doctoral positions in Oslo, Münster, and Madrid

Lots of doctoral positions in religious studies and Egyptology opening up this fall.

First up are three doctoral positions lasting 3-4 years at the Norwegian School of Theology. For details, see here. Subject is open. It is worth noting that Oslo is particularly strong in Coptology, as well as the study of papyrology and early Christian studies, Gnosticism, and Hermeticism at this time.

Then there are two doctoral positions at WWU Münster. One is bound to the Exzellenzcluster project “Schiitisch-sunnitische Religionskonflikte im 12. Jh. zwischen Religion und Politik.” For details, see here. The other is bound to the Seminar for General Religious Studies. While the specialty is open, the topic of contemporary Latin America (particularly Brazil) is favored. For details, see here.

Finally, Universidad de Alcalá (Madrid, Spain) is accepting applications for a doctoral position at the Mortexvar (Earlier Ancient Egyptian Mortuary Texts Variability) project. There is no website I can find for the position, so I re-post its details here:

Doctoral fellowship at Universidad de Alcalá

The fellowship

Applications are welcome for one 3-year fellowship leading to a PhD at Universidad de Alcalá (Madrid, Spain) to begin on January 2020 in all subjects related to the concept ‛variability’ in the Pyramid and Coffin Texts, including linguistics, graphemics, text studies, and material culture.

The salary is 25,468.89 € gross per year.

The project

The interdisciplinary (philology, linguistics, graphemics and cultural studies) 4-year project (July 2019 – June 2023) The Earlier Ancient Egyptian Mortuary Texts Variability (MORTEXVAR) (2018-T1/HUM-10215 Programme ‛Atracción de Talento’, Madrid Region) proposes a nuanced appraisal of the construction and function of the mortuary texts from Old and Middle Kingdom Egypt (2350-1550 BC) using ‛variability’ as an explanatory concept and an electronic-geared corpus-driven approach. It focuses on central cultural issues concerning the ritual context, archaeological trace, ideological interpretation, socio-cultural function and philological text-forming and transmission of the texts devoted to ensuring a post-mortem activity for the deceased from ancient Egyptian elite.

Research questions concentrate on two main axes:

·         How were earlier ancient Egyptian mortuary texts shaped out the way they are? Was there a core of texts from one focus or multiple foci that implemented modifications and/or innovations depending on the cultural changes through time and space?

·         How can this materialize in the texts and their material context? How can we properly value the weight of tradition and innovation in the process of creating and transmitting these texts?

How to apply

Submit a pdf dossier with letter of motivation and updated CV to

Informal inquiries to the project director: Carlos Gracia Zamacona (