Anchoring Empire in the Greek World
Prof. dr. Onno van Nijf (Groningen) and Prof. dr. Olivier Hekster (Radboud University, Nijmegen)
Empire is not simply a matter of military power, it is also discourse. For a successful empire, there is not only a need of soldiers, administrators and institutions, but imperial rulers and subjects have to employ a common language (in a broad sense) that allows all parties to share in the imperial enterprise. This discourse needs to be connected—both in the ways it is communicated and perceived, and in terms of content—to what people know, believe, want, value, and can understand. This phenomenon of ‘anchoring’ is central to the new research agenda of the Dutch classicists.
This project will focus on the Greek world under Rome and investigate how local political traditions and political discourses developed under imperial rule. When the Romans established their rule over Greece, they encountered a lively political culture. Traditional institutions and modes of political participation were still important; many cities were democratic in name and some even in practice. These traditions did not disappear overnight. This project aims to study how local cultures engaged with the process of integration and adaptation to Roman rule. The epigraphic record offers a rich source material for studying how political and social innovation could be anchored in a traditional and conservative medium. Questions that may be addressed include: How did Roman authorities and the new Romanised elites secure their position linguistically? To what extent was the language of praise anchored in traditional categories, and how were they transformed over time? How did language of decrees reflect and support changing social and political hierarchies? We invite structured PhD proposals (title, research question, scholarly background, aims, method, corpus) for a (semantic and pragmatic) analysis of the strategies by which these discourses engage with the continuity and changes in local political and cultural traditions.
This PhD project is part of “Anchoring Empire”, a joint research project between the University of Groningen chair groups of Ancient History and of Old Testament and Ancient Judaism) and the Radboud University, Nijmegen (chair group of Ancient History) within the Anchoring Innovation program.
PhD project, 4 years (1.0 FTE, 38 hrs per week), starting date to be agreed upon, with a preference for September 1, 2021. Initially the employee will receive a one-year contract, with extension for the following 36 months on condition of a positive evaluation. It is possible to extend the position over 5 years at 0,8 fte. The appointment must lead to the completion of a PhD thesis. Salary range from € 2.395 to € 3.061 gross per month for a fulltime appointment (pay scale for PhDs, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities). The University of Groningen offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses (8.3%), training and career development. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break.
The Anchoring Innovation program is strongly committed to diversity within its team and especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups.
Enquiries about the position can be addressed to Prof. dr. Onno van Nijf, email@example.com. Do not hesitate to contact your prospective supervisors about the design of your research proposal. Questions about the procedure can be directed to Dr. Suzanne van de Liefvoort, firstname.lastname@example.org.
In order to be admissible, applications must include the following information (in the same order), in one PDF file (not zipped):
Please submit your complete application to Dr. Suzanne van de Liefvoort, the coordinator of the Anchoring-program via email@example.com before April 24, 2021. Interviews will take place in the week of May 24-28, 2021 and will probably be held online.