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Research Fellow (Turkic Literary Theory balaghat) – University of Birmingham – Birmingham

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£30,395 a year

Anticipated start date of February 2019.

For further information please contact Prof Rebecca Gould, [email protected]

Terms and Conditions

Research and Analogous Staff (non-clinical)

Job Purpose

In Modern Languages research at Birmingham, we explore how the study of languages, discourses, and cultures challenges how we understand and experience the world. Our key concerns involve asking how foreign languages, discourses, and cultures – as objects and methods in their own right, and in all their multiplicity – relativize our ways of thinking, and how an awareness of this enables us to identify links and interconnections where there appears to be only difference and otherness. Over 75% of research in the Department of Modern Languages was judged to be ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ in the Research Excellence Framework 2014. The department has a lively programme of national and international experts who come to Birmingham to give lectures and seminars and we pride ourselves on our research culture. As a member of Department, the postholder will join a lively and flourishing department where they will enjoy opportunities for intellectual and other leadership in a collegiate and highly ambitious research community.

The postdoctoral postholder will create and contribute to the creation of knowledge by undertaking a specified range of activities within the ERC funded project ‘Global Literary Theory: Caucasus Literatures Compared (GlobalLIT)’. The project investigates Islamic rhetoric (‘ilm al-balghah’) from its inception to the modern period, taking into account the radical variance in timescales for the development of different literary traditions. Based in the Department of Modern Languages, they will work towards a monograph on Turkic literary theory (balaghat) and assist with compilation of anthology on Global Literary Theory. The postholder will gather texts and manuscripts of Turkic balaghat and assist with translation, and analyse and interpret research findings and results. Expertise in the position’s specific literary tradition (Turkic, Persian, and Arabic) is as important as knowledge of critical theory and the ability to situate premodern Islamic literary traditions within the contemporary discipline of comparative literature.

Further information about the project:

https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/schools/lcahm/departments/languages/

research/projects/globallit/index.aspx

Person Specification

  • Must hold (or be close to completing) a PhD in literary studies
  • Demonstrable expertise in Critical Theory
  • Demonstrable extensive knowledge of Turkic balaghat. Expertise in the position’s specific literary tradition (Turkic, Persian, and Arabic) is as important as knowledge of critical theory and the ability to situate premodern Islamic literary traditions within the contemporary discipline of comparative literature.
  • Publications in the area of literary interactions in pre-modern Middle East- a record of publications in both English and Turkic.
  • Must possess strong fluency in Ottoman Turkic and Persian
  • Ability to synthesize research findings between Turkic and Persian
  • Demonstrable knowledge of poetry (including various metrical systems)
  • Expertise in translation studies (English – Turkic and Turkic – English)
  • Demonstrable understanding of and ability to contribute to broader management/ administration processes
  • Proven ability to contribute to the planning and organising of the research programme and/or specific research project
  • Proven ability to co-ordinate own work with others to avoid conflict or duplication of effort
  • Demonstrable high-level analytical capability, as well as a demonstrated ability to work independently to the very highest levels of research excellence.

Closing Date

20 Dec 2018

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