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The Department of History and Art History of Utrecht University seeks to appoint a three year Postdoctoral position to conduct research on “A digital discourse analysis of the Republic of Letters’ idealistic language, 1400-1800”. This research is a sub-project of the ERC Consolidator project “Sharing Knowledge in Learned and Literary Networks (SKILLNET): the Republic of Letters as a pan-European Knowledge Society”, led by Dr. Dirk van Miert.
In the sub-project, the Postdoc will study the frequency and spread of words and concepts that reference or connote the ideal of sharing knowledge, or the lack thereof, or the antonyms thereof, in a large and multilingual body of early modern texts: primarily letters, but also learned journals, historia literaria, table talks and all sorts of adversaria. The project is devoted to creating chronological and semantic maps of the main identitary concepts which held the Republic of Letters together and to seeing whether these notions change over time or differ according to period, region, discipline, language, religion, social status, and gender. The candidate will have to prepare a large set of texts currently available in various formats for discourse analysis, mine these texts digitally, visualise the results and analyse them in the context of a cultural history of knowledge. The aim is to test the generally accepted idea that the civil society of the Republic of Letters connotes sodality, cooperation, exchange and the common good and to chronologically, geographically and socially nuance and diversify our picture of the history of the Republic of Letters. The outcome of the project consists of at least five articles. These may be subsequently collected into a monograph. All publications will be published in Open Access.
A successful candidate should preferably have:
We offer a temporary position (1.0 FTE) for one year, which after a satisfactory evaluation will be extended by another 24 months (3 years in total). Start date is from 1 September 2018 onwards, but no later than 1 January 2019. The gross salary - depending on previous qualifications and experience - ranges between €3,238 and €3,475 (scale 10/11 according to the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities) gross 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. We offer a pension scheme, (partly paid) parental leave, collective insurance schemes and flexible employment conditions (multiple choice model). More information is available at: working at Utrecht University.
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