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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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The Fritz Saxl Doctoral Studentship at the Warburg. Deadline 23 June 2017

WarburgThe Warburg Institute invites enquiries and applications for the award of the Fritz Saxl Doctoral Studentship for the period from October 2017 to September 2020.

Applications are welcome from candidates of any nationality. Applicants should possess, or be about to receive, an MA degree or equivalent. The Fritz Saxl Studentship will be awarded on the basis of outstanding academic performance, the quality of the research proposal and promise of scholarly excellence.

The Fritz Saxl Studentship has been established to support an outstanding PhD applicant who wishes to conduct their research at the Warburg Institute and has applied to register for a PhD at the Institute.  The successful applicant will have an outstanding research proposal and a genuine and demonstrable interest in being supervised by a member of the Warburg Institute faculty.  The award will be made for entry in Autumn 2017 and will include:

  • The full payment of tuition fees at Home/EU levels (worth up to £6,240 per year at 2017/18 rates) for three years.
  • A maintenance stipend worth £16,000 at 2017/18 rates for a period of three years.

The Warburg Institute is the premier institute in the world for the study of cultural history and the role of images in culture. It is cross-disciplinary and global. It is concerned with the histories of art and science, and their relationship with superstition, magic and popular beliefs. Its researches are historical, philological and anthropological. It is dedicated to the study of the survival and transmission of cultural forms – whether in literature, art, music or science – across borders and from the earliest times to the present. In setting out the historical, psychological, anthropological and political dimensions of art and culture, the work of Aby Warburg underlines the continuing relevance of the humanities today.

Studying at the Warburg Institute provides access to scholars and Fellows of the highest calibre in professional and research terms. Contact hours and consultation with academic staff is one of the most favourable to be found in any academic institution. There is also the advantage of access to the Warburg Library, one of the world’s finest, as well as the Photographic Collection and Warburg Institute Archive. Lectures are friendly and intimate, and there is a constant flow of academics of international standing through our doors, as well as regular scholarly conferences, seminars and events which attract the larger academic community.

The Warburg Institute offers doctoral research supervision in the following broad areas:

  • Art History, visual and material culture
  • Cultural and Intellectual History
  • Humanism and the history of scholarship
  • Renaissance philosophy and the history and transmission of ideas
  • History of Science
  • History of the Book
  • Arabic and Islamic influences in Europe
  • Folk Practice

Further information about the Institute, staff and research interests and current PhD topics can be found at http://warburg.sas.ac.uk/

Eligibility

Applicants for the Fritz Saxl Doctoral Studentship must have submitted an application for registration as a PhD student at the Warburg Institute to commence in October 2017.  The Fritz Saxl Doctoral Studentship is only open to new applicants for a PhD and not for continuing PhD students.

 

How to apply

There is no application form. Applications should be made by signed and dated letter addressed to Ms C E Charlton, Associate Director (Administration), The Warburg Institute, Woburn Square, London WC1H 0AB.  Your letter of application should contain a clear and comprehensive statement setting out your reasons for applying for the Studentship and a copy of your research proposal should be supplied with the letter. You should also indicate clearly in your on line PhD application form that it is your intention to apply for the Fritz Saxl Studentship.

Candidates must submit their application for the award of a Fritz Saxl Studentship at the same time as they submit their application for registration as a PhD student at the Warburg Institute.  Applications must be submitted by no later than 23 June 2017.logo

CFP: Singular Acts (London, 16 Nov 17)

The Warburg Institute LibraryLondon, The Warburg Institute, November 16, 2017
Deadline: May 31, 2017

Singular Acts: The Role of the Individual in the Transformation of Collective Culture

The Warburg Institute will host its second Postgraduate Symposium on 16 November 2017. This year’s Symposium focuses on particular personalities who acted for or against historical and cultural change.

