The Department of Ancient Civilizations of the University of Basel invites applications for one PhD position (100%) in Classical Archaeology (4 years) within the new SNSF-funded research project “Rethinking Collapse: the Fall of Sybaris (ca. 510 BC) and the Transformation of Greek Colonial Space”. For further information, please see: https://francavilla.philhist.unibas.ch/de
PhD Position in Classical Archaeology
The PhD student will be fully funded for a period of four years, be registered as a PhD student at the University of Basel, and work in the Department of Ancient Civilizations. The PhD dissertation project will be devoted to Attic pottery imports of the late 6th and early 5th cent. BC in the Sibaritide and the adjacent regions of the Arco Ionico and its impact to the cultural-historical process of transformation in the region.
The chance finds of at least two Attic vessels in the Macchiabate necropolis in 2020 is of particular importance since the Attic pottery seems to be sparsely distributed in the Sibaritide.
- Duration: 4 years
- Salary: approx. 50’000 Swiss francs (€ 47’500 or $ 54,500) / year
Under the influence of contemporary experiences, research in cultural studies has, for several years now, been increasingly focusing on the end of cultural systems, on the ruptures and discontinuities that determine the history of humankind to this day. While scholarly interest focuses predominantly on contemporary developments in a global context, the historical perspective is only recently becoming the object of scientific research.
The SNSF project ‘Rethinking Collapse: the Fall of Sybaris (ca. 510 BC) and the Transformation of Greek Colonial Space’ housed at the Institute of Classical Archaeology at the University of Basel (PI: Martin A. Guggisberg) seeks to advance the current debate in ancient studies, by taking an innovative, multidisciplinary look at one specific case study, the downfall of Sybaris (ca. 510 BC), the wealthiest colony of the Greek Archaic world.
Sybaris and its hinterland, the Sibaritide, are best suited for this project, because we have at our disposal both a detailed written historical tradition (Herodotus/Diodorus) and an excellent archaeological baseline. Moreover, thanks to our own long-standing fieldwork in the Macchiabate necropolis of Francavilla Marittima, which is situated nearby, we possess detailed knowledge of the entire region and the scientific network necessary to successfully complete our research.
Deadline for application: April 15, 2022.
Beginning of the position: June 01, 2022 (ideally).
The interviews are expected to take place on Thursday, April 21, 2022, online via Zoom.