The ERC Advanced Grant ‘The Hyksos Enigma’ at the Host Institution the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW)** – Institute for Oriental and European Archaeology (OREA) is offering a Post Doc position for Research Track 5 (Multi-directional Cultural Interference Studies). This position is funded by the European Research Council (ERC) for 2-3 years/depending on terms of contract. Salary: standard FWF personnel rates.
Project Background: This project seeks to shed light on a very obscure and little understood part in Egyptian history, the so called Hyksos Period and its prelude (c. 1750-1530 BC), during which Egypt was confronted with two heretofore unparalleled phenomena: an influx of a substantial foreign population and – probably as a result – the rule of a foreign dynasty over large parts of Egypt
Key areas of responsibility
- To study the Cultural Interference in the SIP and apply anthropological theories (e.g. acculturation, assimilation, hybridization) to intra-site developments by evaluating architecture and the corpus of material culture.
- To study the Cultural Interference during the NK.
- To define the reverse acculturation and the impact of the Hyksos rule on the NK.
- To investigate if Canaanite cults and other surviving Levantine elements were taken over directly from the Near Eastern population surviving in Egypt into the NK.
- To investigate, if an array of innovations in NK-Egypt looking like genuine Egyptian developments, might be results of Hyksos interference in traditional Egyptian culture, literature and religion.
To investigate changes in the language and to determine, if innovations were due to the presence of a large body of Near Easterners who did not disappear after the conquest of Avaris, or if such changes were the result of newcomers.
- PhD in Egyptology or a closely related field.
- Experience with cultural interference theories.
- Consolidated knowledge in the linguistic stages of the Ancient Egyptian language.
- Solid background knowledge of the archaeology and material culture of Egypt and the Levant.
Closing date for applications
Contact Person and Grant Holder
Prof. Dr. Manfred Bietak, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org and CC: email@example.com
Submission Papers should include:
up to date documents including a detailed CV, a publication list, a brief statement of past achievements and research interests as well as 2 letters of reference.
You must include “0117RT5-THE1608” in the reference/subject line.