Internship (1): Images of Female Islamic Authority in Malaysian Print Media

This internship is part of the NWO-funded research project, “Seeing is Believing: Female Islamic Leadership and Visual Rhetoric in Southeast Asia”, which combines historical, anthropological and visual methods to study the communication styles of female Islamic authorities in Malaysia and Indonesia. The aim is to analyze a collection of images from various Malaysian Islamic lifestyle magazines published since the late 1970s. The focus will be on the depiction of female Islamic authorities, including preachers, scholars, and leaders of Islamic institutions and organizations, the (visual and textual) contexts in which these figures appear, and changes that have taken place, in this regard, over time.

Intern’s duties
The intern will work with a collection of digital photographs taken, for the most part, in the National Library of Malaysia, covering magazines such as al-Muslimah, Anis, Nur, and Ummi. His/her main task will be to map patterns in visual appearance and expression, concentrating on aspects such as portraiture, image composition, and scene, and to investigate links to textual content. Depending on the development of the project, the intern may be asked to expand the research and include strategic comparisons with contemporary images from social media. S/he is expected to work independently, under the supervision of and in collaboration with, Dr. David Kloos.

Reads Malay or Indonesian. MA student, preferably in History, Anthropology, Literature, Islamic Studies, Cultural Studies, Media Studies, or a related field.

Internship period
The internship will take place at KITLV, for a period of at least three months, two or three days per week (credits may be earned in consultation with the student’s university). The internship will start as soon as possible.

 KITLV offers:

  • The opportunity to gain working experience at an internationally renowned research institute;
  • The opportunity to expand your academic network and to present your results at a research meeting;
  • A remuneration of EUR 180 gross per month (based on three days per week) and, if needed, reimbursement of travel expenses.

More information
For more information, please contact David Kloos: ln.vl1547823400tik@s1547823400oolk1547823400

Please send an application, outlining your motivation, to David Kloos (ln.vl1547823400tik@s1547823400oolk1547823400) before February 1, 2019.

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