This is an opportunity to work on an AHRC-funded project Genealogies of Knowledge: The Evolution and Contestation of Concepts across Time and Space.
The work will involve investigating the historical evolution and transformation through translation of key concepts in political and scientific thought, that can often be traced back to the ancient Greek world, focusing on translations into early medieval Arabic, Latin and modern English.
Starting with ancient Greece through to the twenty-first century, the project will focus on translation flows involving Arabic, Latin and English – the three highly influential lingua francas that facilitated and mediated the processes of conceptual transformation and dissemination in the historical periods and cultural spaces selected for the study.
In addition, the research team will examine how established meanings and interpretations of such concepts are currently being contested and renegotiated by civil society actors involved in networked, counter-hegemonic globalisation movements.
For both strands of analysis, the study involves building large, diverse electronic corpora of target language texts in Arabic, Latin and English, as well as their Greek source texts; and developing a range of open-source tools for corpus analysis and visualisation that harness the power of the computer to process, compare and visualise patterns in these very large textual repositories.
You will work on corpora of English harvested from the Internet, focusing on the contestation of key concepts that have become a core part of our academic and public life, including concepts relating to the body politic and scientific expert discourse.
You must hold or about to complete a PhD or equivalent in Translation or a related subject, have excellent command of English and a very good command of a foreign language, preferably French or German.
As the School is committed to Athena SWAN principles, we welcome applications from women, who are currently under-represented at this grade. All appointments will be made on merit.
Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CV's or applications from Recruitment Agencies
Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:
Professor Mona Baker, Professor of Translation Studies
Professor Luis Pérez-González
Professor Peter E Pormann
Tel: 0161 275 4499
Tel: 01565 818 234
Date of external posting: Friday 2 December 2016
This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date.