The Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies and the Faculty of Arts offer a four year scholarship to complete a PhD within a joint interdisciplinary project led by Prof. Todd Weir and Prof. Clemens Six. The proposed PhD research plan will be embedded in the department of Christianity and the History of Ideas at the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies and the department of History at the Faculty of Arts.
This PhD project is located at the crossroads of the religious history of global Christianity (Todd Weir) and the political and intellectual history of decolonization (Clemens Six). The goal of this project is twofold: to understand the impact of the decline of European empires on the Catholic Church and Catholic communities in the Global South; and to understand how the Church and Catholic affiliations shaped the re-ordering of state and society during that era.
The recent opening of the Vatican archives for the pontificate of Pius XII (1939 to 1958) allows for a new history to be written about the response of the Vatican to the post World War II decolonization of much of the Global South. This PhD project will examine transnational relations between Catholic missions and the Vatican.
We invite proposals for PhD projects that ideally focus on two case studies. In each, the candidate will examine and compare how the local and national Church re-positioned itself in view of competing actors, including majoritarian religious movements, secularist movements, such as communism, as well as colonial and state officials. Attention may be given to both discoursive and organizational developments. The approach will follow a collaborative project of both supervisors on "apologetics" as a method of modeling and comparing secular-religious conflicts in global history. Proposals may undertake a triangular examination of two case studies and the Vatican, and thus include mention of potential colonial and mission archives and the Vatican archives.
The PhD student is expected:
- to have a thorough training in research skills
- to be fluent in English (both oral and written)
- to be able and willing to work in an interdisciplinary environment
- to be able to finish the PhD thesis in four years
- to enjoy planning, taking initiative, and academic writing; and
- to have the desire to publish.
Faculty Theology and Religious Studies & Faculty of Arts
Since its foundation in 1614, the University of Groningen has enjoyed an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative center of higher education offering high-quality teaching and research. Balanced study and career paths in a wide variety of disciplines encourage the 36,000 students and researchers to develop their own individual talents. Belonging to the best research universities in Europe and joining forces with prestigious partner universities and networks, the University of Groningen is truly an international place of knowledge. The Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies is an ambitious faculty with a dynamic and accomplished staff drawn from around the world (58% international), and a Graduate School with 60 PhD students.
The successful candidate will receive a scholarship € 2,207 gross per month. She/he will be required to be resident in Groningen and will initially be offered a scholarship of one year; prolongation of the scholarship for a further three years is contingent on sufficient progress in the first year.
General information about the University of Groningen’s PhD scholarship programme can be found here https://www.rug.nl/(...)ditions-application/
The preferred starting date is 1 October 2021
Your application should include:
- a brief letter of motivation
- a CV, including contact details of two academic referees
- a research proposal of up to 2,000 words, covering (a) state of the art, (b) main research question, key objectives, and relevance, (c) the proposed (methodological) approach, and (d) the proposed timetable for the writing of your thesis (if your project is interdisciplinary, please also list potential co-supervisor[s]). This proposal should correspond to the project description above
- a writing sample of no more than 5,000 words, such as an essay or part of a Master’s thesis
- certified official transcripts of your academic degrees.
Official documents must be in the English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese or Dutch language. Any translation of originals not in these languages must be authenticated.
You may apply for this position until 19 July 23:59 pm / 20 July 2021 Dutch local time by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website).
Note that the procedure will include interviews. Selected candidates will be invited for an interview via online conferencing. Interviews are scheduled to take place 26 August 2021.
We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our University. We are committed to building a diverse faculty so you are encouraged to apply. Our selection procedure follows the guidelines of the Recruitment code (NVP), https://www.nvp-hrnetwerk.nl/sollicitatiecode/ and European Commission's European Code of Conduct for recruitment of researchers, https://euraxess.ec.europa.eu/jobs/charter/code
Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.
For information you can contact:
- Prof. Todd Weir, email@example.com
- Prof. Clemens Six, firstname.lastname@example.org
Please do not use the e-mail address(es) above for applications.