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Eighteen-month fellowship on the variety of genres in Italian vernacular Aristotelianism

Italian Studies at the University of Warwick is seeking a postdoctoral Research Fellow as part of the ERC-funded Starting Investigator Grant on ‘Aristotle in the Italian Vernacular: Rethinking Renaissance and Early-Modern Intellectual History (c. 1400-c. 1650)’. The project is a collaboration between the University of Ca’ Foscari, Venice (Dipartimento di Filosofia e Beni Culturali) and the University of Warwick (Italian Studies, School of Modern Languages and Cultures). A team of Research Fellows will be based at Warwick. The project as a whole runs for 5 years from May 2014.

The Research Fellow will have an 18-month appointment and will conduct research on topics related to the interpretation of Aristotle’s works in the Italian vernacular (roughly 1400–1650), with particular attention to the genres of Aristotelian works written in Italian. Main activities will include research, writing articles, organizing colloquia, editing colloquia proceedings, and other tasks as required. You will have opportunities to develop your professional and teaching profile. You will work under the direction of Dr David Lines and Professor Simon Gilson.

By the time of your appointment (foreseen for October 2016) you will hold a PhD or equivalent in Italian, Classics, Philosophy, Intellectual History, or a relevant field; an excellent knowledge of at least English, Italian and Latin; and first-hand familiarity with Medieval/Renaissance philosophy and/or literature and the methods of research in Renaissance literature and/or intellectual history.

In addition to the application form, applicants must submit a cover letter (outlining their interest in the position and giving a brief description in around 750 words of how they would design and carry out their project on ‘genres’), an academic CV (including list of publications and any awards received), and one or two writing samples in PDF (if possible including one publication in English). Three reference letters should be sent directly from the named referees to Sharon.Murray@warwick.ac.uk.

For informal enquiries, please contact Dr David Lines, D.A.Lines@warwick.ac.uk.

JOB PURPOSE:

To serve as a research fellow on the ERC-funded Starting Investigator Grant ‘Aristotle in the Italian Vernacular: Rethinking Renaissance and Early-Modern Intellectual History (c. 1400-c. 1650)’ led by Dr Marco Sgarbi, University of Ca’ Foscari (Venice). The project, which consists of a collaboration between academic staff at Ca’ Foscari (Dipartimento di Filosofia e Beni Culturali) and Warwick (Italian Studies) runs for 5 years from May 2014. One research fellow, preferably beginning 1 October 2016, is sought for a period of 18 months to be based at the University of Warwick under the direction of Dr David Lines and Professor Simon Gilson.

The research fellow’s project will focus on the variety of genres in Italian vernacular Arisotelianism. Between around 1400 and 1650, Europe experienced a remarkable rise in the number and kinds of works that translated, commented on, or otherwise disseminated the thought of Aristotle. This tradition, which was tied to earlier interpretations through the use of Latin, in Italy and some other countries was also paralleled by a significant effort to use the vernacular as its main medium of communication. In many ways, these interpretations initially looked to Latin (or even Greek) works as stylistic models; it is not clear whether they then became increasingly independent of Latin works, which genres achieved the greatest popularity, and what were the cultural or institutional contexts that favoured the developments that took place.

Aspects of Renaissance Latin Aristotelianism have been studied by a number of scholars in the past 30 or so years. Much less work has been done on Aristotelianism in the vernacular. Warwick has built a considerable reputation in this area, first through a project funded by the United Kingdom’s Arts and Humanities Research Council (‘Vernacular Aristotelianism in Renaissance Italy, c. 1400–c. 1650’) which ran from 2010 to 2014, and now through an ERC project (‘Aristotle in the Italian Vernacular’, 2014–2019) based both at Warwick and in Venice, where the PI (Marco Sgarbi) is based.

The research fellow will make use of and build on the database of vernacular Aristotelian interpretations in Renaissance Italy put together by Warwick staff in an earlier AHRC-funded project (see http://warwick.ac.uk/vernaculararistotelianismdatabase). The successful candidate will draw on the specialized literature on literary, cultural, and philosophical trends in the Renaissance and on a direct reading of the relevant sources in order to produce at least two substantial articles. These will offer an analysis of the development of the genres of vernacular Aristotelianism and contextualize them in terms of the culture, institutions and/or dissemination strategies of the Italian Renaissance.


Three-Year Post-doc fellowship on Vernacular Astronomy and Meteorology in Renaissance Italy

The Department of Philosophy and Cultural Heritage at Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia invites applications for a fellowship in: Vernacular Astronomy and Meteorology in Renaissance Italy (M-FIL/06).

The post doc fellow is funded by the ERC Starting Grant – 335949 Aristotle (PI Prof. Marco Sgarbi)

Abstract: Post-doc will devote his/her research to the study of astrology and of problems of meteorology in the vernacular. This work-package will examine 21 printed works and 29 manuscripts, among which Antonio Rocco’s Esercitationi filosofiche and Alessandro Piccolomini’s De la sfera del mondo. There are two main objectives. One will be to study what early-modern astronomy owes to vernacular texts, including those by the supporters of the Copernican revolution such as Giordano Bruno and Galileo Galilei. The other will be to assess how early-modern natural philosophy was affected by vernacular texts on meteorology, focusing on the major treatises of each discipline.

The post-doc will produce at least three substantial peer-reviewed articles. The research may be carried out in English.

The fellowship is intended to provide the successful candidate with the opportunity to pursue his/her own research while benefiting from the range of expertise at Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia.


