University of London, School of Oriental & African Studies & London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine: Anthropology PHD studentship


Principal supervisor: Professor Paul Basu, SOAS

Co-Supervisor: Professor Melissa Parker, LSHTM

Award includes tuition fees and a stipend of £17,009 including London Weighting (at 2019/20 rates, so slightly higher for 2020 entry)

100% FTE for 3 years, from September 2020.


Project Description:

The West African Ebola outbreak of 2013-16 caused significant loss of life and huge social and economic disruption in the countries most seriously affected: Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea. Fatality rates were extremely high: according to WHO, of 28,611 recorded cases 11,307 were fatal. The outbreak was met with an hysterical response in the international media, resulting in the dissemination of misinformation and a deepening sense of a global pandemic. The international management of the crisis received much criticism, and anthropologists, in particular, made important contributions to the development of more effective policies to bring the outbreak under control, notably by promoting the understanding of the social context of the disease and recognising the value of indigenous responses.

In Sierra Leone, in the immediate aftermath of the Ebola epidemic, there were a number of attempts to memorialise the traumatic experience and to ensure that lessons learnt during the crisis were not forgotten. Some of this commemoration was focused around the large cemeteries in which victims of the epidemic were interred, including the vast cemetery outside Waterloo, in Sierra Leone’s Western Area. Other initiatives have included the proposed establishment of a National Ebola Museum and Archive on the campus of Njala University near Bo. Meanwhile, the crisis is, of course, remembered in many informal ways, not least by the families of those who lost loved ones to the epidemic and who have had to rebuild their lives in the shadow of this loss.

This PhD project seeks to explore how ‘Ebola’ is remembered both publicly and privately in Sierra Leone. It will investigate this ethnographically through engagement with a range of ‘sites of memory’, including national and local cemeteries, material legacies, archival traces, initiatives such as the National Ebola Museum and Archive, and, most importantly, in the family. In public discourse, it asks to what purpose are attempts to maintain a national memory of the crisis directed. How does this interface with continuing calls for better ‘pandemic preparedness’? In the private sphere, the project investigates the mnemonic practices of families affected by the epidemic, as well as that of survivors. How is the crisis maintained in people’s consciousness? How does the Ebola crisis become fused with other traumatic episodes in Sierra Leone’s recent past – its decade-long conflict, catastrophic landslides.

A core objective of the project will be to collect oral accounts of the Ebola crisis, including the testimonies of survivors, family members, burial team members, hotline operators, nurses, doctors and volunteers. This will be coordinated with colleagues at the National Ebola Museum and Archive, where recordings and transcriptions will be deposited. It is hoped that the candidate will contribute to the development of displays and outreach programmes at the Museum.

The studentship is for a duration of three years. The successful candidate will be initially registered as a MPhil student. In the first year (2020-21), the candidate will undertake research methods training and project development, taking advantage of taught courses in both SOAS and LSHTM, culminating in upgrade to PhD registration. The second year (2021-22) will be spent conducting fieldwork in Sierra Leone. The third year (2022-23) will be spent writing up in London.


Candidate Requirements:

We invite applications from outstanding and highly motivated candidates who have a Masters degree in anthropology at merit or distinction level (with a minimum grade of 65% for their dissertation), and an undergraduate degree in anthropology or other relevant discipline. Experience of travelling or working in West Africa would be advantageous.

The studentship is open to applicants who would be assessed to have UK/EU fee status.


Subject Areas/Keywords:

Anthropology, memory, commemoration, Ebola, Sierra Leone


Key References:

De Jong, Ferdinand and Michael Rowlands (eds). 2007. Reclaiming Heritage: Alternative Imaginaries of Memory in West Africa. Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press.

Ferme, Mariane. 2018. Out of War: Violence, Trauma and the Political Imagination in Sierra Leone. Oakland, CA: University of California Press.

Keightley, Emily and Michael Pickering (eds). 2013. Research Methods for Memory Studies. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Parker, Melissa. 2019. ‘Ebola and Public Authority: Saving Loved Ones in Sierra Leone’, Medical Anthropology 38: 440-454.

