PhD position in Okinawan studies

A fully-funded PhD position in Okinawan studies is available in the context of the Whales of Power project. The successful candidate will conduct research on the historical and contemporary significance of the dugong in Okinawan culture.

Dugong (marine mammal)
Photo: Julien Willem. From Wikimedia Commons,

The PhD candidate will work on marine mammals, sacralisation, and environmental activism in Okinawa. S/he will examine claims that the dugong has traditionally been seen as a sacred animal, associated with creation myths and the Ryukyu royal institution. In addition, s/he will analyse the current significance of the dugong as a critically endangered species which has come to symbolise the preservation of Henoko Bay, an area with high biodiversity, where a large new military base is currently under construction.

Applicants are invited to apply with a project proposal in which they elaborate on how they will approach this case study theoretically and methodologically. The application deadline is 11 August 2019. For more information about qualification requirements, salary and benefits, and how to apply, see the full job advertisement on If you have any questions, please contact the project leader, Aike Rots.

Published June 6, 2019 10:37 AM - Last modified June 6, 2019 10:37 AM