PhD position 'Dress, gender, and identity in N-W provinces of the Roman Empire'

Faculty of Humanities – Amsterdam School of Historical Studies

Publication date
16 September 2017
Level of education
Master's degree
Salary indication
€2,222 to €2,840 gross per month
Closing date
1 November 2017
38 hours per week
Vacancy number

Research at the Faculty of Humanities is carried out by six research schools under the aegis of the Amsterdam Institute for Humanities Research. The Amsterdam School of Historical Studies (ASH), one of the six research schools, currently has a vacant PhD position as part of the NWO-funded  Gravitaton Programme Anchoring Innovation, led by National Research School OIKOS.

Project description

The expansion of the Roman Empire and the introduction of imperial rule profoundly changed the lives of men and women in Italy and the Roman provinces. This project will investigate whether, and if so how, these changes were anchored in respect of (accepted or rejected) gender roles and (ethnic) identity by looking at the relationship between dress, gender and identity in the northern and western provinces of the Roman Empire, mainly on the basis of (funerary) reliefs. Applicants are invited to delineate which region(s) they would like to work on.
The main research question is: how did the innovations of the Roman Empire affect the representation (particularly the dress, including attributes and jewellery) of people in the provinces, and how were these innovations anchored in existing dress styles, ethnic traditions and gender norms? What were the reasons for men and women in the provinces to emphasise a local or rather a Roman identity and how did this fit in with new or existing gender roles?
This project ties in with the contested issue of ‘Romanisation’ (or globalisation, creolisation, discrepant identies etc.), connecting it with gender and identity in the Roman provinces and trying to come to grips with the different types of impact Roman rule may have had on men and women in the northern and western provinces.

More information about the Anchoring Innovation research agenda of OIKOS can be found on the OIKOS website including an article by Ineke Sluiter, entitled Anchoring Innovation: a Classical Research Agenda.

Tasks of the PhD candidate will include:

  • completion and defence of a PhD thesis within four years.
  • participation in meetings of the project research group(s).
  • presentations of intermediate research results at workshops and conferences.
  • participation in the training program of the Graduate School / Research School.


The successful applicant must have:

  • a (R)MA or MPhil degree in Classics or Ancient History (held by time of appointment);
  • excellent research skills;
  • a strong cooperative attitude and willingness to engage in collaborative research;
  • excellent command of English.

Further information

Further information about this position may be obtained from:


The PhD candidate will be appointed for 38 hours per week (1 FTE) for a period of 48 months at the Department of History, European Studies & Religious Studies of the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Amsterdam. Initially a contract will be given for 12 months, with an extension for the following 36 months on the basis of a positive evaluation. The intended starting date of the contract is 1 April 2018. The gross monthly salary (on a full-time basis) will range from €2,222 during the first year to €2,840 during the fourth year, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.

Job application

In order to be considered, applications must include the following information (in the same order), in one PDF file (not zipped):

  • cover letter;
  • CV, including contact information of two referees;
  • transcript of records;
  • research proposal of 1500 words. Excluded are the bibliography and (if appropriate) an appendix containing a list of sources (together max. two pages A4);
  • copy of relevant diploma.

Please submit your complete application no later than 1 November 2017 to dr Roald Dijkstra, the coordinator of the Anchoring-programme via

Only complete applications submitted as one PDF file to this email address will be considered.

Interviews will take place in the week of 4 December 2017. For candidates living abroad interviews may be held via Skype. #LI-DNP

No agencies please

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