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Post-doctoral Research Fellow (Franz Kafka Global)

University of Oxford - Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages

Location: Oxford
Salary: £32,817 to £40,322 (with discretionary range to £44,045) per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 19th July 2021
Closes: 20th August 2021
Job Ref: 152171

Location: Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages, 41/47 Wellington Square

Salary: Grade 7: £32,817 - £40,322 (with discretionary range to £44,045) per annum

Hours: Full Time

Contract Type: Fixed-term (12 months) 1 October 2021 to 30 September 2022

The Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages is seeking to appoint a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow who will play a key role in supporting the PI and Co-I in bringing about this ambitious programme. The successful candidate will be encouraged to devise their own independent research project on Kafka, or a related topic in Modernism Studies, as part of the funding application and will be supported in drawing up other applications for follow-on postdoctoral funding. 

The project

The centenary of Kafka’s death in 2024 provides a unique opportunity for Oxford to showcase its role as custodian of Kafka’s manuscripts (the majority of which are held at the Bodleian Library) and his global legacy. The centenary will be marked by a major exhibition at the Weston Library, ‘Kafka Global’, which will in turn be accompanied by an ambitious academic and cultural programme. Organised by the Oxford Kafka Research Centre (OKRC) in collaboration with the German Literary Archive Marbach and the National Library of Israel, ‘Kafka Global’ will define Kafka studies for the next generation. The first stage of this project, funded by the John Fell Fund, will involve preparatory work for the exhibition as well as two academic workshops in the academic year 2021-22, which will feed into a major grant application related to Kafka’s global cultural legacy, coordinated by the Principal Investigator (Professor Carolin Duttlinger) and Co-Investigator (Professor Barry Murnane) (to be submitted in summer 2022). The first workshop will be dedicated to planning the academic programme of the grant application; this will include refining the overarching academic theme (Kafka Global: Life, Death, and Afterlife) and the associated narrative. The second workshop will involve practitioners from theatre, film, dance, literature, and the visual arts, who will help to define the scope and themes of the cultural programme.

Applicants must possess: Fluency to native- or near-native-speaker level in German and an excellent understanding of English; ability to manage their own academic research and associated activities; previous experience of contributing to academic publications/presentations in English or German; excellent communication skills, including the ability to write for publication, present research proposals and results, and represent the project at meetings in English and/or German.  Applicants must have obtained a PhD in German Studies or a related area, or must have a submitted their doctoral thesis in this area by 1 September 2021

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on Friday 20 August 2021.

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