Research Fellowships – Smart Loire Valley General Programme, France

Publish Date: Dec 21, 2015

Deadline: Dec 31, 2015


The Center for Superior Studies of the Renaissance (CESR) is the Education and Research Unit (UFR) University François-Rabelais of Tours and Mixed Research Unit (UMR) 7323 affiliated with the CNRS. In 1996 the CESR re-affirmed its commitment to interdisciplinary research into key themes of European patrimony (including musicology, art history and the history of the book), in an accord with the French Ministry of Culture, the CNRS and University François-Rabelais of Tours.

The CESR is an education and research centre, which welcomes students and researchers wishing to acquire an initial or additional university education in all domains of the Renaissance. The CESR enjoys a double status, being at once a UFR (Education and Research Unit) within the University François-Rabelais of Tours and a UMR (Mixed Research Unit 7323) affiliated with the CNRS (National Research Institute). The CESR’s research programmes are structured according to disciplinary teams (history, history of art, French, neo-Latin and European literature, philosophy, musicology, history of science and techniques), research fields and team projects.


This research project is the responsibility of Professor Chiara Lastraioli, Director of the Maison des Sciences de l’Homme Val de Loire – USR 3501. It focuses on the literature produced within the Italian community that immigrated to Geneva because of their religious convictions, extending from the 1540s to the beginning of the 17th century, when Geneva was governed by Jean Calvin and, later, by the administrative bodies emanating from his authority.

The objective of the project is a comprehensive study of the texts published in Italian in the dominated by censorship Calvinist Geneva during the second half of the 16th century (and the early years of the 17th). One of the primary intentions of this study is to take an inventory of the text published; then, to evaluate the stylistic, rhetorical and linguistic impact of Calvinist thought and theology in these texts. It is proposed to include an analysis that also takes into account the political and social contexts in which these texts were designed and realised: the censorship put in place by Calvin (and by the administrative organisms emanating from his authority), the market and the dissemination of Italian books in a Reformation context.


The goal of the research fellow will be to coordinate the project, collaborate with laboratory researchers and colleagues based in Geneva and Toronto in the following three research axes:

  1. Studying, from an eminently cultural point of view, the Italian community living in Geneva in the second half of the sixteenth Century, their religious practices and the texts produced in connection with the local printing industry.
  2. Investigating the relationship between the different type of Protestantism promoted by Italian refugees, Calvinist censorship, and the effort aimed at developing a common Italian language, which moved away from the Tusco-Florentine canon.
  3. Analysing the literary efforts realised in the Genevan territory in comparison with the primary Italian models in order to provide a stylistic study.


The candidate must show a deep experience in Romance Studies (Italian and French studies), as well as a research experience in the field of the relationship between Italian Language and Literature, History of the Book and Religion in Early Modern Europe. The candidate must have a firm knowledge of the Renaissance religious literature and propaganda. The candidate will be expected to participate in meetings of research groups and seminars organised by LE STUDIUM and the Centre d’Etudes Supérieures de la Renaissance, and to promote a workshop on the topics of this project. Publications on the topics of research are expected.


Senior researcher profile with:

  • Publications and significant international networks;
  • Track records of previous research in similar topics that has shown the ability to mobilize the literature and to build a testable hypothesis;
  • Research experience in the field of study, able to innovate and interact with diverse stakeholders;
  • Motivation for team work and ability to establish fruitful scientific exchange with researchers and actors of different technical and scientific cultures;
  • The scientific working languages are French, Italian and English.


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The position is intended to attract experienced international researchers with preferably at least 10 years of experience. They will seek to build international collaboration through a long stay experience in a laboratory in the Centre-Val de Loire region, France.

(*) To be eligible, applicant researchers must be national or long-term resident of a country other than France. Long-term residents are researchers who spent a period of full-time research activity of at least 5 consecutive (without breaks in research) years in a country other than France. A selection committee working according to European Union Charter for Researchers will independently assess applications.

The position is based in Tours, France and offers a non-renewable term of one year. Salary will depend on qualifications and experience. The successful applicant will be encouraged to take up the post as early as possible and no later than September 2016.

Entitlements detailed in the contract of employment for the fellowship, include:

  • a monthly gross remuneration,
  • the rental costs of a fully furnished apartment adapted to his/her family situation. Utilities (water, heating, electricity, local council tax) remain at the charge of the fellow.
  • a contribution to a private medical protection scheme for all health costs complementing the French basic social security protection,
  • administrative assistance for all matters related to integration in France (schools, cultural, social and sports activities, income taxes…)
  • logistical and technical assistance for travels and housing.

Work hours, vacation and travelling expenses are bound by the same regulation as those effective for the personnel of the host laboratory. An agreement details mutual obligations and provides with guidelines for activity reports, intellectual property and confidentiality.

A member of LE STUDIUM operational team will assist the incoming fellow in all matters to make her/his experience in the region Centre-Val de Loire successful.

Conditions of application

Deadline for application is 31st of December 2015

Please make your application online on LE STUDIUM website – Apply section.

  • Enter your candidate information
  • Complete the online application form
  • Upload your resume (no more than 2 pages) and motivation letter

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