Vacature: Doctor-assistant Onderzoekseenheid Vertaalwetenschap (Universiteit Leuven)

Voor de Onderzoekseenheid Vertaalwetenschap, Leuven zoeken wij een doctor-assistant.
Binnen de OE Vertaalwetenschap verenigt de OG Vertaling en Interculturele Transfer onderzoek en onderwijs in literaire vertaling, interculturele transfer en vergelijkende literatuurstudie.


Je verricht wetenschappelijk onderzoek op het gebied van de vertaalwetenschap en vergelijkende literatuurstudie, met focus op literaire vertaling en transfer. Je publiceert daarover in vooraanstaande tijdschriften en boeken.

Je verzorgt kwalitatief hoogstaand onderwijs op bachelor- en masterniveau in het domein van de vergelijkende literatuurstudie en literaire vertaling.

Je doceert de vakken:

  • F0AA0a Inleiding tot de studie van de Europese literatuur en cultuur: voor 1800
  • F0AA1a Inleiding tot de studie van de Europese literatuur en cultuur: na 1800
  • F0AR6a Literatuur in vergelijkend perspectief

Je werkt mee aan:

  • F0UX8a Western Literature: Concepts and Questions
  • F0UY3a Translation and Plurilinguism in Literature
  • F0YJ0a Vertaalonderzoek: Literaire vertaling
  • F0UY9a Literaire institutionalisering

Je begeleidt bachelor- en masterproeven.
Je werkt mee aan dienstverleningsactiviteiten van de Faculteit Letteren op de Campus Leuven.


Je hebt op het moment van je aanstelling een diploma van doctor in de Vertaalwetenschap of Literatuurwetenschap.
Je beheerst het Engels en het Nederlands uitstekend, zowel mondeling als schriftelijk.
Je hebt relevante publicaties op het gebied van Vertaalwetenschap (met focus op literaire vertaling) en Vergelijkende Literatuurstudie in internationale wetenschappelijke tijdschriften met beoordeling door vakgenoten of in boeken bij vooraanstaande uitgeverijen.
Je bezit voortreffelijke didactische kwaliteiten voor het academisch onderwijs.
Je beschikt over organisatorische vaardigheden en bent collegiaal ingesteld.


Wij bieden een voltijdse aanstelling als doctor-assistent met een contract van bepaalde duur voor 3 jaar.
Je komt terecht op de Campus Leuven van de KU Leuven, een stimulerende werk- en leeromgeving waarin je volop je expertise als onderzoeker verder kunt uitbouwen en je didactische kwaliteiten kunt ontplooien.


Meer informatie is te verkrijgen bij prof. dr. Reine Meylaerts, tel.: +32 16 32 48 48, mail:
Solliciteren voor deze vacature kan tot en met 31/07/2017 via onze

Call for Proposals: KB Researcher-in-Residence Program 2018

The Koninklijke Bibliotheek (KB), National Library of the Netherlands is seeking proposals for its Researcher-in-residence program to start in 2018. This program offers a unique chance to early career researchers to work in the library with the Digital Humanities team and KB data. In return, we learn how researchers use the data of the KB.

This year we invite academic researchers with a background in Humanities, Social Sciences, Computer Science or Artificial Intelligence to apply for one of the two following tracks:

  1. an ‘open track’ in which we will address your Humanities or Social Sciences research question in a 6 month project using the digital collections of the KB and computational techniques.
  2. An ‘information extraction track’ in which we invite Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence as well as Social Sciences and Humanities scholars to use or collaborate in our ongoing research on extracting structured data from our extensive collections of unstructured text.

For both tracks you will be assisted by one of our research software engineers. The output of the project will be incorporated in the experimental platform of the KB, the KB Lab and is ideally beneficial for a larger (scholarly) community.

Who are we looking for?

