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Post-doc: 3 positions at the University of Louvain, ‘The origin and early development of philosophy in tenth-century al-Andalus: the impact of ill-defined materials and channels of transmission’

photoPost-doc: 3 position, 3-year contracts, ERC Advanced project 740618: The origin and early development of philosophy in tenth-century al-Andalus: the impact of ill-defined materials and channels of transmission (2017-2022), Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium
Deadline: 10 November 2017

PhilAnd is a five-year Advanced ERC project to start in October 2017 at the Université catholique de Louvain (UCL) under the supervision of Prof. Godefroid de Callataÿ. The objective of PhilAnd is to conduct a large-scale exploration of how, and under which form, philosophy appeared for the first time in al-Andalus. At the crossroads of several major lines of enquiries in modern scholarship and in line with recent discoveries having important chronological implications, PhilAnd focuses on the 10th century, a period usually disregarded by historians on the assumption that philosophy as such was not cultivated in the Iberian Peninsula before the 11th-12th centuries. Its originality is also to put emphasis on ‘ill-defined’ materials and channels of transmission, a field which remains largely unexplored. PhilAnd will be conducted in partnership with the Warburg Institute (University of London).
As part of this project, three post-doc positions of three years each (to start from 2 January 2018) are offered at the UCL in relation with the three following sub-projects (SP):
1) the Ikhwān al-afā’: This SP will aim at producing a comprehensive survey of all the elements which are likely to inform us about the chronology of redaction and – where applicable – of introduction into al-Andalus of the three works that have commonly been ascribed in sources to this most influential group of thinkers known as Ikhwān al-Ṣafā’ (‘The Brethren of Purity’), namely: a) the Rasā’il (‘the Epistles’); b) the Risāla Jāmi‘a (‘The Comprehensive Epistle’) and, c) the Risāla Jāmi‘at al-Jāmi‘a (‘The Super-Comprehensive Epistle’). This chronology is currently far from clear.
2) Ibn Washiyya and the Nabatean Corpus: This SP aims to evaluate the impact of the Filāḥa Nabaṭiyya (‘The Nabatean Agriculture’), a complex and enigmatic Arabic treatise on agriculture written in the Orient, on the development of both Islamic and Jewish Neoplatonism in al-Andalus from the 10th to the 12th century. The focus will be on the reception of the ‘philosophical’ and bāṭinī (rather than agronomical) aspects of the work, with the aim of understanding why this notoriously esoteric work remained so influential even to Jewish thinkers like Judah Halevi and Maimonides.
3) Ibn Masarra: This SP will lead to the first monograph entirely devoted to Ibn Masarra’s Kitāb khawāṣṣ al-ḥurūf (‘The Book of the Properties of Letters’), consisting of an extensively annotated translation of this mystical treatise, together with an in-depth exploration of its place in the history of ‘ilm al-ḥurūf, the Islamic science of letters – including its links with the Jewish Kabbala – up to the time of Ibn ‘Arabī. This will fill an important gap and provide a valuable resource for the study of Islamic mysticism in al-Andalus.

The qualifications required for any of these sub-projects are:

  1. a PhD in Islamic Studies, in Middle Eastern Studies, or related fields;
  2. an excellent command of Classical Arabic (the knowledge of additional languages such as ancient Greek, Latin and in particular Hebrew is considered an advantage);
  3. a first-rate track record and research experience;
  4. publications of articles in peer-reviewed international journals or monographs with recognized academic publishers;
  5. academic writing and presentation skills in English (the working language of the project);
  6. the ability to work both individually and as part of a team.

These three post-doc positions are full-time equivalent. They are offered for a period of 12 months, renewable twice (three years in total) upon good performance. The post-docs retained will be required to reside in Belgium for the whole period of their fellowship. They will be asked to contribute to the intellectual life of the ERC project and of the UCL.


How to apply?

Applications should be made via pdf files and contain the following:

(1) a cover letter setting out the candidate’s qualifications and motivation for applying for one of the three positions offered (maximum 2 pages);

(2) a curriculum vitae (maximum 3 pages);

(3) a list of publications;

(4) two samples of published work (articles, chapters) in pdf (preferably in English);

(5) a transcript of grades and/or copy of the PhD certificate;

(6) the name (with title, affiliation and email) of four people who have accepted to be contacted as potential referees.
Applications should be made electronically and sent to the following address:

godefroid.decallatay@uclouvain.be

The application deadline is 10 November 2017
Interviews will be arranged between 4 and 6 December 2017.

Candidates selected for the interviews will be contacted by mid-November 2017, and asked to write a short research design on a topic to be announced at that moment.

Employment should become effective from 2 January 2018.

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Call for Applications: Visiting fellowships 2018 (1–4 months), Ptolemaus Arabus et Latinus Project, Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Munich

csm_05-03_Ptolemaeus_ce38187a3aCall for Applications: Visiting fellowships 2018 (1–4 months), Ptolemaus Arabus et Latinus Project, Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Munich
Deadline: 1 October 2017

The project Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus (PAL) is dedicated to the edition and
study of the Arabic and Latin versions of Ptolemy’s astronomical and astrological texts
and related material. These include works by Ptolemy or attributed to him,
commentaries thereupon and other works that are of immediate relevance to
understanding Ptolemy’s heritage in the Middle Ages and the early modern period up
to 1700 A.D.
The project is hosted by the Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften in Munich for a
period of 25 years from 2013 to 2037. It is supervised by Prof. Dr. Dag Nikolaus
Hasse (University of Würzburg) and carried out by five scholars, including two
research leaders, Dr. David Juste and Dr. Benno van Dalen, two post-doctoral
researchers and one doctoral student.
We welcome applications for visiting fellowships tenable in Munich for a period of one
to four months between 1 January and 30 November 2018. The next round of visiting
fellowships is planned for 2020.
-The fellowships amount to € 3100 per month for senior scholars (PhD degree
awarded before 1 January 2013), € 2600 per month for post-docs (PhD degree
awarded after 31 December 2012) and € 1300 per month for doctoral students. In
special cases an additional travel grant may be awarded to overseas applicants. The
fellowships are not liable to taxation in Germany and do not include health
insurance or social benefits.
-Fellows will be offered office facilities at the Bayerische Akademie der
Wissenschaften in Munich, together with the research team, and are expected to
work in Munich most of the time. Fellows will be given access to the research
facilities of the project, including the project’s collection of manuscript
reproductions, and to the research libraries in Munich.
-Fellows are expected to do research in an area relevant to the project and to share
their experience and insights with the other members of the research team.
Research proposals to deal with Ptolemaic sources in languages other than Arabic
and Latin (especially Greek, Syriac, Hebrew and Persian) are also welcome.
-Applications should be sent in English to Prof. Dr. Dag Nikolaus Hasse by email (applications@ptolemaeus.badw.de) before 1 October 2017. Applications should include a complete CV with a list of publications and a research proposal of no more than 500 words. Applicants are asked to state in their research proposal the preferred duration of the fellowship (one, two, three or four months) and to propose a starting date.
Receipt of the application will be acknowledged and the outcome of all applications will be notified by email no later than 31 October 2017.
For further information, please visit our website http://ptolemaeus.badw.de. For
further enquiries, contact Dr. Claudia Dorl at applications@ptolemaeus.badw.de.