Gepubliceerd op 18-04-2016

Job: PhD The Illustrated Aesopian Fable in Education in France 1500-2010, Leiden University

The PhD candidate will work within a research programme funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO): Aesopian Fables 1500-2010: Word, Image, Education, supervised by Professor Paul J. Smith (LUCAS).

This PhD project focuses on the fable in France, examining how the illustrated fable was used in education and teaching, from 1500 to 2010. For centuries, the question of the “pédagogie par l’image” has preoccupied educators and pedagogues, from Comenius and Locke right up to the present day. The Aesopian fable plays a dual role in this discussion: it is both the model inspiring this reflection and its most important product. Benchmarks of this research project are:

1. The illustrated fable in the education of the Prince at the time of Classicism (La Fontaine, the Labyrinth of Versailles);
2. The illustrated fable according to the pedagogical ideals of the age of Enlightenment;
3. The illustrated La Fontaine and “la pédagogie par l’image” at the time of the Third Republic; 
4. The illustrated La Fontaine in current education, from traditional school books to a digital learning environment.

Key responsibilities

  • Writing a PhD thesis;
  • Submitting research results for publication in peer-reviewed academic journals;
  • Submitting research results for incorporation in a synthetic publication to be edited by the programme director;
  • Presenting papers at conferences, both in the Netherlands and internationally;
  • Some teaching in the second and third years of the appointment;
  • Organising and participating in reading and discussions groups, seminars and workshops within the research group, LUCAS, as well as the wider Faculty of Humanities.


Applicants for this position should meet the following conditions:

  • You have a master’s or equivalent degree, preferably in French Literature, Literary Studies, or History of Education. The MA thesis must be of high quality, with a grade of at least 8.0 on a ten-point scale, or comparable assessment;
  • Your MA thesis testifies to well-developed research skills, including the ability to formulate relevant and creative research questions and hypotheses, descriptive and analytical skills, and a clear and persuasive style of writing;
  • You have excellent competence in French (C1/C2) in addition to a good command of English in reading, writing and speaking;
  • You are able to work both independently and as part of a team;
  • You undertake to finish the proposed PhD research within 4 years.
  • The PhD research should result in a doctor’s degree from the Faculty of the Humanities of Leiden University under the supervision of Professor Paul J. Smith (LUCAS).

You can apply for this job until May 14, 2016.
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