Uses of Literature - PhD-fellowship in the Literary works as actors - a new approach to literary studies

    03/04/2017 14:30 - Europe/Athens
    Denmark, Odense
    Syddansk Universitet - University of Southern Denmark

The Department for the Study of Culture invites applications for a relisting for a PhD-fellowship in the Literary works as actors – a new approach to literary studies. The position is available starting September 1, 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter. The position expires August 31, 2020.

Applicants are expected to outline an individual research project on Literary works as actors – a new approach to literary studies. The project is expected to be comparative and to examine how contemporary literary works are engaged in a variety of literary, scientific, political and cultural negotiations and in what sense they can be conceived as actors.

The project is related to Professor Rita Felski’s appointment as a Niels Bohr Professor for the period 2016-2021, and the adjacent project, Uses of Literature: The Social Dimensions of Literature. The project is financed by Danish National Research Foundation.

The goal of this project is to develop new frameworks and methods for exploring the many social uses of literature. Drawing on both the humanities and social sciences, it seeks to offer richer and more capacious accounts of what literature does and why it matters. How do we capture the distinctiveness and dynamism of art works as they move through the world?  How can we do justice to the varied and often unpredictable ways in which people engage with literature and the many facets of aesthetic experience? In what ways do literary works inspire attachments, forge affiliations, or help people make sense of new social realities? Topics to be addressed include the relations between literature and the emotions, new forms of literary history, the field of narrative medicine, how literature speaks to changing structures of social class, and the relations between fictional and non-fictional narratives. The focus on the program is on Anglo-Saxon, German and Scandinavian literature.

The specific PhD-project will be part of a research group analyzing Literature and the social - New literary history and ANT (PI: Professor Anne-Marie Mai). Actor-network-theory offers a promising framework through which to rethink categories of literary history. The widening of the themes and functions of literature since World War II has opened new relations to culture, science and society. We need to recognize not only the effects of large-scale history on literature, but also how texts interact with the world around them, transmitting but also reshaping ideas and dispositions, uniquely engaged both as effect and as cause. This recognition is especially timely as literature is becoming ever more imbricated with other artistic and popular media, and with the sciences. Based on selected works of recent European and American literature, the project will examine how ANT can contribute to post-national and cross-media literary historiography, emphasizing the entanglement of literature with other salient networks.

Successful applicants will become part of a dynamic, international and cross-disciplinary research group under the academic leadership of Professor Rita Felski (University of Virginia & University of Southern Denmark) and Professor Anne-Marie Mai (University of Southern Denmark) in cooperation with Professor Peter Simonsen and Professor Klaus Petersen (University of Southern Denmark). The working language of the project is English and applicants are expected to participate actively in seminars and workshops in the project. Applicants are expected to include an individual research plan within the framework of the overall program Uses of Literature.

Research plan outlining individual research project addressing the above mentioned profile should be included in the application.

Further information is available from Head of Department, Anne Jensen, anne.jensen@sdu.dk Phone: + 45 65503145

Application, salary and conditions of employment etc.

A PhD Fellowship is a three-year position. Employment ends automatically by the end of the period. The holder of the fellowship is not allowed to have other paid employment during the three-year period.

To qualify for a PhD position you must have completed a relevant master's degree with a good assessment by the application deadline.

Applications will be assessed by an expert assessment panel. All applicants will receive the part of the panel’s assessment that is relevant to their application.

An interview may form part of the overall assessment of the applicants’ qualifications.

The successful applicant will be employed in accordance with the Protocol on PhD Research Fellow signed by the Danish Ministry of Finance and AC (the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations) Juli 1st, 2013, enclosure 5, Cirkulære om overenskomst for Akademikere i staten 2015 (the document only exists in Danish).

Applications should be sent electronically via the link “apply online” at the bottom of this page.

If you are not a Danish speaking applicant, please make sure to enter the electronic application form via the English website in order to receive further information in English.

Please note that we only accept files in pdf-format no more than 10 MB per file. We do not accept zip-files, jpg or other image files.

All pdf-files must be unlocked and allow binding and may not be password protected.

In case you have more than one file per field you need to combine the pdf-files into a single file, as each field handles only one file.

The Faculty expects applicants to read the information “How to apply” before applying.

The application should be writte in English and all appendices must be in Danish, English, German or one of the Scandinavian languages.

Only material in Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, German, and English will be assessed. Please always include a copy of original diploma/certificates.

The application should include:

  • Special PhD-application form found here
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Detailed project description/research project, no more than 5 pages
  • Examination certificates
  • A maximum of 2 of the most relevant publications. Please attach one pdf-file for each publication. For any publication with a co-author, a co-author statement must be submitted as part of the pdf-file

Further information about the PhD-program at the Faculty of Humanties can be found here.

We recommend that as an international applicant you take the time to visit Working in Denmark where you will find information and facts about moving to, working and living in Denmark, as well as the International Staff Office at SDU.

The university welcomes applications from all interested parties regardless of age, gender, religion or ethnic background.