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Faculty of Arts
The Faculty of Arts is committed to the development of knowledge with a strong scientific and social impact. With over 500 academic and support staff, we teach and conduct research in the fields of art, history, language, culture and communication, using innovative methodologies and collaborating closely across disciplines. Our research is embedded in two research institutes: the Centre for Language Studies (CLS) and the Radboud Institute for Culture & History (RICH). Approximately 2,500 students are currently enrolled with us across our three departments: the Department of History, Art History and Classics, the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures and the Department of Language and Communication. The faculty is characterised by a pleasant and open culture with various opportunities for the professional development of our staff.

1. Introduction

Do you want to contribute as a PhD candidate to a groundbreaking Vici project at the intersection of history, book history and literary theory? Are you a team worker with an affinity for Digital Humanities (DH) research, and would you like to work in an informal, interdisciplinary setting in the Department of Modern Languages? If so, then we are looking for you!

2. Job description

As part of the Vici project on Civic fictions, you will design a PhD project with a book history focus, to study the 18th-century reception of texts and publications dealing with slavery and abolition from a comparative European perspective (Netherlands, France, British Isles). You will use 18th-century debates on slavery and abolition as a case study to test the validity of modern theories of fiction-induced empathy as a force for societal change. In particular, you will identify and study historical readers of slavery-related books, including women, to explore the intersection of multiple societal players and political agendas, and the 18th-century gendering of slavery discourse.

To address these questions, you will establish a corpus of fictional and non-fictional publications relating to slavery, mapping their occurrences across the Vici project data ecosystem (private library catalogues, bookseller archives, library lending records, and more, as recorded in MEDIATE, FBTEE, SHEWROTE, and other databases). You will establish links between texts, books and historical readers, and  identify specific reader constituencies in this reception history. By analysing the emerging patterns and frequencies, and focusing on a number of significant case studies, you will ultimately provide new insight into the multiple meanings of slavery for 18th-century readers, and the question how they read slavery discourse – empathically, or within other epistemological frameworks. 

Up to 75% of your time will be devoted to the research for and writing of your PhD thesis. The remaining 25% will be spent on training and academic service to the Faculty of Arts, including teaching.

3. Profile

  • You hold an MA degree in a relevant discipline, preferably literary studies or history.
  • You have a demonstrable affinity with research, as evidenced by presentations at academic conferences, editorial assistantships for scholarly journals, or one or more publications or co-publications.
  • You have excellent spoken and written skills in English, and preferably also in French.
  • You have reading knowledge of Dutch, or are willing to acquire it.
  • Experience with DH research and tools, especially bibliometric databases and quantitative (statistical) analyses, will be considered an asset.
  • You work accurately and assume responsibility for your own development process as a researcher.
  • You are a team player with a flexible, critical and proactive attitude.

4. We are

The PhD will be part of the Civic Fictions project team, consisting of one other PhD candidate, two postdoctoral researchers, and the PI, all housed in the French section of the Department of Modern Languages. The project team regularly collaborates with sister project teams based in Liverpool and Sydney, as well as other international projects.

5. We offer

  • We will give you a temporary employment contract (0.8 FTE 5- year contract - 1.0 FTE 4- year contract) of 1,5 years, after which your performance will be evaluated. If the evaluation is positive, your contract will be extended by 2.5 years (4-year contract) or 3.5 years (5-year contract).
  • You will receive a starting salary of €2,770 gross per month based on a 38-hour working week, which will increase to €3,539 from the fourth year onwards (salary scale P).
  • You will receive an 8% holiday allowance and an 8,3% end-of-year bonus. 
  • You will be able to use our Dual Career and Family Support Service. The Dual Career Programme assists your partner via support, tools, and resources to improve their chances of independently finding employment in the Netherlands. Our Family Support Service helps you and your partner feel welcome and at home by providing customised assistance in navigating local facilities, schools, and amenities. Also take a look at our support for international staff page to discover all our services for international employees.
  • You will receive extra days off. With full-time employment, you can choose between 30 or 41 days of annual leave instead of the statutory 20. 

6. Practical information and applying

You can apply only via the button below. Address your letter of application to prof. A.C. Montoya. In the application form, you will find which documents you need to include with your application.

The first interviews will take place on 26 June. You will preferably start your employment on 1 September.

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Type of employment Temporary position
Contract type Full-time/Part-time
First day of employment 01-09-2024
Salary Promovendus
  • € 2770 - € 3539
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 0,8 - 1,0
City Nijmegen
County Gelderland
Country Netherlands
Reference number 23.037.24
  • prof. dr. Alicia C. Montoya, 0243612152, alicia.montoya@ru.nl
Published 27.May.2024
Last application date 13.Jun.2024 11:59 PM CEST
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