SOAS University of London

Post-doctoral Researcher in the Literatures of the Maghreb announced

2 November 2016

We are delighted to announce one post-doctoral researcher position as part of the European Research Council project Multilingual Locals and Significant Geographies: For a New Approach to World Literature.

This is an exciting opportunity to take part in an ERC-funded project that aims to develop a multilingual approach to world literature by comparing the cases of North India, the Maghreb, and the Horn of Africa at three historical “moments”: the late pre-colonial and colonial periods, decolonization, and the last twenty years, when the idea of world literature has gained new intellectual and popular traction and has become more and more associated with English.

The Postdoctoral Researcher in Literatures of the Maghreb will contribute to the research strand on Maghrebi literature: you will undertake original research into one or more genres, authors, or problematics of Maghrebi literature (with focus on Morocco, Tunisia or Algeria, or a comparative approach across the region), and in the circulation and reception of Maghrebi literature in the Mashreq, and the rest of the world. You will help develop a paradigm for the study of Maghrebi literature during the period covered by the project, and for “reading together” and connecting Arabic, French, Amazigh and the other literatures in the languages in the region. You will organise and co-ordinate the participation of scholars working on the Maghreb; and help organise project activities in London, Europe and the Maghreb. You will also take part in the Institute of World Literature summer school and present your findings at seminars, workshops, panels, and conferences, and generally contribute to the manifold activities of the project. Drive, enthusiasm and strong commitment to multilingual literary research are essential. You will be asked to undertake teaching for up to 3/6 hrs per week during term time. 

Full details of the posts are available on the SOAS Jobs site.

The deadline for applications has been extended to 31 January 2017. Interviews will take place week commencing 13 February 2017.

For further information, contact:

Professor Francesca Orsini 
Dr Karima Laachir