Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Italian Studies

LeedsUniversity of Leeds, Faculty of Arts
School of Modern Languages and Cultures: Italian
Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Italian Studies

Fixed term for 15 months, available from 1 March 2014

Oral culture, manuscript and print in early modern Italy, 1450-1700

The School invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship within a project funded by the European Research Council. The project website is http://arts.leeds.ac.uk/italianvoices/

The project, whose Principal Investigator is Professor Brian Richardson, started work in June 2011 and ends in May 2015. It is investigating how oral culture in early modern Italy related to written culture and how far it was independent of writing. It focuses on four areas: social performance, politics, religion, and linguistic usage. Research encompasses spaces such as courts, council chambers, churches, academies, towns, the countryside, and households; men and women of all social classes; and contexts including ceremonial and ritual events, oratory, public and private performance, and scripted and improvised entertainments. It also studies the cultural functions of the exceptionally wide spectrum of languages used throughout the peninsula.

Four Postdoctoral Research Fellows have already been appointed and are carrying out research on: the performance of texts (including those related to politics) in non-elite culture by professional performers and others; the oral diffusion of orthodox and reformed religious thought; the functions and status of the varieties of language used in Italian oral culture.
The Postdoctoral Research Fellow to be appointed now will be expected to work on any aspect of the use of orality that is relevant to the project and complements research being carried out already.
With a PhD with specialisation in an aspect of Italian studies (preferably already obtained; otherwise to be obtained before the start date of the post), the applicant will also have experience of studying Renaissance/early modern Italian culture and/or history.

Information about Italian studies in Leeds can be found at www.leeds.ac.uk/italian/<http://www.leeds.ac.uk/italian/><http://www.leeds.ac.uk/italian/>.

Applicants are asked to indicate in their application how they could contribute to the project, and in addition to their standard application to submit a CV.
University Grade 7 (£30,728 – £36,661 p.a.) It is likely that an appointment will be made no higher than £32,590 p.a. since there are funding limitations which dictate the level at which the appointment can start.

Informal enquiries may be made to Professor Brian Richardson, tel +44 (0)113 343 3632, emailb.f.richardson@leeds.ac.uk<mailto:b.f.richardson@leeds.ac.uk><mailto:b.f.richardson@leeds.ac.uk>.

Closing date: 6 March 2014
Ref: ARTML0118

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