Wellcome Trust Post-Doctoral Fellowships at LHRI

Leeds Humanities Research Institute (LHRI), University of Leeds
Wellcome ISSF Post-Doctoral Fellowships
Deadline 23 January 2017

The University of Leeds has been awarded a grant of £1.25m over 5 years from the Wellcome Trust ISSF to support biomedical and related research, which has been matched by an equal investment by the University. A major component of this funding will support early career researchers in order to enable them to realise their potential, and position themselves for competitive external Fellowship applications. We therefore seek applications from candidates at either the latter stages of their PhD work, or after one or two post-doctoral positions, dependent on the type of Fellowship envisioned. Previous rounds have supported researchers from Medical Humanities and Social Sciences, as well as the wider academic areas of Medicine and Health.

These awards will cover both salary costs and a contribution towards consumables, aligned to the needs of the proposed work. Applications are invited from any Faculty, but applicants should be working within the Wellcome Trust remit (see http://www.wellcome.ac.uk/Funding/index.htm).

Applications will be considered on an annual basis. For the 2017 round, applicants should complete the appropriate proforma by 23 January 2017. The ISSF Management Committee will then assess the applications and invite shortlisted candidates for interview during the week commencing 13 February 2017 (TBC). The interview will consist of a short (5 minute) presentation by the candidate, followed by questions from the panel, which will comprise a subset of the Management Committee representing the breadth of academic interests within the ISSF portfolio.

Each award will normally be up to £50K, and applicants should provide a detailed justification for the funds requested. It is expected that these awards will normally run for a maximum of 12 months. If awarded, an appropriate timescale will be agreed and any funds remaining unspent at the end will be withheld for re-allocation in subsequent funding rounds. Awards will be available immediately, or may be taken up at any time during the calendar year following the award, dependent on your current funding position. We invite applications from Leeds-based individuals who are planning to apply for external Fellowships to remain in Leeds, or external candidates intending to move to Leeds.

For more information on these fellowships and how to apply, please go to http://www.leeds.ac.uk/arts/news/article/4011/wellcomelhri_postdoctoral_fellowships

On the LHRI and the range of activities it supports, please go to our website, http://www.leeds.ac.uk/arts/info/20045/leeds_humanities_research_institute

CALL FOR PAPERS: Scientiae 2017 - Extended Deadline

Proposals are invited for the sixth annual Scientiae conference on disciplines of knowing in the early modern world (roughly 1400-1800), which will take place at the University of Padua, 19-22 April 2017. Our Keynote Speakers will be Paula Findlen (Stanford), Claire Preston (QM London), and Antonio Clericuzio (Roma Tre).

The major premise of this conference series is that knowledge during this period was inherently interdisciplinary, involving complex mixtures of theories, practices and objects, which had yet to be separated into their modern ‘scientific’ configurations. Although centred on attempts to understand and control the natural world, Scientiae addresses natural philosophy, natural history, and the scientiae mixtae within a wide range of related fields, including but not restricted to Biblical exegesis, medicine, artisan practice and theory, logic, humanism, alchemy, magic, witchcraft, demonology, divinatory practices, astronomy, astrology, music, antiquarianism, experimentation and commerce.

This year attention is especially given to the history of early modern knowledge and erudition, the history of universities, particularly though not exclusively the history of the university of Padua, as well as the history of the book and the history of political thought.

In addition to individual papers, we seek panel proposals about, though not exclusively:
  • Teaching with Collections
  • The Enlightenment
  • The Republic of Letters
  • Early Modern Universities and Amateur Knowledge
  • Venice-Vienna-Costantinople-Moscow: The Other Early Modern Europe

Please email your 250-word abstract, together with a one-page CV to Scientiae Padua

EXTENDED DEADLINE: 15 January 2017 – Accepted speakers will be notified on 22 January

The deadline for abstract submission is 15 January 2017. We shall be notifying the selection outcome by 22 January.

Postdoctoral Research Associates: “Metropolitan Science: Places, Objects and Cultures of Practice and Knowledge in London, 1600-1800”

The Centre for the History of the Sciences within the School of History at the University of Kent seeks two qualified postdoctoral researchers to work as part of a three-year Leverhulme Trust-funded project, “Metropolitan Science: Places, Objects and Cultures of Practice and Knowledge in London, 1600-1800”, led by Dr Rebekah Higgitt.

In this role, you will conduct object-based and archival research, particularly in the collections of the Science Museum and among the papers of London’s Livery and Trading Companies. You will participate fully in the activities of the project, attending workshops and conferences, publishing results of research, feeding into the development and interpretation of the Science Museum’s “London, Science City” gallery (opening 2019), and assisting Dr Higgitt’s research and public engagement agendas.