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Workshop for MA and PhD students on Medieval Magic for MA & PhD students (7 July 2016)

Screen Shot 2016-04-24 at 11.41.14 AMThe Warburg Institute and The European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism (ESSWE) have organised a free Workshop for MA and PhD students on Medieval Magic. The workshop will take place on July 7 at the Warburg Institute in London, and will focus on the topic of “Magical Traditions and Medieval Religions of the Book”. Please see the programme below for details.

The keynote paper will be given by Prof. Jean-Patrice Boudet (Orléans) and the workshop will include ‎sessions on PhD and Early Career Advice and a Laboratory with period and regional focus groups led by speakers, chairs and ESSWE board members.

Please note that this is a free event with a limited number of places. To book a place, please contact the organizer, Dr. Sophie Page: sophie.page@ucl.ac.uk

10:00-10:30 Workshop registration and coffee

10:30-10:40 Welcome by ESSWE president Andreas Kilcher

1) Oratory: Presentations by guest speakers (10:40—14.40) Chair: Yuri Stoyanov (SOAS)

10:40-11:20 Siam Bhayro ‎(Exeter): ‘Jewish Aramaic magic bowls from late antique Mesopotamia: No longer on the margins’‎

11:20-12.00 Liana Saif (Oxford): ‘At the Margins ‎of Orthodoxy: Magic in Medieval Islam’‎

12.00-12:40 Adelina Angusheva-Tihanov (Manchester) ‘Slavic amulet books and Greek Orthodoxy’ with a ‎response from Will Ryan (retired professor of Russian magic, Warburg Institute).‎‎

‎12:40-13:40 Lunch Break (as this is a free event, lunch is not provided)

‎13:40-14:40 ‎Jean-Patrice Boudet (Orléans), ‘Magical Traditions and Medieval Religions of the Book:

Common Topics and ‎Mutual Influences’. Chair: Charles Burnett (Warburg Institute)

2) Round table discussion (14:40-15:30) Chair: Sophie Page (UCL)

‎15:30-16:00 ‎Coffee Break

3) PhD and Early Career Advice (16:00-16.30)

Two simultaneous sessions:

1. Early Career Advice for PhD students. Led by Egil Asprem (Norwegian University of Science and Technology) and Liana Saif (Oxford)

2. PhD advice for MA students (ESSWE board members and guest speakers)

4) Laboratory: Discussion in period and regional focus groups (16:30-17:30)

With the following scholars, in addition to the speakers and chairs: Andreas Kilcher, Mark Sedgwick,

Peter J. Forshaw, Jean-Pierre Brach, Birgit Menzel, ‎Bernd-Christian Otto and Gyorgy E. Szonyi.

17:30 Wine reception

Publication News: New Issue of Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes

Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes – Volume LXXVI  (2013)

This  volume was issued online in two parts: Part I (October) and Part II (November), to be followed by the print edition as a complete volume (expected publication date 18 December 2013). For further information, see the journal’s website.

Part I

Xenophon and the Barberini: Pietro da Cortona’s Sacrifice to Diana
Timothy Rood

Philosophy for Princes: Aristotle’s Politics and its Readers during the French Wars of Religion
Ingrid De Smet

John Spencer’s De Legibus Hebraeorum (1683-85) and ‘Enlightened’ Sacred History: A New Interpretation
Dmitri Levitin

The Qur’an Translations of Marracci and Sale
Alexander Bevilacqua

Abigail going to David: The Iconography of a Marble Capital from the Destroyed Romanesque Cloister at Notre-Dame-des-Doms, Avignon
Andrew Chen

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Part II

Of Stars and Men: Matthew Paris and the Illustrations of MS Ashmole 304
Allegra Iafrate

Additional Thoughts about the Construction of Francesco di Giorgio’s Drawing of Atlas
Kristen Lippincott

Martin Meurisse’s Garden of Logic
Susanna Berger

A New Renaissance Source on Colour: Uberto Decembrio’s De candore
Stuart M. McManus

A Note of the Afterlife of Virgil’s Euryalus: The Classical Ideal of Male Beauty in Renaissance Italy
Hugh Hudson