[Humanist] 25.833 call for PhD applications

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Wed Mar 21 08:15:34 CET 2012

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 25, No. 833.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Tue, 20 Mar 2012 12:20:17 +0000
        From: Poul Holm <holmp at tcd.ie>
        Subject: Applications Invited for Ireland's digital structured PhD programme 

Digital Arts and Humanities Programme

Applications Invited for Ireland’s digital structured PhD programme

(Four years full-time, six years part-time)

A structured doctoral research-training programme designed to enable students to carry out research in the arts and humanities at the highest level using new media and computer technologies.

The Digital Arts and Humanities programme (DAH) is an innovative inter-disciplinary structured PhD programme co-ordinated by an all-Irish university consortium, funded through Cycle 5 of the Government's Programme for Research in Third-Level Institutions.

The programme is open for registration with Trinity College Dublin, University College Cork, National University of Ireland, Galway, and National University of Ireland, Maynooth. Teaching resources are also provided by the Royal Irish Academy and the Northern Ireland universities Queen’s University Belfast and University of Ulster.

DAH opened last year as the world’s largest digital arts and humanities doctoral programme with 46 students. We are creating the research platform, the structures, partnerships and innovation models by which fourth-level researchers can engage with a wide range of stakeholders in order to contribute to the developing digital arts and humanities community world-wide, as participants and as leaders. Further information about the programme is available on our website: www.dahphd.ie http://www.dahphd.ie .

Students will choose to enter the program within either the ARTS or the HUMANITIES strands.  In both strands you are required to complete core, training and career development modules, including main modules shared across the consortium and others institutionally-based. The overall aim of the taught modules are threefold: 1) to introduce students to the history and theoretical issues in digital arts/humanities; 2) to provide the skills needed to apply advanced computational and information management paradigms to humanities/arts research; 3) to provide an enabling framework for students to develop generic and transferable skills to carry out their final research projects/dissertations.  The aim of the research is to enable students to develop and synthesise a PhD dissertation.

High-calibre candidates holding, or expecting to receive, a first-class or upper second-class honours degree in an appropriate discipline are encouraged to apply. We would like to receive your application by 15 May 2012.

Prospective students MUST apply directly to the institution that best suits their project and circumstances. Students will be expected to participate fully in the research community of the institution in which they are registered.  Your application must be submitted electronically based on instructions obtained from your chosen university. You are strongly urged to contact one of the contact persons listedbelow well in advance of applying.

Further information about the participating DAH universities:

The DAH programme at NUI Galway is shared between the Moore Institute for Research in the Humanities and Social Studies and the Huston School of Film & Digital Media.  The ambition for Digital Humanities at the Moore Institute is to create synergies between humanities research, digital technology and innovation.   Students enrolling in the DAH at the Moore Institute will undertake integrated projects combining humanities scholarship with the creation of digital tools and applications.  Projects that focus on bringing the academic and creative cultures of Galway and itsregion to international visibility in partnership with local communities are particularly welcome.  The Huston School of Film & Digital Media has a dynamic approach to creativity in film and digital media training in conjunction with rigorous film and critical studies. The DAH research programme aims to support highly creative and excellently trained individuals develop advanced artistic practice in digital media at regional, national, and international levels.  At the Huston School DAH will contribute knowledge and understanding in digital media, film, and television by means of enquiry conducted through practice-based research methods.  The integrated aim of DAH @ NUI Galway will be to support and envision first class humanities research that is informed by the best teaching and support in digital theory and culture.  PhDs in the Humanities steam of the programme (hosted by the Moore Institute) are under the direction of Professor Sean Ryder, sean.ryder at nuigalway.ie<mailto:sean.ryder at nuigalway.ie> or www.nuigalway.ie/mooreinstitute<http://www.nuigalway.ie/mooreinstitute>.  PhDs in the Arts steam of the programme (hosted by the Huston School of Film & Digital Media) are under the direction of Professor Rod Stoneman, rod.stoneman at nuigalway.ie<mailto:rod.stoneman at nuigalway.ie> or www.filmschool.ie/ http://www.filmschool.ie/ .

DAH students at NUI Maynooth are part of An Foras Feasa's research institute which has state-of-the-art research and teaching facilities in the university's newly-opened Iontas building and a dynamic postgraduate community. Studentsparticipate in a collaborative Structured Phd Programme with co-registration in An Foras Feasa and a participating academic department (e.g. English, Music, Media Studies, History, Celtic Studies, Modern Languages). An Foras Feasa specialises in the integration of humanities research with information and communications technologies; particular research strengths in the Institute and its partner departments include digital imaging, digital critical editions,data modeling, digital archives and repository development, humanities computing, software engineering, music technology and multimedia. Competitive funding for a limited number of applicants is available through the University's Hume Scholarship programme. For more information about the programme please visit www.learndigitalhumanities.ie. For further inquiries contact Dr Maggie O'Neill, phdapplications at forasfeasa.ie.

DAH students at Trinity College Dublin will be supported by two of the Universities flagship research units, the Trinity Long Room Hub and the Arts Technology Research Lab, each with their own bespoke facilities on Trinity's ancient city-centre campus.  You should register for the programme through one of the participating schools: the Schools of Drama, Film and Music, English, Histories and Humanities, Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies, Linguistic, Speech and Communications Sciences, Computer Science and Statistics, Religions, Theology and Ecumenics, and the Department of Philosophy. You may find information about Trinity College Graduate Studies funding, cost of registration, and further information about the TCD programme at http://www.tcd.ie/longroomhub/DAH/. For further inquiries contact Ms Joanne D’Arcy darcyjo at tcd.ie<mailto:darcyjo at tcd.ie>.

At University College Cork, participating subunits include English, Music, History, Languages Literatures and Cultures, Computer Science, and the Boole Library.  UCC staff has wide experience in digital arts and humanities, especially in regard to Irish and European history and culture and music technology.  Some current projects and collaborations in the field at UCC include: CELT, a corpus of online texts for Irish history, literature and politics; LOCUS a new Historical Dictionary of Irish place names and tribal names Online; CELTIC DIGITAL INITIATIVE, which aims to make scarce resources (such as texts, images and bibliographies) available in an electronic format to students and scholars; ArCH which aims to create a series of facsimile editions online of the major historical Irish manuscripts; and the ongoing digitisation of the papers of the world famousCork-based mathematician George Boole. In addition, UCC's School of Music is particularly strong in practice-based research in composition and performance using digital media (e.g., computer-based and electronic resources for composition, sound and video art, and improvisation).  Applications are invited on any relevant topic.  In particular, for the 2012-3 cohort five special scholarships are available on specific topics concerning the following Boole Library collections:  the Grehan Family Papers, the Bantry Estate Collection, the George Boole Papers, the Sean Ó Riada Collection, The FrankO’Connor Archive, and the Murphy's Brewery Collection.  For information concerning the program and available scholarships, visit http://www.ucc.ie/en/cacsss/grads/grep/dah/.  For further information contact Brendan Dooley:  b.dooley at ucc.ie<mailto:b.dooley at ucc.ie>.

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