[Humanist] 27.881 PhD studentship at Sheffield/BL

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Fri Mar 14 07:52:27 CET 2014

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 27, No. 881.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Thu, 13 Mar 2014 10:23:40 +0000
        From: "Baker, James" <James.Baker at bl.uk>
        Subject: PhD with University of Sheffield and British Library

Applications are invited for a Collaborative PhD Studentship on the topic of ‘A History of the Printed Image 1750-1850: Applying Data Science Techniques to Printed Book Illustration’.

Supervisors: Dr Karen Harvey (Department of History) and Dr James Baker (British Library).

* Project Description *

This digital humanities project rethinks why, how, and in what ways technology shaped the nature and meaning of book illustration between the mid-eighteenth and mid-nineteenth century. Between 1750 and 1850 changes in printing technology enabled several kinds of image to proliferate and for image and text to be brought together in novel and unexpected ways. Existing printing technologies – such as woodcuts – continued alongside new printing technologies. This innovative project seeks to complement art and cultural history approaches by applying data science techniques to the history of printed images and by evaluating the utility of such methods of enquiry. The research will focus on the circa one million digitised images held in the British Library Microsoft Books collection (containing circa 65,000 volumes) which offers unrivaled opportunities to explore the use and re-use of very large numbers of images.

The project is a collaboration between the University of Sheffield and The British Library. The student will have access to the British Library Digital Scholarship Training Programme. Targeted skills development in digital research, computational analysis, and data science will be, as necessary and as appropriate, recommended or provided by Dr James Baker and colleagues in the Digital Research Team. The student will also access the usual training offered to research students at the University of Sheffield, as well as the opportunities created by the White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities. Though initiated by the supervisors, the project will be directed to a considerable extent by expertise, interests and findings of the student.

* Award Details *

The scholarship will cover the UK/EU tuition fees, an annual, tax-free maintenance stipend at the standard Research Council rate (£13,863 in 2014-15), and a Research Training Support Grant of £1000 per year. International applicants will need to pay the difference between the UK/EU and Overseas tuition fees.

* Eligibility *

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, a Masters degree or equivalent qualification in an appropriate area of study. Awards are open to UK, EU and international applicants.

* How to apply *

- Complete an application for admission as a postgraduate student - www.sheffield.ac.uk/postgraduate/research/apply<http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/postgraduate/research/apply>.
- Applications should include a CV including academic record (max. 3 pages); supporting statement (max. 3 pages); academic transcripts and two references.
- In your supporting statement please state why you are applying for this project.

The closing date for applications is Friday 2nd May 2014 at 5pm. Interviews will take place in the week commencing 2nd June 2014.

Any academic enquiries should be directed to Dr Karen Harvey k.harvey at sheffield.ac.uk or Dr James Baker James.Baker at bl.uk.


Dr James Baker
Curator, Digital Research

T +44 (0)20 7412 7411
james.baker at bl.uk<mailto:james.baker at bl.uk>

Digital Research Team
The British Library
St Pancras

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