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Three PhD positions: Rewriting Global Orthodoxy

Research / Academic
Nijmegen
In cooperation with the Institute of Eastern Christian Studies, the Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies at Radboud University seeks to hire three PhD candidates for the ERC project ‘Rewriting Global Orthodoxy: Oriental Christians in Europe between 1970 and 2020’.

Over the last fifty years, Oriental Orthodox Christians (Armenians, Copts, Syriacs/Arameans, Ethiopians and Eritreans) from the Middle East and Africa have settled in Europe, fleeing war-related violence and societal pressures. One of the prominent aspects of religious practice of these transnational Oriental communities is their strong emphasis on the writing and publishing of texts. These include traditional religious texts (from liturgy to history), re-translated and re-contextualised texts, and completely new texts. The project takes these textual practices as its main source to understand how these Oriental Christians inscribe themselves in European societies and so contribute not only to the transformation of their own transnational churches but also to that of Orthodoxy worldwide. It hypothesises that diachronic and synchronic comparison among Oriental and Eastern Orthodox churches will show that this rewriting includes the actualisation of their religious heritage vis-à-vis ethnic and national self-definitions, vis-à-vis European society, and vis-à-vis other churches, particularly Orthodox ones.

The project consists of several sub-projects, including a database of books, pamphlets and magazines produced by Oriental Christians in Europe over the past fifty years, and three case studies of the textual practices of Oriental Christian churches in Europe on the (1) Syriac Orthodox; (2) Coptic Orthodox; and (3) Ethiopian/Eritrean Tawahedo churches. Each of the three PhD candidates is expected to study one case study, contribute to the database and analyse their findings in the broader context of the project, interpreting the literary heritage of these churches in the contemporary European context. The full research proposal is available upon request.

Requirements:

  • Master’s degree in Semitic Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, African Studies or Theology/Religious Studies.
  • Solid knowledge of the language(s) and literature of one of the churches that make up the three case studies: Syriac/Aramaic, Coptic, Arabic or Ethiopic languages, such as Tigre/Tigrinya, Amharic.
  • Basic knowledge of the themes and methods of sociology and anthropology, esp. regarding migration studies.
  • Basic knowledge of data management, databases and other tools of digital humanities.
  • Good analytical and conceptual skills.
  • Willingness and ability to work in an interdisciplinary team.
  • Ability to present ideas clearly in writing and speaking, also to people from other disciplinary backgrounds.
  • Good command of written and spoken English.

Salary Benefits:

  • Employment: 32 - 40 hours per week.
  • The gross starting salary amounts to €2,325 per month, and will increase to €2,972 in the fourth year (p scale).
  • In addition to the salary: an 8% holiday allowance and an 8.3% end-of-year bonus.
  • Duration of the contract: you will be appointed for an initial period of 18 months, after which your performance will be evaluated. If the evaluation is positive, the contract will be extended by 2.5 years.
  • Intended starting date 1 November 2019 or any time sooner.
  • You will be able to make use of our Dual Career Service: our Dual Career Officer will assist with family-related support, such as child care, and help your partner prepare for the local labour market and with finding an occupation.
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32 - 40 hours per week

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