The Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society (LUCAS) invites applications for a
Postdoc Position on Hellenistic economic thought
We are looking for an excellent, highly motivated, enterprising and enthusiastic postdoc to join the project team. The postdoc will analyze Greek economic thinking in the Hellenistic period. This period witnessed a process of consolidation of “economics” as a philosophical genre and knowledge domain in its own right (e.g. Philodemus, Bryson, Stoic fragments); at the same time, economic thought is also developed in other genres and knowledge practices, most notably in utopian literature (e.g. Theompompus of Chios, Euhemerus of Messana). The postdoc project will offer a series of articles on selected topics in Hellenistic economic thought, such as: the relevance of emotions in value theory, debates on private property or division of labor, attitudes towards acquisitiveness, metaphysics of money. But also, what kind of theories of human nature are presupposed by these economic ideas: how do dominant conceptions of human rationality, body-soul dualism or freedom feed into economic ideas? And what kind of knowledge is this economic knowledge? How do specific discursive practices (e.g. utopian discourse, situation ethics, technê literature) shape economic ideas?
In addition, the postdoc will co-organize an interdisciplinary workshop on economic anthropologies (“Human self-understanding and forms of economic reasoning”) and an international conference (“Economic epistemologies in the Greco-Roman World”), co-author a survey article of anthropologies in pluriform economic research (together with PI), and co-edit an edited volume based on the international conference (together with PI).
The postdoc project will consist of three case studies. Candidates are invited to submit a research proposal, containing the design of one case study (title, research question, scholarly background, aims, method, corpus). In their proposal, they should outline their suggested approach, main research question, and expected original contribution to the field.
The Vidi-project “From Homo Economicus to Political Animal. Human self-understanding in ancient Greek economic reflection”
The postdoc project will be a subproject within the Vidi research project From Homo Economicus to Political Animal. Human Self-understanding in Ancient Greek Economic Reflection, funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research, and directed by dr. T.A. (Tazuko) van Berkel (associate professor in ancient Greek language and literature at Leiden University).
From Homo Economicus to Political Animal is a research project that seeks to offer a revisionist account of the history of economic thinking in ancient Greece that explores the anthropologies (views on human nature) presupposed and produced by Greek economic texts, and the specific knowledge forms that shape these anthropologies. At the core of the project there are three fundamental questions:
The project will consist of three components that each explore the intersections of these three questions, focusing on Classical philosophical texts (PhD), Hellenistic philosophical texts and utopian discourse (postdoc), and ancient Greek folk economics (PI; Tazuko van Berkel). For more information on the Vidi-project, see the project website.
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Terms and conditions
Postdoc project, 3 years (1.0 FTE , or 0.8 FTE for 45 months), starting date 1 September 2021 or sooner. Initially the employee will receive a one-year contract, with extension for the following months on condition of a positive evaluation. Salary range from € 3,746.- to € 5,127.- gross per month for a fulltime appointment depending on prior education and working experience (pay scale 11, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities).
Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses (8.3 %), training and career development and sabbatical leave. Our individual choices model gives you some freedom to assemble your own set of terms and conditions. For more information, see the website.
Leiden University is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups.
More information about this position and the Vidi-project may be obtained from Tazuko van Berkel, email email@example.com. Information about the selection procedure and about LUCAS can be obtained via Mariska de Groot, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To apply for this vacancy, submit your application via our online system, by clicking on the blue button at the top of this page. Please ensure that you upload the following additional documents in a single PDF file (not zipped), quoting the vacancy number:
Only applications received no later than April 1st 2021 can be considered. Interviews will take place in the week of April 19-23. For candidates living abroad interviews may be held through an online platform; depending on Dutch government measures for Covid19 the same may apply for candidates living in the Netherlands.
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