Doctoral research fellowship in Syriac Studies
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Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2002 11:22:13 +0100
From: "Bas ter Haar Romeny" <romeny@...>
Subject: vacancy: doctoral research fellow in syriac studies
Vacancy at Leiden University
DOCTORAL RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP IN SYRIAC STUDIES
The Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) and Leiden
University have decided to finance a major research programme on Syriac
Christianity, entitled The Formation of a Communal Identity among West
Syrian Christians (451-1300). The programme is among the last 14 recipients
of a $1m PIONIER grant from NWO.
Among the Christians who did not accept the decisions of the Council of
Chalcedon (451), the group now known as West Syrians (or Syrian Orthodox)
were probably least likely to form a national or ethnic community. Yet a
group emerged with its own distinctive literature and art, its own network
and historical consciousness. In an intricate process of adoption and
rejection, the West Syrians selected elements from the cultures to which
they were heirs and from those with which they came into contact, thus
defining a position of their own. The new five-year research programme will
investigate this process of identity formation.
The programme consists of three projects. The project 'West Syrian Mural
Paintings' will approach the issue from an art-historical point of view, the
project 'Michael the Syrian and his Sources' will investigate the role of
historiography, and the project 'Two Syrian Orthodox Exegetical Collections'
will deal with the contribution of two important exegetical collections to
identity formation. Considerable sections of these collections will also be
edited and translated. The oldest of the two is the London Collection
(seventh or eighth century), which unites the opinions of various, mainly
Greek, exegetes, and poses the question of the attitude of the Syrian
Orthodox towards Greek learning. The second collection is that of the monk
Simon (end of the ninth century; better known as the Catena Severi). This
work combines the early Syriac interpretation from before the split with the
explanations of Jacob of Edessa and other Syrian Orthodox authors, thus
illustrating continuity and change in biblical interpretation and doctrine.
The two PhD students who will be involved in this programme will be
appointed by Leiden University as research assistants for a period of four
years. The position of a research assistant in the project 'Two Syrian
Orthodox Exegetical Collections' is still vacant. We are looking for an
excellent student who has an MA in Religious Studies or Semitic Languages
(or will graduate soon), and has a good knowledge of Syriac and Greek.
The salary ranges from 1501 euro per month during the first year to 2143
euro per month during the fourth year.
Those interested in this position and those who wish to mention candidates
are kindly requested to contact the programme director, Dr Bas ter Haar
Romeny (romeny@...), as soon as possible, preferably before 7
December 2002. He will be glad to provide further information, as well as
details with regard to the application procedure. He is also available at
the Toronto AAR/SBL conference and CSSS Symposium this weekend.
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