If you have specialist knowledge of the history of early modern London, experience in archival work and publishing research articles and a keen interest in contributing to this project, this is a great chance to join a unique working environment that offers excellent training, benefits and future opportunities.

Further Information
Start date for applications: 15 December 2016
Closing date for applications: 22 January 2017
Interviews are to be held: 6 February 2017

Informal enquiries about the roles and the project can be made to Dr Rebekah Higgitt by email at r.higgitt@kent.ac.uk

FUNDING: Hakluyt Society - Research Grants / Short-Term Fellowships

The Hakluyt Society has announced a second year of research funding awards. Two forms of funding will be available: up to six Hakluyt Society Research Grants (max £1500 each) and up to two Hakluyt Society Short-Term Fellowships (max £1650 per month, up to four months).

The objects of the Society are to promote the study of historical exploration, travel, and worldwide cultural encounter. Its principal activity is the publication of scholarly editions of primary records of historical voyages and travels. There are many areas of overlap between these objects and the interests of subscribers to Mersenne, who might therefore want to consider these research funding opportunities.

These funding opportunities are open to anyone whose research interests meet with and promote the objects of the Hakluyt Society (see http://www.hakluyt.com/hak-soc-objectives.htm). All applicants must be members of the Hakluyt Society (to join, see http://www.hakluyt.com/hak-soc-membership.htm). This year's deadline for applications is 20 February 2017 at 17.00 GMT. The selection committee aims to communicate its decisions by the beginning of April 2017.

Prospective applicants should download the Application Form and read the further details which come with the form (seehttp://www.hakluyt.com/hak_soc_special_funding.htm).

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: The New History of Archives. Early modern Europe and beyond

International Summer School in Wolfenbüttel, Germany

The New History of Archives. Early modern Europe and beyond
International Summer School / Marbach Weimar Wolfenbüttel Research Association
Herzog August Bibliothek, 2-14 July 2017
Convenor: Randolph C. Head, UC Riverside

Over the past generation, interest in the history of recordkeeping in all periods has exploded, stimulated by the current revolution in digital technologies of making, keeping and using records. European medievalists and early modernists have been reassessing how records came to be created and preserved, the organization of the resulting accumulations, and the changing uses that contemporaries envisioned for stored records of various kinds through the centuries. Closer examination also raises questions about how European recordkeeping differed from that of other civilizations, and whether European conceptions and terminology about archives need to be provincialized in order to enable more fruitful comparative scholarship. Since scholars across the disciplines continue to rely on today’s archives for their research, reassessing the trajectory of archival formation, organization and survival offers the promise of enriching current research in a wide variety of fields.

Over two weeks, the course will focus on three major themes that currently play a major role in research on the history of archives. The first week will consider practices of creating and organizing archival records, with close attention to the material substrates (paper, parchment), and medial forms and productive practices (calligraphy, registration) that gave rise to large accumulations of material in many European repositories. We will also consider the techniques of organization (spatial, material, textual) by which secretaries, registrators, and other users sought to master the challenge of using records in the exercise of power.

In the second week, we will turn to the ways that archival accumulations became, and still are, sites of activity on the part not only of archival staff, but also of historians and other scholars. We will also consider the variety of archival types that have survived from the Middle Ages to the present, and the challenges of ongoing preservation and transmission in the digital age. Finally, we will turn to the particularities of European archiving in contact with and in comparison to practices in other parts of the early modern world, considering both imperial archives outside Europe and the archivalities of the Islamic tradition. Drawing on the rich collections of handbooks and material at the Herzog August Bibliothek as well as in the Niedersächsisches Landesarchiv Wolfenbüttel, the course will give students a richer understanding of the formation of archives, of the meanings that archives had for their contemporaries, and of how they were transformed during their transmission to the modern world.

Mornings will be devoted to presentations and workshops led by senior scholars in the field. Key readings will be circulated in advance. Students will also be invited to present on aspects of their own research as part of the daily seminars. In the afternoons, participants will be able to use the holdings of the Herzog August Bibliothek for their own work and will have opportunities to hold individual or group discussions with those teaching the course. We are also planning a field trip to local archives to gain a richer understanding of the material, organizational and theoretical challenges of reconsidering archival material. There will also be two additional evening lectures by our partners from Marbach and Weimar.

