[artinfo] Fw: [csaa-forum] Two PhD positions: Back to the Book (NL)

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Tue Feb 1 22:29:13 CET 2011

--- On Tue, 2/1/11, Anna Poletti (Arts) <anna.poletti at monash.edu> wrote:

From: Anna Poletti (Arts) <anna.poletti at monash.edu>
Subject: [csaa-forum] Two PhD positions: Back to the Book (NL)
To: csaa-forum at lists.cdu.edu.au
Date: Tuesday, February 1, 2011, 10:06 PM


2 PhD students in the research project Back to the Book (1,0


Specifications - (explanation)

  Postbus 80125 3508 TC
  Function types
  PhD positions
  Scientific fields
  Language and Culture
  40.0 hours per week
  € 2042 - € 2612
  University Graduate
  End procedure
  19 February 2011
  Job number
  681103 and 681104


Apply for this job within 18 days

Job description

The project Back to the Book researches
the resilience of the book as a literary medium in the digital age. Since the
late 1980s, scholars have claimed that the future of Western literature as an
art form would be electronic: innovations in literature would come from the
electronic technology of hypertext, replacing paper and books as
state-of-the-art bearers of the literary. Why has this not occurred yet? Why
have we seen that literature - precisely since the 1990s – has reinvented
itself just as radically on paper as it has on screen? The project aims to
answer this question from the new perspective of media divergence. The project
will focus on the fields of book-altering, (typo-)graphic fiction, and personal
zines respectively. The two PhD positions will focus on the latter two
The entire research project is financed by the Netherlands Organization
for Scientific Researsch (NWO) within its Innovative Research Scheme (VIDI).

Provisional project website: http://kienebrillenburgwurth.wordpress.com/back-to-the-book/

PhD-project I: The Novel and
the New: Graphic Fiction in the Digital Age 
number 681103)

The project researches how the paper-based novel has evolved
during the age of digitization (1990-2010) as a new, hybrid medium, whereby
book, page, print, texture, design, and story form one integral whole. What
does this development tell us about the interaction, or precisely the contrast,
between analog and digital media? Do these novels test the limits of the book,
or, conversely, the limits of the internet?

PhD-project II:
Self-Expression in Personal Zines
(vacancy number

Nowadays, communal and networked writing is generally seen as an
innovative aspect of digital media (weblogs, twitter). This project shows the
contrary. It is focused on personal zines: hand-made, non-commercially produced
and distributed personal manuscripts that can be autobiographic in nature, and
that are part of a paper-based subculture parallel to the internet. How do
perzines recycle an “old” manuscript culture and how do they thus function as
predecessors and alternatives to online writing communities? 


Both candidate I and II are expected to
be enthusiastic researchers with excellent track records. Both candidates need
to have graduated in a relevant field and have specialized in comparative
literature, especially as concerns the study of intermediality, textuality and
digitization, avant-garde and/or with a special interest in book art. Candidate
II needs to have sufficient skills in archive research and, if possible, modes
of reader-response research. Both candidate I and II should be teamplayers and
be able to work on deadlines.

Conditions of

We offer two PhD positions (1,0 fte) with
a one year contract beginning June 1, 2011. After a positive evaluation this
contract can be extended to a maximum of three more years (a total of four
years maximum). This provides graduates with an opportunity to finish their
doctoral dissertation in four years, funded by NWO. The PhD researchers, also
referred to as doctoral candidates, are expected to take courses at the Dutch
National School of Literature and/or the Netherlands Institute of Cultural
Analysis. The salary will start at € 2,042,- and increases to €
2.612,- gross per month in the fourth year fo the appointment. We also
offer solid benefits.

Contract type




Utrecht University, Faculty of Humanities

Utrecht University, founded in 1636, is
one of the largest and most prominent universities in Europe. The Faculty of
Humanities, with nearly 7,000 students and 900 staff members, offers an
inspiring and dynamic working environment. Our research and education
programmes focus on language, culture, history, the arts, literature, media,
philosophy and theology. Our strongest points are interdisciplinary and
international collaboration, excellent quality of research and education, and
the use of modern media. The research programmes are organised within four

Institute of Linguistics OTS (UiL-OTS);

Institute of History and Culture (OGC);

Research Institute of Philosophy (ZENO);

Institute of Theological and Religious Studies (INTEGON).

The  Utrecht University Graduate
School of Humanities guarantees an outstanding quality of educational
programmes for Research Master students as well as PhD students. Moreover,
Utrecht University offers attractive working conditions.

The faculty is
divided into six departments, which includes the Department of Modern
Languages. This  department with its two Schools monitors bachelor
education and master programmes in the areas of English, German, French,
Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Celtic as well as Linguistics and Literary
Studies. The research programmes in these areas are carried out under the
supervision of either the Research Institute for History and Culture (OGC) or
the Utrecht Institute of Linguistics (UiL-OTS).


Are you interested? For more information
on either of the positions, please contact the project leader dr K. Brillenburg
Wurth, email: c.a.w.brillenburgwurth at uu.nl. Applicants
can also consult the OGC website and the provisionele website of the
project Back to the Book.

More information about employer Utrecht
University on AcademicTransfer. Direct link to this job opening: www.academictransfer.com/8050

Dr Anna Poletti
School of English, Communications and Performance Studies

Faculty of Arts
Monash University
VIC 3800, Australia

e: Anna.Poletti at monash.edu
ph: +61 3 9905 2131

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