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The University of Luxembourg invites applications for the following vacancy in its Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (C²DH)
The PhD student will be a member of the Public History research unit within the C²DH at the University of Luxembourg. He/she will work under supervision of Dr. Stefan Krebs in the FNR funded research project “Repairing Technology – Fixing Society? History of Maintenance and Repair in Luxembourg (1918-1990)” (C15/SC/12547405). The REPAIR project will be the first systematic historical study of repair practices, networks and infrastructures in the short 20th century (c. 1918-1990). Within the context of this emerging topic in the field of the history of technology, the project will analyse the changes and continuities in the history of maintenance and repair, using Luxembourg as a key example of a Western consumer society. REPAIR questions the prevailing master narrative of the emergence of a consumer society and concomitant decline of repair, helping to better understand when and how people care for the technologies they routinely use and thereby highlighting the hidden importance of maintenance and repair. REPAIR encompasses three research strands: the first investigates the maintenance and repair of one of the quintessential 20th century consumer technologies: the telephone; the second traces the decline of professional repair services in Luxembourg, using Luxembourg City and Esch-sur-Alzette as case studies; and the third focuses on the development of post-war self-repair practices, situated between leisure activity and political activism. Analysing the maintenance of technical infrastructures, urban repair offers and cultures of self-repair will advance our historical knowledge of the large material, organisational, knowledge and discursive investments needed to keep technologies functioning. By revealing when, why and how technical objects were maintained, repaired or scrapped, the project will provide crucial insights into the historical and political contexts of the emergence of consumer identities, the hidden societal and environmental dimensions of repair, and the quest for more sustainable consumption practices.
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