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Call for Applications: Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Antwerp

Wednesday, October 2, 2019   (0 Comments)

The Faculty of Arts of the University of Antwerp is seeking to fill a full-time (100%) vacancy in the Department of History for a Postdoctoral researcher in an ERC-funded project on historical future expectations in the Late Medieval and Early Modern Period.

The candidate will be affiliated with the Centre for Urban History. The Centre for Urban History is an international acknowledged research centre focusing on urban societies, structures and processes in historical perspective. The candidate will contribute to the ERC Starting Grant Project “Back to the Future: Future expectations and actions in late medieval and early modern Europe, c.1400-c.1830” funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement no. 851053) and supervised by prof. dr. Jeroen Puttevils.

To gain more insight in how people in the past thought about the future and how this affected their actions, this project draws on a combination of close and distant reading methods of more than 15,000 letters written in (varieties of) Italian, German, French, Dutch and English by and to European merchants in the period 1400-1830.

The post-doctoral researcher will carry out the analysis of long-term developments in the linguistic expression and rhetoric of future statements on the basis of English merchant letters which cover the entire period and are mostly available in digital form. The researcher will use distant reading methods to find and categorize future statements within the English letters. Through close-reading particular letters (s)he will contextualize these future statements. The researcher will also assist and co-supervise the other team members, especially in the digital text analysis of the project.

For more information and to apply, please visit the University of Antwerp website. The application deadline is 17 November 2019.


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