Vacature: 2 postdoctorale posities voor het onderzoeksproject ‘The Multilingual Dynamics of the Literary Culture of Medieval Flanders, ca. 1200–ca. 1500’ (Universiteit Utrecht)

Utrecht University is looking for two Postdoctoral Researchers in the research project ‘The Multilingual Dynamics of the Literary Culture of Medieval Flanders, ca 1200 – ca 1500’. These two positions are part of a research project funded by the Netherlands Organisation of Scientific Research (NWO). This four-year project seeks to correct the traditional, monolingual view on Flemish literature between ca. 1200 and ca. 1500. It is the first large-scale investigation devoted to the literary culture of medieval Flanders from a multilingual perspective. A full description of the project can be read here. Applying for the job can be done via this website.

The project consists of three subprojects. Since December 1, 2018, a PhD candidate (4 years, 1.0 FTE) studies the literary dynamics resulting from the interaction between Middle Dutch and other languages in Flemish texts, Flemish multi-text manuscripts and booklists from medieval Flanders. From December 1, 2019, onwards, two Postdocs (each 3 years, 1.0 FTE) will carry out the remaining subprojects. Postdoc 1 will focus on Dutch, French and Latin texts that were written by authors in medieval Flanders and texts that were read in that region. Postdoc 2 will study manuscripts containing Dutch, French and Latin texts that scribes produced in medieval Flanders and the manuscripts that circulated in that region. In the deepening and synthesising stages of the project, the findings of the two Postdoc subprojects will be combined.

Each of the two Postdocs will be asked to:

  • set up a data collection of texts or manuscripts whose production and/or reception can be assigned to medieval Flanders
  • apply various theoretical perspectives to the dataset
  • write two international conference papers
  • contribute to the organization of the project’s final conference
  • co-author and co-edit the conference proceedings
  • contribute to teaching (f.e. tutorials for Research Master students)
  • contribute to the exhibition that is part of the project
  • write a popularizing essay
  • deliver a public lecture

For additional information on the project, you may contact prof. dr. Bart Besamusca (, dr. André Bouwman ( or prof. dr. Remco Sleiderink ( For general information about the two Postdoc positions, please contact the ICON research coordinator Hanneke Jansen (

You will be based at the Institute for Cultural Inquiry (ICON) and the Department of Languages, Literature and Communication (TLC), under supervision of prof. dr Bart Besamusca.