Université catholique de Louvain,
Institut des Civilisations, Arts et Lettres
Centre de recherche en Ecriture, Création et Représentation : Littératures et Arts de la scéne

Research Staff Vacancy : PhD-fellowship
- full time research
- in preparation of a PhD
- temporary position (2 year, once renewable)

Required degree:

Masters degree (at least with Distinction) in:
- Modern Languages and Literatures (Dutch and another modern language)
- Literary Translation
- Comparative Literature
- Or equivalent

With a demonstrable background in Dutch Literature as area of specialization.
Students finishing their MA degree in the summer of 2019 are also encouraged to apply.

Required qualifications:

- Excellent knowledge of Dutch, especially in reading & writing, but also orally. Command of other languages is an asset.
- Strong Literary Analysis skills; research experience at the crossroads of Translation studies, Philosophy of Language or Comparative Literature is an asset.
- Methodological, critical and heuristic skills (disciplinary and interdisciplinary databases)
- Ability to work both independently and in a team
- Ability to communicate in a clear, structured and convincing manner
- Good ability to integrate into a multilingual and interdisciplinary research environment.


The selected candidate will work on a doctoral research project entitled "L’interculturalité De La Littérature Néerlandophone Contemporaine À L’épreuve De Ses Récits ‘Hétérolingues’. Etude D’une Production Littéraire À Langues Autres Et De Ses Enjeux Pour Un Univers Social Partagé" and funded by a Special Research Grant of the UCLouvain.

This project aims to study how a contemporary 'heterolingual' literature written in Dutch, reflecting the interpenetration of foreign languages into the text, contributes to the abolition of linguistic and cultural borders and rethinks its relationship with other communities. On the basis of a corpus of prototypical texts in prose, independent of ethnic or geographical origin, the first objective will be to establish an integrated textual analysis model, examining discursive strategies, narratological devices, aesthetic particularities and ethical issues. The study will contribute to a better understanding of the creative language experience that, in Dutch-speaking cultural representations, accompanied the societal hybridization of the late 20th and early 21st century.

This research will be conducted over a maximum period of 4 years (after 2 years, once renewable) under the supervision of Prof. Matthieu Sergier (UCL/USL-B) and Prof. Stéphanie Vanasten (UCL), in collaboration with their research groups and networks. The selected candidate will participate in workshops, seminars and conferences in the field of the project. His/her research will complete a doctoral degree.

How to apply

Candidates are invited to submit their applications by e-mail to Prof. M. Matthieu Sergier - and Prof. Stéphanie Vanasten - by 30 August 2019.

The application file will include the following documents:
- a CV (including an overview of the applicants study results, a copy of the required Master's degree and the contact details of one academic person we may contact for a reference)
- a letter of application (max 2 p.) including a short personal motivation with regard to the research project
- any personal document that can attest to the candidate's suitability for the required profile, such as a student paper or publication (Master's thesis, articles)

On the basis of these documents, candidates will be selected for an interview.
Starting date of the doctoral scholarship : 01/10/2019.

For more information, please contacté : Prof. Stéphanie Vanasten - or Prof. Matthieu Sergier -

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