Funding/Jun 28, 2023

PhD Position in the History of Late Antiquity, Ghent University

PhD Position in the History of Late Antiquity, Ghent University lead image

In the Department of History at Ghent University (Belgium), one PhD studentship is available for a period of up to four years as part of a research project in the field of late antique social and political history (A.D. 300-800): “Hierarchy and equality in Late Antiquity. Subverting power relations in the later Roman Empire” (funded by the Research Fund of Ghent University, supervisors: Peter Van Nuffelen and Lieve Van Hoof). The project’s aim is to study how ideas of hierarchy and equality impacted on social relations: in the stratified society of Late Antiquity, how could people of inferior rank challenge their superiors? In this way, the project defies traditional top-down views of the Later Roman empire.

The successful applicant will possess a good master’s degree in a relevant discipline (or will possess one by 1/1/2024) and an excellent knowledge of Greek and/or Latin. The applicant should have an interest in ancient history and literature, and be willing to explore late antique philosophical and theological texts.

The successful applicant will complete a PhD within four years, the co-organise a conference, do a limited amount of teaching, and assist with other research carried out in the project.