The Department of History, European Studies and Religious Studies of the Faculty of Humanities is looking for an Assistant professor (UD) in the History of Western Esotericism in Late Antiquity.
The candidate holds a PhD in a relevant field, and is a specialist in the study of Western Esotericism in Late Antiquity. S/he will be expected to initiate personal research projects in the history of esoteric currents in this period, with a particular focus on one or more of the following areas: religious Platonism and Platonizing religion in the Hellenistic period, Hermetism, Gnosticism, Neoplatonic theurgy, the so-called ‘occult sciences’ (astrology, magic, alchemy), relevant Jewish and Christian traditions under the Roman empire, and the continuation of these traditions in eastern Christianity. S/he will be expected to publish actively in appropriate scholarly media and to collaborate in common research activities with the other staff members of the Centre, of the Religious Studies program and more generally of the Faculty of Humanities if the occasion calls for it. The successful candidate for the position is expected to be an active and ambitious researcher and will have a good record of high quality academic publications focused on one or more currents in this domain, and solid general knowledge of the domain as a whole. As a specialist in the study of Western Esotericism for the indicated period, the candidate will be able to teach about its relevant aspects both on the undergraduate and graduate levels. S/he will also be conversant with current research and debates in the field of Western esotericism, as represented by publications in relevant journals and book series. Demonstrated ability to apply for and obtain research funding will be considered a plus.
The new Assistant professor has relevant university teaching experience, provides inspiring teaching, and will be expected to develop and teach courses in both the minor and the MA trajectory, both in lecture and in seminar settings.
The successful candidate may also be asked to participate in developing and teaching in adjacent programs, e.g. Ancient and/or Medieval History, Art History, or Philosophy. Teaching duties also include supervising theses and contributing to renewal and improvement of the curriculum. Within the department and the capacity groups, programs are explicitly tailored to facilitate the reinforcement of the research interests of the staff and curriculum development.
Candidates should fit the following profile:
As Dutch is the language of instruction in most BA-level courses, candidates are expected to acquire sufficient command of the Dutch language during the first two years of the appointment.
The contract is initially temporary for a period of two years. Positive assessment and evaluation can be expected to lead to a permanent contract. The contract will commence preferably between 1 December 2020 and 1 January 2021.
The UFO profile for this position is, dependent on relevant experience, Universitair docent 2 (scale 11) or Universitair docent 1 (scale 12).
The gross monthly salary will range from €3,746 (start scale 11) to €5,826 (end scale 12), based on a full-time employment contract of 38 hours a week.
The Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities is applicable.
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The candidate’s research will be part of the Amsterdam School for Historical Studies (ASH). ASH is one of the five research schools within the Amsterdam Institute for Humanities Research. It represents and fosters the study of the human past from Antiquity to the present day. It brings together more than 200 academics from Amsterdam’s Faculty of Humanities, who participate in ca. 25 research groups. ASH does not limit itself to a particular period, discipline or method, but integrates a variety of (inter)disciplinary perspectives, including history, history of art, literature and religious studies. It encourages collaborations between scholars along thematic lines (e.g. Religion, the City, Conflict), geographical focus (e.g., Mediterranean History, American Studies, Modern Germany) and in terms of period (e.g., Antiquity, the Middle Ages, Early Modern and Modern History).
The Centre for the History of Hermetic Philosophy and Related Currents is placed in the ASH and is a pioneering institution for research and teaching in the academic study of Western Esotericism. Under this label, it focuses in particular on the history of Renaissance Platonism and Hermetism, prisca theologia and occulta philosophia in the early modern period and their later developments; alchemical, magical, astrological, Paracelsian and Rosicrucian currents; Jewish and Christian kabbalah; Christian theosophy and Illuminism; and various occultist and related developments during the 19th and 20th centuries, including the New Age movement. The Centre has now decided to broaden its scope of research and teaching by creating two new positions, one focusing on Late Antiquity and the other on the Middle Ages.
Within the Department of History, European Studies and Religious Studies (abbreviated GER), lecturers of the HHP capacity group teach courses in the Bachelor program in Religious Studies, offer a minor in Western esotericism, and they participate in the MA program ‘Spirituality and Religion’and the elective package ‘Western Esotericism and Spirituality’. The complete programs can be found Please check our course catalogue for the complete programs.
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