[Humanist] 24.742 studentship (scholarship) in digital palaeography

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                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 24, No. 742.
         Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Thu, 24 Feb 2011 10:58:47 +0000
        From: Peter Stokes <peter.stokes at kcl.ac.uk>
        Subject: PhD Studentship

**PhD studentship (scholarship) in digital palaeography** 

The Department of Digital Humanities (formerly, the Centre for Computing in the Humanities), King’s College London, is pleased to announce a PhD studentship (scholarship) in digital methods for palaeography funded by a European Research Council project, the ‘Digital Resource of Palaeography, Manuscripts and Diplomatic’. The studentship is to be held in DDH/CCH as part of a PhD in Digital Humanities.

[Please note: the deadline for application is rapidly approaching. As many here will not need to be told (but others might), this is a rare opportunity to bring methods and techniques in the digital humanities together with the study of medieval manuscript hands -- and to be paid for doing so, with a doctorate at the end of it all, from one of the very few institutions in the world granting a PhD in Digital Humanities. --WM]

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 in focus and specific area of study. Possibilities may include the detailed study of a particular manuscript or small group of manuscripts. 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; applying the same methods to other types of script (e.g. Greek); or focusing on a corpus (such as manuscript fragments) that has proven difficult to manage with conventional approaches. 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 Department of Digital Humanities / Centre for Computing in Humanities and will benefit from the DDH/CCH PhD Seminar. A second supervisor will be assigned according to the requirements of the project. It is also expected that the student will maintain contact with other departments in King’s, such as History, English or Classics. 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.

Context: the ERC project

The aim of the Digital Resource of Palaeography project 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. The palaeographical content will focus on vernacular English script from the eleventh century, but the project will allow scholars to test and apply new general developments in palaeographical method which have been discussed in theory but which have hitherto proven difficult or impossible to implement in practice. Some further details of the project are available on the KCL news pages.


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 a relevant area of medieval studies. A good knowledge of the language(s) of the manuscripts under study is required, 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 at peter.stokes at kcl.ac.uk or telephone him on +44 (0)20 7848 2813 in the first instance with any queries about this studentship.

Dr Peter Stokes
Research Fellow
Department of Digital 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

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