 28 November 2016
Quoting Job Reference number: RA2017MMM

If you have any difficulties in e-mailing and completing electronic versions of these forms, we are very happy to receive printed copies by post to:
Professor Stuart Taberner, School of Languages, Cultures and Societies, University of Leeds, LS2 9JT

Replies will be treated in complete confidence.

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