PhD position in Syriac Studies

PhD position in Syriac Studies August 1, 2019

Via the Hugoye list:

A four-year PhD position in Syriac Studies, funded by Ghent University’s Special Research Fund (BOF), is available within Ghent University’s Department of History (Belgium), with an application deadline of 10 September 2019. Further details below.

The position is funded by the research project ‘History and authority in Syriac excerpt collections and beyond’ (Prof. P. Van Nuffelen, Dr. M. Mazzola, Dr. A. Hilkens). Combining intellectual history with material philology, this project studies the authority attributed to histories in Syriac excerpt collections, with the aim of contributing to the study of Syriac identity formation, the history of historiography, and the study of late antique excerpt collections.


Your duties and profile:
The PhD student will focus on a corpus of excerpt collections dating to the formative period of the Miaphysite church (6th-10th c.), with special attention to the material composition, the overall aim of the collection and its internal organization, the excerpts themselves (e.g. selection, reworking, positioning of the historical material).
To do so, you possess a good master’s degree in Oriental Studies, History, Classics, or another relevant discipline (or will possess one by 1/1/2020). You have an interest in the political, cultural and religious history of Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages. You have an excellent knowledge of Syriac, or possess a good knowledge that you are willing to improve. Codicological competence and knowledge of Greek, Latin and/or Arabic are a plus. You can work independently as well as in team.
Your tasks include: completion of a PhD within four years, the co-organisation of a conference, limited amounts of teaching, and assistance with other academic activities.
The successful candidate is expected to start on 1/1/2020 or soon thereafter. S/he shall have to live in Belgium.


Our offer:
We offer you the possibility to work as part of a high-quality team at one of Belgium’s leading universities, boasting ample expertise in the field of Late Antiquity, an internationally competitive salary  (ca. 2000 € net/month) that corresponds to the salary scales as established by the Flemish government, full health insurance, further training in our Doctoral School, and the possibility to study one year or semester abroad (depending on additional funding).


More information can be obtained from Prof. Peter Van Nuffelen ( Applications, consisting of a CV, personal statement (max 2 p.), the names of two referees, and one writing sample, preferably in English (e.g. MA thesis, MA paper, journal article, …) should be submitted to the same email address on 10 September 2019 at the latest.

Application deadline: 10 September 2019.

Interviews of shortlisted candidates will take place on 23 September 2019 in Ghent, Belgium (or via Skype).


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