Employment:Research Associate/Fellow, Travel and Communication in Anglo-Saxon England, Nottingham

Closing date 8th July 2014

Research Associate/Fellow,
Travel and Communication in Anglo-Saxon England,
School of English,
Nottingham University.

The Research Fellow will be part of the Leverhulme Trust-funded project, Travel and Communication in Anglo-Saxon England (T&C). The project is a collaborative venture between the Institute of Archaeology at University College London, and the Institute for Name-Studies at The University of Nottingham. The post will be based in the Institute for Name-Studies (INS) within the School of English at Nottingham (INS: http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/ins).

The project teams archaeologists, historians, and place-name scholars in investigating travel and communications in Anglo-Saxon England. The project aims to reconstruct the overland route-system (and its intersections with the riverine route-system) of Anglo-Saxon England, using textual, landscape-archaeological, and onomastic evidence, thus characterizing travel in Anglo-Saxon England at a national scale. Through detailed case-studies it will analyse route-system in relation to selected material culture and commercial infrastructure, and it will incorporate a broad interdisciplinary study of the experience of travel, investigating, for example, navigation, travellers’ sensory perceptions and their consciousness of the ideological and folkloric aspects of the landscapes through which they travel. Its outputs will include a GIS-generated publicly-accessible Online Atlas of the Anglo-Saxon route-system, co-authored journal articles, and a co-authored monograph.

The post-holder will be responsible for the linguistic, onomastic, and literary elements of the project, and will compile, analyse, and make available this data relevant to travel and communications and related activities. The candidate will work closely with Dr Stuart Brookes (the project’s Research Associate at UCL), under the direction of Dr Jayne Carroll (the Director of the INS, and project Co-Investigator), and in collaboration with Professor Andrew Reynolds (Principal Investigator, UCL) and Professor Barbara Yorke (Co-Investigator). The post will involve extensive collaboration with the other project partners.

Applicants must have a PhD (or one near to completion) in Onomastics, English, History, Linguistics, Archaeology, Historical Geography as well as experience of working with place-names, either as a postgraduate or postdoctoral researcher.

This is a full-time, fixed-term post from 1 November 2014 to 31 October 2017 and based in the School of English, Trent Building, University Park.

Selection Process

The interview process will include a short presentation on previous work relevant to the post, and a formal interview.

Further information about the Institute for Name-Studies is available at: www.nottingham.ac.uk/ins

Further information about the School of English is available at: http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/english

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Dr Jayne Carroll, email: jayne.carroll@nottingham.ac.uk. Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

Apply online here.

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