2 Post-Doc : Multilingual dynamics of Literacy Culture of Medieval Flanders, Univ. Utrecht (limite : 12 juin 2019)

2 Postdoc : “The Multilingual Dynamics of the Literary Culture of Medieval Flanders, ca 1200 – ca 1500”, Univ. d’Utrecht

Date limite : 12 juin 2019

Interviews are scheduled for June 21, 2019

Job description
We are looking for two Postdoctoral Researchers in the research project ‘The Multilingual Dynamics of the Literary Culture of Medieval Flanders, ca 1200 – ca 1500’. These two positions are part of a research project funded by the Netherlands Organisation of Scientific Research (NWO). This four-year project seeks to correct the traditional, monolingual view on Flemish literature between ca 1200 and ca 1500. It is the first large-scale investigation devoted to the literary culture of medieval Flanders from a multilingual perspective. A full description of the project can be read here.

The project consists of three subprojects. Since December 1, 2018, a PhD candidate (4 years, 1.0 FTE) studies the literary dynamics resulting from the interaction between Middle Dutch and other languages in Flemish texts, Flemish multi-text manuscripts and booklists from medieval Flanders. From December 1, 2019, onwards, two Postdocs (each 3 years, 1.0 FTE) will carry out the remaining subprojects.

  • Postdoc 1 will focus on Dutch, French and Latin texts that were written by authors in medieval Flanders and texts that were read in that region.
  • Postdoc 2 will study manuscripts containing Dutch, French and Latin texts that scribes produced in medieval Flanders and the manuscripts that circulated in that region. In the deepening and synthesising stages of the project, the findings of the two Postdoc subprojects will be combined.

Each of the two Postdocs will be asked to :

  • set up a data collection of texts or manuscripts whose production and/or reception can be assigned to medieval Flanders ;
  • apply various theoretical perspectives to the dataset ;
  • write two international conference papers ;
  • contribute to the organization of the project’s final conference ;
  • co-author and co-edit the conference proceedings ;
  • contribute to teaching (f.e. tutorials for Research Master students) ;
  • contribute to the exhibition that is part of the project ;
  • write a popularizing essay ;
  • deliver a public lecture.


  • You have completed a PhD in a field relevant to the project.
  • You have a good research record.
  • You have a working knowledge of medieval languages (French, Dutch, Latin).
  • You have a working knowledge of medieval manuscripts.
  • You have a working knowledge of modern English, French and German.
  • You are able to work both independently and as part of a closely collaborating team.

We offer a two temporary positions (1.0 FTE each) for one year, starting on December 1, 2019. Upon good performance, the contract will be extended for another 24 months (36 months in total).

The gross salary – depending on previous qualifications and experience – ranges between €3,389 and €3,637 (scale 10 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).

About the organization
A better future for everyone. This ambition motivates our scientists in executing their leading research and inspiring teaching. At Utrecht University, the various disciplines collaborate intensively towards major societal themes. Our focus is on Dynamics of Youth, Institutions for Open Societies, Life Sciences and Sustainability.

The Faculty of Humanities has around 6,000 students and 900 staff members. It comprises four knowledge domains : Philosophy and Religious Studies, History and Art History, Media and Culture Studies, and Languages, Literature and Communication. With its research and education in these fields, the Faculty aims to contribute to a better understanding of the Netherlands and Europe in a rapidly changing social and cultural context. The enthusiastic and committed colleagues and the excellent amenities in the historical city center of Utrecht, where the Faculty is housed, contribute to an inspiring working environment.

Additional information
For additional information on the project, you may contact prof. dr Bart Besamusca (a.a.m.besamusca@uu.nl), dr André Bouwman (a.t.bouwman@library.leidenuniv.nl) or prof. dr Remco Sleiderink (remco.sleiderink@uantwerpen.be).
For general information about the two Postdoc positions, please contact the ICON research coordinator Hanneke Jansen (h.m.jansen@uu.nl).

You will be based at the Institute for Cultural Inquiry (ICON) and the Department of Languages, Literature and Communication (TLC), under supervision of prof. dr Bart Besamusca.

If you are interested in applying for one of the two Postdoc positions, please submit digital copies of :

  • a curriculum vitae including personal and academic details and the contact details of two scholars who can be contacted for a reference ;
  • a list of publications ;
  • a one-page letter of motivation, explaining why you think you are fit for the position ;
  • a (maximum) two-page research note, introducing your specific ideas about the research you would like to carry out. You may use this note to express your preference for one of the two advertised subprojects (texts or manuscripts).


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