PhD position in Global History/Violence Studies at the University of Basel

The Department of History at the University of Basel, Switzerland, invites applications for a PhD position in a global history project led by Prof. Dr. Marie Muschalek (principal investigator, PI), to be filled as of April 1st, 2025 or by agreement.
The project Killing to Keep – Violent Field Practices and Natural History in the Age of Empire, funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation, explores the life-worlds of nature experts who killed animals in order to keep and study them in the long nineteenth century. 

As a PhD candidate you will research the collection of fish and mollusks in the Southwestern Pacific, which was the stage of sustained and intense seafaring exploration and multi-imperial penetration throughout the entire nineteenth century. Possibly including the collectors of Hamburg’s Godeffroy Museum, you will follow those naturalist journeys that crossed the vast seas between islands, littorals, archipelagos in search for marine life, while critically relying on indigenous navigation and fishing skills and animal knowledge.

For more information, see here. Applications due 15th September 2024.