Two PhD opportunities Univ of Groningen

The University of Groningen invites applications for two interesting PhD positions in medical history/medical humanities.

PhD White Sisters and nursing practices in East Africa, 1890-present

Within the Chair Group of Economic and Social History, Faculty of Arts at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands, a PhD research position on the broader project “White Sisters, nursing practices, and reproductive health in East Africa, 1890-present” is currently available. The PhD project takes the congregation of the White Sisters as a case study to examine through a critical, intersectional lens the historical changes in (missionary) nursing and care practices in colonial and postcolonial East Africa. Underlying gender, racial, and cultural tensions between nurses and doctors, nurses and patients, and colonial and indigenous nurses are central.

Deadline for applications: Oct 31, 2021.
More information on the University of Groningen website.

Interdisciplinary PhD Studentship on Sustainable Health: Historical Models

This PhD project is located at the crossroads of medical history and public health and has been formulated in response to the COVID-19 crisis. The pandemic painfully shows that epidemics represent both a societal and a medical problem. They act as catalysts of social inequities, political impotence, and ecological crisis. As we increasingly consider how to adapt to the virus, so also it increases the call for new sustainable health models that include into the strategy planetary health, social justice, and the preservation of health. In relation to the university’s theme of healthy societies and the strategic plan of the Aletta Jacobs School for Public Health, the project aims at involving historical ‘models’ of preventive/lifestyle medicine in designing this ’new better normal’.

Proposals are invited for a PhD project on the history of lifestyle medicine and/or preventive health, preferably in the period 1650-1900. The proposal must consider environmental and social aspects and be formulated in conversation with recent trends in medical and health humanities.

Deadline for applications: Nov 7, 2021.
More information on the University of Groningen website.