We are looking for four researchers (3 PhD candidates and 1 Postdoc researcher) to form the team of the NWO VICI project Citizenship Discourses in the Early Middle Ages (400-1100), granted to dr. Els Rose and running from 2017-2022.
The project as a whole explores how the early medieval world employed citizenship terminology inherited from the classical and biblical past, to shape and give expression to the new social, political and religious identities of Europe’s post-Roman inhabitants. The project examines the radical semantic changes to the use of citizenship terminology in a variety of written sources dating to the period 400-1100 and applies discourse analysis to these sources in order to lay bare their social implications.
A full description of the project is available here:
The three PhD researchers will investigate citizenship discourse in the following domains of early medieval culture:
PhD 1 will work on hagiography and apocryphal literature (project P3);
PhD 2 will study liturgy and sermons (project P4);
PhD 3 will examine the role of the Latin language in the process of percolation of citizenship discourse through to all layers of society (project P5);
The Postdoc will concentrate on the legal aspects of citizenship in a Christianising world, both in the centres and the peripheries of the (former) Roman Empire, in urban as well as non-urbanised settings (project P2 shared with the PI; project P6).
Find out more here.