[Ausschreibungsdienst_Kai_Brodersen] Fribourg / CH: Ancient History / Ancient Religions (2 x Predoc, 100%, max 4 years)

Kai Brodersen kai.brodersen at uni-erfurt.de
Thu Jan 31 17:05:24 CET 2019

Call for applications for two
Doctoral positions (100%) in Ancient History
(with a focus on the history of ancient religions)

Within the framework of the project "Religious competition in Late Antiquity: A Laboratory of New Categories, Taxonomies and Methods" (2019-2023), funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation and led by Francesco Massa, the Department of History of the University of Fribourg (Switzerland) invites applications for two fully funded doctoral positions (100%).

Starting date: September 1st, 2019
Location: University of Fribourg (presence required)
Duration: max. 4 years
Gross Salary: approx. 48'000 Swiss francs (= 42'500 euros) / year

Aim of the Project
The project seeks to show how religious competition in Late Antiquity between pagans, Jews, and Christians shaped the way we think and talk about religions. The inquiry deals with three related trends: (1) The emergence of a new vocabulary of religion, as well as new ways of defining "religion", in Late Antiquity; (2) the tendency towards organizing the religious traditions of the Roman Empire in the form of a hierarchy; (3) the emergence of a new discourse on the history of religions. These three phenomena have influenced the history of the Roman Empire and of the Western world in general.

Topics of the PhD dissertations
1. The first PhD dissertation will focus on the construction of the notion of "liturgy" in the Greek and Latin sources of Late Antiquity. Among the questions relevant to this topic are: How did Christian liturgy gain a new meaning in the context of religious competition between pagans, Jews, and Christian? And consequently, how did religious competition influence the construction of discourses and rituals in a given city or province of the Empire?

2. The second PhD dissertation will examine the use of religious classifications in the writings of Late antique historians (in particular Eusebius of Caesarea, Ammianus Marcellinus, Sozomen, Theodoretus of Cyrus, Socrates of Constantinople, Zosimus). The aim is to clarify how these authors developed classifications for religious practises in the Roman world.

Main tasks
-       to complete a PhD thesis in Ancient History, under the supervision of the project leader
-       to participate in the scientific activities of the research project
-       to contribute to the administration of the project) 

-       MA degree in Ancient History, Classics or History of religions (obtained before September 1st, 2019 at the latest)
-       excellent knowledge of Greek and Latin
-       good knowledge of French and English
-       knowledge of German and Italian desirable

-       CV (max. 4 pages)
-       letter of application explaining the interest for one of the PhD projects (max. 4 pages)
-       MA dissertation (if available) or another academic work
-       two letters of reference
-       copy of MA diploma (or official attestation from the university indicating when graduation date)

Applications must be submitted (in French or English) in PDF format (one single file) to Francesco Massa (francesco.massa at unifr.ch) by March 24, 2019. Interviews will take place on April 12, 2019.

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