Richards, Paul. 2016. Ebola: How a People’s Science Helped End an Epidemic. London: Zed Books.

Walsh, Sinead and Oliver Johnson. 2018. Getting to Zero: A Doctor and a Diplomat on the Ebola Frontline. London: Zed Books.


Further details about the project may be obtained from:

Principal Supervisor: Professor Paul Basu <>

Co-Supervisor: Professor Melissa Parker <>

Further information about PhDs at SOAS is available from:

SOAS Anthropology PhD programme:

SOAS Doctoral School Admissions <>

Application forms and details about how to apply are available from:


Closing date for applications is:

Candidates wishing to apply for this fully funded three-year, full-time PhD studentship starting September 2020 must complete both an admissions application and a studentship application. These are separate processes.

STEP 1: Admissions Application: 15:00 UK time, Thursday, 5th March 2020

Apply for the Research Degrees programme: MPhil/PhD in Anthropology and Sociology using SOAS’s online admissions form. See HERE for information and ‘Apply Online’ link

Applicants must submit a complete online application for admission as soon as possible and no later than 15:00 UK time, Thursday, 5th March 2020).

Further guidance for applying for admission to the MPhil/PhD programme and documents you need to submit is available at this link HERE

IMPORTANT: Please state in the admissions application that you wish to be considered for the Bloomsbury Colleges PhD Studentship, use the title of the studentship (Remembering Ebola: Memory and Memorialisation in Sierra Leone) as your Research Proposal Title and state Prof. Paul Basu as your Proposed Supervisor.

Use your Supporting Statement to explain why you are motivated to apply for this particular project, and what skills and experience you will bring to the project. In your 2,000 word Research Proposal please respond to the project description and elaborate on how you would approach the project theoretically and methodologically based on your previous academic training and experience.

STEP 2: Studentship Application

Apply for the Bloomsbury Colleges Studentship by completing and submitting the studentship application form HERE as soon as possible but no later than 15:00 UK time, Thursday, 12th March 2020.

Closing date for applications is: 15:00 UK time, Thursday, 12 March 2020.

University of Helsinki: Doctoral Candidate in Linguistics

Founded in 1640, the University of Helsinki is one of the best multidisciplinary research universities in the world. The University of Helsinki is an international academic community of 40,000 students and staff members. It operates on four campuses in Helsinki and at 15 other locations. The high-quality research carried out by the university creates new knowledge for educating diverse specialists in various fields, and for utilisation in social decision-making and the business sector.

The Faculty of Arts ( of the University of Helsinki is Finland’s oldest institution for teaching and research in the humanities and the largest in terms of the structure and range of disciplines. It is also a significant international community fostering research, education and cultural interaction.

For the project ‘Individuation in the grammar: singulatives at the intersection of morphology and semantics’ the Faculty of Arts currently invites applications for the position of a


in Linguistics for a fixed term of 3 years, starting preferably in April 2020 (but the start date is negotiable until August 2020). The deadline for applications is 17 February 2020.

The doctoral candidate will be conducting full-time research and work towards the completion of a PhD-thesis within the field of linguistic typology. The position may include some teaching or administrative duties (no more than 5%).

The appointee must either have the right to pursue a doctoral degree at the University of Helsinki by the start of the appointment, or apply for the right and obtain it within the six months probationary period. If the candidate selected for the position does not already have the right to pursue a doctoral degree at the University of Helsinki, it must be applied for separately in September 2020. (

The project ‘Individuation in the grammar: singulatives at the intersection of morphology and semantics’ (led by Dr Silva Nurmio) seeks to understand the formation, distribution, meaning and usage of singulatives (derived noun forms denoting ‘one’ or ‘a unit’) cross-linguistically. The doctoral candidate will be working with a sample of languages, creating a database of singulative forms and examining specific research questions within this project. Applicants should familiarise themselves with the objectives and research questions of the project and address these in their application letter: see

The ideal applicant is a highly motivated student with a background in linguistic typology, morphology, or a closely related field, and a completed MA-degree (or equivalent) by the start of the position. Preference will be given to candidates wishing to work on the singulative in African languages. An interest in theoretical linguistics and the philosophy of language is also an asset.

