Doctoral Candidate, European Literature in Transnational Perspective

University of York
January 03, 2023
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Doctoral Candidate, European Literature in Transnational Perspective


Centre for Women's Studies


£41,330 per year (No family) - £46,360 per year (Family)


Marie Curie

Contract status

Fixed term

Hours of work


Based at

University of York campus (with some remote working options available)

Interview date

TBC, late January 2023

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  • 11588 Job Description.docx.pdf (PDF, 210.58kb)
  • Role Description Department

    The University of York's Centre for Women's Studies and Department of English & Related Literature are recruiting for 1 Doctoral Candidate to work on the “Translational genres: genre/gender crossings in translation and creative practice” research strand on EUTERPE: European Literatures and Gender in Transnational Perspective, an international, collaborative Marie Skłodowska- Curie Doctoral Networks project, funded by Horizon Europe and UKRI and involving a consortium of 7 European universities, working with non-academic Associate Partners. The recruitment calls for all EUTERPE strands can be found here.


    The York Doctoral Candidate will develop an original doctoral thesis that should:

  • Build on the notion of the “born-translated” novel, or the blending of gender and sexuality studies with migrant/multilingual literary, in order to interrogate and reimagine the definition of translingual, border- crossing writing not merely as an aesthetic effect in transnational literatures but as a genre in its own right.
  • Deepen understandings of how multilingual and migrant writing shapes and is shaped by nuanced intersections of gender, language, culture, race, class, sexuality, and/or disability.
  • Experiment with practice-led research methods, using translation and/or various forms of creative practice (e.g. creative writing, performance, mixed-media artforms), alongside social science methods (e.g. interviews, focus groups), in order to develop innovative interdisciplinary methods for approaching border-crossing artworks that challenge and question existing conventions in literary scholarship.
  • They would also:

  • Engage in an industry internship with our Associate Partner, Comma Press Manchester, and a 6-month secondment based at the University of Bologna, as part of the candidate's bespoke Employability Enhancement Plan.
  • Actively collaborate with other researchers within the network towards the EUTERPE objectives and outputs, including the Dictionary of Transnational Women's Literature in Europe , Digital Podcast Library, and network events.
  • Support the York PI and CI in the organisation, coordination, and delivery of the York-based EUTERPE school, project conference, and relevant public engagement and dissemination activities.
  • Skills, Experience & Qualification needed
  • A 2nd Level Master Degree (120 ECTS + 180 ECTS in a bachelor degree) or a Single Cycle Degree (minimum 300 ECTS), or a comparable university degree (Second Cycle qualification), in literary studies, translation, gender studies, and/or related fields post-1800, completed by November 28th, 2022.
  • Knowledge in and/or professional, activist, artistic, or related experience in literary multilingualism, multi-/transculturalism, migration, and/or gender studies.
  • Knowledge of a range of research techniques and methodologies, including translation, literary, and/or artistic methods
  • Research expertise or equivalent experience in an area that will complement and enhance the project's research strategy and goals
  • Proven fluency in English, as per York's English language criteria for research degrees. Fluency in any languages other than English and/or experience of working multilingually would be an asset.
  • Highly developed communication skills to engage effectively with a wide ranging audience, both orally and in writing, using a range of media
  • Please see the job description for further requirements.

    Interview date: in late January 2023.

    For informal enquiries: Please contact the Primary Investigator at York, Dr. Boriana Alexandrova, at

    The University strives to be diverse and inclusive – a place where we can ALL be ourselves.

    We particularly encourage applications from people who identify as Black, Asian or from a Minority Ethnic background, who are underrepresented at the University.

    We offer family friendly, flexible working arrangements, with forums and inclusive facilities to support our staff. #EqualityatYork

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