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Doctoral student, Historical future expectations in the Late Medieval and Early Modern Period - 2020BAPFLWEF128Posted by: University of Antwerp
Posted date: 2020-Mar-27
Doctoral student, Historical future expectations in the Late Medieval and Early Modern Period - 2020BAPFLWEF128
The Faculty of Arts is seeking to fill a full-time (100%) vacancy in the Department of History for a
Doctoral student in an ERC-funded project on historical future expectations in the Late Medieval and Early Modern Period.
The fully-funded PhD-student will be affiliated with the Centre for Urban History. The Centre for Urban History is an international acknowledged research centre focusing on urban societies, structures and processes in historical perspective. The candidate will contribute to the ERC Starting Grant Project “Back to the Future: Future expectations and actions in late medieval and early modern Europe, c.1400-c.1830” funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement no. 851053, https://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/225075/factsheet/en) and supervised by prof. dr. Jeroen Puttevils.
To gain more insight in how people in the past thought about the future and how this affected their actions, this project draws on a combination of close and distant reading methods of more than 15,000 letters written in (varieties of) Italian, German, French, Dutch and English by and to European merchants in the period 1400-1830.
The doctoral student will carry out the analysis of long-term developments in the linguistic expression and rhetoric of future statements on the basis of German and Dutch merchant letters from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Central in this PhD-project will be the impact of crises on future-thinking.
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