Postdoctoral Research Associate in Medieval History

Durham (County) (GB)
£34,304 - £36,382 per annum
26 Jun 2022
End of advertisement period
30 Jun 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Medieval History to work with PI Dr Jäckh as part of Interreligious Communication in and between the Latin-Christian and the Arabic-Islamic Sphere: Macro-theories and Micro-settings.

The post-holder is employed to work on a research project which will be led by another colleague. The expectation is that they will contribute to the advancement of the project through the development of their own research ideas. These ideas should relate to the history of Jewish-Muslim, Jewish-Christian or Jewish-Muslim-Christian relations in the Mediterranean. Researchers with experience of and/or interest in working with medieval legal texts are particularly encouraged to apply. Applicants should submit an outline of their proposed research and identify the corpus of sources which will form the basis for their project. They should also specify which language(s) (e.g. Hebrew, Latin, Arabic) they will use in their research.

Possible topics for projects could include, for example: Jewish communities in Muslim- or Christian-ruled territories; the corpora of surviving legal opinions and how these texts relate to, or provide evidence for, interreligious contact or dialogue; how different legal frameworks were chosen in different contexts; how the living conditions of minority groups differed from those of majority groups; how law functioned as a medium through which religious minority groups communicated, negotiated and arranged their affairs with other parts of society.

The post holder will work towards the publication of two high-quality, peer-reviewed articles, and they will contribute a handful of short articles to the online resource Transmediterranean History, a commented anthology of primary sources edited by the PIs. The post holder will share and discuss their work with the research group in order to present the outcomes of their research and to receive feedback on it. Furthermore, the post holder will support the research group in organising a three-day conference in Durham and work towards the publication of the conference proceedings. The post holder will (optionally) have the opportunity to spend three months of their time in Tübingen, Germany, in order to work more closely with the PI who is based in Germany.

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