CfP “New Directions in Medieval Religious history” Dartmouth College, USA, May 29-June 2, 2018

Applications are invited for the second annual Dartmouth Summer History Institute on “New Directions in Medieval Religious History.”  The aim of the Summer History Institute is to bring together the most promising young scholars working on medieval religious history to read and workshop pieces of their historical writing, as they embark on the transition from dissertation to book, in order to take stock of emerging considerations and approaches across the field.  We are interested in all aspects of religious history, including its links to political, social, cultural, and intellectual history.  Applicants should be in the process of completing their Ph.D. dissertation or in the early stages of revising the Ph.D. for publication as a book.  (Students finishing their Ph.D. dissertation in spring or summer of 2018 are encouraged to apply.)  Prior to the workshop, each participant will furnish a draft article or working dissertation/book chapter central to or exemplary of their larger historical intervention, which participants will discuss at the Institute in the company of invited senior scholars.  In addition to these workshop sessions on individual pieces of writing, the Institute will include a variety of fora (receptions, dinners, and lectures) to discuss theoretical and methodological issues.

Selected participants in the Institute will receive room and board as well as a subvention for travel up to $1000.  Submitted pieces should be in English (preferred), French, or German.  Participants should have a good command of spoken English.

To apply, send a CV and letter of application with an abstract of 1-2 paragraphs describing your project and the piece you intend to workshop, by March 1, 2018, to Professors Cecilia Gaposchkin and Walter Simons (Dartmouth College, Department of History) at

All inquiries and correspondence may be directed to the same address:

Dartmouth College is a private Ivy League university located in Hanover, New Hampshire.  It can be easily reached by bus from Boston, Massachusetts (about 2 hours); bus service from and to New York, NY, takes about 5 hours.  For an overview of events at the 2017 inaugural Dartmouth Summer Institute, on the theme of modern European Intellectual History, please visit

The complete flyer of the Call for papers can be downloaded here.

Workshop ‘Modern Europe meets Reform’, 12-13 April 2018 (Leeds)

Modern Europe meets Reform is a workshop that aims to investigate the development of historical writing about the medieval church across the period from the Reformation to the twentieth century. We hope this will bring together medievalists and modernists and create new areas for debate.

The workshop is part of a larger international project entitled Rethinking Reform 900-1150: Conceptualising Change in Medieval Religious Institutions, funded by the Leverhulme Trust. It brings together scholars from across Europe to focus on how changes in medieval churches were understood and explained in their own day and on how they have been reinterpreted in post-Reformation and especially post-Napoleonic historical writing.

The workshop is free to attend but places are limited and booking is essential. Refreshments will be served, including lunch on Friday. Book here to reserve your place.

A number of bursaries for research and taught postgraduate students are available to help towards travel and accommodation costs. The deadline for application for these is Monday 12 February 2018. Please contact Dr. Ceri Pitches for further details.

More information about the project, can be found on the flyer: Modern Europe meets Reform

1 PhD ‘Prophylactic Healthcare and the Urban Public’ University of Amsterdam

The Amsterdam School of Historical Studies (ASH), one of the six research schools which at the Faculty of Humanities carry out research under the aegis of the Amsterdam Institute for Humanities Research, currently has a vacant PhD position as part of the ERC-project Healthscaping, led by prof. G. Geltner

Project description

HealthScaping traces the development and impact of preventative healthcare policies, medical discourses and social and religious practices in the continent’s two most urbanized regions in the later Middle Ages, Italy and the Low Countries. The project taps numerous written, material and visual sources and archaeological data from several sites, and examines them also by critically engaging the insights of governmentality studies, cultural-spatial analysis and actor-network theory. A multidisciplinary team, also working in a Geographical Information Systems environment and generating innovative urban health maps, will recover earlier societies’ struggles with domestic and industrial waste, travel and labor hazards, food quality, and social and religious behaviors considered harmful or dangerous.

Within this framework, a PhD candidate proficient in Latin and the relevant vernacular/s will chart and analyse the dissemination of medical knowledge pertaining to prophylactic healthcare passed along several textual and visual conduits beyond the boundaries of traditional medical literature and in two distinct spheres. First, it will track the transmission of medical knowledge among the urban population – identifying medical arguments bearing upon the non-naturals (including quality of air and water, diet, evacuations, motion and rest), hygiene and the senses and their interpretation of physical and spiritual wellbeing in schoolrooms, from the pulpit as well as in urban households. Secondly, it will contextualize the dissemination of prophylactic knowledge and its application in normative sources regulating behaviour, for instance in municipal and guild statutes, regulations of brotherhoods and monastic regulae produced especially in cities in Italy and/or the Low Countries. Researching the interplay of arguments between medical knowledge, good citizenship and social hygiene in diverse behavioral scripts, this research will identify and study the specific urban milieus where medical knowledge was adapted and disseminated, thereby offering a unique insight into the levels of public health awareness and responses thereto, both of compliance and resistance, beyond academic environs.

The PhD candidate’s tasks will include:

  • completion and defence of a PhD thesis within 4 years;
  • writing two peer-reviewed scholarly articles in major journals;
  • contributing to the project database;
  • active participation in and organization of project activities.


The successful applicant must have:

  • a completed Research MA or equivalent in medieval history or a related field in the Humanities;
  • knowledge of premodern health and urban history;
  • research experience in archives and manuscript libraries;
  • a thorough command of Latin and relevant vernaculars (Middle Dutch and/or Italian), excellent English and a working knowledge of pertinent modern languages, e.g. French, German, Italian, Spanish;
  • enthusiasm for collaborative, multidisciplinary research;
  • strong organizational skills.

