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Call for Applications: Three Lectureships in Comparative Literature, Utrecht University (Deadline 9 April 2021) - British Comparative Literature Association (BCLA)

Call for Applications: Three Lectureships in Comparative Literature, Utrecht University (Deadline 9 April 2021)

The Department of Languages, Literature, and Communication is seeking to appoint three lecturers in Comparative Literature. The positions are for a period of 1 year starting from the academic year 2021-2022.

The lecturers will be involved in high-quality teaching in all related programmes (BA Literary Studies, Liberal Arts BA at University College Utrecht, MA Literature Today, and Research MA Comparative Literary Studies). The bulk of teaching and supervision tasks will be at BA level.

The Comparative Literature section at Utrecht University is an open, growing community of Researchers and students. We operate with a broad understanding of the literary medium and value experimental approaches to literature, with established strengths in the study of literature as a (trans)cultural medium, cultural memory studies, postcolonial literary studies, comparative media studies, animal studies, and the sociology of literature. Our Bachelor’s in Literary Studies offers a module-package on literary history from Antiquity to the 21st century (European and global literatures), a module-package on literary theory and methodology, an advanced module-package on literature as a site of societal debate, and an advanced module-package on world literature and postcoloniality.

We are committed to fostering an inclusive work environment. We value high-quality training in the discipline as well as diverse and innovative perspectives on comparative literary studies.


The successful candidate will have the following general and job-specific qualifications:

General qualifications:

  • a PhD in a relevant area (by the starting date);
  • (near)native fluency in English. Knowledge of Dutch is preferred, but not required;
  • ability to teach in English and (if possible) in Dutch;
  • ability to develop and use student-centered, activating teaching strategies in both online and offline settings, aimed at fostering an independent, academic approach to learning in a diverse student population;
  • teaching experience, along with the basic teaching qualifications (BKO) or readiness to acquire them;
  • good communication skills.

Job-specific expertise and teaching experience in one or a combination of the following subject areas:

  • Modern and Contemporary Comparative Literature in multilingual perspective;
  • Early Modern Comparative Literature;
  • knowledge in the fields of our module-packages listed above (literary history; literary theory; literature as medium of social debate; world literature; postcolonial studies; intermediality);
  • Digital Humanities;
  • We welcome a broad knowledge of as well as an experimental approach to genre.


We offer three positions (0.7 FTE) for a period of one year. The month gross salary – depending on previous qualifications and experience  – ranges between €2,790 and €4,402 (scale 10/11,5 according to the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities) per month for a full-time employment. Salaries are supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8% and a year-end bonus of 8.3% per year. In addition, Utrecht University offers excellent secondary conditions, including an attractive retirement scheme, (partly paid) parental leave and flexible employment conditions (multiple choice model). More information about working at Utrecht University can be found here.

About the organization

A better future for everyone. This ambition motivates our scientists in executing their leading research and inspiring teaching. At Utrecht University, the various disciplines collaborate intensively towards major societal themes. Our focus is on Dynamics of Youth, Institutions for Open Societies, Life Sciences and Sustainability.
The Faculty of Humanities has around 6,000 students and 900 staff members. It comprises four knowledge domains: Philosophy and Religious Studies, History and Art History, Media and Culture Studies, and Languages, Literature and Communication. With its research and education in these fields, the Faculty aims to contribute to a better understanding of the Netherlands and Europe in a rapidly changing social and cultural context. The enthusiastic and committed colleagues and the excellent amenities in the historical city center of Utrecht, where the Faculty is housed, contribute to an inspiring working environment.

The Department of Language, Literature and Communication offers Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes in Literary studies, Linguistics, Communication studies, Translation, as well as in Dutch, English, German, French, Italian, Spanish and (uniquely in the Netherlands) Celtic languages.

Additional Information

For more information about this position, please contact:
Dr Birgit Kaiser (Head of Literature), via b.m.kaiser@uu.nl.

To apply

Everyone deserves to feel at home at our university. We welcome employees with a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives. To apply, please send your curriculum vitae, including a letter of motivation via the ‘apply’ link here.

Please include:

  • a letter of motivation;
  • a curriculum vitae including contact and personal details;
  • the contact details of two referees (names, affiliations and phone numbers or e-mail addresses).

Due to the Corona virus interviews with selected candidates will take place online, on 26 and 28 April 2021.

Applications due on April 9, 2021.

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