Employment: Post-Doc, History in the Anglo-Norman World Project, TCD

Closing date 14th September 2012

Postdoctoral Fellowship,
History Books in the Anglo-Norman World Project,
Department of the History of Art and Architecture,
University of Dublin, Trinity College.

Status: 5 month contract
Salary: €37750 pro rata
Closing Date: Friday 14th September 2012

History Books in the Anglo-Norman World Project

In the twelfth and thirteenth centuries history (interpreted as both the recent past and a period stretching back to include the biblical narrative) seems to have become a major interest for both the educated elite and a growing audience who accessed ideas through vernacular texts.  New chronicles and annals were produced, together with accounts of the histories of particular peoples, nations and subjects.  At the same time, history was explored through images in books and other media.  Much historical writing in this period dealt with issues of conquest and identity, which were often allied to geography, ethnicity or particular institutions.

The ‘History Books’ project, funded by the Marie Curie Programme (FP7), aims to examine surviving medieval manuscripts in order to investigate the ways in which history was recorded in areas controlled by the Anglo-Norman Empire, concentrating on the period 1100-1300.  In particular the project will explore the use of images in connection with historical texts.  As part of the project Trinity Long Room Hub and Trinity Irish Art Research Centre (TRIARC) intend to award a five-month Postdoctoral Fellowship to a researcher who will undertake research related to the aims of the project at Trinity College Dublin.  Trinity College holds significant collections of relevance to this project, including medieval manuscripts, and has a UK copyright library.

For further details on this post and details on how to apply candidates should visit http://jobs.tcd.ie/.

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