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Post-Doctoral Position, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science: The Formation of Epistemic Networks and Centers of Knowledge in the Mediterranean, 5th to 16th Centuries

Deadline: 30 August

This Post-Doc position is part of the larger project “Convivencia: Iberia to Global Dynamics, 500-1750″ of the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History, Frankfurt (Thomas Duve), the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max Planck Institute (Gerhard Wolf), the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin (Jürgen Renn), and the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle/Saale (Günther Schlee), in cooperation with David Nirenberg (Chicago University), associate to the Max-Planck-Society.

The position is also part of the project “Globalization of Knowledge” of the MPI for the History of Science, Department I.

The project will investigate the process of formation and evolution of knowledge in the Mediterranean region. It looks for mechanisms that allowed for the organization and expansion of epistemic networks.

We invite proposals for one of the following research topics:

1. Social and economic history of remedies as objects of knowledge, healing, commerce and legal practice across different faith-communities from the Western Mediterranean to the Northern Black Sea.
2. The integration of natural philosophy in theological-philosophical networks of higher education or/and princely households in the Mediterranean region (1200-1500).
3. Portolan books and sea charts (13th to 16th Centuries) as objects of cross-culturally constructed knowledge and identities.

Preference is given to approaches that aim to explore the factors that determined possibilities and constraints for the codification and modification of knowledge.
The MPIWG is an international and interdisciplinary research institute. The colloquium language is English; it is expected that candidates will be able to present their own work and discuss that of others fluently in that language. Fellowships are endowed with an employment contract TVöD E14 in the German pay scale system. For more information about working at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, please contact the Research Coordinator Dr. Ohad Parnes:

Candidates must submit the following application documents no later than August 30, 2015:

  • Cover letter (1 – 2 pages)
  • CV (including publication list)
  • Research proposal (3000-5000 words)
  • Copies of degree certificates
  • Writing sample (max. 5000 words)

Please note that only electronic submissions will be accepted. Please upload your application to the following address:*
Please also note that we request three letters of recommendation by August 30, 2015. The referees will be contacted automatically. Letters received after the deadline will not be accepted.

The Max Planck Society is an equal opportunity employer. Candidates of all nationalities are encouraged to apply. Applications from women are especially welcome. The Max Planck Society is committed to promoting more handicapped individuals and encourages them to apply.

For questions concerning the research project and Department I, please contact Dr. Sonja Brentjes (; for administrative questions concerning the position and the Institute, please contact Ms. Claudia Paaß, Head of Administration (

Max Planck Institute for the History of Science – Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte, Boltzmannstraße 22, 14195 Berlin


Assistant Professor of Byzantine Studies, Central European University – Department of Medieval Studies, Budapest

Closes: 30 August

Hours: Full Time; Contract / Temporary
Job Ref: 2015/031
Starting date: January 2016

The Department of Medieval Studies at Central European University (CEU) invites applications for an Assistant Professor of Byzantine Studies. The successful candidate will be an outstanding researcher and teacher in the field Byzantine Studies, with the ability to teach, and supervise, across a broad chronological range from ca. 500 to 1500. The successful candidate will be responsible for maintaining and further developing the profile of Byzantine Studies at the Department of Medieval Studies and is expected to be an active member of the Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies (CEMS).

Qualification: The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. in the field of Byzantine Studies.

For more info go here:


Postdoctoral Researcher in Medieval History – “Cultures of Decision-Making” at the University of Münster

Due: 30 August

The DFG-Sonderforschungsbereich/Collaborative Research Center 1150’s “Cultures of Decision-making”, active from 1 July 2015 at the University of Münster, invites applications for a postdoctoral researcher for the Project B02 “Problematic Procedures: Debate and Criticism of Inquisitorial Decision-making, c. 1230-1330″, led by Junior Professor Dr. Sita Steckel, to be filled by 1 January 2016. The position will be fixed-term for three years.

