Full-time PhD position in the research project BELTRANS. INTRA-BELGIAN TRANSLATIONS 1970-2020 - 4 years-grant
Université catholique de Louvain
Ottignies-Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium  
5 dagen geleden
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Project description

The selected candidate will work on a PhD project fully funded by the research programme BRAIN.be (Belgian Research Action Through Interdisciplinary Networks) of BELSPO as part of the research project BELTRANS Intra-Belgian literary translations 1970-2020.

The project Intra-Belgian literary translations since 1970 (BELTRANS) aims to study the circulation and reception of literary texts published by Belgian authors and translated into Dutch and French.

It will examine the link between intra-Belgian cultural transfers and the mutual knowledge of each other’s culture, as well as the underlying strategies, frames and norms.

The objective will be to question the role of translations in the perception of a common cultural repertoire and the constitution of a shared Belgian identity.

More specifically, the project examines if a period of increasing regionalization of the state had an impact on cultural policies, and if changes and evolutions in the political landscape have affected the translation dynamics, and therefore the mutual cultural perception between Flanders and francophone Belgium.

Work environment

This PhD-research project, as part of BELTRANS, will be conducted at UCLouvain, on the campus of Louvain-la-Neuve, during max.

4 years (employment will start on July 1st, 2021) under supervision of Prof. Stéphanie Vanasten (UCLouvain) and Emmanuel Debruyne (UCLouvain).

The PhD candidate will be collaborating closely with colleagues from the research consortium BELTRANS (KBR, KULeuven, UCLouvain) and their respective research groups and networks.

The position corresponds to a PhD-grant according to UCLouvain scales and regulations for PhD scholarships. The selected PhD candidate will participate, within the research team of BELTRANS, in international workshops, seminars and conferences, publications and cultural projects related to the project.

His / her research is expected to result in a doctoral degree.


Selection process

Candidates are invited to submit their applications by e-mail to Prof. Stéphanie Vanasten - and Prof. Emmanuel Debruyne emmanuel.

debruyne uclouvain.be by May, 3rd, 2021.

The application should include the following documents :

  • a CV with bibliography (including an overview of the applicant’s study results and a copy of the applicant’s MA degree, as well as contact details for two academic referees who may be contacted as part of the application procedure)
  • a letter of application (max 2 p.) that outlines the candidate’s motivation for applying for this project and his / her vision of it.
  • a pdf-copy of the Master’s thesis or a publication that can attest the suitability of the candidate to the required profile for this project.
  • On the basis of these documents, candidates will be selected for an interview. UCLouvain, through its action plan on gender policy, aims to be inclusive, respectful of equal opportunities, and favourable to diversity.

    For further details and questions, please do not hesitate to contact Stéphanie Vanasten stephanie.vanasten uclouvain.be or Emmanuel Debruyne emmanuel.debruyne uclouvain.be.

    Additional comments

    Interested in this vacancy? Please consult the job vacancy for a PhD-position at KULeuven also linked to the same project België-Belgique : 50 years intra-Belgian literary translations (1970-2020) and funded by FWO (Fonds voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek Vlaanderen)

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    Required Research Experiences


    History Contemporary history



    Literature Comparative literature



    Literature Literary criticism



    Cultural studies Regional studies


    Offer Requirements


    History : Master Degree or equivalent

    Literature : Master Degree or equivalent

    Language sciences : Master Degree or equivalent

    Cultural studies : Master Degree or equivalent

    OTHER : Good

    Skills / Qualifications

    Required degree : MA Degree (at least with honours) that gives access to a doctorate in :

  • History;
  • Modern languages (Dutch, French and / or another modern language);
  • Comparative literature;
  • Translation studies;
  • Or related fields.
  • Required skills / qualifications

  • very good command of Dutch and French, good knowledge of English
  • ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • motivation and intellectual curiosity
  • ability to integrate into a multilingual and interdisciplinary research environment
  • excellent organisational and communication skills
  • Specific Requirements


    A minimum level of competence in as many of the following areas as possible is an asset :

  • cultural (literary) history or cultural transfers
  • history of Belgium (specialization : contemporary period), history of the present time
  • prior experience with translation, translation studies
  • prior experience with edition, book sciences
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