PhD student

Last application date
Feb 28, 2018 00:00
LW07 - Department of Literary Studies
Limited duration
Occupancy rate
Vacancy Type
Research staff

Job description

The PhD student will work on a specific project under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Teodoro Katinis (Department of Literary Studies, Ghent University).

Project’s abstract: How are rhetoric and medicine combined in the early modern Italian literature? What role does the vernacular play? Which is the legacy of this literature? This project will contribute to answer to these questions by focusing on the wide-spread literature of Secreti (books of secrets), which was a popular genre of medical texts that peaked in Italy between 1550 and 1600 and aimed at providing the readers of any social class, gender, or age with an encyclopedic compendium of the medical knowledge for self-healing and preservation. These books collect medical remedies to cure any kind of illness and imperfection using also magic, astrology and alchemy. The authors of these texts (Alessio Piemontese, Leonardo Fioravanti and Isabella Cortesi, among others) gather, organize and convey in the vernacular a paramount knowledge on how to defeat epidemies, poisons and other common diseases. The PhD student will study the rhetorical strategies and the use of vernacular in the 16-century books of secrets with a focus on the UGent Library’s collection.

This position, fully funded (100%) by Prof. Katinis’ Starting Grant, provides a competitive PhD scholarship (ca. 2000 EUR/month net, 2+2 years), benefits, and research funds.

UGent, a top-100 institution worldwide, offers a dynamic and international academic environment where PhD students are involved in high quality training and research.

Profile of the candidate

Candidates need:

  • to hold a master degree in the field of Humanities, including, but not limited to: modern languages, classical languages, linguistics, literature, Renaissance studies, history of medicine and science, and history of philosophy;
  • an excellent command of Italian and very good command of English.

Start date of the scholarship: 1 November 2018 at the latest.

How to apply

You are invited to send a CV (please, include the title of your MA dissertation) and a motivation letter in English or Italian by February 28th, 2017 to Prof. Dr. Teodoro Katinis (

This vacancy can be closed earlier, if a qualified candidate is found before the deadline.