For both tracks we search for talented early career researchers who are:

  • PhD-student in their final stages of their PhD project or researchers that have obtained their PhD between 2013 and 2017
  • Have a background in Humanities, Social Sciences, Computer Science or Artificial Intelligence
  • Employed at a university or research institute in the EU as academic researcher
  • Interested in using one (or more) of the digital collections of the KB,
  • Available for 0.5 fte over a period of 6 months (preferably Jan – Jun 2018 or Jul – Dec 2018) and able to spend at least 1 day a week at the KB premises.

What can we offer you?

  • A secondment with the KB for 0,5 fte for a period of 6 months based on your current salary
  • Access to all datasets of the KB,
  • An office space,
  • Travel costs within the Netherlands,
  • Support from a programmer, researcher, collection and data specialists.

How do I apply?

Please use a template available on our website to formulate your research proposal and submit this as a pdf before 1 September 2017 via the email address, after having carefully read our terms and conditions. All proposals will first be reviewed on eligibility by an internal KB committee and then forwarded to an external committee of representative experts from several Dutch universities and institutions that have backgrounds in Humanities, Social Sciences, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence. Results will be announced in October 2017.


Full call text:
Deadline: 1 September 2017
Announcement on decision: October 2017
Contact & questions:

Prof. David Miall on The Origins of Literature and the Arts

The Origins of Literature and the Arts

When: June 22, 15:00-16:30
Where: The Stijlkamer at Janskerkhof 13, Utrecht

David S. Miall, Department of English & Film Studies, University of Alberta

After introducing the term literariness and its cognates, we will query several common terms: interpretation, narrative, imagery, and the like, in order to provide a view of the work of literary reading in evoking feeling, memory, the self, etc. I then introduce some key issues in the study of prehistoric aesthetics with cave art as forming the primary context for launching an investigation of its significance.  After some account of the extensive dimensions of the evidence for prehistoric art, I consider briefly the evolution of art from its inception at about 35,000 years before the present (BP).  I offer brief comments on the four aesthetic modes that emerged consecutively over many thousand years, and that can be regarded as paradigmatic: pre-imagery, the image, the scene, and narrative.  I discuss the cognitive issues raised by cave art, then briefly analyse examples from three of the four modes: music (for Mozart opera), film (Tarkovsky), and narrative (fiction, Woolf).

David S. Miall is Professor Emeritus in the Department of English & Film Studies at the University of Alberta in Canada. His publications include Humanities and the Computer: New Directions (1990), and Romanticism: The CD-ROM (1997), and a monograph, Literary Reading: Empirical and Theoretical Studies (2006).  He has authored over 130 chapters and journal articles.  He specializes in literature of the British Romantic period, and the empirical study of literary reading – a field in which he has collaborated with Don Kuiken (Department of Psychology) since 1990.

Please register your interest in attending it before June 21 by emailing us at:

NIAS Workshop Women Writers in History

On behalf of our colleagues of the HERA Travelling TexTs project, we’d like to call your attention to the following event.  Between 2013 and 2016 the European HERA Travelling TexTs project was being carried out in 5 countries – one of those being the Netherlands, more precisely The Hague: Huygens ING. The other countries were the United Kingdom (with the project leader in Glasgow), Finland, Norway and Slovenia. This research project had been prepared during a European COST Action, and was being done within an online database. The database itself was also completely restructured, extended and further developed – allowing new research. Some of the outcomes were already presented and published; two books are to follow.

This central database, transformed into the NEWW VRE (NEWW as: New approaches to European Women’s Writing) will be presented to colleagues, students and interested readers of women’s literature, June 14th and 15th in Amsterdam, during a NIAS workshop organized at Spinhuis.

This workshop will illustrate the progress made – thanks to the COST and HERA projects, as well as to  support by NWO, SURF and CLARIN-NL – for research about women’s literary history. The ways in which the NEWW VRE is functioning will be demonstrated. This tool will indeed be also at the core of future and ongoing collaboration: in the form of a recently created DARIAH Working Group, entitled Women Writers in History. We will highlight the coherence and continuity between the earlier research, digitizing and internationalizing projects and this new, more open, situation as a Working Group.

