In Humlab, students, researchers, artists, entrepreneurs
and international guests come together to engage in dialogue,
experiment with technology, take on challenges and move scholarship
forward. This power is channelled through an open and creative
studio environment, which extends across two campuses and a rich
ecology of digital platforms. Humlab is a department within the
faculty of Arts with around 20 employees in research, education,
technical support & development and administrative
Humlab invites applicants for a position as a senoir
research assistant, covering 50 % for 24 months, as part
of the research project "Identities in Flux: Digital
cartographies for revisiting Pausanias' description of Greece",
financed by Stiftelsen för Marcus och Amalia Wallenbergs
Pausanias' Periegesis Hellados was, for a long-time, regarded as
little more than a travel guide of Greece; recent scholarship has
been alert to its pivotal role in shaping both Greek cultural
identity, from the emergence of the Greek nation in 1821 until its
later incorporation with Europe and the development of the
discipline of classical archaeology itself.
The research assistant will join the project team in
creating a Geographic Information System (thereon GIS) a database
and a digital map of Pausanias' representation of the Greek world.
Periegesis' digital map will facilitate new forms of analysis;
specifically, it will address the following research questions:
- How does a study of movement and transformation as a dynamic,
geographic visualization produce novel understandings of identity,
culture and politics?
- How do literary constructions of place and space, cultural
memory and present time intersect?
- How can we productively disrupt traditional cartographic
representation, so that geographical knowledge can be plotted and
explored through action, influence and memory rather than by
- How do we build the literacies for reading such unfamiliar,
The project will create an entirely new, dynamic, participatory
interface based on combined experience from previous projects and
technologies, such as GapVis interface and construction of the
DARE-project, the project Regnum Francorum online, and also the
Uppåkra portal. All of these already contain plug-ins och relevant
knowledge which is required for this coming
The research assistant will contribute with expertise in the
field of Digital humanities and Classical Philology/Ancient
History. The work will mainly focus on semantically annotating in
Greek and in English using the digital platform Recogito. The
research assistant will be involved in all different phases in the
project, the same as for all team members, but with a primarily
focus on conceptual design activities for the user interface and
concept of the system. Write articles with the rest of the team on
subsequent visualizations will also be included.
- A PhD in Classical Studies specializing in ancient Greek
- A BA and / or MA in Classical Studies with a primary focus on
ancient Greek language and literature.
- A good knowledge of the corpus of ancient Greek literature,
with focus on ancient Greek historical writing, particularly
Herodotus and Thucydides.
- A knowledge and use of databases for research into Classical
literature, including ingesting data and analyzing results.
- A strong record of teaching ancient Greek for beginners to an
advanced level at university.
- Experience of academic research after the PhD.
- Experience of studying or researching abroad.
- Ability to work on own initiative.
- Ability to work collaboratively and reliably as part of a
- Advanced level in reading ancient Greek.
- Excellent written and spoken communication skills in
- Reading knowledge of French and German.
- Well-developed academic writing, editing and presentational
- Good general IT skills.
Other desirable qualifications
- Publication of own academic work in peer-reviewed journals or
- Ability to deal sensitively with a variety of external
- Willingness and ability to create and develop networks across
different sectors, including academia, museums, galleries,
libraries, local government and the media.
- Experience of organize seminars, conferences or workshops.
- Knowledge of the field of digital humanities and
- Expertise in the main methods and tools for structuring data
(digital corpus, databases).
- Knowledge of semantic annotation.
The application should include a cover letter, your Curriculum
Vitae (CV), sample of writing, copies of relevant degree
certificates, contact details and at least two references.
The application should be submitted in the University
recruitment system no later than the 20 of June, 2018.
Admission 2018-08-01 or upon agreement. Probationary employment
can be required.
For further information about the position, please contact
Director Stefan Gelfgren, +46 90 786 50 87, firstname.lastname@example.org
or Project Leader Anna Foka, email@example.com