Vacancy: Postdoctoral fellowship in Missionary Linguistics

Starting from January 2018, one postdoctoral fellowship will be available at the Center for the Historiography of Linguistics at University of Leuven for up to two years. The successful candidate will be a team member in the ongoing research project “Evolving views on the world's languages in a globalizing world (1540-1840): information growth, conceptual shifts, scholarly networks in the circulation of linguistic knowledge”, funded by the KU Leuven Research Council (2015-2019), and supervised by Toon Van Hal, Pierre Swiggers, Werner Thomas & Lieve Behiels (KU Leuven).
The project aims at offering a comprehensive linguistic-historiographical and cultural-historical analysis of the context, the contents, and the impact of the study of exotic languages as an integrative component of the development of linguistic thinking and practice in Western Europe. It investigates the following questions: (1) How did the circuits of information on languages in the Americas and Asia function? (2) What are the recurrent models of language description? (3) What was the empirical and theoretical impact of Early Modern Language descriptions?
We are looking for a highly driven candidate having a doctoral degree in linguistics, Early Modern studies, translation studies, and/or Oriental studies, or related disciplines and who is able to contribute in a creative and independent way to a collaborative research project of which the outlines of have already been designed. The postdoctoral will conduct a research project that fits in with the general aims of the project. She/he will also be involved in the finalization of an ongoing database project, international joint applications and in the organization of an international conference that will be organized in 2019.

Applicants are requested to submit, before the end of October 2017,

  • a motivation letter
  • a curriculum vitae
  • an electronic version of the PhD-dissertation and up to three relevant articles
  • a short project proposal (of ca. 1300-1500 words) that fits in with the general aims of the project.

Important: The postdoctoral scholarship holder ("postdoctoraal bursaal in internationale mobiliteit") cannot have lived or worked in Belgium for more than 24 months during the period of three years prior to the starting date of the scholarship (Royal decree of 6/2/2003).

To apply, click here

For more information, please do not hesitate to contact

eb.nevueluk|lahnav.noot#eb.nevueluk|lahnav.noot (history of linguistics)
eb.nevueluk|sreggiws.erreip#eb.nevueluk|sreggiws.erreip (history of linguistics)
eb.nevueluk|samoht.renrew#eb.nevueluk|samoht.renrew (early modern history)
eb.nevueluk|sleiheb.eveil#eb.nevueluk|sleiheb.eveil (historical translation studies)

Recent book publications

  • Denecker, Tim. 2017. Ideas on Language in Early Latin Christianity: From Tertullian to Isidore of Seville. Leiden & Boston: Brill.
  • Frederickx, Eddy, and Toon Van Hal. 2015. Johannes Goropius Becanus (1519–1573): Brabants arts en taalfanaat. Hilversum: Verloren.
  • Fryba-Reber, Anne-Marguerite, and Pierre Swiggers, eds. 2015. Karl Jaberg: Linguistique romane, géographie linguistique, théorie du langage. Orbis Supplementa 42. Louvain, Paris & Bristol (CT): Peeters.
  • O'Kelly, Dairine, and Pierre Swiggers, eds. 2014. Jean-Claude Chevalier: 1. Essais d’épistémologie grammaticale. Toulon: Éditions des Dauphins. [= Modèles linguistiques 67]

See the timeline for a more complete overview.

Upcoming conferences

The Impact of Learning Greek, Hebrew and 'Oriental' Languages on Scholarship, Science, and Society in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance (Leuven; December 13-15, 2017)

This year's LECTIO conference seizes the 500th anniversary of the foundation of the Leuven Collegium Trilingue as an incentive both to examine the general context in which institutes like the Trilingue emerged and—more generally—to assess the overall impact of Greek and Hebrew education in the later Middle Ages and the early modern period. Special attention will be directed to the learning and teaching practices and to the general impact the study of these languages exerted on scholarship, science and society. For more information, click here.

Past conferences

Latin language manuals from Western Christianity (350–750): An international workshop (Leuven; May 15, 2017)

This international workshop on Latin language manuals from Western Christianity, 350 to 750, took place in Leuven. The workshop programme (with abstracts) can be accessed here. The keynote speaker was Louis Holtz.

Dialect: an interdisciplinary colloquium (Edmonton; November 3, 2015)

This interdisciplinary colloquium on the concept of "dialect" took place at the University of Alberta, Edmonton (Canada). The programme of this meeting can be accessed here.

Perspectives on Language and Culture in Early Christianity (Leuven; September 10-12, 2015)

The international conference “Perspectives on Language and Culture in Early Christianity” took place in Leuven, from Thursday, September 10, to Saturday, September 12, 2015 (click here for the poster). The conference programme can be accessed here and the book of abstracts here. The keynote speakers were Thorsten Fögen, Alfons Fürst, Louis Holtz, and Josef Lössl.

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