The Department of History at Ghent University (Belgium) has issued the following announcement:

In the Department of History at Ghent University (Belgium), one PhD studentship is available for a period of up to four years as part of a research project in the field of late antique social and political history (A.D. 300-800): “Hierarchy and equality in Late Antiquity. Subverting power relations in the later Roman Empire” (funded by the Research Fund of Ghent University, supervisors: Peter Van Nuffelen and Lieve Van Hoof). The project’s aim is to study how ideas of hierarchy and equality impacted on social relations: in the stratified society of Late Antiquity, how could people of inferior rank challenge their superiors? In this way, the project defies traditional top-down views of the Later Roman empire.

Interested candidates are welcome to request the complete project description from Prof. Peter Van Nuffelen ([email protected]).

Your profile & tasks:

You possess a good master’s degree in a relevant discipline (or will possess one by 1/1/2024) and an excellent knowledge of Greek and/or Latin. You have an interest in ancient history and literature, and are willing to explore late antique philosophical and theological texts. You are able to work independently, whilst also being a team player.

Your tasks include: completion of a PhD within four years, the co-organisation of a conference, limited amounts of teaching, and assistance with other research carried out in the project.

Our offer:

*An attractive academic research environment, consisting of a large, high-quality group of junior and senior scholars working on late antique, early medieval, and Byzantine history and literature (the Ghent Centre for Late Antiquity:

*An initial contract for a period of two years, once renewable (contingent on satisfactory performance evaluation)

*A scholarship of approx. 2300 euro (after tax) per month

*Full health insurance

*Specialized doctoral training through OIKOS, the Dutch Research School in Classics

*The possibility of studying one year or semester abroad (contingent on additional funding)

The successful candidate is expected to start ideally on 1/10/2023, and on 1/1/2024 at the latest. S/he is expected to reside in Belgium for the duration of his/her contract.

How to apply:

Please submit the following materials in a single email to Prof. Van Nuffelen ([email protected]) and Prof. Lieve Van Hoof ([email protected]) before 1 August 2023.

*your CV

*a cover letter/personal statement (max 2 pp.)

*the names of two academic referees

*an extensive writing sample (e.g. a copy of your MA thesis; substantial paper, article, or conference presentation)

Interviews will be conducted on Tuesday 22 August.

Prof. Dr. Peter Van Nuffelen

Vakgroep Geschiedenis, Universiteit Gent, Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 35, 9000 Gent

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