[Humanist] 24.670 PhD studentship in digital palaeography

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Wed Jan 26 07:33:54 CET 2011

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 24, No. 670.
         Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Wed, 26 Jan 2011 06:28:46 +0000
        From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>
        Subject: PhD studentship in digital palaeography

PhD Studentship: Digital Resource of Palaeography

The Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London, is 
pleased to announce a PhD studentship in digital palaeography funded by 
a European Research Council project, Digital Resource of Palaeography. 
The studentship is to be held in the CCH as part of a PhD in Digital 


The aim of Digital Resource of Palaeography is to bringing the methods 
and resources of digital humanities to bear on palaeographical 
exploration, citation and teaching. It involves a web resource which 
will allow scholars to rapidly retrieve digital images, verbal 
descriptions, and detailed characterisations of the writing, as well as 
the text in which it is found and the content and structure of the 
manuscript or charter. It will incorporate different ways of searching, 
using images, maps, timelines and image-processing as well as 
conventional text-based browsing and searching. It will therefore allow 
scholars to test and apply new developments in palaeographical method 
which have been discussed in theory but which have hitherto proven 
difficult or impossible to implement in practice. The project will focus 
on the corpus of English vernacular script of the eleventh century, but 
the method and techniques should be applicable to palaeography in general.

Some further details of the project are available on the King's news pages.

The studentship

Applicants should propose a research project which can benefit from and 
contribute to the Digital Resource in Palaeography project but which 
remains distinct from it. Possibilities may include the detailed study 
of a particular manuscript or small group of manuscripts from the corpus 
of eleventh-century vernacular English script. A comparative study could 
apply the research methodologies of the ERC project to a different 
corpus, perhaps focusing on the products of a single scriptorium or 
scribe, looking at variance and variation in script; or focusing on a 
corpus that has proven difficult to manage with conventional approaches, 
such as manuscript fragments. Another possibility may be more 
methodological, focusing on the possibilities and limits of Digital 
Humanities in palaeographical scholarship.

The student will be based at King’s College London, in the Centre for 
Computing in Humanities and will benefit from the CCH PhD Seminar. A 
second supervisor will be assigned according to the requirements of the 
projec., It is also expected that the student will maintain contact with 
other departments in King’s, such as History or English. The student 
will also have access to resources and seminars across the University of 
London more widely, including Senate House Library and its Palaeography 
Room, the Institute of Historical Research’s seminars and library, and 
seminars and expertise at the Institute of English Studies.


For the three years of the studentship (starting no later than October 
2011) the grant is c.£14,000 per annum. Students liable to pay fees at 
the overseas rate are welcome to apply, but should make sure that they 
can cover the difference between the award and the full overseas fee. 
The studentship must be held full-time.

Eligibility, Timetable & Application Process

Applicants for these awards are expected to begin PhD study on 1 October 
2011. Applicants should hold (or have nearly completed) a Master’s 
degree or equivalent in Old English, Anglo-Saxon/early Anglo-Norman 
history, or another relevant area of medieval studies. A good knowledge 
of the language(s) of the manuscripts under study is required 
(Old/Middle English and/or Latin), and a background or demonstrable 
interest in manuscript studies is highly desirable. Applicants must 
submit the following documentation by the deadline of 1 March 2011:

1.An Admissions Application form & all supporting documents - submitted 
to the Centre for Arts & Sciences Admissions (CASA) via the online 
admissions portal at: www.kcl.ac.uk/graduate/apply/.

2.A one page statement of interest including a description of the 
proposed research, submitted to peter.stokes at kcl.ac.uk

3.A one-page statement of your research training, background and 
suitability to the project, submitted to peter.stokes at kcl.ac.uk

4.A sample of written work (3000–5000 words), submitted to 
peter.stokes at kcl.ac.uk

An interview will be arranged with shortlisted applicants, either face 
to face or by teleconference, after the closing date.


Please email Dr Peter Stokes or telephone him on +44 (0)20 7848 2813 in 
the first instance with any queries about this studentship.

Dr Peter Stokes
Research Fellow
Centre for Computing in Humanities
King's College London
Room 210, 2nd Floor
26-29 Drury Lane
London, WC2B 5RL
Tel: +44 (0)20 7848 2813
Fax: +44 (0)20 7848 2980

Willard McCarty, Professor of Humanities Computing,
King's College London, staff.cch.kcl.ac.uk/~wmccarty/;
Professor, Centre for Cultural Research, University of Western Sydney,
Editor, Humanist, www.digitalhumanities.org/humanist;
Editor, Interdisciplinary Science Reviews, www.isr-journal.org.

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