Vacant Position: Research Fellow – Middle Period Chinese Studies

Edinburgh, Scotland

Deadline: 12th Feb 2019

The University of Edinburgh – School of History, Classics and Archaeology

The University of Edinburgh is seeking to appoint a Research Fellow who specialises in Chinese intellectual and/or cultural history, with background in the history of education and classicising learning in the Tang/Song period. The Research Fellow should have strong interest in exploring and employing cross-cultural approaches to the history of education and empire studies. This post is part of a comparative research project focusing on the Byzantine and middle period Chinese (Tang/Song) empires, titled “Classicising learning in medieval imperial systems: Cross-cultural approaches to Byzantine paideia and Tang/Song xue” (PAIXUE), which is funded by the European Research Council (ERC CoG 726371, 2017?2022) and co-directed by Niels Gaul and Curie Virág. It is therefore essential that the postholder be genuinely interested in engaging with Byzantine learned culture and practices from a comparative vantage point, and willing to develop the requisite skills and methodologies.

Research interests in performance studies, social performances (of learning), and medieval ritualised communication, or willingness to engage with these, would be an advantage. The postholder will pursue his/her own research in close cooperation with the project team, and is expected to present the results of his/her work in a scholarly monograph written with a comparative angle and to co-author at least cross-disciplinary article with a Byzantinist team member.

The Research Fellow will become a core member of the small PAIXUE project team that will consist of two Byzantinists and two Sinologists (including the project directors). PAIXUE constitutes the first attempt to study classicising learning and its social, political, and intellectual ramifications systematically and in-depth across two medieval imperial systems, the Byzantine and Tang/Song empires.

This post is full time fixed-term for 28 months starting on 1st April 2019, and may be renewable for another 12 months depending on the availability of funding at the end of financial year 2020/21.

Salary: £33,199 – £39, 609 (per annum)

Closing date: 12th February 2019 at 5pm (GMT)

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