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Postdoc position in Modern Literature – Utrecht, Netherlands – Nov 2021

Utrecht University (UU)

The Netherlands

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Faculty of Humanities, Institute for Cultural Inquiry (ICON) invites applications for a Postdoc position in “Conceptions of Europe in Early Modern Literature”, at Utrecht University, the Netherlands

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General Info

Position: Postdoc position
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field:
Deadline to Apply: November 8, 2021(GMT +2)
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: 2 Years 3 Months
Salary: 3,807 to 5,211 Euro/Month

Workplace:
Faculty of Humanities
Institute for Cultural Inquiry (ICON)
Utrecht University (UU)
Utrecht,

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Qualification Details

We are looking for candidates with a great passion for early modern literature. The successful applicant must have:

  • proficiency of and reading knowledge in at least one of the following three languages: Spanish, French, Italian;
  • a PhD in early modern literature, early modern book history, or a closely related field;
  • excellent research skills, demonstrated by a track record of publishing in high-ranking journals and/or with leading presses (or a demonstrable capacity to develop such a record);
  • excellent writing skills in English;
  • an open, cooperative attitude and willingness to engage in collaborative research and publication;
  • enthusiasm for communicating academic research to non-academic audiences.

Responsibilities/Job Description

The tasks of the Postdoc include:

  • literary and book-historical analysis of early modern fictional narratives in two or more languages;
  • active participation in the meetings of the project research group and affiliated projects;
  • co-organizing outreach activities and the project conference;
  • publishing co-edited journal theme issue with the PI;
  • presenting intermediate research results at workshops and conferences;
  • writing two peer reviewed articles.

You will be based at the Utrecht Department of Languages, Literature and Communication (TLC), and will be affiliated to the Institute for Cultural Inquiry (ICON), both of which provide a stimulating and internationally oriented research environment.

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Documents Required

If you have the expertise and the experience to excel in this role, then simply respond via the “Apply now” button.

Please enclose:

  1. a letter of motivation;
  2. a full academic curriculum vitae, including contact information of two referees who may be approached by the selection committee;
  3. a research proposal of 500-1,000 words, showing how you would approach your topic;
  4. a copy of relevant diplomas;
  5. a sample publication in English.

Interviews will be scheduled to take place around late November or early December and are likely to be conducted online, via MS Teams.

About the Project

As part of Dr. Lieke Stelling’s NWO-funded VIDI project Discovering Europe in the Early Modern Period: How Literary Bestsellers Shaped a Diverse Community, 1517-1713, Utrecht University is recruiting a Postdoc Researcher. In cooperation with the other project members, the Postdoc will work on their own sub-project Polyglot Plots: European Multilingualism and the Literary Bestseller 1517-1713. Focusing on representations and manifestations of multilingualism, the Researcher will study how early modern fictional narratives, in terms of both content and material form, contributed to conceptions of Europeanness as a diverse community.

This subproject is one of three closely related projects (the other two on cities and religious pluralism) that explore the role of literature in the development of an understanding of Europe as a shared cultural space. The main corpus for all three projects consists of fictional narratives that were published in print across Europe in at least four different languages.

In collaboration with cultural institutions in Brussels and Mechelen, and a wide network of international scholars, the VIDI project will offer thought-provoking alternative views of Europeanness to the (future) shapers of European democracy. This Postdoc project provides a great opportunity to work in a dedicated, multilingual research environment that offers a variety of training programmes and possibilities to acquire international research experience. A more detailed research outline, including potential source material, may be obtained from Dr. Stelling.

About the Department

A better future for everyone. This ambition motivates our scientists in executing their leading research and inspiring teaching. At Utrecht University  external link, the various disciplines collaborate intensively towards major societal themes. Our focus is on Dynamics of Youth, Institutions for Open Societies, Life Sciences and Sustainability.

The Faculty of Humanities   external link has around 7,000 students and 900 staff members. It comprises four knowledge domains: Philosophy and Religious Studies, History and Art History, Media and Culture Studies, and Languages, Literature and Communication. With its research and education in these fields, the faculty aims to contribute to a better understanding of the Netherlands and Europe in a rapidly changing social and cultural context. The enthusiastic and committed colleagues and the excellent amenities in the historical city center of Utrecht, where the faculty is housed, contribute to an inspiring working environment.

The Department of Languages, Literature and Communication  external link offers Bachelor's and Master's programmes in Literary studies, Linguistics, Communication studies, Translation, as well as Dutch, English, German, French, Italian, Spanish and (uniquely in the Netherlands) Celtic languages.

About the Employer: Utrecht University (UU)

Note or Other details

We offer a temporary position (0.8 FTE) for a period of one year. The contract will be extended for another fifteen months (two years and three months in total) upon good performance and a positive evaluation in the first year. The gross salary - depending on previous qualifications and experience  - ranges between €3,807 and €5,211 (scale 11 according to the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities) per month for a full-time employment. Salaries are supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8% and a year-end bonus of 8.3% per year. In addition, Utrecht University offers excellent secondary conditions, including an attractive retirement scheme, (partly paid) parental leave and flexible employment conditions  external link (multiple choice model). More information about working at Utrecht University  external linkcan be found here.

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Contact details

For more information about this position, please contact: Lieke Stelling  external link(Project Leader), via l.j.stelling@uu.nl. 

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