PhD Researcher in Literary Studies and Business Economics

Catholic University of Leuven

As part of the research project COLLAB, led by Núria Codina, the University of Leuven is recruiting a full-time, fixed-term doctoral researcher for 4 years in the areas of Literary Studies and Business Economics. The position is funded by a European Research Council Starting Grant and is available from 1 September 2023.


The doctoral researcher will work on the analysis of literary texts published collaboratively through crowdfunding campaigns and will study to what extent the sharing economy enhances the circulation and visibility of texts written with, by and about migrants. The goal of the project is to understand how digital technologies and the sharing economy impact on contemporary literary production and interact with the human rights market. By combining research on crowdfunding from business economics with approaches from the humanities and human rights studies, the doctoral dissertation will study how the sharing economy alters the functioning of the publishing industry and the relationship between readers, texts and authors alike. The research will be partly based on digital humanities tools (text mining, webscraping, topic modeling).
The doctoral researcher will conduct innovative research at the intersection of literary studies, business economics and the sociology of literature under the supervision of Núria Codina (KU Leuven). The researcher will be affiliated with the Research Group Translation and Intercultural Transfer at the Translation Studies Research Unit and will work in close collaboration with staff members from the Literary Studies and Translation Studies Research Units as well as the Faculty of Economics and Business.
The doctoral researcher will be part of the research project “Making Migrant Voices Heard Through Literature: How Collaboration Is Changing the Cultural Field” (COLLAB). This five-year interdisciplinary project examines how collaboration expands the range of institutions involved in the making of a text, redefines notions of authorship and community and impinges on migrants’ agency. COLLAB will consist of four team members from varied disciplines across the humanities and social sciences who will work under the supervision of Núria Codina. The project aims to promote collaboration as a tool for interdisciplinary research and stimulate open debates about possible challenges and best practices on how to conduct collaborative work in academia. 


•You have completed (or are about to complete) a master’s degree in the fields of Cultural Studies, Comparative Literature, Translation Studies, Sociology of Literature or a related area
•You have experience in working with digital humanities tools
•You have excellent academic abilities and communication skills
•You are proficient in English and have strong multilingual skills
•You are willing to work in Leuven and live in Belgium during the duration of the contract
•You are able to work independently and in a team


•We offer a fully funded, full-time doctoral position for the duration of 4 years. The initial contract will cover 1 year. After a positive evaluation, the contract can be extended for 1 year and subsequently for 2 more years. Scholarship and benefits are in accordance with the university salary scales for PhD students and highly competitive by international standards.
•You will be part of an international, dynamic team and work in a friendly and stimulating intellectual environment.
•You will work on an exciting, relevant and timely topic and conduct innovative research. You will benefit from guidance from experts in the fields of literary studies, translation studies, digital humanities and business economics.
•You will be given a work space and the resources to present at international conferences and to publish open access in international peer-reviewed journals.


Applications should consist of the following documents:
- a CV
- a letter of motivation stating the applicant’s interest and suitability for the role
- a writing sample (e.g. published article, seminar paper, thesis chapter)
- a short proposal outlining a particular research question or topic that sparks your interest in the context of the job description and the COLLAB project (max. 500 words)
- the contact details of two referees 
For more information on the project or the vacancy, please contact Núria Codina ( 
You can apply for this job no later than April 15, 2023 via the
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  • Employment percentage: Voltijds
  • Location: Leuven
  • Apply before: April 15, 2023
  • Tags: Taalkunde / Letterkunde
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