Course tutors:

§ Dr. Megan Williams (History, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen)
§ Dr. Diego Navarro Bonilla (Biblioteconomía y Documentación, Universidad Carlos III, Madrid)
§ Dr. Markus Friedrich (History, University of Hamburg)
§ Michael Riordan (Archivist of St. John’s College and The Queen’s College, Oxford)
§ Dr. Maria de Lurdes Rosa, (History, Universidade Nova, Lisbon)
§ Dr. Natalie Rothman (History, University of Toronto-Scarborough)

The 2017 International Summer School is part of the programme of the MWW Research Association, founded in 2013 (www.mww-forschung.de/en/) and funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

The call for applications is addressed to masters or doctoral students. The seminars will be conducted in English.

The library offers up to fifteen places for participants and will cover their expenses for accommodation and breakfast. Each participant will receive a subsidy of 200 Euros to cover living costs. Travel expenses are reimbursed in accordance to the flat-rate allowances of the DAAD.

There are no application forms. Applicants should state their reasons for wishing to participate in the course and send a c.v. which describes their academic career and their current research. Please also supply the address of an academic referee who may be contacted to supply a reference if needed. The deadline is 28th February 2017.

International participants, who have a concrete interest in the holdings, may informally apply in their cover letter for a week-long archival research visit following the summer school. If approved, the MWW Research Association will cover the additional accommodation expenses in Wolfenbüttel.

Applications should be submitted, preferably by email, to:  forschung@hab.de

Herzog August Bibliothek, Postfach 13 64, D-38299 Wolfenbüttel, Fax-Nr.: +49 5331- 808 266

PhD Studentships in Medieval and Early Modern Studies at the Open University

The Open University’s Medieval and Early Modern Research Group invites applications for October 2017 entry to its PhD programme.

The Medieval and Early Modern Research Group brings together staff from a variety of disciplines across Arts and Humanities at The Open University, including Art History, Classical Studies, English, History and Music. We have wide-ranging expertise in social, political, religious and cultural developments of the medieval and early modern periods.

We welcome applications for MPhil and PhD studies concerning the primary research interests of our group:
  • People and objects in movement: courts and cities
  • Symbolic and material witnesses: letters, objects, music and art
  • Bodies: religion and medicine
  • Elizabethan society: politics, religion, gender
  • Uses of the arts, uses of knowledge: The Mediterranean and the Italian states
  • Performance and performativity: music, theatre, poetry
  • Intellectual, cultural and cross-cultural networks: patronage, production and intermediaries.
For further details of the research group, see: http://www.open.ac.uk/arts/research/medieval-and-early-modern-research/


Successful applicants will have the opportunity to apply for a CHASE AHRC studentship. These awards cover fees and a stipend for students based in the UK, and fees only for EU residents. The studentships are available through the Consortium for Humanities and the Arts South-East England (CHASE), which brings together the OU, the Courtauld Institute of Art, Goldsmiths, University of London and the Universities of East Anglia, Essex, Kent and Sussex. For more information about CHASE, please visit: www.chase.ac.uk.

The university also has a number of faculty-funded studentships (fees and stipend) for part-time and full-time students. All applicants will be considered for any available OU funding.

How to apply
Informal enquiries about studentships and PhD studies should be made to Helen Coffey (helen.coffey@open.ac.uk) in the first instance.

Further details of PhD studentships at the OU and the application process can be found here: http://www.open.ac.uk/about/employment/vacancies/ahrc-phd-studentships-and-faculty-funded-studentships-arts-and-humanities-10037-0

Initially, applications for studentships will be assessed for a place on the Open University’s PhD programme. Successful applicants will then be forwarded to studentship panels for further assessment and ranking.

Please note that the deadline for all postgraduate research degree applications, including for studentships, is 11 January 2017.

JOBS: Senior Lecturer in English Literature (c. 1350-1510) and Digital Humanities

Newcastle University

Newcastle University - School of English Literature, Language & Linguistics

Location:  Newcastle Upon Tyne
Salary: £48,327 to £51,260 per annum, with progression to £55,998.
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed on: 4th January 2017
Closes: 1st February 2017
Job Ref: B56900A

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Start Date: 1st June 2017, or as soon as possible thereafter

The School of English Literature, Language & Linguistics wishes to appoint a Senior Lecturer in English Literature(c.1350-1510) and Digital Humanities to develop the School’s expertise in Scholarly Editing and digital technologies and to build a partnership between the School and the Digital Institute at Newcastle University.

We are looking for candidates who have demonstrable expertise in English Literature (c. 1350-1510) and the Digital Humanities, and who are enthused by the possibilities of interdisciplinary research. A strong publication record and excellent research plans are essential, so too is a track record of delivering innovative and well-designed teaching. In addition, candidates must be able to demonstrate that they can both lead and work as part of a team, and make a dynamic contribution to the culture and management of the School.

For informal enquiries relating to this post contact Professor Jennifer Richards (Jennifer.Richards@ncl.ac.uk)



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