[Ausschreibungsdienst_Kai_Brodersen] Groningen: Greek festivals and athletics (3 x PhD, 80%, 4 years)
kai.brodersen at uni-erfurt.de
Fri Jul 20 14:15:46 CEST 2018
University of Groningen
Three PhD positions in the field of Greek festivals and athletics
The Department of Ancient History at the University of Groningen will
offer three PhD positions as of January 2019 in the field of Greek
festivals and athletics.
These salaried positions will be full-time for a period of four-years,
or 80% for a period of five years. The formal advertisements will become
available in the course of the summer, but prospective candidates are
encouraged to contact the project directors Prof. Onno van Nijf
(o.m.van.nijf at rug.nl ) and Dr. Christina Williamson
(c.g.williamson at rug.nl) beforehand.
Candidates will be asked to develop a research proposal for one of these
projects (1000-1500 words, excluding bibliography). The deadline is
foreseen for early-September, interviews for October.
Applications are invited for two PhD positions (AIO) in the research
project ‘Connecting the Greeks: Multi-scalar festivals in the
Hellenistic world’ funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific
Research (NWO). A third related PhD position focusing on the Roman era
will be offered in the framework of the Anchoring Innovation Research
Initiative of the Dutch National Research School in Classical Studies,
OIKOS www.ru.nl/oikos/anchoring- innovation.
The goal of the PhD projects is to investigate festival networks and
their dynamics in the Hellenistic and Roman periods at different scales.
Sport is commonly understood as an engine of global political and
cultural change. This was also the case the Hellenistic and Roman
periods. A strong increase in the number of festivals with athletic and
other competitions promoted cultural and political communication and
helped to raise awareness of an increased sense of common (Greek)
identity. These festivals sparked a new level of exchange, not only of
competitors and delegates, but also ideas and shared values. When Rome
became the dominant power in the Eastern Mediterranean it anchored its
power also in these cultural and religious traditions that connected the
Hellenistic world. The Roman conquerors found themselves entangled in
this web of festival connections, starting with Titus Flamininus who
famously used the Isthmian games to declare Greek freedom.
This project aims to subject this festival culture to a rigorous
analysis with innovative tools, theories and methods derived from social
sciences and digital humanities, including network analysis and
agent-based modelling. A central feature of the project will be the
further development of an on-line database of festivals and festival
agents (athletes, performers, theoroi) that will make it easy to plot
individual mobility and festival connectivities over time and place. A
fully operative database is already available on www.connectedcontests.org.
The three PhD projects will focus on festival networks at different scales.
PhD project 1 addresses festivals in the representation of
Hellenistic rulers and ruler cult.
PhD project 2 addresses festival network dynamics at a regional level.
PhD project 3 addresses Rome oriented cults and festivals in the
For more information: https://tinyurl.com/connectinggreeks
See also the project website www.connectedcontests.org.
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