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As a postdoctoral researcher you will be responsible for one of the three subprojects within the European Research Council (ERC)-funded project Patristic Sermons in the Middle Ages (PASSIM). This project studies the medieval reception of the Latin sermons preached by the Early Church Fathers, through the first large-scale analysis of the formation and spread of patristic sermon collections in medieval Europe. The project is developing a digital network of manuscripts containing collections of patristic sermons. Building on this network, PASSIM pursues three lines of inquiry: the customisation of standard liturgical collections as indicative of individual purposes and contexts, the dynamic between transmission and popularity of patristic sermons, and pseudo-epigraphic sermons as revelatory of medieval perceptions of the Church Fathers.
You will study the customisation of patristic sermon collections for use in the liturgy and Divine Office from the 7th to the 15th century, with a particular emphasis on the Carolingian homiliary of Paul the Deacon and its reception. You will compile and describe a representative collection of manuscripts that transmit (part of) Paul the Deacon’s homiliary and use this collection, which will be integrated in the project database, as the basis for an analysis of patristic sermon collections for the liturgy. Your analysis will include topics such as the resources and contexts of the compilers, local customs and evolutions in the liturgy, evidence of intellectual mobility within and between religious orders, programmes of dissemination in the context of religious or intellectual reform, etc.
Your findings should be presented in at least three articles in international scientific journals and several conference papers and book chapters. Additionally, you are expected to contribute to the creation of the project’s database. You will also contribute to the organisation of scientific meetings related to the project, the editing of conference proceedings, and the wider communication of the project’s results.
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