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post-doctoral researcher fellowship in Arabic historiography - Belgium  

Ghent University (company)


Posted on : 13 May 2017

Project Description

The post-doctoral researchers will be fully engaged in the project’s stage two 
 The project’s research at this stage will consist of the exploration and analysis of discrete sets of texts that are relevant for the project’s time, space, and scope. 
Selected researchers will be expected to each develop their own research on particular case studies of a set corpus of texts, defined by shared characteristics such as authorship or any other relevant relationship. Methodologically, each selected postdoctoral researcher will be expected to pursue his/her own individual research on the selected case studies along a shared research agenda, organized in 3 phases:  
  • phase 1 (2018): contextualizing and historicizing the selected corpus. 
  • phase 2 (2019): literary, narratological and intertextual analyses of the selected corpus. 
  • phase 3 (2020): exploring textual themes, didactic purposes and layers of meaning in the selected corpus.  

Selected post-doctoral researchers will be expected to 
  • each develop their own research project on a set corpus of relevant texts 
  • each publish at least three individually authored articles in leading international journals 
  • each publish at least three chapters in the project workshop proceedings 
  • produce a monograph by the end of the project 
  • actively participate in the three project workshops, and in any other relevant local and/or international scholarly meetings 
  • participate in the co-editing of the workshop proceedings  

  • We offer up to 4 temporary full time contracts as post-doctoral researcher (36 months)
  •  The starting salary is minimum 1.982,25 euro net on a full-time basis. 

Profile of the candidate 
  • The candidate should have a PhD in the field of Arabic, Islamic Studies, (Middle East) History, Arabic Literature, or equivalent in Belgium 
  • The candidate should have a promising track record in a field of research that is relevant for the MMS-II project, as demonstrated by relevant papers, publications, conference participations, PhD dissertation, reviews, committee comments,… 
  • The candidate should have a strong interest in the study of late medieval historiography and Arabic literature at the crossroads of socio-political history and cultural studies. 
  • The candidate should be able to work independently and at the same time be a team player. 
  • Interest in, or experience with, computational analyses and digital Islamic humanities more in general may be an asset, but is not compulsory. 
  • The candidate has not worked, lived or studied in Belgium for more than 24 months in the last 36 months.