Vacature: PhD positions Early Modern Social and Economic History (2.0 fte), University of Groningen
Applications are invited for two three-year fellowships (36 months) to undertake doctorates in the context of ForSEAdiscovery, a large research project funded by the European Union (Call identifier: FP7-PEOPLE-2013-ITN) with fourteen participating academic institutions from nine countries (see forseadiscovery.eu). Two PhD candidates will be based at the University of Groningen.
ForSEAdiscovery (in full: Forest Resources for Iberian Empires: Ecology and Globalization in the Age of Discovery) focusses on the construction of ocean-going ships of the Iberian Empires during the Age of Discovery and European Expansion. Large-scale shipbuilding made unprecedented demands on Iberian forests for the supply of construction timber. Forestry and sea power became inextricably linked, creating new geopolitical tensions, alliances and forest regulations. Key questions in this context are: could Iberian forest resources sustain the increasing demand of sound timber, or was the wood imported from elsewhere? If so, how were the trade networks organized? And did the lack of raw material force the technological changes that occurred in shipbuilding in the 16th century, or were they a result of exchange between Mediterranean and Atlantic shipbuilding traditions?
The candidates will work in an international and interdisciplinary environment involving regular participation in workshops and courses abroad.
In the course of the fellowship the candidates will be seconded for a few weeks at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa in Lisbon, Portugal, and at the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) in Madrid, Spain.
You can apply for this job until 3 October 2014.