The workshop will be held in English and covers 2 days: the “presentation day” (14 June) will be followed by an expert meeting in which Working Group members will discuss their future collaboration.

Colleagues and interested readers, specialist and non-specialists are invited to take part in the “presentation day” on 14 June, where speakers will include:

  • Marie Nedregotten Sørbø (Volda University College, Norway)
  • Amelia Sanz (Complutense University Madrid, Spain)
  • Orsi Réthelyi (Eötvös Loránd University Budapest, Hungary and Huygens ING)
  • Isabel Lousada (New University of Lisbon, Portugal)
  • Lotte Jensen (Radboud University Nijmegen)
  • Petra Broomans (Groningen University)

Click here to view the programme

Anyone interested is invited to join us on 14 June. Please register here before June 6 2017. Colleagues, MA students, stake-holders in Cultural Heritage Institutions can join the discussions of the expert meeting on 15 June – please take contact with organizer Suzan van Dijk.

Vacancy – Assistantship in English Literature at Ghent University

Apply until 30/05/2017 23:59 CEST
Faculty of Arts and Philosophy
Department LW07 – Literary Studies
AAP temporary appointment – 100%
1 position(s)


Ghent University is a world of its own. Employing more than 8,000 people, it is actively involved in education and research, management and administration, and technical and social services on a daily basis. It is one of the largest, most exciting employers in the area and offers great career opportunities. With each of its 11 faculties and more than 100 departments offering state-of-the-art study programmes that are grounded in research in a wide range of academic fields, Ghent University is a logical choice for its employees as well as its students.


  • At least 50% of your assignment will be spent on academic research in preparation of a doctoral dissertation in English literature, from a general, comparative and/or theoretical angle.
  • You will assist in the teaching activities at the department, specifically the following courses introductory and survey courses in English Literature at the B.A. level.
  • You will assist in the internal and external services of the department.


  • You hold a Master’s degree in (Historical) Linguistics and Literary Studies, Comparative Modern Literature or an equivalent degree, with English as part of your programme. The degree requirements need to be fulfilled at the start of your appointment.
  • You are interested in academic teaching, in scholarly and project-based research and in services, both within and outside the English section.
  • Your scholarly profile focuses on English literature, and you have a clear interest in other literatures.
  • You have didactic and communicative qualities; you are committed to an inspiring working climate in the section.
  • You have excellent academic communication skills in English (active and passive, oral and written).


  • We offer you a two-year appointment, which may be renewed twice for two years, on condition that the previous term was given a positive evaluation. Attention: If you have been previously appointed as a junior assistant or doctoral fellow at a university within the Flemish Community, this appointment will be deducted from the maximum term of appointment, which is six years at the most according to the Codex of Higher Education.
  • Your appointment will start on 1 October 2017 at the earliest.
  • Your remuneration will be determined according to salary scale AAP3. More information is available on our website.
  • All Ghent University staff members enjoy a number of benefits, such as a wide range of training and education opportunities, 38 days of paid leave, bicycle commuting reimbursement, ecocheques, etc. A complete overview of all our fringe benefits can be found on our website (in Dutch).


Apply online via this application before last application date (see above). Make sure you upload the following documents:

  • application letter
  • cv, including an overview of study results (merged into one file of maximum 5 MB)
  • a transcript of the required degree
  • for diplomas awarded outside the European Union: certificate of equivalence (NARIC) (if you already have it)

We do not accept applications that are sent by e-mail or applications that lack (one of) the above-mentioned documents.

As Ghent University maintains an equal opportunities and diversity policy, everyone is encouraged to apply for this position.


For more information about this vacancy, please contact Prof. Gert Buelens (, +32 09/264 37 00).



International Conference on Religions(s) and Cultural Production(s) of the Italian Diaspora(s)

19-20 May 2017
Utrecht University

The conference is organised by the Italian Department at Utrecht University in the context of Unesco’s World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development 2017.

This two-day symposium explores how religious hierarchies, institutions and practices shaped the identity and the cultural production (language, literature, performance, social media) of past and present Italian diasporas.

