[lg policy] Belgium: Vacancy: PhD-Fellowship in Political Philosophy on Language Policy

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Wed Jul 2 16:20:29 UTC 2014

 Vacancy: PhD-Fellowship in Political Philosophy on Language Policy
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The Centre for Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy of KU Leuven's
Institute of Philosophy welcomes applicants for one fully-funded four year
PhD-fellowship in Political Philosophy (start date: 1 October 2014 or as
soon as possible).

The project for which the funding is available aims to contribute to the
development of a normative theory of language policy by analyzing and
articulating principles of justice that should guide language policy. The
fellowship is part of a European FP7-project on 'Mobility and Inclusion in
Multilingual Europe' (www.mime-project.org). The successful applicant will
write a PhD-dissertation within this overarching theme of language policy
and language rights. The research group within which the PhD-fellow will
work is RIPPLE (Research in Political Philosophy Leuven). The project is
chaired by Prof. Helder De Schutter and by Prof. Nenad Stojanovic.


We are looking for a candidate with the following qualifications:

   - The motivation to pursue creative work in normative political
   philosophy of societal relevance;
   - An explicit interest in language policy and language identities;
   - An MA (or equivalent) in Philosophy or Political Theory and academic
   - The ability to present research results at conferences, and to publish
   in peer-reviewed journals;
   - The ability to play an active role in the research group (including
   its weekly seminars);
   - An excellent command of English; proficiency in, or a willingness to
   learn Dutch, French and/or German are a plus.

Enthusiastic and cooperative persons meeting these criteria are kindly
invited to apply online according to the instructions. Include a cover
letter, a CV, the names of two referees whom we might approach prior to
appointment, and a sample piece of writing not exceeding 12.000 words (e.g.
an MA thesis chapter). The deadline for applications is *Friday 15 August
2014*. We will hold interviews with selected candidates (in person or
online) soon thereafter.


The fellow will receive a fellowship of approximately 1800 EUR/month (after
taxes and depending on past employment track and other factors) and is
entitled to the regular provisions for KU Leuven fellowship-based doctoral
researchers including holiday allowance, end-of-year bonus, health care,
hospital insurance, education for children, a bicycle and bicycle
maintenance, all for the duration of the fellowship. In addition, s/he will
be provided with office space and a laptop. S/he will also be given some
funding for research activities such as attending conferences abroad and
organizing workshops and conferences in Leuven. The fellow will be required
to carry out minor educational responsibilities and provide minor research
assistance to both supervisors (not more than two hours on average per
week). S/he will become part of a dynamic group of political philosophers
consisting of six professors, four postdoctoral fellows and twenty PhD
students. The working language of the group is English. The recipient of
the fellowship is expected to live in Leuven or its immediate vicinity and
to work from the office.

A possibility exists within the project to spend one (funded) term at the
Centre for Democracy Studies Aarau (Switzerland), where Prof. Stojanovic is

For further information, you can contact the project's supervisors, Prof.
Dr. De Schutter at helder.deschutter at hiw.kuleuven.be and Prof. Dr.
Stojanovic at nenad.stojanovic at uzh.ch. We encourage members of
underrepresented minority groups to apply.

You can apply for this job no later than *August 15, 2014* via the online
application tool


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