PhD fellowship as part of the research project “Endocrine Economies: The
Cultural Politics of Hormones”
PhD fellowship as part of the research project “Endocrine Economies: The
Cultural Politics of Hormones” funded by the Velux Foundations Core Group
The Department for the Study of Culture is offering a fully funded 3-year PhD
fellowship commencing February 1st, 2022, or as soon as possible thereafter.
We are looking for a candidate who is highly motivated to undertake doctoral
research as part of a four-year collaborative research project funded by the
Velux Foundations Core Group Program and headed by Professors Charlotte
Kroløkke and Karen Hvidtfeldt.
Presentation of the host project
In Denmark, sex hormones have recently gained visibility and shape powerful
cultural and gendered imaginaries in ways that both resemble and surpass
international experiences. The research project Endocrine Economies seeks to
develop a conceptual and empirical approach to the ways sex hormones
(re)shape cultural and embodied understandings of gendered selves in a
Danish context. Our main research question is: What cultural imaginaries
emerge as sex hormones circulate to regulate, optimize and disrupt gendered
bodies? In our response, we prioritize qualitative explorations that we view
as especially illustrative of the ways that sex hormones today come to matter.
In choosing Denmark as our case, we study the ways that sex hormones, within a
welfare state, emerge at the intersection between the biological, the
(bio)political, the biomedical, the marketplace, and the cultural. Not only
do sex hormones do something to humans; the welfare state, interest groups,
markets, various communities, and individuals attempt to control their
effects. Consequently, in Endocrine Economies, we seek to study a wide range
of cases making a timely contribution to the ongoing Human Health and
Environmental Humanities efforts at the University of Southern Denmark (SDU)
as well as to international research within critical cultural studies and
feminist Science and Technology Studies (STS).
The work to be undertaken in the PhD project is designed to understand the
ways in which hormonal birth control become visible in Danish imaginaries of
reproductive control, gendered responsibility as well as risks. While open to
the candidate's proposal, we are committed to understanding the ways that the
birth control pill gets embedded in the every-day-lives of young Danish women
as well as has been debated in Danish mainstream media and become mediated in
Danish educational material.
PhD candidates are expected to outline a research design for the case study as
part of their application. The project should fall within the general
framework of Cultural Studies. We especially welcome projects that are
situated within critical cultural studies and feminist STS and show an
understanding of qualitative methods such as ethnographic interviews, online
ethnographies, and archival methods. Theoretically, the PhD project should
contribute to the host project's overall understanding of hormones as agents
that materialize and circulate in different ways.
The PhD student will be supervised by Professor Charlotte Kroløkke. The thesis
can take the form of a monograph, or it can be article based, depending on the
nature of the proposed project and the successful candidate's preferences.
Key criteria for the assessment of applicants
• Since the empirical material will include Danish educational, mediated, and
interview data, the successful candidate must illustrate research competency
• The candidate must demonstrate strong analytical skills as well as knowledge
of critical cultural and/or feminist STS scholarship.
• Due to the highly collaborative nature of the research project, the
candidate must have excellent collaborative skills and be interested in
partaking in an internationally oriented research team.
• Strong communication skills in English. While the candidate may choose to
write the dissertation in Danish or English, the candidate must be able to
present the empirical work and scholarship in an international academic
Further information is available from the Vice Head of Department Anita Nell
Bech Albertsen at phone: +45 6550 3163, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Professor
Charlotte Kroløkke at phone +45 6550 3431, email: email@example.com
Application, salary and conditions of employment etc.
A PhD Fellowship is a three-year position. Employment ends automatically by
the end of the period. The holder of the fellowship is not allowed to have
other paid employment during the three-year period.
The successful applicant will be employed in accordance with the agreement
between the Ministry of Finance and AC (the Danish Confederation of
Professional Associations), Cirkulære om overenskomst for Akademikere i
staten 2019 (the document only exists in Danish).
To qualify for a PhD position, you must have completed a relevant master's
degree with a good assessment by the application deadline.
The application should include:
Special PhD-application form found here
Detailed project description, no more than 5 pages
A maximum of 2 of the most relevant publications. Please attach one pdf-
file for each publication. For any publication with a co-author, a co-
author statement must be submitted as part of the pdf-file
Application and all appendices must be in Danish, English or one of the
Scandinavian languages. Only material in Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, and
English will be assessed. Please always include a copy of original
Please always include a copy of original diploma/certificates. We only accept
files in pdf-format no more than 10 MB per file. In case you have more than
one file per field you need to combine the pdf-files into a single file, as
each field handles only one file. We do not accept zip-files, jpg or other
image files. All pdf-files must be unlocked and allow binding and may not be
Applications will be assessed by an assessment committee and the applicant
will receive the part of the evaluation that concerns him/her. The assessment
report will subsequently be forwarded to the Head of Department who will
assemble an appointments committee. An interview may form part of the overall
assessment of the applicants' qualifications. The committee may request
additional information, and if so, it is the responsibility of the applicant
to provide the necessary material.
If the application does not meet the requirements mentioned above, the Faculty
of Humanities may reject your application without further notice. Applications
received after the deadline will neither be considered nor evaluated.
Shortlisting and tests may be used in the assessment process. Please note that
only a shortlisted applicant will receive an assessment.
Applications should be sent electronically via the link “apply online” and the
Faculty expects applicants to read the information “How to apply” before
We recommend that as an international applicant you take the time to visit
Working in Denmark where you will find information and facts about moving to,
working and living in Denmark, as well as the International Staff Office at
The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus
welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal
Further information about the PhD-program at the Faculty of Humanities can be