The interdisciplinary research will be carried out in the context of a tight collaboration between the Centre for Logic and Philosophy of Science at the Institute of Philosophy and the Research Group of Latin Literature at the Faculty of Arts. The Centre for Logic and Philosophy of Science (CLPS) at the Institute of Philosophy focuses on logic and philosophy of science, and also does research on (formal) epistemology, philosophy of mind and philosophy of language. The members of CLPS work within the tradition of analytic philosophy. The Research Group of Latin Literature at the Faculty of Arts has a long-standing tradition of early Modern intellectual history, with particular interest in the multilingual interactions between Neo-Latin and the vernacular languages, including Dutch. The Research Group also hosts expertise in the long history of language studies, with which the study of logic was for a long time entangled.

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This project, which is funded by the Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO), deals with the emergence of Dutch vernacular logic, focusing on its philosophical, logical and linguistic aspects. While there has been much research on the development of vernacular logic traditions in Western Europe as well as on the development of Dutch as a scientific language, hardly any work has been done on the specific area of Dutch vernacular logic. In this project we will study a corpus of about 10 logic textbooks from the period 1585 – 1685, which were either originally written in Dutch or translated from Latin/French into Dutch. From a philosophical perspective, our goal is to investigate to what extent humanist philosophy of language can help to explain the emergence of Dutch vernacular logic. From a logical perspective, our goal is to investigate where the Dutch vernacular works stand with respect to certain general trends of logic in that era (e.g. the interplay between Scholasticism and Cartesianism). From a linguistic perspective, our goal is to explore the various techniques that authors and translators used to create new logical vocabulary, thereby contributing to the development of Dutch as a scientific language. A special focus of the project will concern the logical contributions of Simon Stevin (1548 – 1620). While Stevin is widely celebrated for his contributions to mathematics and Dutch mathematical vocabulary, hardly anyone knows that Stevin is also the author of the first logic textbook in Dutch: Dialectike ofte bewysconst (1585).

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  • You have a Master’s degree that is relevant to this PhD position (typically: MA in philosophy, MA in linguistics, MA in the relevant languages and literatures). 
  • You have an excellent knowledge of Dutch (in order to read the primary sources) and of English (in order to read secondary literature and to publish your own findings). Ideally, you also have some knowledge of Latin and/or Greek. 
  • You have a basic understanding of (traditional) logic and of the general philosophical climate at the end of the Middle Ages – Renaissance – Early Modernity.
  • You are willing to work in the context of an interdisciplinary research team. 
  • Candidates who possess some, but not all of the aforementioned knowledge and skillsets but who are nevertheless enthusiastic about this PhD position, are strongly encouraged to get in touch with us. Depending on your exact background, we can set up a remedial trajectory in the first year of your PhD, which will allow you to fully flourish in the remainder of the project!

Offer

We offer a full-time PhD position for four years (subject to positive intermediate evaluations), situated in a stimulating scientific working environment within one of Europe’s leading research universities. We offer an attractive wage and a budget for research expenses (including small equipment, travel and accommodation costs, the organization of events).

The starting date is currently set at 1 October, but this is negotiable (within the calendar year 2022).

Interested?

For more information see https://www.kuleuven.be/personeel/jobsite/jobs/60120837 or contact Prof. dr. Lorenz Demey, mail: lorenz.demey@kuleuven.be, dr. Raf Van Rooy, mail: raf.vanrooy@kuleuven.be and dr. Christophe Geudens, mail: christophe.geudens@kuleuven.be.

You can apply for this job no later than July 31, 2022 via the online application tool

KU Leuven seeks to foster an environment where all talents can flourish, regardless of gender, age, cultural background, nationality or impairments. If you have any questions relating to accessibility or support, please contact us at diversiteit.HR@kuleuven.be.

Het ERC SKILLNET-project over de Republiek der Letteren zoekt iemand die kan helpen om namen van briefschrijvers uit de periode 1400-1815 te identificeren.

