Postdoctoral Researcher in 19th c. Ottoman literature and culture

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The “Modernizing Empires: Enlightenment, Nationalist Vanguards and Non-Western Literary Modernities” (NONWESTLIT) Project, funded by the European Research Council, is hiring a full-time post-doctoral researcher in 19th century Ottoman literature and culture.


Job description:

  • Conduct and publish high-quality research within the framework of NONWESTLIT.
  • Co-responsibility in the collection of data, their analysis and interpretation.
  • Collaborate closely with other researchers in the project.
  • Disseminate results from NONWESTLIT at international conferences and in high-quality academic outlets.
  • Participation in research administration and the organization of project’s related events (e.g., webinars and workshops).
  • The position provides opportunities to advance the candidate’s own research agenda within the framework of the project, including research related travel opportunities.
  • Starting date: 1 September 2021 or later.
  • One-year contracts, renewable for the duration of the project (2021-2026).

The ideal candidate’s profile includes:

  • Ph.D. in Comparative Literature or a related field such as but not limited to East Asian, Middle Eastern or Russian Studies and Literatures
  • Experience in comparative methodologies and other methodological qualitative skills and/or quantitative skills in literary studies
  • Former research experience in Digital Humanities is an asset
  • Knowledge of Italian is welcome but not required

Salary: Salary scheme of the University of Bologna, Senior Post-doc, 32.000€ gross per annum. The fellowship is exempt from income tax but subject to social contributions.


The Project:

NONWESTLIT is a Project funded by the European Research Council (ERC-StG 2020 scheme), expected to start on September 1st, 2021, for a duration of 5 years. It is hosted by the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures (LILEC) at the University of Bologna (Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna).

This project is a comparative study of cultural reforms, linguistic renewal and literary renaissance movements in three imperial traditions, caught between the East-West divide: Russia, Turkey and Japan. We look at the negotiated cultural models in modernization and westernization processes and argues that their shared historical experience resulted in a common intellectual vocabulary and narrative models shared by otherwise extremely diverse cultures. We aim to develop a comparative model, drawing a polycentric and plural map of literary modernity.

In three subprojects, we investigate structural similarities in:

  1. Questions and concepts in literary criticism
  2. Translational practices and translated works from Europe
  3. Narrative logic and typologies in fiction.

The project is the first comparative multilingual study of the non-Western literary modernities to bring these specific traditions together. It follows a multi-method research strategy to conduct historical and literary comparisons between the emerging national literary systems, combining qualitative and quantitative methods in order to map transnational networks of narrative strategies, conceptual systems and translation practices. With this project, we hope to bring new directions in Digital Humanities, expanding it to non-Western and multilingual comparative research. Finally, we plan to make a much-needed contribution to the current literary corpus by making unknown and untranslated texts available and accessible.


Application procedure:

Apply exclusively through the university of Bologna’s HR portal (POL):, apply to call #899 under “Research Fellowship (assegnista di ricerca)” and upload the following documents:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Cover letter, Research Statement and Contact details of two potential references (all in a single document uploaded under “Publications”)
  • Two academic writing samples (no more than 30 pages in English uploaded separately under “Publications”)


University of Bologna:

The University of Bologna (UniBo) is the oldest university in the western world and regularly features among the top international academic institutions. With 33 departments and a population of 85,000 students from Italy and abroad, it is among the largest universities in Europe. Its main campus is based in Bologna, a vibrant medieval city with a high quality of life and world-class social services. Bologna has a large airport and is connected to the high-speed railway network. University of Bologna is consistently ranked among the top 50 universities in the world for Humanities and Modern Languages and Literature.


The deadline for applications is June 30, 2021. Online interviews will take place in the second week of July. For enquiries, please contact Assoc. Prof. Özen Nergis Dolcerocca via email: