We are hiring a Phd student in the area of Participatory Design on the
topic of Prototyping Heritage at Hasselt University, group Spatial Capacity
building <http://www.fac-ark.be/capacity-building/>. Please spread the word.
*PhD student Prototyping Heritage*
More info: http://criticalheritagestudies.gu.se/cooperation/cheurope
Often, spatial heritage is difficult to discuss, visualise and ‘curate’ in
a (city) space, because it deals with the - potentially difficult to
imagine aspects - of repurposing underused historical or deserted buildings
and spaces. In that case, digital media could be used to collaboratively
(together with designers, heritage experts, citizens, scientists, etc.)
prototype and make tangible these rather intangible aspects of spatial
heritage, such as future reuse of material heritage.
This research trajectory thus explores the phase before ideas of
repurposing heritage are materialised and distributed by institutions. The
objectives of this project are to train researchers in using digital media
in participatory ways to: 1. debate about heritage with participants and 2.
curate heritage meeting points in the city with participants (e.g. a
heritage radio station in the weekly market talking about adaptive reuse of
buildings and spaces, participatory made and evolving urban screens
visualizing the potential of a space/building ‘in situ’, etc.).
In this project, the Phd candidate is expected to:
* do an internship at the Belgian city art centre Z33 that deals with how
to curate heritage in an art in public space program, and carry out
fieldwork in Genk and Gothenburg, in collaboration with the other
* research – via an ‘Action Research Approach’ in these case studies - how
participatory forms of ‘digital prototyping’ of heritage in the
environment/city itself with multiple participants could facilitate
debating and curating heritage in the city. The candidate will also look
into how this can be the starting point of creating both temporary and more
permanent heritage ‘meeting points’;
* explore the notion of ‘prototyping heritage’ as a research through
design/practice approach that can be transferred in contexts of design
research in general and more specifically in researching, designing and
curating heritage (in collaboration with the associated partner Social
* analyse – via a study of literature - a state-of-the art of using
participatory media prototyping techniques in the city space, preferably in
*Project supervisors: *Prof. dr. Koenraad Van Cleempoel and dr. Liesbeth
Applicants should send a CV (max 2 pages), a cover letter (1 page)
specifying the research theme selected and outlining why they are suitable
for the position, and the names of two referees. A short description of
their research project (max 7 pages) must also be joined to the
application. All these documents must be uploaded in the 'upload'section of
your online application.
Applicants must be in the first 4 years (full-time equivalent) of their
research career and have not been awarded a doctoral degree. Research
experience is calculated from the date they obtained a qualification
(Masters or equivalent) allowing them to embark on a doctorate.
At the time of their recruitment, candidates must not have legally resided
or have had their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the host country
Belgium for more than 12 months in the last 3 years (short stays such as
holidays are not counted)
Master degree in (interior)architecture or design (or equivalent)
You are fluent in written and oral communication (English)
You are cooperative and can work well in teams. Your networking skills
allow you to easily cooperate on a project with professionals as well as
You have experience in developing partnerships inside and outside the
You are in possession of the necessary research and design capabilities.
You are willing to take up teaching assignments to a limited extent.
You are able to work independently, you are result driven and can organize
and plan extremely well.
You will be appointed and paid as PhD student.
Position of 2 times 2 years with biennial evaluation.
Preselection based on CV. Interview with the selected candidates.
interviews planned for the week of 06.02.2016 (changes possible)
You can only apply online
to and including *13 January 2017.*
Content job responsibilities:
dr. Inge LENS, +32-11-292114 <+32%2011%2029%2021%2014>,
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Prof. dr. Jan VANRIE, +32-11-292114 <+32%2011%2029%2021%2014>,
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More about working at Hasselt University? Check www.uhasselt.be/vacancies!
ArcK research group, Faculty of Architecture and Arts, University of
Agoralaan Gebouw E, B-3590 Diepenbeek
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