Post-Doctoral Positions for Early Modern South-Eastern Europe, New Europe College

NEW EUROPE COLLEGE, Institute for Advanced Study (Bucharest, Romania) announces 4 Post-doctoral positions (2 years) within the ERC-CoG 2014 Project "Luxury, Fashion and Social Status in Early Modern South-Eastern Europe"

Job description*
Following the European Research Council competition for Consolidator Grants
(2014), New Europe College became the Host Institution of such a grant. The
project title is *Luxury, Fashion and Social statuS in Early Modern
South-Eastern Europe* and its Principal Investigator is Constan?a
Vintil?-Ghi?ulescu, researcher at New Europe College and at the ?Nicolae
Iorga? Institute of History in Bucharest. The project aims to trace the
role luxury played in the modernisation process in South-Eastern Europe,
taking into account the specific features of the region and how
South-Eastern European peoples, and their Byzantine and Ottoman heritage
are viewed through the stereotype of ?Balkanism?. Thus, there is a need to
examine the traditional society and luxury as a cultural habitus of power;
how the luxury tastes developed within the process of ?Europenization?; the
appearance of consumer society. >From the economic point of view,
South-Eastern Europe rewards analysis as the intersection of two ?world
economic systems?, in Immanuel Wallerstein's terms. Originally located in
the Ottoman world economic system, South-Eastern Europe became a periphery
of the Western European system as this system rose to world supremacy. An
extremely interesting aspect of such peripheral zones is the *coincidentia
oppositorum *principle, especially in evidence in cultural matters.
However, other tendencies in the same field did not follow the same trend,
offering an excellent subject for economic analysis, especially from the
perspective of luxury goods. The project?s findings will help towards a
better knowledge of changes in European society in its transition to
modernity, and of similarities and differences between the various regions
of Europe.

Within the project, 4 post-doctoral positions will be available for the
following themes of research:
1. The luxury goods trade in the Ottoman Empire and the Balkans in the 17th and 18th centuries
2. Regional identities and forms of segregation in Early Modern
South-Eastern Europe
3. Social Elites in South-Eastern Europe
4. Fashion and gender in Early Modern South-Eastern Europe

The post-doctoral researchers will have the opportunity to work on these
projects, based on their expertise and research ideas, in consultation with
the principal investigator and the other members of the team. They are
encouraged to plan research stays at foreign libraries and archives and to
be as innovative as possible. At the same time, they are expected to be
present at all the team meetings (one every 6 months), and at other events
organized within the project, and to discuss their findings. At the end of
their activity they must provide, as results of their research, the
following: 2 articles in international indexed peer-reviewed journals; 2
chapters in collective volumes and 3 participations at international
scientific events. These contributions must be related to their specific
theme of research within the project, acknowledge their participation in
this project and mention the source of funding.

*Requirements*
A successful candidate should have:
- a PhD in a relevant historical discipline
- excellent knowledge of 2 foreign languages (preferably English and
French). Knowledge of Greek, Turkish or Russian would be an asset
- experience in archival research
- capacity to work both as a creative and independent researcher, and as
part of an interdisciplinary international team
- capacity and willingness to collaborate across academic disciplines

*Conditions of employment*
Four post-doctoral positions can be offered for a period of 2 years, with a
monthly gross salary of 2000 euro. The winning candidates will sign a
contract with the Host Institution (New Europe College). The contract will
be drafted in accordance with the provisions of the Romanian Labour Law. For
more information please contact the Scientific Assistant of the ERC
Project, Nicoleta Roman :*nroman <nroman@nec.ro>

*Application procedure information*
Applicants should send the following documents (in English):
- a letter of intent
- a curriculum vitae (with a recent photo)
- certified, scanned document(s) proving that the applicant holds a PhD
title
- a list of publications
- a 1000-word research design proposal (in Microsoft Word or pdf
format), in which the applicant presents his/her ideas about one of the
projects? themes. Please specify on the upper side of your proposal for
which specific theme you are applying.
- 2 original letters of reference (in English or French) from academics
familiar with your work and explicitly supporting your application for this
position.

Candidates are asked to enter in the Subject field of their e-mail message:
?Application for NEC-ERC LuxFass post-doctoral position?. Please be aware
that incomplete or late application files will not be taken into
consideration. The application file should be sent by* October 15, 2015 *to
Nicoleta Roman, email: *nroman <nroman@nec.ro>

*Schedule*: New Europe College will acknowledge the receipt of the
application files and confirm if the application requirements have been met
within 7 days after the deadline. The applicants will be notified on the
results of the pre-selection process by the *15**th** of November*. The
shortlisted candidates will be invited to an interview by skype at the end
of November/beginning of December. The final results will be known by the
*15**th** of December, 2015*. Those selected will be expected to occupy the
positions starting with February, 2016. Since during the selection
process we may have to contact you, please inform us about any change that
may occur in your contact details, even if this change is temporary.

*Organisation*
New Europe College is one of the South-Eastern Europe?s leading institutes
for advanced studies, internationally appreciated for its high quality and
innovative approach to research. Founded in 1994 as an independent
institute, it is officially recognised by the Romanian Ministry of
Education and Research as an institutional structure for postgraduate
studies in the humanities and social sciences, at the level of advanced
studies. With strong international links, New Europe College managed to
create a stimulating environment for interdisciplinary dialogue and
critical debates. Its main aim is to strengthen research in the humanities
and social science and to promote contacts between Romanian scholars and
their peers worldwide.
For further information please consult our site: *www <http://www.nec.ro/>.