PhD fellowship in « Textual criticism and the sociology of texts »

PhD Fellowship : « Textual Criticism and the Sociology of Texts »

Applications are invited for a PhD fellowship in « Textual criticism and the sociology of texts ».

The fellowship is funded by the Danish Agency for Science, Technology and
Innovation and is offered jointly through the Georg Brandes School at the Department of Nordic Studies and Linguistics, Copenhagen University, and the Department of Literature, Institute for the Sociology of Literature, Uppsala University. The successful candidate will be expected to divide his or her time between Copenhagen and Uppsala, and will be allocated a supervisorfrom each institution, the principal supervisor however will be a professor or associate professor from the University of Copenhagen.

Funding is provided for a research project within the area known as « the
sociology of texts », meaning that texts are regarded not as abstract bearers of meaning but rather as historical phenomena which have physical manifestations and are the products of social interaction. This point of view necessitates an awareness of the factors and agents which are involved in the cultural processes of production, dissemination and reception, as texts are constantly recast, re-issued and reinterpreted by different people at different times.

It is assumed that the research project will combine a theoretical perspective with a specific body of texts. The research undertaken by the PhD candidate might focus on one – or combine several – of the following areas:

1. An historical investigation into the various agents involved in textual production – paper- makers, printers, publishers etc. – and the working methods and conventions developed in these areas, such as page layout, font design, orthography and punctuation, marketing strategies and so on.

2. A study of the transmission of an individual work (e.g. a chapbook) or group of works (e.g. those of a particular author).

3. Scholarly editing, including a discussion of the principles for the establishment of the text and the provision of commentary.

4. A study of reception, including reviews and criticism in particular periods and places, reading circles, the history of book collections and libraries and patterns of readers’ behaviour.

5. A consideration, from a text-sociological point of view, of traditional literary-critical concepts such as the author, authorial intention, authorisation, textual errors, the model and empirical reader, copyright, censorship, literary genre and interpretation.

Applicants must possess a Master’s Degree or the equivalent or expect to possess one by May 1, 2007. All applicants must have submitted a thesis and enclose an assessment of it along with the application.

Appointment as a PhD fellow is subject to the rules of the Faculty of Humanities. Appointment is conditional upon enrolment as a PhD student at the Faculty.

Appointment as a PhD fellow is subject to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC).

In accordance with this agreement, PhD fellows are obliged – without extra payment – to accept work corresponding to 840 hours over a three-year period.

The application must contain:

A project proposal with a full description of the proposed research project and a realistic plan to meet the requirements concerning participation in courses, seminars and study trips to other institutions. The project proposal should not be longer than 12,000 characters (including spaces, but excluding the bibliography); the total number of characters must be indicated at the end of the project proposal.

A CV of no more than one page.

A list of publications.

A degree certificate or a complete transcript.

The recipient of the PhD fellowship will be employed in accordance with the current agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC). The Dean of the Faculty of Humanities will appoint an assessment committee. Upon receipt of the report of the committee each applicant will receive the specific portion of the committee’s assessment pertinent to him/her. The applicants will only be assessed in relation to the announced position.

Applications are invited from qualified candidates regardless of age, sex, race, religion or ethnic origin.

Six copies of the application and all enclosures (6 copies of each) must be sent to: The Rector of the University of Copenhagen, The Faculty of Humanities, Njalsgade 80, DK-2300 Copenhagen S, with reference to J.nr. 211-0085/07-4550

The application deadline is May 2, 2007 at 12:00 (Noon). No enclosures will be accepted after the deadline.

Information regarding the Danish PhD ministerial order and employment as a PhD fellow can be obtained by contacting Birgit H=FCttmann, tel.: +45 35 32 80 54 or e-mail: bhu@hum.ku.dk

For further information about the Fellowship and the Georg Brandes School please contact Pil Dahlerup phone +45 35 32 83 34 or e-mail: pil@hum.ku.dk


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