 

Three-year post-doc fellowship in Italian vernacular Aristotelian Rhetoric and Poetics at the University of Warwick

Italian Studies at the University of Warwick is seeking a Research Fellow as part of the ERC-funded Starting Investigator Grant on ‘Aristotle in the Italian Vernacular: Rethinking Renaissance and Early-Modern Intellectual History (c. 1400-c. 1650)’. The project is a collaboration between the University of Ca’ Foscari, Venice (Dipartimento di Filosofia e Beni Culturali) and the University of Warwick (Italian Studies, School of Modern Languages and Cultures).

You will conduct research on topics related to the interpretation of Aristotle’s works in the Italian vernacular (roughly 1400–1650), with particular attention to Aristotelian poetics, rhetoric or moral philosophy. Your main activities will involve research, writing articles as the basis for a monograph, the organization of colloquia, the editing of colloquia proceedings, and other tasks as required. You will have opportunities to develop your professional and teaching profile. You will work under the direction of Dr David Lines and Professor Simon Gilson.

You will have a PhD or equivalent in Italian, Classics, Philosophy, Intellectual History, or a relevant field; an excellent knowledge of at least English, Italian and Latin; and first-hand familiarity with Medieval/Renaissance philosophy and the methods of research in Renaissance literature and/or intellectual history.

You are requested to submit a cover letter (outlining their interest in the position), academic CV (including list of publications and any awards received), sample of their written work (preferably one article in English; another in any other Western language) and three reference letters to Sharon.Murray@warwick.ac.uk, in addition to the application form.

For informal enquiries, please contact Dr David Lines, D.A.Lines@warwick.ac.uk, telephone +44 (0)24 765 23250.

For further information: University of Warwick Job Search


Three-year post-doc fellowship in Italian vernacular Aristotelian psychology at the University of Warwick

We are seeking a postdoctoral Research Fellow as part of the ERC-funded Starting Investigator Grant on ‘Aristotle in the Italian Vernacular: Rethinking Renaissance and Early-Modern Intellectual History (c. 1400-c. 1650)’. The project is a collaboration between the University of Ca’ Foscari, Venice (Dipartimento di Filosofia e Beni Culturali) and the University of Warwick (Department of Italian).

You will conduct research on topics related to the interpretation of Aristotle’s works in the Italian vernacular (roughly 1400–1650), with particular attention to Aristotelian psychology (De anima literature and that related to animals). Your main activities will involve research, writing articles as the basis for a monograph, the organization of colloquia, the editing of colloquia proceedings, and other tasks as required. You will have opportunities to develop your professional and teaching profile. You will work under the direction of Dr David Lines and Professor Simon Gilson in the Department of Italian.

You will have a PhD or equivalent in Italian, Classics, Philosophy, Intellectual History, or a relevant field; an excellent knowledge of at least English, Italian and Latin; and first-hand familiarity with medieval/Renaissance philosophy and the methods of research in Renaissance literature and/or intellectual history.

36 months from 1 September 2014

Applicants are requested to submit a cover letter (outlining their interest in the position), academic CV (including list of publications and any awards received), sample of their written work (preferably one article in English; another in any other Western language) and three reference letters to Sharon.Murray@warwick.ac.uk, in addition to the application form.

For informal enquiries, please contact Dr David Lines, (D.A.Lines@warwick.ac.uk), telephone +44 (0)24 765 23250.

Closing date: 6th June 2014
Interview date: provisionally 26 June 2014


Three-year post-doc fellowship in Philological Approaches to Vernacular Aristotelian Texts in the Renaissance at the University of Ca’ Foscari (Venice)

The University of Ca’ Foscari (Venice) is announcing a three-year post-doc fellowship in Philological Approaches to Vernacular Aristotelian Texts in Renaissance Italy. The Fellowship arises from an ERC Starting Investigator Grant that has just gotten underway between the Universities of Ca’ Foscari (Venice, Dipartimento di Filosofia e Beni Culturali) and Warwick (Department of Italian) centred on ‘Aristotle in the Italian Vernacular: Rethinking Renaissance and Early-Modern Intellectual History (c. 1400-c. 1650)’. The project will run from 2014 to 2019.

It is expected that candidates will have an excellent command of Italian and a familiarity with Renaissance philology.

The deadline for applications is 26 May, and the instructions for applying may be found at the following link:

http://www.unive.it/media/bandi_assegni/2014-ASSEGNI_RICERCA/SGARBI/PROPOSAL_AR_DFBC_SGARBI.pdf

For further information, please contact the project’s PI, Marco Sgarbi (marco.sgarbi@unive.it). Alternatively, the leaders of the Warwick team may be contacted as follows: David Lines (D.A.Lines@warwick.ac.uk) or Simon Gilson (S.Gilson@warwick.ac.uk).


PhD Fellowship in Renaissance Philosophy at the University of Ca’ Foscari (Venice)

The University of Ca’ Foscari (Venice) is announcing a PhD fellowship in Philosophy within the field of vernacular Aristotelian physics in Renaissance Italy. The Fellowship arises from an ERC Starting Investigator Grant that has just gotten underway between the Universities of Ca’ Foscari (Venice, Dipartimento di Filosofia e Beni Culturali) and Warwick (Department of Italian) centred on ‘Aristotle in the Italian Vernacular: Rethinking Renaissance and Early-Modern Intellectual History (c. 1400-c. 1650)’. The project will run from 2014 to 2019.

It is expected that candidates will have an excellent command of Italian and a familiarity with medieval/Renaissance philosophy.

The deadline for applications is 29 May, and the instructions for applying may be found on p. 13 of the following link:

http://www.unive.it/media/allegato/Scuola-Dottorale/2014/Bando30ciclo_AllegatoA.pdf

For further information, please contact the project’s PI, Marco Sgarbi (marco.sgarbi@unive.it). Alternatively, the leaders of the Warwick team may be contacted as follows: David Lines (D.A.Lines@warwick.ac.uk) or Simon Gilson (S.Gilson@warwick.ac.uk).

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