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Call for positions: three postdoctoral fellowships on migration and home

Applications are invited for scholarships to work at post-doctoral level as part of the HOMInG –The Home-Migration Nexus Project (Dpt. of Sociology and social research, University of Trento). Application deadline: 30 December 2016. Expected starting date: February 2017.


  • One junior post-doctoral position: full-time, fixed-term (1 year, renewable up to 3 years overall)
  • Two junior post-doctoral positions: full-time, fixed-term (1 year, renewable up to 2 years overall)

About the HOMInG ERC Starting grant Project

HOMInG is a new European Research Council project(ERC-StG no. 678456), led by Paolo Boccagni and based at the University of Trento (2016-2021). The project aims at a large scale comparative, ethnographically and biographically based study of the home experience, as affected by transnational migration and societal diversity. Home, as a setting or a social relationship with(in) it, lies at the core of everyday life. Only through migration, though, is it revealed as a complex and elusive social construction, whose micro analysis illuminates macro social issues and problems. How home works in the life trajectories of those who left it behind, and what the search for home says of immigrant integration and of the influence of mobility on domesticity, are the central questions of HOMInG. By deconstructing the tension between the static face of home and the dynamic face of migrant lives, this project aims to innovate the study of the social and emotional appropriation of space, under conditions of extended mobility and diversity.

As a part of this research project, six postdoctoral fellows will be recruited, with a strong research background in social sciences, to do in-depth fieldwork on migration flows from Latin America (Ecuador and Peru), Horn of Africa (Eritrea and Somalia) and Eastern Europe (Romania and Moldova), starting from neighbourhood relations in some metropolitan areas of Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, the UK and Sweden.

Below is the link to the first three research positions that have just been opened (Deadline for application: December 30, 2016). This call is ideally addressed to junior postdoctoral scholars in sociology, anthropology and geography, with a background in migration/home studies and strong motivations to invest in multi-sited, qualitative research into the migration settings mentioned above. Three more positions for senior postdoctoral fellows –primarily addressed to qualitative researchers in migration and home studies –will be opened in spring, 2017.

Relevant documents should be submitted, and applications be made online:

More information

Full call for applications (pdf)

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