The aim of “EUTERPE: European Literatures and Gender from a Transnational Perspective” is to offer an innovative approach to rethinking European cultural production in the light of complex social and political negotiations that are shaping European spaces and identities at present. EUTERPE intends to do that by bringing together gender and transnational perspectives within an interdisciplinary approach to literary and cultural studies. EUTERPE proposes to train and supervise 11 DCs in interdisciplinary, transnational, gender-focused literary studies.
The Department of Gender Studies at Central European University Private University (CEU PU, Austria) invites applications for a 36-month fixed-term position as Doctoral Candidate (DC) in Gender Studies to research and write a PhD thesis within the area “Transnational turn in literary studies: Looking from Central and Eastern Europe”.
The successful candidate will be based at the Department of Gender Studies in Vienna. We welcome applications from candidates with a Master’s degree, a demonstrable interest and experience in gender studies, English language skills, a willingness to undertake two months of guided internship at an Associate Partner of the DC's choice, as well as a willingness to spend a period of 6 months on secondment at the University of Oviedo (Spain). Applicants will be required to submit a 1000-word research proposal outlining the innovative ways in which they will tackle this project (further details below).
Your main responsibilities:
The successful candidate for this post will research “Transnational turn in literary studies: Looking from Central and Eastern Europe” as part of WP 1 (Transnational turn in literary studies: Looking from Central and Eastern Europe). The Doctoral Candidate will be employed by and enrolled on a PhD at CEU PU for 36 months from 1st September 2023. The name of the position in the employment contract according to the Academic Staff Handbook of the CEU will be Junior Visiting Researcher.
Applicants are requested to design a research project engaging with the following:
larger questions of transnational feminist literary theory with an aim to explore impacts of transnational turn upon methods of literary interpretation (narrative methods, close and distant reading, content analyses). The research will focus in particular on specific problems of traveling concepts and traveling theories; problems of studying identities in literary texts; questions of multilingualism and literary translations.
The aim of this research is to systematize the main theoretical approaches to transnationalism in literary studies and to bring them into dialogue with theoretical and conceptual gender analyses, thus building the framework for a new approach in feminist literary theory. This line of research is directly related to one of the main impact outputs of this project, the Dictionary of Transnational Women’s Literature in Europe and will facilitate the structuring of the Dictionary’s theoretical and conceptual frame.
As a part of their research training, all applicants will have the following duties:
- Collectively with the other Doctoral Candidates participate in the EUTERPE Transnational Literary Research Laboratory creating the content of the Dictionary/Catalogue/Podcast Library following the Doctoral Candidate’s chosen track of contribution.
- Enroll as PhD students in respective PhD programs with the university, which is recruiting them; for this post it is PhD in Comparative Gender Studies at CEU PU. They have to fulfill all the requirements of the program and work towards the completion of their PhD thesis within the deadline set by the university.
- Spend a compulsory secondment period of 6 months at the University of Oveido (Spain) during the second year of their tenure. During this period they will receive further research training and will conduct comparative research.
- Undertake two months of guided internship with a EUTERPE Associate Partner that works on a field relevant to the Doctoral Candidate's expertise.
- Work closely with their employability mentor in the development of a bespoke Employability Enhancement Plan.
- Attend the project-wide training events including 4 education events in the form of summer and spring schools.
- Participate in the EUTERPE Final conference and promotion of the Dictionary of Transnational Women’s Literature in Europe, the Digital Catalogue and Podcast Library in Vienna in the fall of 2026.
- Contribute to the final project report in the summer of 2026.
Applications are accepted from candidates with an MA or equivalent degree from Literary Studies, Gender Studies, Cultural Studies and related disciplines. The priority will be given to candidates with a background and proven interest in transnational literary studies and in gender studies, with a strong emphasis on theory.
The applicant has to fulfill CEU requirements for language proficiency (http://www.ceu.edu/node/13737)
Students enrolled in a doctoral program at CEU must not be simultaneously enrolled in other institutions of higher education, and are required, at the beginning of their studies at CEU, to sign a declaration to this effect.
Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions – Doctoral Network (MSCA DN) requirements:
Applicants should not have been awarded a doctorate at the time of their recruitment.
They must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of their host organization for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before their recruitment date. Compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays and time spent as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention are not taken into account. More detailed explanation of these eligibility conditions can be found here: European Charter for Researchers | EURAXESS (europa.eu)
Each Doctoral Candidate will receive a 36-month contract to cover the followings:
- Annual gross salary: 41,162 EUR (paid in 14 installments)
- Mobility allowance: € 600/month (paid 12 times per year)
- Family allowance: (if applicable): € 660/month (paid 12 times per year)
The contract is for a fixed-term (1 September 2023 – 31 August 2026), 36 months for the duration of the HORIZON-MSCA-2021-DN. “EUTERPE: European Literatures and Gender in Transnational Perspective”.
About EUTERPE please visit: https://cordis.europa.eu/project/id/101073012