Religion may be seen as an impediment to or enhancer of social mobility inside and outside of Italy. It can trigger “narrations” that either revolve around cultural practices linked with traditional notions of Italianness (e.g. piccola patria), or shift towards new doctrines and spiritualities that redefine the idea of nation and culture. Furthermore, religious institutions and their missionary, educational and cultural activities can forge the identity – also linguistic – of integrated and/or segregated migrant communities.

In the context of Italian mobilities, this conference aims to bring together scholars from various disciplines to showcase how religious cults and practices cross(ed) national and cultural borders and how these practices embody a language through which emigrants represent their transnational experience. Moments of transition in which borders between nations and cultures are redefined with the decisive contribution of religion are of particular interest for this conference, with a focus on processes of colonisation/decolonisation, nationalisation, secularisation, tensions caused by ethnic and religious conflicts on a local and a global scale. The final aim of the symposium is to establish a platform with which to explore the shifting place and role of religion in a new age of great migrations.

When: 19-20 May 2017
Where: Drift 21, Sweelinckzaal (0.05), Utrecht University
Keynote speakers: Stefano Luconi (University of Florence); Loredana Polezzi (Cardiff University)
Working Languages: English, Italian
Registration: You can register for the conference here.

For more information:
Email: Website:
Facebook: facebook@religionsandmigrations


Summer School – Posthuman Ethics in the Anthropocene

Summer School Course by Prof. Rosi Braidotti
21-25 August 2017


The field of posthuman scholarship is in full expansion. The posthuman turn is triggered by the convergence of anti-humanism on the one hand and anti-anthropocentrism on the other. Anti-humanism focusses on the critique of the Humanist ideal of ‘Man’ as the universal representative of the human, while anti-anthropocentrism criticizes species hierarchy and advances ecological justice. Both these strands enjoy strong support, but they refer to different genealogies and traditions. This course rest son the French philosophical tradition of critical Spinozism, which defends a monistic Life philosophy based on non-dialectical processes and is best represented by Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari. This course explores the interconnection between the posthuman predicament and the condition of the Anthropocene. It argues for the need to develop a more ethical and more complex relationship to our planetary dimension and to our relationship to non-human others, both animals, plants and technological artefacts. The Anthropocene as a concept was coined in 2001 by Nobel Prize winner for chemistry, Paul Crutzen, to describe our current geological era in terms of human impact upon the sustainability of the planet. It was officially adopted as a scientific term by the International Geological Association in Cape Town in August 2016 and its official starting date has been set at 1950, the dawn of the nuclear era. Posthuman critical theory argues for the pertinence of posthuman ethics as a way of re-framing the question of life in the Anthropocene, striking a balance between vulnerability and affirmation.


Prof. Rosi Braidotti


This interdisciplinary course is aimed at research-minded advanced master and PhD students with a critical and curious intellectual disposition; post-docs in the Humanities and Arts practices; starting researchers but also practitioners and media activists. A strong background in at least one of the following disciplines is required: critical theory, Continental philosophy, gender studies, media and technology studies, social and political theory, postcolonial and race studies, cultural studies.


To provide an introduction to contemporary critical scholarship about the posthuman, the Anthropocene and ethics in the French Continental philosophical tradition through the exploration of debates about contemporary subjectivity, globalization and power, and the politics of affirmation.


participants of the course are expected to have read compulsory texts for tutorials and lectures before the course. They are also expected to actively take part in tutorials, prepare questions and discussion points for plenary sessions, both the morning ones following Braidotti’s lectures and the closing plenaries after the afternoon tutorials. A special emphasis will be placed on participants’ contribution to the panels and the plenary discussions.


• € 500 – Course + course materials + housing • € 300 – Course + course materials

Your application should include: – Motivation for your application (submit through your account) – Curriculum vitae (submit through your account) – Recent set of transcripts (marks/grades) in English, German, French or in Dutch for Dutch students (submit through your account) – One letter of reference letter Whenever possible the applications will be evaluated as they come, and applicants will be informed about the results accordingly. However, due to a large amount of applications, we might not always be able to provide a speedy evaluation and response. At the latest, the final results will be known one month after the submission deadline.

