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TitelVacancies – KU Leuven
BeschreibungPhD Researcher in Literary Studies: German Literature

The Department of Literary Studies at KU Leuven is looking for a doctoral student in literary studies for research in German literature within the framework of a newly awarded project entitled From Royal Chamber to Bedroom. Imaginations of Sovereignty in German Women Writers’ Literature between Ancien Régime and Modernity (funded by FWO – Research Foundation Flanders).

The focus of the project is on the imagination(s) of female sovereignty in a spectrum of literary texts by German women writers from the late eighteenth until the second half of the nineteenth century. The question of sovereignty is pursued in relation to the fact that women disappeared from public political life after the French Revolution. While women’s participation in politics was foreclosed by their civil subordination and relegation to the private sphere, they looked back on a history of more than thousand years in which female sovereignty had been a political possibility throughout Europe. In the long nineteenth century with its angst-ridden gender dichotomies, however, political discourse erased women’s participation in or even association with sovereignty. How did women writers deal with the eclipse of female sovereignty and what traces did the latter leave in their work? The aim of the project is (1) to disclose the political potential of a body of texts that has received little scholarly attention, and (2) to yield a more complex understanding of templates of political hegemony by looking through the lens of those who were excluded from participating in it.

We are looking for an enthusiastic young researcher who holds a degree of Master in Literary Studies with a major in German (or a comparable degree) and who (1) is acquainted with German literary history, (2) is versed in the principles of literary criticism,(3) has a keen interest in political theory/philosophy. In addition to a research attitude and some organizational skills, the candidate should be able to process matters independently and participate in scientific dialogue and networking.

We offer you a full-time contract as junior researcher for your years (duration of the project) in a thriving and highly esteemed research group. The Department of Literary Studies at KU Leuven consists of some thirty professors and fifty junior researchers, who cover all periods in Western literature and who provide for a stimulating research environment. The project is designed to be completed in the form of a doctoral dissertation (in either English or German) and you will be able to focus on the acquisition of this degree. The project will begin September 1, 2015. Salary conditions:

For more information contact prof. Anke Gilleir (
Applications not later than April 1, 2015 via jobsite KU Leuven

Quelle der BeschreibungInformation des Anbieters
PersonName: Anke Gilleir 
Funktion: Koordinator 
KontaktdatenName/Institution: KU Leuven - Arts Faculty - Department of Literary Studies 
Strasse/Postfach: Blijde-Inkomststraat 21/3311 
Postleitzahl: B-3000 
Stadt: Leuven 
Telefon: xx32/16/324878 
SchlüsselbegriffeLiteraturwissenschaft; Genderforschung; Literatur 1770 - 1830; Literatur 1830 - 1880
Klassifikation05.00.00 Deutsche Literaturgeschichte > 05.09.00 Gattungen und Formen > 05.09.06 Frauenliteratur; 15.00.00 19. Jahrhundert > 15.14.00 Stoffe. Motive. Themen
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