PhD student

Last application date
Aug 22, 2018 14:09
LW07 - Department of Literary Studies
Limited duration
MA (or equivalent)
Occupancy rate
Vacancy Type
Research staff

Job description

Owing to their visual essence and status as a popular, modern medium, comics–newspaper strips, comics magazines and graphic novels–provide valuable insight into the transformation of collective consciousness. Taking this as its starting point, the COMICS project, funded by a five-year ERC Starting Grant, seeks to construct a first intercultural history of children in European comics, tracing the changing conceptualizations of child protagonists in popular comics for both children and adults from the mid-19th century to the present. In doing so, it takes key points in European history as well as the history of comics into account. Combining comics studies and childhood studies the project incorporates specific insights from cultural studies (history of family life, history of public life, history of the body, affect theory and scholarship on the carnivalesque) to examine the different and changing roles played by children in comics.

Profile of the candidate

The PhD candidate is expected to work on child characters in French-language and/or British comics magazines (Tintin, Spirou, The Beano, The Dandy) from their inception in 1930s until the end of the Second World War. A keen interest in comics and a basic knowledge of comics studies and/or childhood studies is essential. The candidate will also be expected to actively participate in the COMICS team’s collective activities, including internal meetings, lecture series and conferences.

This 4-year job will start on October 1, 2018.

It offers a competitive salary with social security contributions

.About Ghent University

Ghent University is one of the foremost institutions of higher education in the Low Countries. Every day over 9,000 staff members and 41,000 students strive to realize its motto “Dare to Think.” Ghent University’s mission is to wed high-quality education with internationally renowned research and a pluralistic social responsibility. Ghent University conducts an equal opportunities policy and encourages everyone to apply. Ghent University also strives for a gender balance. Applications from female candidates are thus especially welcome.

How to apply

Please send all documents listed below as a single PDF attachment to Maaheen Ahmed ().

1. Cover letter (ca. 3000 words) including:

a) an explanation of how the candidate’s profile and interests fit in with the aims of the COMICS project

b) a description of the candidate’s 4-year research project including a research question related to COMICS, the specific comics strips that that will be examined and the methodology that will be used.

2. CV including MA transcripts and copies of degrees

3. 2 reference letters