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    Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań
    LiteratureAsian literature
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    20/11/2019 23:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Poland › Poznań
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Scientific discipline: Literature

Job type (employment contract/stipend): stipend

Number of job offers: up to 3

Remuneration/stipend amount/month (“X0 000 PLN of full remuneration cost, i.e. expected net salary at X 000 PLN”):

tax-free stipend of 3.500 PLN / monthly

Position starts on: 01/12/2019

Maximum period of contract/stipend agreement: 30 months, i.e., 2 ½ years till May 2022

Institution: Adam Mickiewicz University, Faculty of Modern Languages and Literature

Project leader: Dr. Hab. Ulrich Timme Kragh

Project title: Core Concepts of Historical Thinking (Project is carried out within the Team programme of the Foundation for Polish Science)




The CORE Project, "Core Concepts of Historical Thinking," is a research project funded with a three-year Team Grant from the Foundation for Polish Science (FNP). The Project's focus is on digital humanities and the writing of a comparative global history of ideas in historical thinking. The Project announces up to three PhD student positions for the period from December 2019 till May 2022 with a possibility of extension through the University's doctoral schools for a full four-year PhD program.

Theoretically, the Project's fundamental notion of core concepts of historical thinking is a new approach in theory of history and global history of ideas, having the purpose of introducing a cross-cultural comparative framework to a wide number of humanistic fields of study by identifying indigenous comparative denominators of basic theoretical ideas that permeate modern and pre-modern historical writings or other anthropological forms of conceptualizing the past. Principally, the core concept approach originates with the German tradition of conceptual history of Reinhart Koselleck (in German 'geshichtliche Grundbegriffe') and the theoretical work by Jörn Rüsen, the Anglo-Saxon Cambridge School of conceptual history of Quinten Skinner and P.G.A. Pocock, the French translation theory of Barbara Cassin and Emily Apter, as well as the cross-Atlantic Spanish approach of the Iberconceptos Project.

Digitally, the Project aims at creating an online multimedia platform for presenting new and complex material not only in written form but also in visual forms, such as video and other media, meant for an academic audience in an open-access online resource for learning and higher educational purposes. The digital platform will introduce a principle of polylateral thinking to expose humanist students and scholars to input from a worldwide community of readers, where the technological solution goes hand in hand with the objective of doing globally comparative work on core concepts of historical thinking.

For PhD  candidates who are bent towards theoretical fields of knowledge and who appreciate the importance of the digital advances in the humanities, the CORE Project offers a possibility for studying for a doctoral PhD degree.



1.The PhD students will be working closely not only with Prof. Ulrich Timme Kragh, who is the Principle Investigator of the Project, but also with their own primary or secondary PhD supervisor and collaborate with the other doctoral student and postdoc researcher members of the Project's team in Poznan. Additionally, the PhD students are expected to collaborate with the Project's large network of leading Polish and international specialists, who serve as close collaborators and academic advisors for the Project. The expertise of the collaborators encompasses a wide variety of fields of knowledge, including history, theory and philosophy of history, comparative literature, postcolonial and subaltern studies, ethnographic studies, anthropology, religious studies, philosophy, and languages such as Latina Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, French, English, German, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Tibetan, Hindi, Sanskrit, Kannada, Mongolian, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Dutch, Russian, and Polish.

2.In an atmosphere of mutual respect towards the multicultural forms of existence and knowledge and in the frame of a concerted effort and team spirit, the PhD students will produce their own unique research to identify and describe fundamental concepts of historical thinking in their own area of specialization, describe those concepts in either a comparative or non-comparative framework, and produce corresponding textual and multimedia lemmas to be published on the Project's online digital platform.

3.The research will be carried out in the Project's broader framework of workshops, seminars, and lectures aimed at delivering research output in text and multimedia form.

4.Additionally, the PhD students are expected to follow the general program of doctoral study course work and other program requirements, produce their individual doctoral dissertations under the supervision of one or more doctoral advisors, as well as to produce research publications and conference presentations in their own field of expertise, such as peer-reviewed research articles.

5.The PhD students are required to work at the Project offices at Adam Mickiewicz University, which are conveniently located in downtown Poznan, Poland.

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Offer Requirements

    ENGLISH: Good


1. Successful applicants must have an M.A. or M.Phil. degree in hand in a pertinent field latest by the time of admission.

2. Expertise in one or more of the languages, literatures, and traditions of history which the Project attempts to cover, including English, German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Latin American Studies, Scandinavian languages, Polish, Russian, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Mongolian, Tibetan, Sanskrit, Kannada, and Hindi. Applications with expertise in a different area of language and culture specialization than the ones listed above is also possible, if suitably justified in the application.

3. Candidates are also desired to have working capability in at least one academic language other than their mother tongue.

4. Candidates must have oral and written fluency in academic English. It is required that the doctoral students must write their dissertation, research publications, and materials for the Project's web resource in English.

5. Furthermore, candidates should have deep interest in comparative historical thinking and/or comparative literature.

6. It is also desired that s/he possesses basic filming and postproduction skills, such as being able to operate video cameras and be willing to learn editing skills in Adobe Premiere Pro CC, and to have a wish to engage in transforming scholarly findings onto a digital humanistic platform through those tech skills.

7. The positions require expertise in or willingness to learn theory of history, the history of ideas related to historical thinking, or other forms of conceptualizing the past.

Specific Requirements


1. A letter of application outlining the applicant's qualifications and motivation for participating in the project, while also describing the type of research in historical thinking that s/he may pursue within the project framework

2. A CV, including a list of any research publications

3. PDF Copy of MA or M.Phil. degree certificate and earlier degrees of higher education, such as B.A. degree

4. A list of three possible academic referees with contact information

5. Eventual publication samples in PDF format


Work location(s)
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Św. Marcin 78

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