Saturday, March 2, 2013

PhD Position: Finding the Present in the Distant Past: The Cultural Meaning of Antiquarianism in Late Antiquity (4-7th c. AD), Groningen University

Source: HSozUKult.

Applications are invited for one PhD position (AIO) in the NWO-FWO research project "Finding the Present in the Distant Past: The Cultural Meaning of Antiquarianism in Late Antiquity (4-7th c. AD)" in collaboration with the Department of History of Ghent University (Belgium). The project focuses on Greek and Latin antiquarian writing in Late Antiquity and its cultural meaning in the period. The main research hypothesis of this project is that late ancient interest in antiquarianism developed in interaction with an awareness that the world was undergoing fundamental changes and hence an increased distance from the classical past, which was idealized in education, was perceived.

The successful candidate will write a dissertation on the socio-literary context of late antique antiquarian historians, and in particular on the relationship between rhetorical education and historiography. He/she will closely work together with the PhD student in Ghent who will provide a study of fragmentary antiquarian historians, with edition and commentary.

Applicants are encouraged to develop and submit their own description of the PhD project (based on the original research proposal) of no more than two-three pages (c. 1000 words) dealing with the socio-literary context of late antique antiquarianism.

Please note that a job advertisement for a similar PhD position is available at Ghent University. For this position you can contact Prof. Peter van Nuffelen, e-mail:

- MA degree in History (specialization: Ancient History/Byzantine History) and/or Classics
- a good knowledge of Latin and Greek
- strong motivation to complete a PhD dissertation in 4 years
- proactive attitude
- ability to work independently whilst also a team player.

Van Nuffelen

Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 35
B-9000 Gent