Job Market Season 2014

We won’t be able to post every academic job in all Med Ren fields for this upcoming job season.  There are a few below, but also check out the following resources:

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Due:  1 January 2015

Project description
Re-evaluating female monasticism’s “ambiguous identity” in the ninth- to eleventh-century West This project focuses on the observance and organization of women religious in the central Middle Ages (9th-11th centuries) to investigate female monasticism as a deliberately “ambiguous” form of social and religious organization. Traditional scholarship subscribed to the notion that, because of a failure to adopt homogeneous standards for observance and organization, women religious never matched the spiritual efficiency, cultural proficiency, and reformist impetus of their male peers. While recent case studies have revealed significant achievements in all of these domains, this heterogeneity is still regarded as revealing women religious’ and patrons’ refusal to subordinate local vested interests to institutional, cultural, and spiritual progress. By means of an analysis of evidence from institutions in Lotharingia and Saxony relating to the self-perception of these women and the expectations of their patrons, the researchers will propose a new paradigm for evaluating female monasticism’s “ambiguity”. Two hypotheses will be tested. The first is that groups of women religious relied on ambiguous identities to construct credible narratives of self, respond effectively to changing societal contexts, and distinguish themselves from competing institutions. The second is that religious and secular elites supported these strategies, and regarded diversity in observance and organization as a means for women religious to respond adequately to society’s diverse needs. This research project is funded by the Research Foundation-Flanders (FWO).
Professional environment
Medieval studies at Ghent University cover a wide range of subjects and methodological approaches. Intensive exchanges within the Department of History and the Henri Pirenne Institute for Medieval Studies, and with the international academic community, create a stimulating environment for innovative research. Research on the early and central Middle Ages at Ghent University currently focuses on the tenth to early twelfth centuries, with scholars involved in the study of a wide range of subjects including monastic reform, conflict management, commemorative practices, material aspects of communication, and ritual and performance. For more information, see the RESOMA website:

The candidate: – has a Master’s degree in History or a Master’s degree with demonstrable relevance to the study of Medieval History. Students who are currently preparing a master’s thesis and will graduate as a Master in History or a related discipline in 2015 are also welcome to apply; – has experience with reading and analyzing Latin primary sources of the Middle Ages; – has active knowledge of English and/or French (one of the latter two is sufficient) and is able to use for the research publications in French, German, and English. He/she is also willing to learn basic Dutch during his/her employment at Ghent University (introductory courses are available); – is an enthusiastic and inventive team player who is willing to actively contribute to the activities of prof. Steven Vanderputten’s research group. – is willing to travel abroad for conferences, meetings, etc.; – is willing to prepare, and finish, a doctoral dissertation as outlined in the project text within four years. The PhD will be supervized by prof. Steven Vanderputten. – is willing to write and publish at least two high-quality papers prior to submitting the dissertation.


A 4-year contract as a full time scientific staff member of the Department of History at Ghent University (scholarship starting from around 1800 euro net./month);
Extensive opportunties for engaging with national and international research groups;
A friendly, dynamic environment for research;
Opportunity to follow an individualized PhD programme at the UGent Doctoral School of Arts, Humanities and Law or the Doctoral School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, including language courses; Start of the project: negotiable (earliest starting date: 1 February 2015; last 31 December 2015).
How to apply
If you are interested in joining us, please send a copy of your diploma, your CV and a cover letter describing your interest in the project before 1 January 2015 to Prof. Dr. Steven Vanderputten ( More information on the research group and Ghent University:

Lecturer in Medieval European History, School of History, University of Kent

Due: 25 January 2015

Ref HUM0582
Location Canterbury
Job Type Academic
Contract Type Open Ended
Salary Type Per Annum
Salary (£) 32277 – 45954

HUM0582, School of History, Closing date: 25 Jan 2015

The Role:  You will be responsible for teaching and convening undergraduate and postgraduate modules in medieval studies for the School of History and Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies. You will also supervise postgraduate students and undertake high-quality, ambitious research.

The Person:  With a PhD in History or a related discipline, the successful candidate will have experience of teaching undergraduate students and a history of substantial research activity, with plans for outputs of 3* or 4* quality for REF 2020.

In order to complement our existing strengths, we are particularly keen to appoint someone with research interests in the cultural history of the central or late Middle Ages, with backgrounds in archaeology, architectural history, art history, history, or manuscript studies.

For full details please refer to the job description below.

The School of History:  The School of History at the University of Kent is dedicated to excellence in research, learning and teaching. The School contains twenty nine full-time academic staff, half of whom have been appointed since 2001. In the RAE 2008 rankings, the School of History achieved an overall position of second equal (out of 83 History departments nationwide). The RAE History Panel rated as ‘outstanding’ the department’s research income and its deployment, the research structure and strategy, and the support afforded both to established and the numerous early career staff. The School currently offers a range of undergraduate programmes. In recent years it has received consistently high ratings of over 90% student satisfaction for its undergraduate teaching in the National Student Survey. At postgraduate level, it offers MAs by coursework or research, an M.Sc and a full PhD programme.

For further details on the School, see

Further Information
Start date for applications: 16th December 2014
Closing date for applications: 25th January 2015
Interviews are to be held: 27th February 2015

Please see the links below to view the full job description and also to apply for this post (please do not send your application directly to the department).

How to apply – for posts of this nature you will be required to fill in the main details section as well as upload your CV, a one page summary (this should include details of experience and other information in support of your application with direct reference to the advertisement and further particulars) and any supporting documents.

If you are invited for an interview, we will request references for you at that stage. Please include contact details of three referees in your CV. If you require further information regarding the post or application process please contact Teresa Bubb, Resourcing Adviser, at Please note applications must be made online via the University website; details sent directly via email cannot be considered.

For more info and to apply go here.