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Postdoc Positions in Early Modern History, Church History and Legal History, Univ. of Copenhagen

Thursday, January 24, 2019   (0 Comments)

Postdocs at The Danish National Research Foundation
Centre for Privacy Studies, University of Copenhagen
(2 years with the possibility of a one-year extension)

Centre for Privacy Studies (PRIVACY) advertises two fully funded Postdoc positions within the fields of Church History, Legal History and History. PRIVACY is established with a grant of 50 mio DKK (ca. 6.7 mio Euro) from the Danish National Research Foundation and based at the University of Copenhagen. The centre was launched in the autumn of 2017 under the direction of Professor Mette Birkedal Bruun and will run for six years with the possibility of a four-year extension. The PRIVACY research team currently consists of six postdocs and three PhD-students as well as affiliated and visiting scholars. The center launches a systematic, scholarly fusion of the areas of architecture, theology, law and history.

PRIVACY is dedicated to interdisciplinary and collaborative research into notions of privacy in Early Modern Europe. It focuses on eleven cases from Denmark, England, France, Germany and the Netherlands in the period 1500–1800. The collaborative programme is driven by an interdisciplinary vision of an integrated approach in which a team of scholars collaborate, challenge, and inspire each other in a joint pursuit of the legislative, religious, social, cultural, and architectural aspects of a common set of cases. Shared responsibility across academic hierarchies is a token of PRIVACY’s vision for interactive research education.

PRIVACY’s scholarly potency stems from its site-based interdisciplinary analysis. Across eleven cases the research team trawls Early Modern material: letters, laws, political manuals, newspapers, sermons, visual representations, architectural drawings, buildings, diaries, contracts, community records, etc. for notions of privacy, analyzing the deployment of words with the root ‘priv-ʼ: in privato, privy, Privat-(person/andacht etc.), privauté etc. as well as boundaries drawn in relation to, e.g., confidentiality, security, family, body, self.

The research programme is based on a joint interdisciplinary focus on, e.g., legislative thresholds between home and community; decrees regarding individuals’ bodies, e.g., during epidemics, or the idea of the household’s (oeconomia) impact on civic well-being (politia); ecclesiastical and political power over ‘heretical’ mindsets; and architectural demarcation of individuals’ place in a household.

For further description of the project and the eleven cases, please visit the project homepage:

Deadline 15 April 2019

A recruitment seminar will take place in Copenhagen 5–6 March 2019. It will involve an introduction to PRIVACY and its research programme as well as a presentation of expectations regarding applications. The number of participants is restricted. A limited number of bursaries covering trips and accommodation for one night are available.

For more information and registration, please see the homepage:

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