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Call for Applications: PhD Position, Department of Literary Studies, Ghent University

Tuesday, February 6, 2018   (0 Comments)

Job description: The PhD student will work on a specific project under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Teodoro Katinis (Department of Literary Studies, Ghent University).

Project’s abstract: How are rhetoric and medicine combined in the early modern Italian literature? What role does the vernacular play? What is the legacy of this literature? This project will contribute to answers to these questions by focusing on the wide-spread literature of Secreti (books of secrets), which was a popular genre of medical texts that peaked in Italy between 1550 and 1600 and aimed at providing the readers of any social class, gender, or age with an encyclopedic compendium of the medical knowledge for self-healing and preservation. These books collect medical remedies to cure any kind of illness and imperfection using also magic, astrology, and alchemy. The authors of these texts (Alessio Piemontese, Leonardo Fioravanti and Isabella Cortesi, among others) gather, organize and convey in the vernacular a paramount knowledge on how to defeat epidemics, poisons, and other common diseases.

The PhD student will study the rhetorical strategies and the use of vernacular in the 16th-century books of secrets with a focus on the UGent Library’s collection. This position, fully funded (100%) by Prof. Katinis’ BOF Starting Grant, provides a competitive PhD scholarship (ca. 2000 EUR/month net, 2+2 years), benefits, and research funds.

UGent, a top-100 institution worldwide, offers a dynamic and international academic environment where PhD students are involved in high quality training and research.

Candidates need:

  • To hold a Master degree in the field of Humanities, including, but not limited to: modern languages, classical languages, linguistics, literature, Renaissance studies, history of medicine and science, and history of philosophy;
  • an excellent command of Italian and very good command of English.

Start date of the scholarship: 1 November 2018 at the latest.

How to apply: You are invited to send a CV (please, include the title of your MA dissertation) and a motivation letter in English or Italian by February 28th, 2017 to Prof. Dr. Teodoro Katinis (http://research.flw.ugent.be/en/teodoro.katinis) teodoro.katinis@ugent.be.


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