[Ausschreibungsdienst_Kai_Brodersen] Groningen: Greek festivals and athletics (3 x PhD, 80%, 4 years)

Kai Brodersen 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 
Greek world

For more information: https://tinyurl.com/connectinggreeks

See also the project website www.connectedcontests.org.

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