Further information

For further information, please contact:


The appointment will be for 30.4 hours per week (0.8 FTE) for a maximum period of four years at the Department of History, European Studies & Religious Studies of the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Amsterdam. The research will be carried out under the aegis of ASH. The appointment is initially for a period of 16 months; contingent on satisfactory performance it will be extended by a maximum of 32 months. The intended starting date of the contract is 1 September 2018. The gross monthly salary (on a full-time basis) will range from €2,222 during the first year to €2,840 during the fourth year, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.

Job application

Applications should include the following information, in one PDF file (not zipped):

  • a letter of motivation;
  • a full academic CV;
  • a writing sample of c. 10.000 words (the equivalent of an article or book chapter);
  • the names and contact details of two referees who may be approached by the selection committee.

Applicants must have completed their RMA before the start of this PhD project.

Please submit your complete application no later than 15 February 2018 to

Only complete applications submitted as one PDF file to this email address will be considered.

Please state vacancy number 18-025 in the subject line of your application.

Interviews will take place in the first two weeks of April. For candidates living abroad interviews may be held via Skype. #LI-DNP

More information can be found at this link.

Vacature: Medewerker Publieksbemiddeling Collectie Bulskampveld

Het Centrum Agrarische Geschiedenis (CAG) is op zoek naar een dynamische en veelzijdige Medewerker Publieksbemiddeling voor de Collectie Bulskampveld. Hij/zij is verantwoordelijk voor het coördineren en realiseren van de ontsluitings- en publieksactiviteiten die CAG wenst op te zetten rond en met de Collectie Bulskampveld. De medewerker wordt in zijn/haar taken bijgestaan door de Collectiebeheerder Collectie Bulskampveld, de coördinator en andere stafmedewerkers van CAG.

Meer informatie over deze vacature vindt u via deze link.

CfP “Objets politiques quotidiens du Moyen Âge à nos jours” (Lille, 14-16 november 2018)

Van 14 tot 16 november 2018 wordt aan het Institut de Recherches Historiques du Septentrion (CNRS / Université de Lille) het internationale congres “Objets politiques quotidiens du Moyen Âge à nos jours” georganiseerd. Er is nu een call gelanceerd voor presentaties:  meer details zijn te vinden in het Call for Papers Flyer.

Voorstellen (maximum een half pagina, in het Frans of in het Engels), kunnen tot 30 Maart 2018 bezorgd worden aan

Vacature 1 postdoc IRIS-Scripta (Parijs)

L’Initiative de Recherche Interdisciplinaire Stratégique “Scripta-PSL. Histoire et pratiques de l’écrit” lance un appel à candidatures pour un contrat post-doctoral d’une durée de douze mois, à compter du 1er mai 2018 (date négociable).

Conditions d’éligibilité

Sont éligibles tous les post-doctorants sans distinction, qu’ils aient soutenu leur thèse dans un établissement de PSL, ailleurs en France ou à l’étranger, qu’ils soient présentement rattachés à un laboratoire ou une institution, ou non.

On attend du post-doctorant qu’un travail original et significatif résulte du post-doctorat. On attend également qu’il ou elle s’investisse dans les activités de Scripta, p. ex. sous la forme d’une intervention aux colloques ou aux séminaires de Scripta.

Critères d’évaluation

L’évaluation se fera sur la base des critères suivants :

  • Adéquation à la problématique scientifique de Scripta-PSL (voir le descriptif dans le document ci-joint) ;
  • Insertion dans au moins deux axes de recherche de Scripta, auxquels le projet aura vocation à contribuer scientifiquement ;
  • Qualité scientifique, précision et originalité du projet (p. ex. mise en œuvre de compétences rares, interdisciplinarité, etc.) ;
  • Profil du candidat (parcours antérieur, publications).

Les candidats retenus au terme d’une première évaluation sur la base du dossier écrit seront invités à présenter leur projet devant une commission comprenant les membres du Comité de Pilotage de Scripta fin mars, soit directement, soit par vidéo-conférence.

Dossier de candidature

Le dossier pourra être soumis en français ou en anglais. Il comprendra :

  • Le formulaire ci-joint
  • Une lettre de motivation
  • Un curriculum vitae détaillé
  • Une liste des publications (parues, acceptées, soumises)
  • Un projet détaillé de 5 pages maximum (avec annexes optionnelles, hors limitation de pages)
  • Le dossier des publications sous format électronique (pdf) comprenant : la thèse, le rapport de soutenance (lorsqu’il existe) et les publications.

Dans le projet détaillé, veuillez préciser, en particulier, les points suivants :

  • Objet de la recherche et problématique ; état de la recherche sur le sujet (en général, et du candidat en particulier) ; positionnement scientifique et méthodologie ; nature des résultats escomptés ;
  • Insertion dans les axes de recherche de Scripta-PSL et contribution à ceux-ci ;
  • Intentions de publication : au terme de la période de 12 mois du contrat post-doctoral et/ou à moyen terme au-delà de celle-ci.

Veuillez nous faire parvenir en pdf les pièces du dossier, libellées ainsi :

  • L’ensemble des pièces requises, sauf publications, sous la forme : dossier_NOM.pdf ;
  • Les publications sous la forme : publications_NOM.pdf.

Les dossiers devront être soumis à l’adresse au plus tard le 15 février 2018, à minuit.