Project "Voicing the News, Voicing History. Songs, Ballads and Broadsheets as
Vocal Media in Early Modern Germany and Switzerland" fixed term, four
years The Department of History at the University of Basel, Switzerland invites
two four-year PhD positions in History.
The positions are scheduled to begin in January, 2019.
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 17th and 18th century 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.
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.
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 / contact
The 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 31st October 2018 in German or English, to the candidate's preference. Only applications submitted through this recruitment system will be considered.
The advertisement will be closed as soon as there are enough applications.