PhD/Postdoc fellow in History
Switzerland / Berne
Nov 1, 2018
The Historical Institute of the University of Bern invites applications for a four-year position in History. The appointment will be at the level of PhD student or post-doc research fellow, depending on the successful candidate’s qualifications. The position is scheduled to start on November 1, 2018.
The research fellow will be a member of the Project “Atlantic Italies: Economic and Cultural Entanglements (15th-19th Centuries)”, funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (2018-2022) and directed by Dr. Roberto Zaugg. This project explores economic entanglements and related cultural phenomena (consumption, material culture, knowledge circulation) that developed between Italian-speaking territories and the Atlantic world. By focussing on connections linking European states without colonies to both sub-Saharan Africa and the Americas, the project embraces a decentred and trans-imperial approach to Atlantic history. At the same time, it contributes to current attempts to analyse early modern Italian territories in their global contexts.
In this frame, the research fellow is expected to develop an individual project on Capuchin missionaries and papal nuncios as actors of economic entanglements between Africa, Brazil, Portugal and Italy, from the seventeenth to the early nineteenth century.