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PhD position ‘Conceptions of Europe in Early Modern Literature, 1517-1713’ (1.0 FTE)

Do you have a great passion for Early Modern Literature? Read more and apply!

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Domplein, Utrecht, Utrecht
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 - 40 uur
€ 2431 - € 3111 per maand


As part of Dr. Lieke Stelling’s NWO-funded VIDI project Discovering Europe in the Early Modern Period: How Literary Bestsellers Shaped a Diverse Community, 1517-1713, Utrecht University is recruiting a PhD candidate. In cooperation with the other project members, the PhD candidate will work on their own sub-project Cities as European Microcosms in the Early Modern Literary Bestseller, 1517-1713. Focusing on the theme of ‘cities’, the Researcher will study how early modern fictional narratives depict cities as European microcosms and how these portrayals correspond with early modern cultural conceptions of real cities as key nodes of European society.

The PhD project is one of three closely related projects (the other two on multilingualism and religious pluralism) that explore the role of literature in the development of an understanding of Europe as a shared cultural space. The main corpus for all three projects consists of fictional narratives that were published in print across Europe in at least four different languages. In collaboration with cultural institutions in Brussels and Mechelen, and a wide network of international scholars, the VIDI project will offer thought-provoking alternative views of Europeanness to the (future) shapers of European democracy. This PhD project, that will be supervised by Dr. Lieke Stelling and Prof. Arnoud Visser, provides a great opportunity to work in a dedicated, multilingual research environment that offers a variety of training programmes and possibilities to acquire international research experience.

A more detailed research outline, including potential source material, may be obtained from Dr. Stelling.

The tasks of the PhD candidate include:

  • literary analysis of early modern fictional narratives in two or more languages;
  • completing and defending a PhD dissertation within four years;
  • active participation in the meetings of the project research group and affiliated projects;
  • presenting intermediate research results at workshops and conferences;
  • writing an article;
  • co-organizing outreach activities and the project conference;
  • following courses in cultural history of the national graduate school.
You will be based at the Utrecht Department of Languages, Literature and Communication (TLC), and will be affiliated to the Institute for Cultural Inquiry (ICON), both of which provide a stimulating and internationally oriented research environment.


We are looking for candidates with a great passion for early modern literature. The successful applicant must have:

  • proficiency of and reading knowledge in at least one of the following three languages: Spanish, French, Italian, or a willingness to quickly learn one of them;
  • a completed (Research) Master’s degree in early modern literature or a closely related field;
  • strong analytical abilities, demonstrated by an outstanding MA thesis and/or publication;
  • excellent writing skills in English;
  • an open, cooperative attitude and willingness to engage in collaborative research and publication;
  • enthusiasm for communicating academic research to non-academic audiences.


We offer a temporary position (1.0 FTE) for a period of 18 months. Upon a good performance and positive evaluation, the contract will be extended for the remaining period of 30 months (4 years in total). The gross monthly salary ranges between €2,434 in the first year and €3,111 (scale P according to the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities) in the fourth year of employment. Salaries are supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8% and a year-end bonus of 8.3% per year. In addition, Utrecht University offers excellent secondary conditions, including an attractive retirement scheme, (partly paid) parental leave and flexible employment conditions (multiple choice model). More information about working at Utrecht University can be found here.

Additional information

For more information about this position, please contact: Lieke Stelling (Project Leader), via l.j.stelling@uu.nl.


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