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Research assistant in Arabic historiography
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Application deadline: Nov 15
Location: Gent, Belgium
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Research assistant in Arabic historiography

Last application date    Nov 15, 2018 17:00

Department                  LW21 - Department of Languages and Cultures

Contract                       Limited duration

Degree                         MA in Arabic, Islamic Studies, (Middle East) History, Arabic Literature, Arabic linguistics, or equivalent

Occupancy rate            50%

Vacancy Type               Research staff

Job description

The ERC-Consolidator Grant Project 'The Mamlukisation of the Mamluk Sultanate - II: historiography, political order and state formation in fifteenth century Egypt and Syria (MMS-II)” (2017-21) endeavours to offer the first comprehensive survey and collective historical interpretation of the diverse and voluminous range of Arabic historiographical texts that were produced in the Syro-Egyptian Mamluk Sultanate between 1410 and 1470 and that have continued to define historical imaginations to this very day. (see http://www.mamluk.ugent.be/MMS_II for more details).

MMS-II offers one position as a parttime research assistant (0,5 FTE) to assist the PI and the MMS-II team in the creation of a reference and research dataplatformconsisting of a digital corpus of more than 80 Arabic historiographical texts and their metadata from the period 1410-1470 CE. This is an important component of the first stage of the MMS-II project, which has been in preparation since 2017.

The selected research assistant will be expected to:

  • collect textual metadata
  • follow-up the digitisation of texts
  • prepare the digital text corpus for historical and textual analyses
  • participate in the activities of the MMS-II team

Profile of the candidate

  • The candidate should have an MA in the field of Arabic, Islamic Studies, (Middle East) History, Arabic Literature, Arabic Linguistics, or equivalent
  • The candidate should have a strong interest in the study of Arabic historiography, Islamic history, and/or Arabic socio-linguistics.
  • The candidate should have experience, or a clearly demonstrated interest, in digital humanities and corpus building (stemming, lemmatization, part-of-speech tagging, named entity tagging, …)
  • The candidate should be able to work independently and at the same time be a team player

    Offer:
    We offer a temporary halftime contract as research assistant (max. 36 months, 0,5 FTE), starting 1 January 2019 at earliest, and ending 31 December 2021.

How to apply

Please send

  • your CV,
  • cover letter with a short motivation and a statement of interest,
  • and the names and details of two referees (no reference letters !)

    Applications can be submitted by email to mamluk@ugent.be only; the three components of the application (CV, letter, names of referees) should be combined in one PDF file.

    Deadline: November 15, 2018, 5 pm

    Attention: Applications submitted after the deadline will not be accepted. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for a skype/facetime/... interview shortly after 15 November 2018.
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