Privacy Studies (PRIVACY), funded by the Danish National Research Foundation
and based in Copenhagen, advertises 3-4 fully funded PhD positions within the
fields of Architectural History, Church History, Legal History and History.
PRIVACY is established with a grant of 50 mio DKK (ca. 6.7 mio Euro) from the
Danish National Research Foundation and based at the University of
PRIVACY was launched in the autumn of 2017 under the direction of Professor
Mette Birkedal Bruun and runs for six years with the possibility of a four-year
extension. It is hosted by the Department of Church History at the Faculty of
Theology, University of Copenhagen, in association with the Faculty of Law, University
of Copenhagen and the School of
Architecture, Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture,
Design and Conservations (KADK), Copenhagen.
The PRIVACY research team currently consists of six postdocs and three
PhD-students as well as affiliated and visiting scholars.
dedicated to interdisciplinary and collaborative research into notions of
privacy in Early Modern Europe. It focuses on eleven cases from Denmark, England,
France, Germany and the Netherlands in the period 1500–1800. The collaborative
programme is driven by an interdisciplinary vision of an integrated approach
in which a team of scholars collaborate, challenge and inspire each other in a
joint pursuit of the legislative, religious, social, cultural and architectural
aspects of a shared set of cases. Shared responsibility across academic
hierarchies is a token of PRIVACY’s vision for interactive research
The aim of
PRIVACY is to develop 1) systematized historical knowledge of dynamics that
shape, induce or curb privacy in society; 2) an interdisciplinary method
equipped to grasp such dynamics; and 3) a strong and vibrant international
research environment dedicated to high-profile historical research and equipped
to incite a much broader investigation of privacy.
PRIVACY’s scholarly potency stems from its site-based interdisciplinary analysis. Across eleven cases the
research team will trawl Early Modern material: letters, laws, political
manuals, newspapers, sermons, visual representations, architectural drawings,
buildings, diaries, contracts, community records etc. for notions of privacy,
analysing the deployment of words with the root ‘priv-ʼ: in privato, privy, Privat-(person/andacht etc.), privauté etc. as well as boundaries
drawn in relation to, e.g., confidentiality, security, family, body, self. The
research programme is based on a joint interdisciplinary focus on, e.g.,
legislative thresholds between home and community; decrees regarding individuals’
bodies, e.g., during epidemics, or the idea of the household’s (oeconomia) impact on civic well-being (politia);
ecclesiastical and political power over ‘heretical’ mindsets; and architectural
demarcation of the household in the community and the individuals’ place in a
PhD students funded by PRIVACY are required to formulate a PhD project
within one of the PRIVACY cases and to join an additional case-team. For this
round of recruitment, we invite applications focusing on the German cases as
well as La Rochelle, Chatsworth, Glasgow and Arc-et-Senans.
description of the project and the eleven cases, please visit the project homepage
a systematic, scholarly fusion of the areas of architecture, theology, law and
history. The research team will bring together four sets of field-inherent
skills and approaches to privacy:
Architecture: Urban plans, buildings and rooms frame privacy,
creating secrecy and shelter; chapels and cabinets stage prayer, study and
intimacy, and are amplified by interiors and furnishing; alcove beds and
privies (toilets) wall off bodily needs; rural retreat offset urban
required: Knowledge of
design processes, architectural history and theories, patronage, patterns of
use, materiality and tectonics.
culture: Early Modern
believers favour privacy (material and/or mental retreat) as a site for pious
focus, and privacy is often presented as place particularly fit for prayer and
insight. But privacy also evades control and prompts suspicion of heresy or
sin, leading to efforts to regulate the private sphere by means of church
required: Knowledge of
religious, doctrines, practices and institutions across confessions, ability to
work with different genres, media and forms of archival material.
Law: Early Modern law defines conditions for property,
sexual conduct, marriage, inheritance and rulers’ claims to their subjects’
work, property and lives (conscription, monopoly of violence within penal law).
required: Knowledge of
legal procedure, laws, charters, their usage and changes.
History: Historians may focus on
Early Modern notions of privacy within a scholarly span ranging from political
theory to social practice. In Early Modern society, privacy is seen both as a
threat and as a positive value. A new ideology of marriage and family favours
intimacy and domesticity, but also enforces state and community control. In
politics, privacy often equals secrecy: it is a latent threat to civic
stability and vital for the ruler. In society more generally, a broad array of
social and societal conditions delineate access to and notions of privacy.
