Thursday, March 5, 2009

Three Doctoral or Postdoctoral Stipends, Excellence Cluster TOPOI, Berlin

In Research Area C "Perception and Representation of Space", Research Group C-I-1 "The Conception of Spaces in Language" (Eva Cancik-Kirschbaum, Johanna Fabricius, Therese Fuhrer, Frank Kammerzell, Jörg Klinger, Silvia Kutscher, Stefan Johannes Seidlmayer, Jan Stenger) and/or Research Group C-II "Images" (Dominik Bonatz, Johanna Fabricius, Stefan Johannes Seidlmayer) three doctoral or postdoctoral stipends are being offered for Linguists (preferably with an expertise in Ancient Greek and/or Latin) and/or Archaeologists, Egyptologists or Art Historians (specialized in the study of images and visual representation). 

The core of Research Group C-I-1 "The Conception of Space in Language" is a graduate group consisting of young scholars who work on the representation of space and spatial configurations in language. At present projects on Akkadian, Egyptian, Hittite, and Hurritic are included. It is expected that the applicants show a strong interest and competence not only in individual language data but also in more general and theoretical aspects of linguistics of space (e.g., diachronic semantics, language typology, cognitive linguistics, psycholinguistics). The successful candidate(s) will conduct research focusing, e.g., on the diachronic analysis of how spatial relations and dimensions are encoded in a particular language or tis sub-corpora, how the respective means of expression may be transferred to indicate other (e.g., temporal, social) relations. A project dealing with Ancient Greek in a methodologically advanced and transdisciplinary perspective will be especially welcome. 

Research Group C-II "Images" is investigating the representation of space in two-dimensional depictions and covers Greece and Rome from Early Greek to Late Antique times, the Ancient Near East and Pharaonic Egypt. It is linked with Research Group C-I-1 by projects on the interrelationship between linguistic and pictorial representations of spatial configurations in ancient cultures. Candidates who intend to study the specific manners of depicting three-dimensional objects, the emergence and development of perspective drawing or the combination of images and writing in the above mentioned cultures are encouraged to apply. 

  • A Masters degree or equivalent for the doctoral stipends, a doctoral degree for the postdoctoral stipends - in Greek Philology (with emphasis on linguistics), in Linguistics, in Classical Archaeology, in Egyptology, or in Art History - the grade should be significantly above the average. 
  • Fluency in German or English. 
  • Willingness and ability to collaborate within the respective research group. 
It is expected that the prospective holder of a doctoral stipend will finish her/his PhD. at Freie Universität or Humboldt-Universität under the supervision of one of the senior members of the respective research group. This, however, does not exclude applications from candidates who have already started working on her/his PhD. thesis at another institution. The present supervisor may accompagny the project as an external supervisor and examiner. 
The grants are initially offered for 2 years and can be extended for one additional year. The doctoral stipend consists of 1,300 euros, the postdoctoral stipend provides 1,500 euros per month. An additional children's supplement can be granted. 


Applicants shall submit a CV, copies of transcripts, a list of publications where applicable, a short description of what they intend to contribute to the respective research group (about 3-5 pages), and the code number. Applications shall be submitted in English or German. 
Contact :
Code number : DS/C-I-1, C-II/01/09
Beginning of stipend : June 1, 2009
Closing date for applications : March 31, 2009.