PhD Position (4 years, 1,0 fte), University of Groningen
Supervisors: Prof. Onno van Nijf (Groningen), Dr. Jeremia Pelgrom (Groningen) and Prof. Olivier Hekster (Radboud University)
Anchoring Work Package 9: Roman Republic or 10: Flavian Rome
Empire is not simply a matter of military power; it is also discourse. For a successful empire, there is not only a need of soldiers, administrators, and institutions, but imperial rulers and subjects also have to employ a common discourse (in a broad sense) that allows all parties to participate in the imperial enterprise. In order to be effective this discourse needs to be connected to what people know, believe, want, value, and can understand. This phenomenon of ‘anchoring’ is central to the new research agenda of the Dutch classicists.
As one of the most successful and long-lasting empires in world history, the Roman empire is an excellent case study for this type of investigation. It offers itself as a perfect historical laboratory where the imperial discourse can be studied from its (different local) origins in the Hellenistic and Republican periods, through its flourishing and convergence in the imperial state of the Principate, to its final demise in the Late Empire. Imperial conquest had a strong impact on local communities in various ways. New hegemonic power structures and loss of sovereignty required drastic alterations of authority structures, loyalty ties and identity politics. Our working hypothesis is that to be successful, imperial discourses had to be anchored in the political, cultural, and religious traditions and experiences of the imperial centre and of the periphery.
This project will focus on the Greek world under Rome and investigate the impact of imperial rule on local communities, traditions, and discourses. The socio-economic and political balance within Greek cities was altered by the influx of traders, military officials, and individual settlers, whereas new settlements, and changes in the status of existing ones altered the relations between cities. A sense of community had to be renegotiated in various ways between imperial power and the local populations. In this renegotiation process, the new had to be anchored in the old, establishing real and ideological ties with the past that enable the new social reality to function.
We invite structured proposals (title, research question, scholarly background, aims, method, corpus) for a PhD project into aspects of the rise and development of Roman hegemony over the Greek world from the perspective of Anchoring. Among the possible fields of investigation are the presence of Roman traders on Greek soil, Roman colonies and local communities, funerary practices, festival culture, and political practice, but applicants are invited to formulate their own topics within the wider approach.
This PhD project is part of “Anchoring Empire”, a joint research project between the University of Groningen (chair groups of Ancient History and of Old Testament and Ancient Judaism) and the Radboud University, Nijmegen (chair group of Ancient History) within the Anchoring Innovation program. More information about the Anchoring Innovation research agenda of OIKOS can be found on the website (www.anchoringinnovation.nl), including an article by Ineke Sluiter, entitled “Anchoring Innovation: a Classical Research Agenda” (Anchoring Innovation: A Classical Research Agenda | European Review | Cambridge Core). This project will be assigned to the new Work Packages 9 (Roman Republic) or 10 (Flavian Rome), depending on the historical focus of the dissertation.
PhD project, 4 years (1.0 FTE, 38 hrs per week), starting date to be agreed upon, with a preference for September 1, 2022. Initially the employee will receive a one-year contract, with extension for the following 36 months on condition of a positive evaluation. It is possible to extend the position over 5 years at 0,8 fte. The appointment must lead to the completion of a PhD thesis. Salary range from € 2.434 to € 3.111 gross per month for a fulltime appointment (pay scale for PhDs, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities).
The University of Groningen offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses (8.3%), training and career development. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break.
The Anchoring Innovation program is strongly committed to diversity within its team and especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups.
Enquiries about the position can be addressed to prof. dr. Onno van Nijf, email@example.com or dr. J. Pelgrom, firstname.lastname@example.org. We deliberately scheduled a long period between this announcement and the deadline for submission so that candidates have ample time to prepare their own versions of the projects outlined above. We know that the design of a good project takes time and effort. We recommend strongly to contact Prof. van Nijf and/or dr. Pelgrom well in advance about your proposal. Questions about the procedure can be directed to Dr. Suzanne van de Liefvoort, email@example.com.
In order to be admissible, applications must include the following information (in the same order), in one PDF file (not zipped):
Please submit your complete application to Dr Suzanne van de Liefvoort, the coordinator of the Anchoring program via firstname.lastname@example.org before April 24, 2022. Interviews will take place in the week of 30 May – 3 June, 2022 and will possibly be held online.