The Department of History at Durham University seeks to appoint a talented individual to the role of Assistant Professor. We welcome applications from candidates with research and teaching interests in European History (including Britain and Ireland) 300-1050 CE, who also have expertise in the broad field of Digital Humanities and who wish to exploit local resources from the period. We particularly encourage candidates whose research complements and expands the department's current strengths. Applications from candidates whose work draws connections between multiple geographical regions or takes a transcultural approach, and who share the department's commitment to decolonising the curriculum, are especially encouraged.
Durham University History Department is one of the largest centres in the UK for the study of History. We are consistently ranked amongst the top departments in the country by the Complete University Guide, the Times and Sunday Times, and the Guardian University Guide. Our research expertise and teaching provision extend from late antiquity to the present day, and we are home to scholars of Europe, Africa, Asia and North America and of social, cultural, political, economic, religious, intellectual, environmental and gender history. We believe that this chronological range and breadth opens up possibilities of transnational, transhistorical and comparative work that tends to be the hallmark of ground-breaking research in our discipline. As a group of researchers, we are alive to the fact that historical questions constantly evolve, and we are committed to developing the intra- and inter-disciplinary breadth to respond to, initiate and shape the discipline and scholarship more broadly defined. This brings us together as historians and makes Durham an exciting place to work, research, and study. Current pre-modern research projects include: science in the Latin West and trans-cultural exchange with Islamicate thought; the history of Christian theology; cities and urban communities; agriculture, social mobility and rural history; cultural exchange across the Indian Ocean; history of food; scientific study of manuscripts.
Durham University has an outstanding reputation in the field of medieval studies, and the Department is closely involved in the interdisciplinary Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, which brings together colleagues from across the University. The Centre for Studies in the Late Ancient World is based in the Department. There are also strong links with the Centre for Visual Arts and Cultures, the Centre for Catholic Studies, the Centre for Ancient and Medieval Philosophy, and the Centre for the Study of the Ancient Mediterranean and Near East as well as with the departments of Classics and Ancient History, Theology and Religion, English Studies and with the School of Modern Languages and Cultures (notably with Arabic, Spanish, Italian, French and German).
The successful candidate will have the opportunity to make use of Durham's excellent and wide-ranging resources for the study of pre-modern history which include the manuscript collections at Durham Cathedral and the University (which form part of the Priory Library digitisation project), the Cathedral Priory Archive and the collections of the Oriental Museum.