Anyone looking for a job in medieval philosophy will know to check philjobs.org, and so I generally don’t bother to report on those (so far few) announcements here. But here are some things worth noting:
It seems inescapable that, at least in my part of the world, summer is over. So let the blog recommence, first with a notice about two positions being advertised.
- First, a PhD position at Radboud University Nijmegen, to study Aquinas’s psychology. (The deadline, alas, is tomorrow, but better posted late than never.)
- Second, a senior faculty position at Providence College, in “The Philosophical Psychology and Virtue Ethics of St. Thomas Aquinas.” Here the application deadline is October 20th, and yes it is a strictly senior search. (I asked!)
- Third, yet another senior faculty position, in Bonn, in the area of “Medieval Philosophy.” Deadline Nov. 1.
I don’t (ordinarily) post information about junior faculty positions, because anyone in need of a starting position will know to look at philjobs.org. But senior medieval positions are so rare as scarcely to be worth looking for, and so in this case I thought an announcement might be useful.
Here is an annotated guide to some European positions that have been announced this spring.
- First, there are two very good jobs being advertised in France, one at Paris-I and one at Strasbourg. The details can be seen at Pariscope médiéval.
My informant on such matters, Jacob Schmutz, explains to me that these are both “maître de conferences” positions, which means that they are open both to new PhDs and to scholars at the associate level in the North American system. Must you speak French to be a plausible candidate? Yes, you must, fluently. Unlike in much of northern Europe, where monolingual Americans are increasingly being hired, you won’t get a job teaching philosophy in France without very good French. (It’s interesting that neither of these jobs are posted at philjobs — indeed, so far as I can see, there are no French jobs listed there at all.)
These doctoral student positions are a strange thing from the North American perspective, where we are used to every graduate program having open positions every spring for every area of philosophy. Everyone applies, and the best candidates get the positions, regardless of area. In Continental Europe, in contrast, at least in many cases, one has to find a place that happens to have funding, and then one has to take up a research project in the advertised area. The process looks more like finding a job than like enrolling in a university.
First, a workshop for PhD students:
Now some conferences that just happened (And that I failed to report in a more timely way. But I take it that conference reports, like good travel writing, are of interest even when the trip is impossible to make):
Next, some conferences you might actually attend without the aid of time travel:
Finally, last time I posted information about conferences, Lucian Petrescu commented by simply pasting in the URL of the Pariscope médiéval website. And, indeed, if you go to the monthly conference listing, you will find a wealth of information about medieval events in France — along with much other useful information.
This July 6th to 31st, I am leading an NEH Summer Institute entitled Between Medieval and Modern: Philosophy from 1300 to 1700. We will be studying various aspects of the long transition from medieval to early modern thought. Participants receive a $3300 stipend.
Unfortunately, participation is limited to teachers at U.S. colleges and universities. There are three positions available to graduate students, but in general the program is aimed at scholars who have completed their education. See eligibility details here.
In addition to the 20 participants, there will be an all-star cast of visiting scholars from week to week:
- Deborah Brown
- Edwin Curley
- Daniel Garber
- Peter King
- Christia Mercer
- Calvin Normore
- Alison Simmons
The application deadline is March 2. If you’re interested in spending four weeks in beautiful Colorado, I hope you’ll apply.