KU Leuven – Three Research Fellowships in Late Ancient Philosophy
Faculty of Arts – Faculty of Philosophy – Faculty of Theology & Religious Studies
Three Research Fellowships in Late Ancient Philosophy, Biblical Early Christian Studies
In October 2017, a team of KU Leuven professors consisting of G. Roskam (spokesperson), J. Leemans, P. Van Deun, G. Van Riel, and Joseph Verheyden, has launched an interdisciplinary research project entitled “Longing for Perfection. Living the Perfect Life in Late Antiquity – A Journey Between Ideal and Reality”. The project is funded by the Research Fund of the University of Leuven. The team is now opening a call to hire a second group of three research fellows at the level of PhD candidate.
The project studies one of the most fundamental ideas of ancient Greek culture – the search for perfection. For centuries, not only philosophers and theologians, but also other intellectuals have reflected on what this ideal should consist in, devising ways of pursuing it in a wide range of human activities. A major focus is the complex relationship between theory and praxis and between ideal and reality, as found in pagan and Christian Greek literature from the first seven centuries CE. The team has set two main goals: the production of a comprehensive study of the different aspects of ancient ideals of perfection and of a number of in-depth studies of specific problems and core issues related to the overall topic.
Candidates are invited to apply for a full-time, four-year fellowship in one of the following subprojects:
– fellowship 1: a systematic study of the reception history of the ideal of homoiosis theoi in pagan Greek philosophy, with particular attention to ascetic interpretations.
– fellowship 2: a detailed discussion of Proclus’ view of perfection, as elaborated in his Commentary on Plato’s Timaeus and in other texts.
– fellowship 3: a comprehensive investigation into Plutarch’s use of models of perfection and their role in his ‘psycho-therapeutic’ philosophy.
The candidates have a broad and solid competence in late ancient philosophy and preferably also basic knowledge of early Christianity. A strong command of Greek (and preferably also of Latin) is essential, as is the ability to combine historical and philosophical/theological methodologies in an interdisciplinary way. Candidates demonstrating a thorough knowledge of relevant literary sources will be especially attractive; proven expertise in one or more of the research domains is an asset. The team welcomes applications from candidates with an excellent graduate degree (typically M.A.) in Classics or in related disciplines (e.g. Ancient History, Byzantine Studies, Religious Studies).
Applicants should be fluent in at least one of the following languages: English, French or German. The dissertation should as a rule be written in one of these languages.
The net salary will be approx. €2000/month; in addition the fellowship provides for social benefits and health insurance.
Candidates are offered a unique opportunity to be part of an enthusiastic research group within the context of a dynamic, internationally-oriented academic environment with unrivalled library resources.
How to apply
Applications should include a letter outlining the candidate’s background and motivation, a detailed CV, one writing sample, and at least one letter of recommendation.
Candidates are asked to submit the entire file to geert….@kuleuven.be.
Deadline for applying: 1 June 2018.
A selected number of candidates will be invited to Leuven for an interview on the 27th of June.
Starting date: 1 October 2018 (or soon after).