ERC PhD Studentship
Arabic Commentaries on the Hippocratic Aphorisms
The University of Manchester - School of Arts, Histories and Culture
State Date September 2012
Nature of Award: Fully funded Ph.D. studentship, comprising all fees (whether domestic or overseas) and maintenance of £13,500 p.a.
Deadline Applications must be received by 15 May, 2012
Research Project & Supervision
The Hippocratic Aphorisms have exerted a singular influence over generations of physicians both in the East and in the West. Galen (d. c. 216) produced an extensive commentary on this text, as did other medical authors writing in Greek, Latin, Arabic, and Hebrew. The Arabic tradition is particularly rich, with more than a dozen commentaries extant in over a hundred manuscripts. The present project breaks new ground by conducting an in-depth study of this tradition through a highly innovative methodology: it approaches the available evidence as a corpus, to be constituted electronically, and to be analysed in an interdisciplinary way. Professor Peter E Pormann has obtained ?1.5m from the European Research Council, and he will be the project lead.
Applicant Particulars & How to Apply
Applicants for the studentship should hold or be expecting a First Class degree award, and a Distinction in a related Masters degree. Good knowledge of Arabic is essential, as is knowledge of Classical Greek, or the proven ability to acquire it over the course of the Ph.D. programme. Knowledge of Syriac, familiarity with Hippocratic and Galenic texts, and experience with Arabic manuscripts would be advantageous, but are not a prerequisite.
Applicants must apply to the Classics & Ancient History PhD programme through the standard online postgraduate application process at this link: http://www.arts.manchester.ac.uk/postgraduatestudy/apply/ . They should also submit the standard supporting documentation detailed on that page: transcript; degree certificate; language test certificate (where applicable). Please indicate on the online application form (under the heading 'Funding') that you would like to be considered for this award.
Applicants should submit a research proposal of no more than 1000 words (the word-count to include footnotes but exclude bibliography), detailing how they would approach this research topic. Before writing this proposal, they should contact Professor Pormann for additional guidance. They must also arrange for two academic references to be submitted by the deadline. (References should be submitted using the online form available here: http://www.arts.manchester.ac.uk/postgraduatestudy/references/).
Any inquiries should be directed to Professor Peter E Pormann at firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com>