Anchoring Global Diversity:
Mediterranean Material Culture in Central Asia
PhD Position (4 years, 1,0 fte), Leiden University
Main Supervisor: Prof. dr. Miguel John Versluys
Anchoring Work Package 6: Reception of Antiquity
The occurrence of objects, styles and iconographies from the Mediterranean in Central Asia has traditionally been interpreted in terms of the spread of Hellenism (“Hellenisation”). Recent debates within the field, however, have clearly shown the limitations of these views. It is the question to what extent these elements were still understood as being ‘Greek” and what that concept exactly meant from an Asian perspective while the notion of (passive) “spreading” ignores the agency of Asian participants with what is probably better interpreted as a process of (active) appropriation and embedding. Moreover, to properly understand what goes on in terms of socio-cultural dynamics it is imperative not to focus on these Mediterranean objects and styles in their own right but to investigate them as part of the much wider repertoire of non-local objects that societies in Central Asia were confronted with through their participation in long-range exchange networks in this period.
We are looking for a PhD who, within the framework of Globalisation theory, will develop and carry out a research project that has the ambition to rethink the use, function and impact of objects, styles and iconographies from the Mediterranean as integral part of the (material) culture of Central Asia, in terms of the nature and impact of anchoring. How did ancient Globalisation change their world? How did they embed the global diversity they were confronted with? What role did objects, styles and iconographies from the Mediterranean play with that process of anchoring?
Candidates are invited to design a structured PhD proposal (title, research question, scholarly background, aims, method, corpus) around these issues. We kindly ask you to be specific about your methodology as well as the availability of the data you aim to work with. More information about the Anchoring Innovation research agenda of OIKOS can be found on the website (www.anchoringinnovation.nl) and in an article by Ineke Sluiter, entitled “Anchoring Innovation: a Classical Research Agenda” (Anchoring Innovation: A Classical Research Agenda | European Review | Cambridge Core).
Leiden University, Faculty of Archaeology, Classical & Mediterranean Archaeology. The future of the past begins in Leiden. The Faculty of Archaeology is internationally leading in its research, and is home to a broad array of specializations and notable for the strong connection it fosters between teaching and research. Home to over 500 students in the multidisciplinary world of Archaeology, the faculty and its researchers from all areas of the archaeological field determine the future of archaeological research. The Faculty ranks in the top ten worldwide in academic reputation and research impact (https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/archaeology).
PhD project, 4 years (1.0 FTE, 38 hrs per week), starting date to be agreed upon, with a preference for March 1, 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter. 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 € 2.434 to € 3.111 gross per month for a fulltime appointment (pay scale for PhDs, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities).
Leiden University 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. For more information: http://www.workingat.leiden.edu/.
The project seeks to employ a highly motivated and proactive candidate who will need to work both independently and as part of a larger team.
A successful candidate should preferably have:
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. Miguel John Versluys, firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions about the procedure can be directed to Dr Suzanne van de Liefvoort, email@example.com.
In order to be considered, 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 programme, via firstname.lastname@example.org before November 7, 2021. Interviews will take place on November 17, between 10:00 and 13:00 CET and will possibly be held online.