The scope of duties includes:

  • The postdoctoral researcher’s active participation in and contribution to the project by researching contemporary perceptions of and resistance to inquisitorial decision-making processes, with a special focus on accusations of corruption in Italian cases.
  • His/her participation in interdisciplinary collaboration with other projects as well as in workshops and meetings with other research groups of the SFB/Collaborative Research Center 1150.
  • His/her involvement in the administration and organization of the project.

The following requirements must be met:

  • Candidates should hold an excellent PhD degree in medieval history or a closely related subject.
  • They must be familiar with medieval legal culture and the medieval inquisition, especially during the period under discussion. A regional focus on Italy is desired.
  • Candidates should be experienced in conducting independent archival research.
  • To successfully participate in the discussions of the Collaborative Research Center, at least a working knowledge of German is necessary. The thematic focus of the project also demands knowledge of Italian.

Please submit your application (containing a cover letter, CV, list of publications and, if relevant, a short exposé of current project or research fields) as a PDF document to by 30 August 2015.

For more complete information, please see this pdf: Job vacancy B2 english_german


Managing Editor – Journal of the History of Ideas

Starting: 1 September

The Journal of the History of Ideas is a major scholarly journal in the humanities, published quarterly. The JHI has a team of four Executive Editors; it also has an independent Board of Directors and Board of Editors. The JHI’s office is at the University of Pennsylvania, and the Managing Editor works as a Penn staff member. The Managing Editor reports to the Executive Editors. Additional staff includes one part-time Assistant Editor, who is normally a senior doctoral student in a relevant discipline. JHI uses ScholarOne to manage online the submission and peer review process as well as copyediting and more. The Managing Editor coordinates all phases of the production of the journal, delegating some tasks to be performed regularly by the Assistant Editor as approved by the Executive Editors. The position is 25 hours/week, and salary is commensurate with experience. For a full description see the position posting:

You are also welcome to contact Ann Moyer ( or Warren Breckman ( in the History Department.


Call for Editors – Journal of the Northern Renaissance

Due: 1 September

The Journal of the Northern Renaissance is seeking new recruits to its editorial team. Established in 2009, JNR is a peer-reviewed, open-access online journal dedicated to the study of both the cultural productions and the concept of the Northern Renaissance.

As several members of the current editorial team will be either moving on or taking up additional duties over the coming year, we are looking for three new editors. For each of these roles (see below) previous editorial experience and/or knowledge of online publishing and coding would be valuable but is not necessarily required. Equally important will be a willingness to learn and to work together with fellow editors, and a passionate interest in the Northern Renaissance, reflected in both a research specialism and a broader curiosity about the wider field.

JNR’s remit includes literature, art and architectural history and material cultures, musicology, philosophy, politics, theology and the history of science. In recruiting new editors we hope to strengthen the journal’s interdisciplinary nature, and we would therefore welcome applications from across this range of disciplines. We would also especially welcome prospective editors from outside the UK, and those who are working on less-studied aspects of the Northern Renaissance.

These positions are, at present, unpaid: we all give our time voluntarily. However, they do offer an invaluable opportunity to develop useful skills and networks, to witness the peer reviewing and publishing process from within, and to broaden one’s engagement with the rich variety of contemporary scholarship on the Renaissance in the north and its manifold conceptualizations.

The roles we are seeking to fill are as follows:

(a) Associate/General Editor

The new editor will work with the current editor and associate editors to produce new issues, identify and approach peer reviewers, and determine the future direction of the journal. S/he will also help develop Polaris, a new JNR venture publishing shorter discussion pieces and polemics. We hope to recruit an associate editor who in 6-12 months’ time will be ready and willing to take over as General Editor, with overall responsibility for JNR. We would expect the new editor to already be an established scholar with a good publication record. An ability to network, and to engage with topics and scholars beyond one’s immediate research specialisms, would also be invaluable.

