“Learned Practices of Canonical Texts” Pre- and Postdoctoral Fellowships, 2012- January 2, 2012 Deadline

The Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin (MPIWG) offers a limited number of two-month pre- and postdoctoral fellowships for outstanding junior scholars in the final stage of completing their dissertations or within 4 years of having received the doctorate. Dissertation topics should be related to the ongoing research project in Department II “Learned Practices of Canonical Texts” (Organizers: Anthony Grafton, Glenn Most); project description at http://www.mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de/en/research/projects/DeptII_GraftonMost_Canonical.

This research project examines historically and comparatively the scholarly practices associated with canonical texts especially in the following linguistic traditions: ancient Greek; Latin; Hebrew; Arabic; the languages of the Indian subcontinent; Chinese. Approximately six senior and six junior scholars (the positions advertised here are for the latter six) will constitute a Working Group at the MPIWG in Berlin from 6 July 2012 to 17 August 2012. Each participant will arrive with a preliminary version of a chapter on one aspect of this topic for a collective publication, to be presented to and discussed by the other members of the group. All participants will then spend those six weeks working together to turn these chapters into a more unified book. The topic of the dissertation or postdoctoral research project must be pertinent to the research project and should come from the linguistic traditions indicated. Applicants working on non-European topics are especially encouraged to apply.

The fellowships are open to doctoral candidates and recent Ph.D.’s of all nationalities and disciplines, except those who have already received three years of Max Planck Society predoctoral fellowship funding. The colloquium language is English and candidates are expected to be able to present and discuss their work in that language. Applications may however be submitted in German, French, Italian, Spanish, or English. The fellowships will run from 1 July 2012 – 31 August 2012 and will include funds to cover round-trip travel between the fellow’s home institution and Berlin and a stipend for living expenses during this period. The MPIWG offers all resident scholars office space, computer and library support.

Applicants should send the following materials by 2 January 2012:

  1. Curriculum vitae and list of publications.
  2. Brief (maximum 750 words) description of dissertation, in which its relevance to this ongoing MPIWG research project is made clear.
  3. One chapter of the dissertation or a scholarly article, pertinent to the project (no longer than 40 pages), preferably in pdf form.
  4. One letter of recommendation from dissertation advisor endorsing the candidate and his/her involvement in the MPIWG Working Group. (Letters should be sent separately.)

Applications and letters of recommendation should be sent to:
Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte
Verwaltung (PrePostdoc Dept.2)
Boltzmannstraße 22
14195 Berlin
Germany

(Electronic submission is also possible: rheld@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de)

Successful applicants will be informed by the end of January 2012. Questions concerning stipends and the MPIWG should be addressed to the MPIWG Research Coordinator, Mr. Jochen Schneider (jsr@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de). Applications from women are especially welcomed. The Max Planck Society is committed to employing more handicapped individuals and encourages them to apply.

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