Gepubliceerd op 06-02-2017

Vacature: Postdoctoral Fellowship in Digital Humanities “Agents of Change: Women Editors and Socio-Cultural Transformation, 1710-1920” (Deadline 25 February)

Applications are invited for a fully-funded three-year full-time postdoctoral fellowship in Digital Humanities in the Department of Literary Studies at Ghent University, Belgium. The successful candidate will participate in the project “Agents of Change: Women Editors and Socio-Cultural Transformation, 1710-1920”, funded by an ERC Starting Grant and directed by Prof. dr. Marianne Van Remoortel. This project aims to map the transnational networks of intellectual and textual exchange through which women editors of periodicals impacted social and cultural life in early-eighteenth- to early-twentieth-century Europe.

Job description
You participate in the project as a team member and will work on the digital component of the project. Your main responsibility will be the project’s nodegoat database, which currently contains data on over 1400 women editors and their periodicals. You will enrich the database with textual data and provide a transnational network perspective, using digital research methods to unearth, explore and visualize connections among editors and periodicals across national and language boundaries. In addition, you will further develop our online Database of European Women Editors and work with various stakeholders to ensure that the database is fully in line with Linked Open Data best practices.

You hold a doctoral degree in literature, history or another field of the humanities or social sciences, and have a clear interest in literary, cultural and/or social history. Experience in women’s history would be considered a plus.

You have demonstrable knowledge and skills in data mining, data visualization and social network analysis. Knowledge of Research Data Management would be considered a plus.

You have excellent oral and written communication skills in English. Working knowledge of other modern European languages would be considered a plus.

You have an aptitude for original and creative work, independently as well as in a team.

Conditions of employment
This fully-funded full-time postdoctoral fellowship is offered for a period of three years. The starting date is 1 June 2017 at the latest.

How to apply?
Submit your application via email to Marianne.VanRemoortel@UGent.be by 25 February 2017. Further information about the project and/or position can also be obtained at this address.

Applications should include:

  • a cover letter, in which you specify why you are interested in the project and why you consider yourself a suitable candidate
  • a current CV
  • transcripts of your qualifications to date
  • a writing sample
  • a link to a website showcasing your experience with relevant digital research methods
  • names and full contact details of two referees


Het KNHG is de grootste organisatie van professionele historici in Nederland. Het biedt een platform aan de ruim 1100 leden en aan de historische gemeenschap als geheel. Word lid van het KNHG.
Het Huygens Instituut beoogt de Nederlandse geschiedenis en cultuur inclusiever maken. Het ontsluit historische bronnen en literaire teksten en ontwikkelt innovatieve methoden, tools en duurzame digitale infrastructuur.