12/02/2021
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PhD in English Literature

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  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL)
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    LiteratureComparative literature
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    15/08/2021 12:00 - Europe/Brussels
  • LOCATION
    Belgium › Louvain-la-Neuve
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    Temporary
  • JOB STATUS
    Full-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    40
  • OFFER STARTING DATE
    01/10/2021

OFFER DESCRIPTION

JOB DESCRIPTION

We are excited to post a job announcement for a full-time PhD position at UCLouvain in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium in the research project “Rethinking Climate Fiction: Activism, Spirituality, Literary Form (CLI+)”, supervised by Ben De Bruyn.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

The selected candidate will work on a fully funded PhD project in literary studies that analyzes a corpus of fiction and nonfiction texts to describe and understand how distinct spiritual traditions are used in contemporary Anglophone literature and ecological discourse. The project will analyze religious language and imagery in environmental writing as well as ecological concerns in spiritual texts to chart different articulations of a post-secular “crisis spirituality”. It will also identify the precise formal and rhetorical strategies used to re-enchant the environment in the writings of prize-winning poets, essayists, and novelists. What is more, the project will connect recent versions of this ecospiritual imaginary with broader, interdisciplinary debates about emotion and activism in the challenging context of the climate crisis.

WORK ENVIRONMENT

The PhD candidate will be collaborating closely with colleagues from UCLouvain working on contemporary literature and literatures in English, as a member of the research group ECR (Ecriture, création, représentation). In addition, the candidate will participate in international workshops and conferences related to the subject and field of the project. The position is funded by the Fonds Spéciaux de Recherche of the Université Catholique de Louvain and the salary is determined according to UCLouvain regulations for PhD scholarships. Employment will start on October 1st, 2021. The grant covers personnel costs for a period of two years, after which the PhD candidate is expected to apply for an extension. As part of this project, the candidate is also expected to submit an application with the Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique (FRS-FNRS). His/her research is expected to result in a doctoral degree.

HOW TO APPLY

Candidates are invited to submit their applications by e-mail to Prof. Ben De Bruyn by August 15, 2021 (ben.debruyn@uclouvain.be). The application should include the following documents, preferably in a single pdf file:

  • a full CV, including an overview of the applicant’s exam results and a copy of the applicant’s MA degree;
  • a letter of application that outlines the candidate’s background and motivation for applying to this project;
  • a relevant writing sample (a recent exam paper or the applicant’s MA thesis, for example);
  • contact details for two academic referees who may be contacted as part of the application procedure.

On the basis of these documents, candidates will be selected for an interview at the start of September 2021. The project itself will start on October 1st, 2021. For further details and questions, please do not hesitate to contact Ben De Bruyn: ben.debruyn@uclouvain.be.

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French version

VACANCE DE POSTE SCIENTIFIQUE

Nous sommes ravis de publier une offre d'emploi pour un poste de doctorat à plein temps à l'UCLouvain à Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgique dans le projet de recherche «Rethinking Climate Fiction: Activism, Spirituality, Literary Form (CLI+)», supervisé par Ben De Bruyn.

DESCRIPTION DU PROJET

Le ou la candidat.e sélectionné.e travaillera sur un projet de doctorat entièrement financé en études littéraires qui analyse un corpus de textes de fiction et de non-fiction pour décrire et comprendre comment des traditions spirituelles distinctes sont utilisées dans la littérature anglophone contemporaine et le discours écologique. 

COMMENT POSTULER

Les candidat.e.s sont invité.e.s à soumettre leur candidature sous format électronique au Prof. Ben De Bruyn pour le 15 août 2021 (ben.debruyn@uclouvain.be). Le dossier de candidature doit inclure les documents suivants, de préférence dans un seul fichier pdf:

  • un CV complet, comprenant un aperçu des résultats de l’étude des candidat.e.s et une copie du titre de master;
  • une lettre de candidature décrivant les antécédents et la motivation des candidat.e.s pour postuler à ce projet;
  • un échantillon d’écriture pertinent (une épreuve d’examen récent ou la thèse de maîtrise des candidat.e.s, par exemple);
  • les coordonnées de deux personnalités académiques de référence qui peuvent être contactés dans le cadre de la procédure.

Sur base de ces documents, les candidat.e.s seront sélectionné.e.s pour un entretien début septembre 2021. Le projet lui-même débutera le 1er octobre 2021. Des renseignements complémentaires peuvent être obtenus auprès de Ben De Bruyn: ben.debruyn @ uclouvain.be.

Required Research Experiences

  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Literature
  • YEARS OF RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
    1 - 4

Offer Requirements

  • REQUIRED EDUCATION LEVEL
    Literature: Master Degree or equivalent
  • REQUIRED LANGUAGES
    ENGLISH: Excellent
    FRENCH: Basic

Skills/Qualifications

  • MA degree in modern languages, comparative literature or a related field;
  • excellent command of (academic) English;
  • prior experience with environmental humanities topics and interdisciplinary research will be considered an asset;
  • knowledge of French will be considered an asset;
  • ability to work both independently and as part of a multilingual and interdisciplinary team.

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
UCLouvain
Belgium
Louvain-la-Neuve
1348
Place Blaise Pascal 1

EURAXESS offer ID: 604482

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