Qualifications required: Knowledge of
political/legal structures, education, and social and cultural dynamics.
have an MA degree within the fields of Architecture, Church History, History,
Legal History or related disciplines. The research language is English. The
research team works on sources in French, German, Danish, Dutch, Latin,
Portuguese and Classical Greek. Specialist knowledge of Early Modern culture is
important. Just as central is, however, readiness to engage in
interdisciplinary collaboration on a broad array of different sources and work
towards an integrated methodology for interdisciplinary privacy studies.
of Copenhagen welcomes applications from suitably qualified candidates
regardless of age, gender, race, religion or ethnic background.
seminar will take place in Copenhagen 5-6 March 2019. It will involve an
introduction to PRIVACY and its research programme as well as a presentation of
expectations regarding applications.
The number of
participants is restricted. A limited number of bursaries covering trips and
accommodation for one night are available. For more information and
registration, please see the homepage
PhD students at
PRIVACY are required to be present at the Centre for the duration of their
employment. They will participate in weekly meetings, field trips and workshops
and be required to contribute to joint publications and publish research on
selected cases in international peer-reviewed journals where appropriate.
All PhD students
will be employed and enrolled at one of the following institutions:
- Department of Church History at Faculty of Theology,
University of Copenhagen
- The Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen or
- The School of Architecture, The Royal Danish Academy
of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservations (KADK),
The Faculty of
Theology, University of Copenhagen. The Faculty is non-confessional. Its research covers Biblical Studies,
Church History and Systematic Theology as well as Quranic Studies, Jewish
Studies and African Studies. The Faculty is home to a number of high-profile
international interdisciplinary research projects. PRIVACY is associated with
the Department of Church History which has a strong Early Modern research
The Faculty of
Law, University of Copenhagen. The Faculty of
Law works towards creating greater knowledge of national and international
law. Through a research-based education the Faculty ensures that its legal
graduates have the skills needed to analyse and contribute to interdisciplinary
and problem-oriented tasks in private and public sectors at home and abroad.
The Faculty offers a strong international environment.
Architecture, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture,
Design and Conservations (KADK).Copenhagen. KADK was founded in 1754 and hosts three leading schools in
architecture, design and conservation. The School of Architecture has educated
internationally renowned architects for centuries. It has about 900 students
distributed across four institutes each with a bachelor programme and two or
three master programmes in architecture. If relevant, the PhD student will
assist on the master programme Spatial Design at Institute of Architecture and
PhD candidates will be offered a full-time PhD position for a period of three
years. The candidates will be employed and paid in accordance with the
agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of
Professional Associations (AC). Employment at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine
Arts, Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservations will be according to
the specific job structure of this institution.
must be submitted via the electronic application system. Click on the link
provided below to be taken to the online application form.
should be in English and include the following enclosures:
- a motivation letter, including a plan for your
employment at the Centre (1 page), please specify which institution you are
- CV, highlighting language
- a copy of MA degree certificate/s
- a list of publications
- if relevant, a portfolio with design works
- a research proposal which develops the project idea,
broad conceptual framing and proposed methodology of your PhD project in
related to one of the PRIVACY cases as well as two other cases you would be
interested in (max 3 pages in all)
- a short abstract of your MA-thesis or equivalent (in
- one sample of writing (an article or a chapter from
your MA- thesis)
- name, e-mail address, telephone numbers and postal
address of two academic referees
We advise you to
have the documents ready before you begin your online application.
deadline and starting date
must be submitted electronically no later than 15 April 2019. Applications received after the closing date will
not be considered.
starting date would be 1 September 2019, but this is negotiable.
application deadline, the Director of Centre for Privacy Studies selects
applicants for assessment on the advice of the Appointments Committee. This
selection is based on the applicants’ educational qualifications, the quality
of the submitted research proposal and its relevance to the research agenda of
the centre as well as other relevant qualifications. All applicants are
immediately notified whether their application has been accepted for
accepted for assessment will be assessed by an interdisciplinary committee,
comprising expertise in the relevant fields. Selected applicants will be
notified of the composition of the assessment committee. When the committee has
completed its assessment, each applicant has the opportunity to comment on the
assessment. A number of qualified candidates will be selected for a job
interview in Copenhagen. We aim to
interview short-listed candidates in the beginning of June 2019.
about PRIVACY, please check this homepage
For questions regarding research, please contact Centre Director, Professor
Mette Birkedal Bruun firstname.lastname@example.org
practical questions, please contact Centre Administrator Maj Riis Poulsen email@example.com
applicants from outside Denmark will find information about life in Denmark
(taxation, healthcare etc.) on the website of InternationalStaff Mobility
Publisher: Centre for Privacy Studies, Faculty of Theology / Faculty of
Law / School of Architecture, Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture,
Design and Conservations