Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Department of Translation, Interpretation, and East Asian Studies
2 Postdoctoral Fellowships and 2 PhD scholarships in Early modern East Asian History
|Institution Type:||College / University|
|Position:||Doctoral Fellow, Post-Doctoral Fellow|
Applications are invited from outstanding candidates for the following positions as part of the European Research Council funded project, Aftermath of the East Asian War of 1592-1598:
1. POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER IN 17TH AND/OR 18TH CENTURY EAST ASIAN HISTORY (CHINA). For details click here.
2. POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER IN 17TH AND/OR 18TH CENTURY EAST ASIAN HISTORY (KOREA). For details click here.
3. PHD BURSARY IN 17TH-19TH CENTURY JAPANESE HISTORY. For details click here.
4. PHD BURSARY IN 17TH-19TH CENTURY KOREAN HISTORY. For details click here.
Aftermath is a five year project run by Prof. Rebekah Clements (ICREA, Autonomous University of Barcelona). The project is a large scale attempt to understand the environmental, demographic, and technological legacy of the East Asian War of 1592-1598, also known as the Imjin War and Toyotomi Hideyoshi's Invasions of Korea. This conflict involved over 500,000 combatants from Japan, China, and Korea; up to 100,000 Korean civilians were removed to Japan. It was the largest conflict of the world of the sixteenth century and involved the largest successful overseas landings by that date. Unsurprisingly for a conflict of this size, the war caused momentous demographic upheaval and widespread destruction, but also had long-lasting cultural impact as a result of the removal to Japan of Korean technology and skilled labourers.
The conflict and its aftermath bear striking parallels to events in East Asia during World War II, and memories of the 16th-century war remain resonant in the region. We know something of the political and diplomatic fallout of the war, but what were the implications for the social, economic, and cultural contours of early-modern East Asia? What can this conflict tell us about the war’s “aftermath” across historical periods and about such periodization itself? There is little Western scholarship on the war and few studies in any language that cross linguistic, disciplinary, and national boundaries to achieve a regional perspective, which reflects the interconnected history of East Asia. The focus of this project will be on the period up to the middle of the 17th century, but not precluding ongoing effects. The team, with expertise covering Japan, Korea, and China, will investigate three themes: the movement of people and demographic change, the impact on the natural environment, and technological diffusion. The project will be the first large-scale investigation to use Japanese, Korean, and Chinese sources to understand the war’s aftermath. It will broaden understandings of the early-modern world, and push the boundaries of war legacy studies by exploring the meanings of “aftermath” in the East Asian context.
The successful candidates will undertake their research as part of a team of international researchers in the context of an innovative project within the prestigious European Research Council framework. They will be provided with a working space at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona in a shared office with other members of the group, and will be expected to be regularly present in the office to collaborate with other members of the team. There will be generous funding for fieldwork, the purchase of books, and conference travel.
Please note that the language of the project is English and applicants are not expected to speak Spanish or Catalan. Closing date for applications: 17th February, 2019. For further information visit: http://pagines.uab.cat/aftermath/.
This project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement No 758347)
ICREA Research Professor
Departament de Traducció i d'Interpretació i d'Estudis d'Àsia Oriental
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
|Primary Category:||Asian History / Studies
|Secondary Categories:||East Asian History / Studies
Japanese History / Studies
Chinese History / Studies
Korean History / Studies