Course dates: 21-25 August 2017
Deadline for registration: 01 June 2017
Location: Utrecht City Campus, the Netherlands
Costs: 500 EUR (course + course materials)
Read more and apply online via the Utrecht Summer School website:

Workshop – The Worlds of Mia Couto / Les Mondes de Mia Couto

Date: 15 May 2017
From 9 a.m. till 5.15 p.m.
University of Antwerp

More information

“I’m white and African; the son of Europeans and Mozambicans;
a scientist living in a very religious world;
a writer in an oral society.
These are apparently contradictory worlds that I like to unite because they’re part of me.”

Besides being Mozambique’s best known and most prolific writer, Mia Couto has been recognized internationally as one of the most important authors of our times. Spanning all literary genres, Couto has proven to be a multi-faceted author Couto who already won major literary prizes around the world (a.o. Neustadt Prize 2014, Premio Camões 2013). Yet his work also shifts fluidly between various modes of writing, mixing historical elements with poetic and autobiographic ones, in often unpredictable and intellectually challenging ways. With each new book, Mia Couto multiplies the wor(l)ds he inhabits, creating new challenges for his readers. How to critically approach Mia Couto’s poetics? And how does rethinking Couto’s work as part of an archipelagic constellation enables us to locate the author within (or against) what has been (re)fashioned as “World literature”?

This international workshop sets out to explore Mia Couto’s oeuvre in relation to the imaginary worlds created by the author, but also to the complex geographical, cultural and literary contexts that are woven into the texture of his work. In uncanny ways, Mia Couto recalls Kristeva’ notion of the “multiverse”, fusing empirical and metaphysical concerns; the Mozambican author forges rhizomatic relations between local, regional and global issues, escaping fixed notions of race, gender, and nation. The workshop gathers experts in Couto’s work with the aim to gauge for connections across his fictional and non-fictional work: not only links to the broader Lusophone world, but also to less obvious postcolonial and non-postcolonial literary archipelagos (the Francophone world, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean).  Papers will be presented in English and French.


9:00             Welcome and presentation of the workshop
Kristian Van Haesendonck (University of Antwerp)
Kathleen Gyssels (University of Antwerp, Coordinator Postcolonial
Literatures Research Group)


9:15-9:45    “Mia Couto: International Connectivities”
David Brookshaw (University of Bristol)

9:45-10:15   “Literary ethnographies: Narrating the Nation in Terra Sonâmbula
and Macunaíma”

Kamila Krakowska (Leiden University)

10:15-10:30  Coffee break

10:30-11:00 “Mia Couto and the Antinomies of World-Literature”
Paulo de Medeiros (University of Warwick)

11:00-11:30  “Mia Couto and the Form of Globalization”
Peter Maurits (University of Erlangen)

11:30-12:00 “Mia Couto’s Reflections and Deflections of Light: a Cross-cultural

Kristian Van Haesendonck (University of Antwerp)

12:00-12:30  Discussion

12:30-13:30  Lunch break


14:00-14:30 “Mia Couto: la Poétique du Métissage”
Celina Martins (University of Madeira)

14:30-15:00 “Traverser les frontières du monde: les transgressions de Mia Couto”
Fernanda Vilar (Université de Paris Ouest, Nanterre)

15:00-15:30  Discussion

15:30-15:45  Coffee break

15:45-17:00  Round Table: Mia Couto, Wor(l)dmaker – Mia Couto, créateur
de mots/mondes
(with the participation of Elisabeth Monteiro Rodrigues)

17:00-17:15  Remarques finales / Concluding remarks
Kathleen Gyssels (University of Antwerp)

19:00             Dinner

Registration: e-mail to Kristian Van Haesendonck

Free entrance


From Antwerp Central station to the University takes 15 minutes by foot. Tram stops 10 and 11 are nearby the Venue (Lange Winkeltraat).

