Doctoral Fellow – Ghent University

The Novel Saints: Ancient Fiction and Hagiography Research Centre at Ghent University (Belgium) is seeking well-qualified applicants for a full-time doctoral research fellowship on The Holy Romance: Characterization and concepts of fiction in Italo-Greek hagiography. The project is funded by the Flemish Research Foundation and will be supervised by Prof Koen De Temmerman and Dr Julie Van Pelt. The successful applicant will examine literary and rhetorical constructions of character and concepts of narrative and fiction in Lives, martyr acts, and encomia written in Greek between the 5th and the 13th centuries and describing the lives of Christian saints and martyrs of Sicily and Southern Italy.

The successful candidate will have:

  • an MA degree in Greek Language and/or Literature;
  • excellent study results (including BA and MA dissertations of very high quality);
  • excellent knowledge of ancient and/or medieval Greek;
  • a demonstrable interest in (research into) the literary and/or cultural history of Late Antiquity and/or the Byzantine Middle Ages;
  • a demonstrable interest in and/or experience with (research into) ancient fiction and/or Byzantine hagiography (desirable);
  • modern literary-theoretical models (strong familiarity with narratology, rhetorical theory, theory of character, and/or theory of fiction) (desirable).

The successful applicant will start employment for four years of full-time employment as a PhD student, subject to positive evaluation after one year, no later than 1 October 2022. In order to be eligible, candidates must have obtained their MA degree at the time of application or demonstrate that they will have that degree in hand by the start of their doctoral fellowship.

Applications should be sent by email to the Project Coordinator, Dr Evelien Bracke no later than 15 October 2021.

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