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PhD scholarship in dementia care and surveillance technologies at the Department of Anthropology, University of Copenhagen

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PhD scholarship at the Department of Anthropology, University of Copenhagen

The Department of Anthropology at the University of Copenhagen invites
applications for a PhD scholarship within the project: 'Stay CONNECTed:
Digital technologies and rehabilitation in Danish dementia care' The PhD will
be placed at the Department of Anthropology and work closely together with the
project team. The successful candidate will be employed from February 1st,
2020, or shortly thereafter.

The PhD project
The project is entitled 'Imellem selvbestemmelse og omsorg - et antropologisk
PhD studie af de sociale og etiske implikationer af brugen af alarm- og
sensorbaserede teknologier i den kommunale demensomsorg' and is co-finansed by
the Velux Foundation, the Alzheimer Research Foundation and the Nordea

In recent years, new surveillance technologies such as GPS trackers, cameras
and alarm mats, have been developed and installed in dementia care, in order
to improve safety and security. At the same time, the regulative framework has
been broadened, allowing better possibilities for health care workers to use
these technologies. This project will explore the ethical and social
implications of this techno-legal transformation, and how it has reconfigured
dementia care. The project will be based on ethnographic fieldwork carried out
in municipalities in Denmark, in close collaboration with the PI/supervisor,
Associate Professor, Nete Schwennesen.

The successful candidate will have a MA degree in Anthropology or a related
field, familiarity with medical anthropology and/or Science and Technology
Studies (STS), and an interest in dementia care. Excellent communication
skills in English (oral and written) will be a requirement, as well as an
interest in participating in international research networks.

The candidate will be part of the PhD program at the Department of
Anthropology. The program provides PhD students with strong research training,
which opens up a window of opportunity to a variety of careers within the
private and public sectors. The program includes the drafting of a PhD thesis,
active participation in research networks, PhD courses, and teaching and other
forms of knowledge dissemination.

The PhD process will be undertaken as a three-year full-time study within the
framework of the 5+3 study program. It is expected that the candidate will
apply for additional funding to cover expenses in relation to the project
(fieldwork and research stay abroad)

In order to be eligible for a scholarship in the 5+3 PhD study program the
applicant must have completed a two year master's degree program or have
earned 120 ECTS credits at an equivalent academic level before starting his or
her employment. Applicants should check the study program for more detailed descriptions of the entry
requirements. PhD students are paid a salary in accordance with the agreement
between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional
Associations (AC). The PhD student has a work obligation of up to 840 hours
over the 3-year period of time without additional pay. The work obligation can
for instance include teaching.

The applicant is expected to know Danish well enough to be able to carry out
fieldwork in Denmark.

In order to be awarded a PhD scholarship the applicant has to enrol as a PhD
student at the Faculty of Social Sciences, cf. the rules of the Danish
Ministerial order No 1039 of 27 August 2013.

A full project description can be received by contacting Research Consultant,
Christen Artagnan Srensen, e-mail
For more information about the project, please contact Associate Professor
Nete Schwennesen, email:

Further general information about the study program of the department is
available on the Graduate Schools website:

In English:

In Danish

The application must be submitted electronically using the APPLY NOW button
below. The application must be in English and include:

A one page application letter
A full curriculum vitae - including full publication list and contact
One full sample of a written academic text (MA dissertation, publication
or likewise)
A two page description of methodological reflections and the analytical
interests that the applicant wishes to pursue within the field of dementia
* Diploma and transcripts of records (BSc and MSc)

The Faculty welcomes applications from all suitably qualified people
regardless of age, gender, race, religion, ethnic background and citizenship.

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment
manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Appointment
Committee. All applicants are then immediately notified whether their
application has been passed for assessment by an expert assessment committee.
Selected applicants are notified of the composition of the assessment
committee, and each applicant has the opportunity to comment on the part of
the assessment that relates to the applicant him/herself. You can read about
the recruitment process at

Selected applicants will be invited for interviews held by the appointment
committee. The interviews will be held in week 51.

The application must be submitted electronically no later than 8th December,

Applications received after deadline will not be taken into account.

Kbenhavns Universitet giver sine knap 10.000 medarbejdere muligheder for at
udnytte deres talent fuldt ud i et ambitist, uformelt milj. Vi sikrer
traditionsrige og moderne rammer om uddannelser og fri forskning p hjt
internationalt niveau. Vi sger svar og lsninger p flles problemer og gr
ny viden tilgngelig og nyttig for andre.

Ansgningsfrist: 08-12-2019
Ansttelsesdato: 01-02-2020
Afdeling/Sted: Department of Anthropology

Nete Schwennesen
Associate professor

University of Copenhagen
Department of Anthropology

DIR +45 35336016
MOB +45 50498740

Recent Publications:

Schwennesen, Nete. "Algorithmic assemblages of care: imaginaries,
epistemologies and repair work." Sociology of health & illness 41 (2019):

Schwennesen, Nete. "Surveillance Entanglements: Digital Data Flows and Ageing
Bodies in Motion in the Danish Welfare State." Anthropology & Aging 40.2
(2019): 10-22.

Felding, Simone Anna, and Nete Schwennesen. "Nr omsorgen udliciteres: En
analyse af den konfliktfyldte omsorgstrojka mellem mennesker med demens,
prrende og plejepersonale p et plehjem i Danmark." Tidsskrift for Forskning
i Sygdom og Samfund (2019)
Schwennesen, Nete. "When self-tracking enters physical rehabilitation: From
'pushed'self-tracking to ongoing affective encounters in arrangements of
care." DIGITAL HEALTH 3 (2017): 2055207617725231.

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