The University of Helsinki offers a salary dependent on qualifications and work experience. The salary will be based on levels 2–4 of the job requirement scheme for teaching and research personnel in the salary system of Finnish universities. In addition, the appointee shall be paid a salary component based on personal work performance. The salary will be EUR 2130–3500 per month, depending on the appointee’s qualifications and work experience. The appointment starts with a probationary period of six months.

Applicants are requested to enclose with their applications the following English-language documents as one pdf file:
(1) Your CV (max. 3 pages);
(2) A letter of motivation addressing the project’s research questions (max. 2 pages);
(3) One or two representative pieces of your writing (if possible, including you MA-thesis);
(4) The name and contact details of at least one referee.

Please name the pdf file with your last name and the initials of your first name.

Please submit your application, together with the required attachments, through the University of Helsinki Recruitment System via the link Apply for the position. Applicants who are currently employees of the University of Helsinki are requested to leave their application via the SAP HR portal

Any queries regarding the project should be directed at Dr Silva Nurmio (silva.nurmio(at)

For information on the University of Helsinki as an employer please see

In case you need support with the recruitment portal, please contact recruitment(at)

Bayerische Staatsbibliothek: Bibliotheksreferendar

Zur Ausbildung für die vierte Qualifikationsebene, Fachlaufbahn Bildung und Wissenschaft, fachlicher Schwerpunkt Bibliothekswesen werden zum 1. Oktober 2020 voraussichtlich

5 Bibliotheksreferendare (m/w/d) eingestellt. Gesucht werden Bewerber/innen mit den Fächern

„Informatik“ (Fächerprofil A)
„Afrikastudien mit Schwerpunkt Afrikanische Sprachen und Literaturen“ oder

„Afrikastudien mit Schwerpunkt Ethnologie/Anthropologie“ (Fächerprofil B)

„Psychologie“ oder „Soziologie“, bevorzugt mit Erfahrung in quantitativer Sozialforschung (Fächerprofil C)
„Theologie/Religionswissenschaft“ und/oder „Kunstgeschichte“ (Fächerprofil D)
„Geoinformationswissenschaften“ oder „Geoinformatik“ oder „Kartographie“ oder
„Geographie“ (jeweils Diplom oder konsekutiver Master oder Staatsexamen für das Lehramt an Gymnasien) (Fächerprofil E)

Der theoretische Teil des Vorbereitungsdienstes findet in München an der Bayerischen Staatsbibliothek/Bibliotheksakademie Bayern statt. Die praktische Ausbildung wird voraussichtlich an den Universitätsbibliotheken Augsburg, Bayreuth, Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, Regensburg oder an der Bayerischen Staatsbibliothek durchgeführt.

Bewerbungsschluss: 02. März 2020

Voraussetzungen u.a.:

Erfolgreicher Studienabschluss mit der Ersten Staatsprüfung, einer Diplom- oder einer Magisterprüfung, einer Masterprüfung oder einer vergleichbaren Qualifikation an einer Universität; eine mindestens gute Abschlussnote ist erforderlich.

Erfüllung der allgemeinen beamtenrechtlichen Einstellungsvoraussetzungen.

Deutsche Staatsangehörigkeit im Sinn des Art. 116 des Grundgesetzes oder Staatsbürgerschaft eines Mitgliedstaates der EU oder Staatsangehörigkeit von Island, Liechtenstein, Norwegen oder der Schweiz.

Den vollständigen Text der Ausschreibung mit Angabe der den Bewerbungen beizufügenden Unterlagen finden Sie unter:

Weitere Auskünfte erhalten Sie bei der Bayerischen Staatsbibliothek
Abt. Bibliotheksakademie Bayern Ludwigstraße 16, 80539 München
Tel.: (089) 28638-2233, -2787, -2231, -2232