[Humanist] 29.175 lectureships at HATII (Glasgow); PhD studentship at Ghent

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                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 29, No. 175.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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  [1]   From:    Ann Gow <Ann.Gow at glasgow.ac.uk>                           (15)
        Subject: Two Lectureships at HATII

  [2]   From:    Mike Kestemont <mike.kestemont at gmail.com>                (103)
        Subject: PhD position (BE): Stylometry and 12th century authorship

        Date: Fri, 17 Jul 2015 10:55:12 +0000
        From: Ann Gow <Ann.Gow at glasgow.ac.uk>
        Subject: Two Lectureships at HATII

Humanities and Arts Technology Information Institute (HATII)
University of Glasgow

The two lecturers will undertake high-quality research and research supervision,  make an active and high level contribution in the School of Humanities in the College of Arts to teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level in the Humanities and Arts Technology and Information Institute (HATII) and to undertake administration as requested by the Head of School.

The purpose of the Lectureships will be to develop research on the use and communication of digital content within scholarship, focusing on aspects of digital culture and Digital Humanities methods. HATII invites applications from those with an existing area of research in the Digital Humanities that will complement and develop existing expertise in the Subject Area. Applications would be particularly welcomed from candidates with a background in geo-humanities, digital culture and media, information visualisation, the cultural heritage and creative industries, and other emerging areas that will contribute to a research strategy that addresses the creation and theorization of digital content and the research infrastructures that surround it.



Head of Subject, HATII
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        Date: Sat, 18 Jul 2015 14:11:55 +0200
        From: Mike Kestemont <mike.kestemont at gmail.com>
        Subject: PhD position (BE): Stylometry and 12th century authorship



Project description

Collaborative Authorship in Twelfth-Century Latin Literature: A Stylometric
Approach to Gender, Synergy and Authority

Stylometry, a subfield of Digital Humanities, offers new methods for
segregating different writing styles. So far, stylometry has been
especially popular in authorship attribution studies. This project will
approach issues of collaborative authorship in twelfth-century Latin
literature with stylometric methods.

In the Middle Ages, authors seldom worked alone when conceiving their
treatises, letters or narratives. A new text could be the result of drafts
on wax tablets copied by professional scribes, of processes of dictation
and subsequent correction, etc. An authority like Bernard of Clairvaux, one
of the most prolific and influential medieval authors, is known to have
been surrounded by a team of secretaries. For his sermons and letters in
particular, a number of his collaborators were even trained in imitating
his writing style, thus facilitating Bernard's work of final editing or
correcting. In the case of the remarkably few medieval female authors known
to us, the role of secretaries is even more intricate. Women writers such
as the German nun Hildegard of Bingen were considered unlearned and
incapable of independently writing down their visionary experiences, even
if their visions were accepted as being divinely inspired. These women
therefore had to be assisted by male collaborators, often also serving as
their spiritual directors. The precise nature and implications of such
(cross-gender) collaborations remain a topic of scholarly debate.
With a number of selected, experimental case studies, concentrating on
Bernard of Clairvaux and his secretaries, Hildegard of Bingen and her
collaborators, Suger of Saint- Denis and his chancery, and Abelard and
Heloise, this project aims to contribute to the debate about individual and
collective creativity in the Middle Ages, and to extend the usual
application of stylometric methods to new cultural-historical questions
that go beyond mere authorship attribution.

This research project is funded by the Special Research Fund (BOF) of Ghent

Directors: Prof. Jeroen Deploige (Ghent University), Dr. Mike Kestemont
(University of Antwerp), Prof. Wim Verbaal (Ghent University)

Professional environment

Medieval studies at Ghent University cover a wide range of subjects and
methodological approaches. Intensive exchanges within the Henri Pirenne
Institute for Medieval Studies and with the international academic
community create a stimulating environment for innovative research. For
more information, see http://www.ugent.be/pirenne
The collaborator will also be associated with the CLiPS Research Centre
(Computational Linguistics & Psycholinguistics) at the University of
Antwerp, in order to be immersed in
the stylometric research carried out at this institute. For more
information, see: http://www.clips.ua.ac.be.

Qualifications of the candidate

- A Master's degree in History, Literature, (Computational) Linguistics or
Medieval Studies. Students who are currently preparing a master’s thesis
and will graduate as a Master before 1 October 2015 are also welcome to
- Excellent study results.
- Experience with reading and analyzing Latin texts, preferably of the
medieval period.
- Strong interest in the expanding field of Digital Humanities, and
computational text analysis in particular. Willing to be trained
intensively in stylometric research during the course of the PhD project.
- Active knowledge of English and/or French and ability to read scholarly
literature in the major academic languages. Willing to learn basic Dutch
during the employment at Ghent University (introductory courses are
- Commitment to prepare, and finish, a doctoral dissertation as outlined in
the project text within four years.
- An intellectually curious, analytical, responsible, and proactive
personality, able to work autonomously as well as in a team.
- A four-year contract as a full time academic staff member, attached to
the History Department at Ghent University (scholarship starting from
around 1800 euro net/month; 1 year + 3 additional years after positive
- Opportunity to gain a PhD in four years, supervised by the three project
directors. Given the multidisciplinary nature of the research to be
conducted, the PhD can be in Literature, Linguistics or History, depending
on the preference of the candidate and the emphases developed in the
- Extensive opportunities for engaging with national and international
research groups.
- Opportunity to follow an individualized PhD programme at the UGent
Doctoral School of Arts, Humanities and Law, including language courses.
Start of the project: negotiable (but between 1 October 2015 and 1 July

How to apply

Feel free to contact prof. Jeroen Deploige for any further information or
questions. If you are considering applying for this position, you are also
invited to request the full project description.

If you are interested in joining us, please send a copy of your diploma,
your CV, a one- page summary of your master’s thesis and a cover letter
describing your interest in the project before 28 August 2015 to prof.
Jeroen Deploige (jeroen.deploige at ugent.be).

Dr. Mike Kestemont | www.mike-kestemont.org | Twitter: @Mike_Kestemont |
mike.kestemont at ua.ac.be | mike.kestemont at gmail.com | Postdoctoral
researcher for the Research Foundation of Flanders (www.fwo.be) | Institute
for the Study of Literature in the Low Countries & CLiPS Research Center
Computational Linguistics Group | University of Antwerp | City Campus,
Prinsstraat 13, room D. 118 I B-2000 Antwerp, Belgium | tel. +32 (0)3

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