Doctoral fellow

Last application date
May 24, 2020 23:59
Department
LW22 - Department of Translation, Interpreting and Communication
Employment category
Doctoral fellow
Contract
Limited duration
Degree
You have a Master’s degree in an area relevant to the topic of the doctoral dissertation, e.g. Translation Studies, Language and Literature, Comparative Literature, Cultural Studies, Museum Studies, Memory Studies etc. (degree obtained with good grades)
Occupancy rate
100%
Vacancy Type
Research staff

Job description

While interlingual translation is essential to museums catering for an international audience, and issues of representation are fundamental to museological research and practice, the intersection between translation studies and museum studies is an understudied field to this day. The current project sets out to explore the interface between translation and the museum, combining a broad cultural and metaphorical perspective (the museum as a form of cultural translation) with concrete, micro-level analysis (translated texts in the museum). The PhD candidate suggests a series of case studies in Belgium and abroad – migration museums or memory museums – which allow for a transnational comparative study.

All case studies will be (partly) undertaken from the perspective of ‘space’:

- How are spaces translated in the museum?

What is the importance of the geographic ‘sitedness’ of the museum (lieu de mémoire, connection with urban or national context)? How are outside locations figured in the museum space (through maps, architectural design, or scenography)? How are visitor routes and itineraries conceived? Which temporal-spatial frameworks are created for the museum narrative? And how are these configurations impacted by interlingual translation?

- In which sense is the museum a space of translation?

In which languages are museum texts and pre-/post-visit materials available? Who are the stakeholders? What is the museum’s translation policy? Which actors intervene in the translation process? How multilingual is the museum collection, and how visible is the translation process in the exhibitions? How do texts, objects, images and spaces polysemiotically interact with each other?

The candidate will draw on discourse or narrative theory, translation theory, semiotics and ethnographic methods to gather and analyse her materials.

As a doctoral fellow at Ghent University you will:

  • collect data on site via field observations, interviews and retrieval of museum texts and institutional documents from museum staff;
  • undertake research stays abroad;
  • present your ongoing research at national and international conferences;
  • prepare individual and joint publications;
  • occasionally assist in teaching activities at the department;
  • write a doctoral dissertation within four years.

You will receive a PhD scholarship (bursary): https://www.ugent.be/en/work/phd/bursaryabc.htm.

Profile of the candidate

  • You have a Master’s degree in an area relevant to the topic of the doctoral dissertation, e.g. Translation Studies, Language and Literature, Philology, Comparative Literature, Cultural Studies, Museum Studies, Memory Studies etc. (degree obtained with good grades before the start of the project);
  • You have written a Master’s thesis (magna/summa cum laude);
  • You have an excellent knowledge of academic English, spoken and written;
  • You have native or near-native fluency in Dutch and French. (Passive) knowledge of other languages is an advantage;
  • You have strong analytical and communication skills;
  • You are quality-oriented, creative, and show a sense of initiative;
  • You have an ability to work independently on research as well as to work in a team.

How to apply

Applications should be sent by e-mail to Anneleen Spiessens () on 24 May 2020 at the latest. The e-mail subject line should start with ‘TRAMU’. Applications contain a single pdf-file with:

  • a cover letter explaining your motivation to pursue a PhD;
  •  your CV, including an overview of your study results;
  •  a copy of the required Master’s degree;
  •  evidence of fluency in the relevant languages;
  •  a single-authored piece of academic writing (e.g., a Master’s thesis, a student paper, or an article) demonstrating your academic skills. Specific large documents that exceed e-mail capacity can be sent via WeTransfer https://wetransfer.com/;
  •  a short research proposal (2-3 pages) containing your research questions, state of the art, selection of museums, materials, relevance and potential of the materials, method, expected obstacles for this study, approximate timeframe, and short bibliography.

All documents should be written in Dutch, French or English.

A selection of candidates will be invited for an interview. Interviews can be conducted through Skype/MS Teams for applicants living or working outside Belgium.

If you wish to receive further information regarding the project or practicalities, you can send an e-mail to the project’s supervisor prof. Anneleen Spiessens: . Please use the e-mail subject line ‘TRAMU’.