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Call for Applications, 2 PhD scholarships, Einstein-Project "The Poetics of Aristotle between Europe and Islam"

Within the framework of the project “The Poetics of Aristotle between Europe and Islam. A Multilingual Edition with Studies of the Cultural Contexts of the Syriac, Arabic, Hebrew, and Latin Translations” funded by the Einstein Foundation, the Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies (BGSMCS) will award two PhD scholarships (three year funding period, 15 February 2016 to 14 February 2019, twelve-month stipend of €17,600 per year).

The Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies (BGSMCS) is funded by the Excellence Initiative of the German Federal and State Governments and by Freie Universität Berlin.

The project will be organised by Einstein-Visiting-Fellow Prof. Dr. Dimitri Gutas (Yale University) and Prof. Dr. Beatrice Gründler (Freie Universität Berlin). The Working group will produce a multilingual critical edition and study of Aristotle’s Poetics and its commentaries (I) and a study of its intellectual history, which bridges Islam and Europe (II). Work will be conducted in subteams for each language (Arabic, Syriac, Hebrew, and Latin).

The formal requirement for application is a university honours degree reflecting a level of attainment that is above average. The degree should be in one of the disciplines relevant to the project (Arab and/or Islamic Studies, Greek Studies etc.). Candidates are expected to submit an outline of their proposed dissertation project, which should be in the broader area of Greco-Arabic Studies or the study of other translations from and to Arabic as exemplified in the project, involving for instance Syriac, Latin, Hebrew, Byzantine Greek, or Middle Persian (Pahlavi) (maximum 6 pages, with a summary of no more than half a page), to include a short description of the topic, the current state of research, and its theoretical and methodological approach, as well as a preliminary work schedule.

As English will be the primary language of communication, students are expected to have advanced English-language proficiency. Students must further demonstrate excellent proficiency in classical Arabic. Knowledge in any of the other above-mentioned languages, word-processing in these languages, expertise in codicology, and familiarity with Digital Humanities would be an advantage.


The application process will end on 31 January 2016.


Please send you application to

Dr. Bettina Gräf with the key word „The Poetics of Aristotle“ to md@bgsmcs.fu-berlin.de.