Post-Doctoral Fellowship: Demarginalizing Medieval Africa: Images, Texts, and Identity in Early Solomonic Ethiopia (1270-1527), University of Hamburg, Deadline: April 15th 2021


Duties include academic services in the project named above. Research associates may also pursue independent research and further academic qualifications.

Specific Duties

The applicant shall conduct research on the manuscript and literary culture of Ethiopia in the frame of the project “Demarginalizing medieval Africa: Images, texts, and identity in early Solomonic Ethiopia (1270-1527)”. The project intends to shed new light on the art, history, and culture of the Ethiopian Empire during a period going from the rise of a new dynasty which claimed to descend from the biblical King Solomon in 1270 to its near collapse in 1527, through a series of collaborations with libraries and institutions across the world, and to set up a platform for exchange between scholars working on the history of manuscript illumination – with a particular focus on the Oriental Orthodox traditions of the Armenian, Coptic, and the Syriac worlds – and on the Christian arts of Ethiopia and Eritrea. Visit for more details on the project.


A university degree in a relevant field. PhD degree is an advantage; applicants close to completion of their PhD are also welcome to apply. Essentials skills are:

  • Good working knowledge of English and German
  • An excellent knowledge of Classical Ethiopic
  • Exceptional organisational skills.

Desirable skills are:

  • Knowledge of other Semitic Languages (esp. Arabic)
  • Knowledge of further European languages (Italian, French)
  • A record of, or demonstrable potential for, excellent scholarship
  • A significant grasp of the history of the manuscript culture of Ethiopia and Eritrea
  • Familiarity with TEI XML or a willingness to quickly learn the workflow to encode in XML
  • Good teamworking skills and
  • The ability to work effectively with institutions and communities

For further information, click here.


Published by Ellie Wilson

Ellie Wilson holds a First Class Honours in the History of Art from the University of Bristol, with a particular focus on Medieval Florence. In 2020 she achieved a Distinction in her MA at The Courtauld Institute of Art, where she specialised in the art and architecture of Medieval England under the supervision of Dr Tom Nickson. Her dissertation focussed on an alabaster altarpiece, and its relationship with the cult of St Thomas Becket in France and the Chartreuse de Vauvert. Her current research focusses on the artistic patronage of London’s Livery Companies immediately pre and post-Reformation. Ellie will begin a PhD at the University of York in Autumn 2021 with a WRoCAH studentship, under the supervision of Professor Tim Ayers and Dr Jeanne Nuechterlein.

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