Toelichting: SKILLNET is bezig een bestand op te schonen met ca. 65 duizend metadata van brieven die bewaard worden in een dozijn bibliotheken en archieven in Nederland (de Catalogus Epistularum Neerlandicarum). In deze database komen dezelfde personen vaak voor met net een andere vorm van hun naam. Die moeten aan elkaar gelijkgesteld worden (ontdubbeling). Het tegenovergestelde komt ook vaak voor: verschillende personen hebben dezelfde naam en zijn ten onrecht aan elkaar gekoppeld. Die moeten van elkaar onderscheiden worden (disambiguatie). Veel personen moeten geïdentificeerd worden: ofwel door te kijken of ze al wél ergens van bekend zijn, of door ze een eigen ID-nr. toe te kennen.

Profiel: wij zoeken een (student-)assistent die het leuk vindt om detectivewerk te doen en die feeling heeft met encyclopedieën zoals het Biografisch Portaal en Wikipedia, met genealogische puzzeltjes en met bibliotheekcatalogi. Een belangstelling voor vroegmoderne geschiedenis of voor kennisnetwerken strekt tot aanbeveling.

Wij bieden: Salariëring is in schaal 7 of 8, afhankelijk van situatie en ervaring. Omvang van de aanstelling is in overleg, met een minimum van 2 dagen per week. Het gaat om een tijdelijk contract tot maximaal december 2022. Je zult in dit project skills opdoen zoals het werken met authority files en OpenRefine. In dit project zul je nauw samenwerken met onze datascientist, Liliana Melgar. Je kunt per direct starten.

Belangstelling? Stuur dan vóór 25 juni je motivatie met CV onder vermelding van ‘vacature data-assistent’ naar projectleider Dirk van Miert: d.k.w.vanmiert@uu.nl.

Per 1 oktober 2022 is er een vacature aan de Universiteit van Warwick in Coventry voor een postdoc om onder leiding van Paul Botley te werken aan een kritische editie van de correspondentie van Dominicus Baudius (1561-1613). Meer informatie vindt u hier: https://atsv7.wcn.co.uk/search_engine/jobs.cgi?owner=5062452&ownertype=fair&jcode=1884333&vt_template=1457&adminview=1. De deadline is 15 mei.

Vacancy: PhD Scholarship position ‘The Transnational Politics of Latin in the Digital Age’ at the University of GroningenMore information about this position can be found here. Supervisors: Dr. Bettina Reitz-Joosse (Latin Language and Literature – Faculty of Arts) and Dr. Julia Costa Lopez (International Relations – Faculty of Arts). Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the supervisors (b.l.reitz-joosse@rug.nl and j.costa.lopez@rug.nl) for further details and clarifications on the research project and on the application process. Deadline to apply: 1 May 2022 (On behalf of Bettina Reitz-Joosse).

For the European research project Odeuropa, we’re currently looking for student assistants who can mark references to smells in Neo-Latin texts using the INCEpTION annotation environment [1]. You will be contributing to the creation of a benchmark evaluation dataset for Neo-Latin language technology aimed at analysing smells in text. This job can be done from the comfort of your home, whilst being part of an interdisciplinary research project.

Requirements:
– proficient in Neo-Latin and English;
– ability to work independently; 
– enrolled as a student at a Dutch university;
– computer with Firefox or Chrome browser;
– 1-2 days a week availability for 3 months.

What we offer:
– opportunity to be part of a research project;
– remuneration according to student assistant scale VSNU.

For more information, see https://odeuropa.eu or contact dr. Marieke van Erp <marieke.van.erp@dh.huc.knaw.nl>

Experiences from former annotators on the project:
– https://odeuropa.eu/2022/01/smell-latin-and-authority/
– https://odeuropa.eu/2021/10/annotating-the-smell-of-lightning/

[1] https://inception-project.github.io/

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