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PhD studentship + research position in medieval religious dissent and inquisition at Masaryk University, Czechia

   Department for the Study of Religions

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About the Project

The Dissident Networks Project (DISSINET, - an ERC Consolidator Grant-funded research initiative based at Masaryk University (Brno, Czech Republic) - offers a 4-year Ph.D. studentship + research fellowship. The focus of research for the successful candidate will be the computational study of medieval religious dissent and inquisition and will be founded on medieval inquisition records (c. 1230-1520). 

Duration: from November 2022 - negotiable - to August 2026 (PhD until December 2026).The deadline for applications is 15 September 2022 23:59 (CET - Prague).

Candidates with experience in heresy studies, medieval religion, late medieval history, social and economic approaches to the Middle Ages or digital humanities are particularly encouraged to apply. Nevertheless, we are very open to students whose previous research has focused on any aspect, period, or region of pre-modern Europe, if they have a willingness to engage deeply in DISSINET’s computational approach to the study of medieval religious dissent and inquisition. The candidate’s M.A. degree does not need to be recent for this position. Career breaks do not pose any problem. Applications from female candidates are particularly encouraged.

The position is residential (although with reasonable flexibility for pandemic-related travel restrictions). Brno is a very pleasant university city ca. 2 hours by direct train connection from Vienna and Prague, and offers all the opportunities of a modern metropolis.

A successful M.A. graduate applying for a doctoral position would receive a regular doctoral stipend for full-time Ph.D. students at Masaryk University and would in addition be offered a contract for their participation in the DISSINET project (weighted at 50% of a full-time employee). They would be assigned a Ph.D. supervisor within the team.

The short-listed candidates will be invited to submit a formal application for Ph.D. studies in the Study of Religions at Masaryk University (deadline: 30 November 2022; more information: 

For more information and application form, please see 

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