Intertextuality and Text reuse in the Middle East
The Aga Khan University-ISMC is seeking three post-doctoral research fellows to work with an international and interdisciplinary group of investigators for the European Research Council-funded project, an exciting and ambitious digital humanities project: KITAB (Knowledge, Information Technology, and the Arabic Book – see http://kitab-project.org/). The project, led by Sarah Bowen Savant (Aga Khan University-ISMC) is focused on the way that texts were “reused” in the period of 700–1500 across the Arabic speaking world. We are specifically interested in what the recycling of texts can reveal about the history of books in this period, and more deeply, about how memory was generated in the pre-modern Middle East.
In order to cover the 5 strands of the KITAB project (based on geographical areas):
We expect the three fellows to be based in, or willing to move to, London and to work at the Aga Khan Centre with the PI and the Research Associate.
The candidates will have completed their PhD in a field such as Middle Eastern History, Arabic Literature or Arabic Studies by December 2018. Their dissertations should show interest in, e.g., intertextuality, text reuse or history of the Arabic book. The candidates must demonstrate fluency in reading and understanding classical Arabic. Interests shown in Digital Humanities and Open Data will be much appreciated. Ability and desire to work collaboratively is essential to the position.
The work that the research project undertakes is innovative, interdisciplinary, and comparative. Fellows will work closely with Computer Scientists and are expected to be open to Digital Humanities approaches and actively participate in developing both the project’s corpus and its methods. They will consider intertextuality and the reuse of texts between regions and across time or genres. Specifically, the fellows will:
The core intellectual questions of the research project pertain to:
Successful candidates will be offered a two-year full-time fixed-term position to start on the 1st of March 2019.
Incumbents will receive a gross annual salary of £33,000 and an annual research budget of £500. Please note that accommodation in London will need to be independently organised by the Fellow. Other benefits include: shared office space in the Aga Khan Centre, access to computer facilities, and access to the Aga Khan Library and the libraries of neighbouring academic institutions.
Application pack should include CV (maximum 5 pages) with a list of publications, 3 Referee contacts, 1 Sample Publication, Research Interest Statement (1 page), Project Proposal (3 pages) with relevant Bibliography (an interest in working on KITAB’s corpus will be much appreciated). Complete application should be submitted by midday on the 12th of October 2018 to email@example.com
Candidates can expect to hear back from us in the last week of October 2018 and first Interviews will be held in November.
Decisions on applications will be made and communicated in December 2018 for the start date of 1st March 2019.
Please direct any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: Due to the large number of applications expected, we will only contact candidates short-listed for interview. If you have not heard from us within four weeks after the closing date, please presume that your application has been unsuccessful.
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|Salary:||£33,000 per annum and an annual research budget of £500|
|Placed On:||10th September 2018|
|Closes:||12th October 2018|
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