(b) Associate Editor (Reviews)

JNR publishes book and exhibition reviews on a rolling basis. We are looking for a new reviews editor who will take responsibility for soliciting books for review, identifying and contacting reviewers, and editing and posting reviews to the journal website as they are received.

(c) Assistant Editor

The assistant editor will aid the editorial team in preparing articles for online publication, and also contribute to the running of Polaris. The role would be ideally suited to a doctoral student.

To apply for one or more of these posts, please send a short CV (no more than 4 sides) to, together with a brief covering letter or email (no more than 500 words) saying why you think you would be well suited to JNR, by 1 September 2015. Informal inquiries can also be addressed to us at this email address.

Princeton University Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts

Due: 15 September

 Princeton University Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts Postdoctoral Fellowships in Humanities and Social Sciences 2016-2019 Application deadline: September 15, 2015Princeton Society of Fellows invites applications for three-year postdoctoral fellowships 2016-2019 for recent PhDs (from Jan. 2014) in humanities or allied social sciences. FOUR appointments to pursue research and teach half-time in the following areas: Open discipline (three fellowships); Humanistic Studies. Annual salary: approx. $82,000. For eligibility, fellowship and application details, see

Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities, Penn Humanities Forum, Topic: TRANSLATION

Application Deadline: 15 October

The Penn Humanities Forum awards five (5) one-year Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships each academic year to junior scholars in the humanities who are no more than eight years out of their doctorate and who are not yet tenured (may not be tenured during the fellowship year). Scholars are required to spend the year (September–May) in residence at Penn.

The Fellowship carries an annual stipend of $46,500 plus single-coverage health insurance (fellows are responsible for coverage for any dependents) and a $2500 research fund. Fellows teach one undergraduate course in addition to conducting their research.

The PhD is the only eligible terminal degree (MFAs and other doctorates such as EdD are ineligible). Humanists and those in related fields (e.g., anthropology, history of science) are eligible to apply. Exclusions are proposals in social science disciplines, educational curriculum building, and work by performing artists (n.b., scholars of performance are eligible).

The fellowship is open to all scholars, national and international, who meet application terms. International scholars are appointed under a J-1 visa only (Research Scholar status). No exceptions can be made, and the Penn Humanities Forum reserves the right to cancel awards if the recipient is unable to meet this condition. Applicants should consult the international programs office at their current university to confirm eligibility before applying for this fellowship.

Williams College Art Department: Tenure Track Position in European Art (1600-1815)

Due: 30 November

The Art Department at Williams College seeks to hire a specialist in the history of European art, 1600-1815, to begin in Fall 2016. The successful candidate for this tenure-track, assistant-professor position will bring an interdisciplinary, transnational approach to the study of early modern European art. Expertise in transcontinental issues and the visual cultures of the colonial encounter and/or expertise in the discourse on aesthetics and eighteenth-century intellectual history are particularly welcome. Candidates should also provide evidence of excellence in scholarship and teaching. Completed Ph.D. (by Fall 2016) is required. Teaching expectations are 2 courses per semester (4 per year) plus a January term course every second year.

We are especially interested in candidates from under-represented groups as well as individuals who have experience with diverse populations who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community at Williams through their research, teaching, and/or service. Minority candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applicants should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, summary of research interests (no more than 2 pages), statement of teaching vision and objectives (no more than 2 pages), a recent writing sample (no more than 30 pages), brief descriptions of two proposed courses, and three letters of reference, by 30 November, 2015. All materials should be addressed to Professor Peter Low, Chair, Art Department, and must be submitted through Interfolio, following this link:

Williams College is a coeducational liberal arts institution located in the Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts that has built its reputation on outstanding teaching and scholarship and on the academic excellence of its approximately 2,000 students. Beyond meeting fully its legal obligations for non-discrimination, Williams College is committed to building a diverse and inclusive community where members from all backgrounds can live, learn, and thrive. All offers of employment are contingent upon completion of a background check. Further information is available here: