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2 PhD positions in History

Project "Voicing the News, Voicing History. Songs, Ballads and Broadsheets as Vocal Media in Early Modern Germany and Switzerland" 100%, fixed term, four years.

The Department of History at the University of Basel, Switzerland invites applications for two

four-year PhD positions in History

The positions are scheduled to begin in January, 2019.

Ihre Aufgaben
The successful candidates will be members of the research group "Vocal Power. Vocality in Early Modern Media and Politics", funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation and directed by Prof. Dr. Jan-Friedrich Missfelder. The project explores the political, cultural and social functions of voice in 17thand 18thcentury politics, society and media practices in the German speaking lands. It particularly investigates the role songs and ballads had to play in the establishment of an early modern media landscape and the vocal agency of street singers, heralds, towncriers, orators and preachers as in the process of shaping the early modern public sphere. Within this general frame the holders of the two PhD positions will be pursuing individual research projects on the representation of news and actualities and, respectively, the construction of history in songs and ballad broadsheets.

Ihr Profil
Successful candidates are expected to hold a university degree (MA or equivalent) in History (or a related discipline). Good knowledge of German and English and experiences in the field of early modern history are essential. Interest in music and musicological research is a plus but not a necessary requirement. The candidates are expected to take residence in Basel during their contracts.

Wir bieten Ihnen
The Department of History at the University of Basel provides excellent research and employment conditions in a stimulating academic environment.You pursue your dissertation project within a collaborative framework, affiliated as a member of the Basel Graduate School of History.Travel and other research expenses relating to the research projects will be covered by the Swiss National Research Foundation.

Application / Kontakt
contactThe University of Basel is committed to increasing the number
of women in its scientific personnel and warmly encourages well-qualified
women researchers to apply. As application, please submit the following documents
– CV and publications
– Diplomas/MA certificates
– Letter of motivation explaining your suitability for the position
– Scientific writing sample (max. 10 pages)
– Names and addresses of two possible referees to be contacted by the University
of Basel

Applications may be submitted until 25th September 2018 in German or English, to the candidate's preference. Only applications submitted through this recruitment system will be considered. Interviews with the invited candidates will presumably be held on 8th and 10thOctober 2018

For additional information about the positions please contact Dr. Jan-Friedrich Missfelder


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