Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Persian Literary Theory

University of Birmingham - School of Languages, Cultures, Art History and Music, College of Arts and Law

Fixed term for 36 Months

Grade 7, Salary - Full time starting salary is normally in the range £29,799 to £38,832. With potential progression once in post to £41,212 a year.

The Department of Modern Languages seeks to appoint a postdoctoral research fellow to work on the ERC-funded project ‘Global Literary Theory: Caucasus Literatures Compared (GlobalLIT)’ led by Professor Rebecca Gould. The project investigates Islamic rhetoric (‘ilm al-balagha) from its inception to the modern period, taking into account the radical variance in timescales for the development of different literary traditions. Expertise in the position’s specific literary tradition (Persian, Arabic, and Turkic) is as important as knowledge of critical theory and the ability to situate premodern Islamic literary traditions within the contemporary discipline of Comparative Literature.

You should have completed a PhD in literary studies, native (or near-native) fluency in Persian, expertise in translation studies, high-level analytical capability, as well as a demonstrated ability to work independently to the very highest levels of research excellence. You should have a record of translations from English into Persian.

In Modern Languages research at Birmingham, we explore how the study of languages, discourses, and cultures challenges how we understand and experience the world. Our key concerns involve asking how foreign languages, discourses, and cultures – as objects and methods in their own right, and in all their multiplicity – relativize our ways of thinking, and how an awareness of this enables us to identify links and interconnections where there appears to be only difference and otherness. Over 75% of research in the Department of Modern Languages was judged to be ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ in the Research Excellence Framework 2014. The department has a lively programme of national and international experts who come to Birmingham to give lectures and seminars and we pride ourselves on our research culture. As a member of Department, the research fellow will join a lively and flourishing department where they will enjoy opportunities for intellectual and other leadership in a collegiate and highly ambitious research community.

This is a full-time post with duration of three years, with an anticipated start date of September 2018.

Further information about the project:

For further information please contact Prof Rebecca Gould,

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