A full-time postdoc position in the Technologies in Practice research group, Business IT Department is open for appointment from November 1st 2021, or soon thereafter. The position is for 30 months. The position is one of two positions available on the Moving Data, Moving People research project funded by the Danish Independent Research Fund (2020-2025). Postdoc one will be hired at the IT University of Copenhagen, Postdoc two will be hired by the Department of Politics and Society at Aalborg University, see the link for more information: https://www.stillinger.aau.dk/vis-stilling/?vacancy=1147590

Application deadline: August 1st, 2021, at 23:59 CET/CEST.

The Moving Data Moving People project
The project follows the narratives about and implementation of the Social Credit System in China during the project period. As social anthropologists and STS scholars, we are interested in the lived experiences accompanying the SCS, particularly for China’s mobile population. The project asks how digital technologies are envisaged as a means by which trusting relationships will be negotiated.  We will examine questions of infrastructural integration, and how data scores and identities move with people who are on the move. We will use a range of approaches including ethnographic fieldwork, digital ethnography as well as document analysis.
The project is coordinated from ITU by Rachel Douglas-Jones and from Aalborg University by Jesper Willaing Zeuthen and Ane Bislev. For more information, please see the project website: https://blogit.itu.dk/movingdatamovingpeople/

Job description
The two postdocs will be key contributors to our program of research into the Social Credit System in China, carrying out independent research and working closely with the project team. This research is expected to advance anthropological studies of state digitalization projects worldwide, develop a culturally specific understanding of the notion of digitalized trust, and renew the literature on internal migration in China. The postdoctoral research projects will constitute a significant component of the overall project, and while the overall emphases of the research are determined by the project, the postdocs will have considerable freedom through the subprojects in shaping how the research objectives are realized. In addition to conducting fieldwork, each postdoc is expected contribute to the shared project, publish independently, as well as together with other project team members, present research papers at international workshops and conferences, contribute to popular dissemination of the research results, and contribute to project organization and administration through workshop and conference coordination.

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