The Department of Media, Cognition and Communication, Faculty of Humanities, University of Copenhagen (UCPH), Denmark, invites applications for 2 PhD positions in 2019. The successful candidates will be appointed to the Project “Archeology of the Female Intellectual Identity (Denmark and Germany, 1650-1800)” funded by DFF, led by PI Sabrina Ebbersmeyer.
Empirical evidence suggests that women still face considerable challenges when choosing a career in academia. This is true in particular for the discipline of philosophy. One of the crucial but mostly overlooked reasons for this exclusion of women lies in a certain tacit understanding of the discipline of philosophy and of the alleged female character, which both have their origin in the early modern period.
The project will be carried out by uncovering the construction of the female intellectual, as it can be found in relevant writings about female philosophers during the early modern period; these findings will be contrasted with the conceptualization of female intellectuals found in the writings of women themselves. The sources to be investigated comprise the genre of the so-called lærde fruentimmer and Gelehrte Frauenzimmer respectively, as well as the writings of two outstanding female philosophers from Denmark and Germany, namely Birgitte Thott (1610-1662) and Elisabeth von der Pfalz (1618-1680).
Worth of Award
- PhD scholars at the Faculty of Humanities are appointed under the terms and conditions of the collective bargaining agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations.
- According to the agreement, PhD scholars are obliged – without any additional remuneration – to perform tasks assigned to them corresponding to 840 working hours over the three years.
- Applicants should hold a Master’s degree in philosophy with good results and good English skills. Familiarity with methods in the history of philosophy and gender analysis are of advantage.
- PhD project 1: The female intellectual identity in the Danish context (sources to be investigated: genre lærde fruentimmer and the writings of Birgitte Thott). Danish reading skills are required.
- PhD project 2: The female intellectual identity in the German context (sources to be investigated: genre Gelehrte Frauenzimmer). German reading skills are required.
The 2 positions are available for a 3-year period and your key tasks as a PhD student at Humanities are:
- To manage and carry through your research project
- Attend PhD courses
- Write scientific articles and your PhD thesis
- Teach and disseminate your research
- To stay at an external research institution for a few months, preferably abroad
- Work for the department
For further information including a copy of the overall project description, please contact PI, Associate Professor Sabrina Ebbersmeyer, [email protected], +45 353-28861
How to Apply
- The application must include a detailed project description containing the overall objectives, reflections on the intended PhD project’s method and design as well as a timetable. This description should make reference to the project mentioned above. Please send the research proposal in an editable format.
- CV including a list of publications, if available, must be submitted with the application.
- (Do NOT upload recommendations, publications or your Master thesis)
Diploma and transcript of records
The following documentation must be submitted:
- A copy of the applicant’s Master’s degree diploma (if not available before the application deadline, a pre-approval must be submitted)
- A copy of the applicant’s Master’s degree transcript of records (an official description of the grading scale must be included)
- A copy of the applicant’s Bachelor’s degree diploma
- A copy of the applicant’s Bachelor’s degree transcript of records (an official description of the grading scale must be included)
If the MA diploma and/or examination records are in another language than English, German, French, Spanish, Danish, Norwegian or Swedish, please include a translation into either of these languages in your application.
Deadline: Applications must be submitted electronically no later than August 12, 2019 at 23.59 (11.59 pm) (CEST). You can alter submitted application in the recruitment system until the application deadline expires. No supplementary documents will be taken into consideration after this deadline.