The Annexe is situated on 9, Lange Winkelstraat; enter the parking lot and you will find the Annexe on your left hand side (the small historical house in front of building R, number 3 on the map).

How to get there

The international airport of Brussels (Zaventem) is the most frequently used gateway to Antwerp. From the airport you can travel to Antwerp by taking the train (most convenient option) or the airport express bus. The direct train to Antwerp takes approximately 35 minutes and runs twice an hour. Time schedules and fares can be found on The airport express bus runs every hour and reaches the centre of Antwerp in approximately 45 minutes. You will find more travel information here.

Fast trains run from Amsterdam and Paris to Antwerp Centraal.


Kristian Van Haesendonck & Kathleen Gyssels
Postcolonial Literatures Research Group, University of Antwerp

The city of Antwerp

More information on the city of Antwerp can be found here.

POSTDOC Niederländische Literaturwissenschaft Universität Oldenburg

In der Fakultät III – Sprach- und Kulturwissenschaften – ist im Institut für Niederlandistik zum 01.10.2017 befristet für zunächst 3 Jahre eine Stelle einer/eines

Wissenschaftlichen Mitarbeiterin/Wissenschaftlichen Mitarbeiters Niederländische Literaturwissenschaft POSTDOC (Entgeltgruppe 13 TV-L)

in Vollzeit (z. Z. 39,8 Std. wöchentlich) zu besetzen.


Diese Stelle beinhaltet

  • Lehre im Fach Niederlandistik gem. Lehrverpflichtungsverordnung (im Umfang von z. Z. 4 LVS pro Semester)
  • Beteiligung an Forschungsprojekten des verantwortlichen Hochschullehrers

Im Rahmen der Stelle wird Gelegenheit zur eigenen wissenschaftlichen Weiterqualifikation in der niederländischen Literaturwissenschaft (zum Zwecke einer Habilitation) gegeben.

Erforderlich ist

  • ein mit einem mindestens guten Examen abgeschlossenes wissenschaftliches Hochschulstudium der Niederlandistik mit Schwerpunkt in der Literaturwissenschaft,
  • eine Promotion mit Schwerpunkt in der niederlandistischen Literaturwissenschaft,
  • ein Entwurf für ein durchzuführendes Habilitationsprojekt (Exposé in deutscher oder englischer Sprache von 3 bis 5 Seiten) im Bereich der modernen niederländischen Literatur.

Erwünscht sind

  • Nachweisbare Kenntnisse im und Affinität zum Bereich des institutionellen Ansatzes,
  • Interesse an vergleichenden Projekten aus feldtheoretischer Perspektive, konkret an Kooperationen mit Personen aus einer der anderen Philologien (Slavistik, Anglistik, Germanistik),
  • Niederländischkenntnisse nahe an Muttersprachlerkompetenz, sehr gute Deutsch- und Englischkenntnisse.

Die Carl von Ossietzky Universität strebt an, den Frauenanteil im Wissenschaftsbereich zu erhöhen. Deshalb werden Frauen nachdrücklich aufgefordert, sich zu bewerben. Gem. § 21 Abs. 3 NHG sollen Bewerberinnen bei gleichwertiger Qualifikation bevorzugt berücksichtigt werden. Schwerbehinderte Menschen werden bei gleicher Eignung bevorzugt eingestellt.

Bewerbungen werden mit Lebenslauf, Zeugniskopien und Exposé sowie ggf. einem Verzeichnis der Veröffentlichungen und universitären Lehrveranstaltungen bis zum 05.05.2017 erbeten an die Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg, Fakultät III, Institut für Niederlandistik, Prof. Dr. R. Grüttemeier, 26111 Oldenburg.

Es sei darauf hingewiesen, dass die Bewerbungsunterlagen nicht zurückgesendet werden, und daher vom Einsenden einer Mappe abzusehen ist.

