Jobs for Medievalists

Postdoctoral Research Position

The INALCO offers a postdoctoral research position in medieval Hebraic language and literature – a temporary contract (6 months) in the event of the approval of an ANR financing scheme (INALCO – MSH Lorraine – CNRS ATILF).

The contract begins on February 1st 2014.

Description of the research project framing the position and main focus of the postdoctoral researcher

Aims of the research project
Aliento (Linguistic and intercultural analysis of short sapiential statements and of their transmission East/West, West/East) is a research project whose aim is the creation of a database about the sources, transmission, circulation and posterity of the sapiential statements of the Iberian Peninsula (from the ninth to the sixteenth century) between the Three Cultures. Aliento has been budgeted for three years by the National Agency for Research. At this stage there are four main objectives:

1.    Accurate annotation using an XML/TEI tagging system on the sense, the form, the structure and the moral of each brief sapiential statement found in eight texts from a reference corpus (Arabic, Spanish, Hebrew, Catalan and Latin). The point is to link the brief sapiential statements (about 9,570 items) and, by means of a close collaboration between experts, develop a robust tagging protocol for this type of items which can be transferable to other corpora (formalisation, normalisation, creation of a common ontology to this type of statements).
2.    Cooperatively create a piece of software capable of matching items and displaying a trilingual interface that will allow the monitoring of results, i.e. the links created between the brief sapiential statements.
3.    Analysis of the matching results and production of scientific results in the field of humanities: study of the circulation of brief sapiential statements, their transformation and their degree of acculturation according to their own intertextuality.
4.    Creation of a library of medieval sapiential texts accessible on-line by means of standardised meta-data in TEI format and accompanied by data on the text, authors, translators, compilers and references
The current research project ANR ALIENTO is the result of four consecutive years of research.

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Focus of the postdoctoral researcher:
The postdoctoral researcher must have an extensive background in medieval Hebraic language and literature (especially sapiential, moral and/or philosophical texts from Spain or Provence) as well as solid technical know-how in computing. As a specialist in Hebraic texts s/he will have to tag with precision the brief sapiential statements with compatible XML/TEI annotations on the sense, the form, the structure and the moral of each brief sapiential statement to be found in the books of sayings in Hebrew: Musrei ha-pilosofim translated by al-Harizi, 13th century and Miv’har ha-pninim, the translation of Mukhtar al-Jawâhir by Yehudah ibn Tibbon and attributed to Shelomo ibn Gabirol, 12th century.
S/he will work in Paris (INALCO) in close collaboration with the research group ALIENTO (Nancy – Paris).
S/he will take part in the research meetings and workshops co-organised with the ATILF and will contribute with her/his expertise in medieval Hebraic texts and language.
– Doctorate in medieval Hebraic language, literature and culture.
– Extensive knowledge of the circulation of Hebrew texts in the Mediterranean area.
– Knowledge of Arabic will be taken into consideration.

Terms of contract
Length: 6 months
The postdoctoral researcher can be of any nationality. English may be used as the working language for researchers not speaking French.
The contract begins on February 1st 2014.
Applications must be submitted before January 10th 2014.
The gross salary will be about 2,400 euros per month. The net salary will be about 2,000 euros per month, to which it should be added the Paris public transport card.

Please send a curriculum vitae, a summary of your dissertation and a letter of application to

Marie-Christine Bornes Varol at
Send them as well to the following email addresses:

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