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Postdoc position ERC "Mapping Ancient Polytheisms"

Contrat post-doctoral ERC « Mapping Ancient Polytheisms »

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Published on Wednesday, October 07, 2020 by Céline Guilleux

Summary

The ERC Advanced Grant Project 741182 MAP (Mapping Ancient Polytheisms. Cult Epithets as an Inteface between Religious Systems and Human Agency), led by Corinne Bonnet, is now accepting applications for a postdoctoral position (100%) from the 01/03/2021 at the Université Toulouse – Jean Jaurès. This call for applications is addressed, in particular, to researchers in the history of the religions of antiquity, with an excellent knowledge of ancient Greek and a good familiarity with epigraphical corpora.

Announcement

Position

The ERC Advanced Grant Project 741182 MAP (Mapping Ancient Polytheisms. Cult Epithets as an Interface between Religious Systems and Human Agency), led by Corinne Bonnet, is now accepting applications for 1 postdoctoral position (100%) from the 01/03/2021.

Location: Université Toulouse – Jean Jaurès, Maison de la Recherche (presence required). The research may require scientific missions in France and/or abroad.

Contract Category: A

Contract duration: 1 year, with one possible renewal.

Main tasks

The postdoc will exploit the epithets attributed to the gods in Greek inscriptions, thus taking part in one of the two areas covered by the project, in a longue durée perspective from 1000 BCE to 400 CE.

Applicants are expected to list cult epithets from epigraphic sources, enter them in a database, investigate them using network analysis and cartography, and analyse them according to their context, as the most efficient indicator of the divine multiple powers and modes of action, as well as their connection to places where humans interact with them. The comparative approach between the Greek world and the Western Semitic world will allow a reappraisal of concepts such as transfer, translation, and adaptation connected to epithets or their translation into images and stories.

Activities

  • examine epigraphical corpora in Greek;
  • gather the data in a database;
  • analyse the data by combining traditional tools and innovative methods such as network analysis and its visualisation;
  • present research results through original publications (articles and/or monography), in French and English mainly;
  • take active part to the scientific activities of the team: seminars, workshops, conferences, summer schools, etc., and to their organisation;
  • present these results at conferences or seminars outside Toulouse;
  • assure the maintenance of a website with the whole team;
  • take part into research dissemination activities.

Required corpus

  • Peloponnesus
  • Central Greece
  • Northern Greece
  • Insular Greece (Crete included, but except Cyprus)
  • Bulgaria and Black Sea

Requirements

  • in-depth training and research experience (PhD, optionally post-doc) in the field of History of Religions in Antiquity; applicants should have received their PhD preferably within the last five years;
  • excellent knowledge of ancient Greek;
  • familiarity with epigraphical corpora;
  • skills in the field of multiculturalism or comparatism between Semitic and Greek worlds would be an additional asset;
  • good knowledge of databases;
  • knowledge of tools deriving from network analysis and cartography would be an additional asset;
  • very good command of French and English and at least good comprehension of written German;
  • advanced teamwork skills.

Professional environment

The postdoc will work under the direction of the Principal Investigator of the MAP project, namely Corinne Bonnet. He/she will work with the whole team, which includes 3 other post-docs, the project-manager, a PhD and guest researchers.

Degree required

Applicants should hold a PhD in the field of Ancient History, Classics or equivalent.

Application guidelines

For further details on the position, contact Corinne BONNET: cbonnet@univ-tlse2.fr

Deadline for submission: 15/11/2020.

Applicants are requested to submit:

  • Curriculum Vitae (Education, experience in research, Publications, Projects; 5-6 pages max.)
  • Motivation letter (1 p.)
  • PDF of the PhD dissertation and of the final report of the Commission.

To be sent by mail to: cbonnet@univ-tlse2.fr AND sylvain.lebreton@univ-tlse2.fr

Selection committee

  • Corinne Bonnet, Université Toulouse – Jean Jaurès / PLH-ÉRASME / ERC MAP (PR, directrice du projet / Prof., Principal Investigator and Director)
  • Élodie Guillon, Université Toulouse – Jean Jaurès / PLH-ÉRASME / ERC MAP (Coordinatrice du projet / Coordinator)
  • Fabio Porzia, Université Toulouse – Jean Jaurès / PLH-ÉRASME / ERC MAP (Post-doc et directeur adjoint du projet / Post-doc and codirector)
  • Thomas Galoppin, Université Toulouse – Jean Jaurès / PLH-ÉRASME / ERC MAP (Post-doc)
  • Sylvain Lebreton, Université Toulouse – Jean Jaurès / PLH-ÉRASME / ERC MAP (Post-doc)
  • Laurent Bricault, Université Toulouse – Jean Jaurès / PLH-ÉRASME / ERC MAP (Prof., project associate)
  • Adeline Grand-Clément, Université Toulouse – Jean Jaurès / PLH-ÉRASME / ERC MAP (Ass. Prof., project associate) 

Places

  • Université Toulouse 2 Jean Jaurès - 5 allées Antonio Machado
    Toulouse, France (31000)

Date(s)

  • Sunday, November 15, 2020

Keywords

  • histoire, religion, antique, monde grec, épigraphie

Contact(s)

  • Corinne Bonnet
    courriel : cbonnet [at] univ-tlse2 [dot] fr

Information source

  • Sylvain Lebreton
    courriel : sylvain [dot] lebreton [at] univ-tlse2 [dot] fr

To cite this announcement

« Postdoc position ERC "Mapping Ancient Polytheisms" », Scholarship, prize and job offer, Calenda, Published on Wednesday, October 07, 2020, https://calenda.org/806006

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