Fragen zur Stelle beantwortet Ihnen gerne:

Prof. Dr. R. Grüttemeier (ralf.gruettemeier[at]; 0049-(0)441-798-3186

Call for Applications: PhD Scholarships at the Westfälische Wilhelms-University in Münster, Germany

Current positions available at the Graduate School ‘Practices of Literature’ at the Westfälische Wilhelms-University in Münster, Germany, in cooperation with the Graduate School Scholarship Programme (GSSP) of the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service).

Doctoral education in structured PhD programmes has become an essential part of the qualification process of young academics in Europe and Germany. High quality standards regarding the selection and hosting of doctoral students, as well as an international research environment, create unique perspectives particularly for foreign applicants.

In cooperation with the DAAD, the Department of Philology at the Westfälische Wilhelms-University in Münster is offering two scholarships for interested and qualified international doctoral candi-dates in the area of literary studies starting October 1st, 2018.
The Graduate School ‘Practices of Literature’ offers the opportunity to complete your doctoral degree within three years and to prepare for an academic career in university or non-university professions.

Each DAAD scholarship in this programme comprises funding for up to three years, or up to four years for applicants coming from developing or emerging countries.

Participating areas of study: American/English/Postcolonial Studies, Arabic/Islamic Studies, Baltic Studies, Book Studies, German Studies, Comparative Literature, Latin Philology/Studies, Dutch Stud-ies, Scandinavian Studies, Romance Studies, Sinology, Slavonic Studies.

In its research, the Graduate School focuses on the following three broad areas:

1. Literature and Society
(The relationship between Literary Studies, Social Theories, Cultural Theories and Studies, and Literature)

2. Theories of Literature
(Philosophy of Science, History and Theory of Literature, Literary Theories)

3. Putting the Study of Literature into Practice
(Occupationally-oriented areas that apply Literary Studies, the literary marketplace, key qualifications, the relationship between Literary Theory and professional practice)

Curriculum: Lectures/series of talks, colloquia, group projects, workshops, practical training, academic teaching.

Mentoring: Each doctoral candidate will be allocated to an individual, interdisciplinary support group consisting of three members. A written agreement regarding the mentoring as well as an individual work- and time schedule will be drawn up.

Guidelines for applications for the Graduate School ‘Practices of Literature’

The application for a scholarship follows a three-step procedure:

1) Candidates will submit an application to the GSPoL, followed by 2) a personal interview and a final nomination to the DAAD, followed by 3) the standard application procedure at the DAAD (an online application with supporting documentation via the DAAD-portal)


  • A qualifying degree at the level of Master/Magister/Staatsexamen (minimum grade: “gut”/B), in exceptional cases a Bachelor’s degree (minimum grade: “sehr gut”/A)
  • Very good German language skills are recommended, as the courses at the GSPoL are taught in German
  • At the time of the application, the last final exam should have taken place during the past six years
  • At the time of the application the applicant should not have resided in Germany for more than fifteen months


The application deadline for the winter semester 2018/19 is the 30th of November 2017.

Format of the application

Applications for the Graduate School must be submitted in written form (in English or German, preferably via e-mail in one PDF file) and should include:

  1. A letter of motivation explaining the application at the GSPoL
  2. Curriculum vitae (without photograph)
  3. Proof that the applicant has completed a qualifying course of studies – the degree awarded must at least be 2,0 (B) or better (according to § 5, Abs. 1 and 2 of the study regulations)
  4. Proof of German language skills according to appendix A (Anhang A) of the study regula-tions1
  5. A detailed project proposal of the planned dissertation of about 10 pages in length, including a description of aims and planned topics, relevance within literary scholarship and method of research, as well as a detailed work and time schedule and a bibliography
  6. Two letters of reference.2 If the applicant holds a Bachelor’s degree or has completed a first course of studies with a regular duration of less than eight semesters, three references must be submitted

Please address applications to Prof. Dr Lut Missinne

Graduate School ‘Practices of Literature’ WWU Münster, Fachbereich 09 (Philologie) Schlossplatz 34 48143 Münster, Germany

Please send your application via e-mail to

For more information, please contact

Julia Langhof (coordinator GSPoL)