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Fitzjames Research Fellow in Medieval English Literature

Fitzjames Research Fellow in Medieval English Literature

Merton College, Oxford

Salary £29,819 p.a., plus a housing allowance of £10,000 p.a. or free accommodation

Merton College proposes to elect a Fitzjames Research Fellow in Medieval English Literature for four years commencing on 1 October 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter. This is a prestigious career development post which will provide a promising academic with opportunities to develop as researcher and university teacher.

The main duties of the post will be: to undertake innovative research in the broad areas of Old or Middle English; to contribute to the wider academic research projects in the University in Medieval English, including establishing productive research collaborations with other academics in Oxford or elsewhere; and to teach undergraduates reading English for an average of six weighted hours per week in full term. The postholder will be eligible for election as a Fellow of the College.

The successful applicant will hold, or be close to completing, a doctorate in a relevant subject area and demonstrate achievement (commensurate with the candidate’s career) in research in Old or Middle English at a standard which will contribute to and enhance the national and international profile of English at Oxford. The ability to provide effective tutorial teaching to high-achieving undergraduates is essential. The postholder will also need to demonstrate aptitude for a full range of college academic duties; the willingness to contribute to Merton as a member of its Governing Body; and commitment to a personal career development plan.

The duties and skills required are described in more detail in the further particulars which also contain details on eligibility criteria and how to apply. These are available at https://www.merton.ox.ac.uk/about-merton/vacancies or from the Sub-Warden’s Secretary, Merton College, Oxford, OX1 4JD (e-mail: lesley.walsh@merton.ox.ac.uk). The closing date for applications is 8 June 2017. Interviews will be held in College on 20 June 2017. The Fellow will be entitled to free meals, medical insurance, research expenses and other benefits.

Merton College is an equal opportunities employer.

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Event: Mícheál Ó Cléirigh Institute, 2017 Annual Lecture

UCD Mícheál Ó Cléirigh Institute
2017 Annual Lecture Continue reading

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Event: 4th Glenstal Abbey History Conference, Limerick

Fourth Glenstal Abbey History Conference,
Glenstal Abbey,
Co. Limerick
30th June – 2nd July Continue reading

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NEWS: SAIMS/The Mediaeval Journal Essay Prize

SAIMS invites entries for its annual Essay Competition, submitted according to the following rules:

1. The competition is open to all medievalists who are graduate students or have completed a higher degree within the last three years. For PhD students the time period of three years begins from the date of the successful viva, but excludes any career break. Any candidate in doubt of their eligibility should contact the Director of SAIMS at saimsmail@st-andrews.ac.uk.

2. A candidate may make only one submission to the competition.

3. The submission must be the candidate’s own work, based on original research, and must not have been previously published or accepted for publication.

4. Submissions are welcomed on any topic that falls within the scope of medieval studies.

5. The submission should be in the English language.

6. The word limit is 8,000 words, including notes, bibliography, and any appendices.

7. The text should be double-spaced, and be accompanied by footnotes with short referencing and a full bibliography of works cited, following the guidelines on the TMJ webpage: http://www.st- andrews.ac.uk/saims/tmj.htm. An abstract of 200 words should preface the main text.

8. The deadline for submissions is 24 March 2017.

9. The essay must be submitted electronically to saimsmail@st-andrews.ac.uk, in both Word and pdf formats, to arrive by the deadline.

10. The submission must be accompanied by a completed cover sheet and signed declaration; the template for this is available at http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/saims/tmj.htm. The candidate’s name should not appear on the submission itself, nor be indicated in any form in the notes.

11. Decisions concerning the Competition lie with the Editors and Editorial Board of The Mediaeval Journal, who can, if they consider there to have been appropriate submissions, award an Essay Prize and in addition declare a proxime accessit. In the unlikely event that, in the judges’ opinion, the material submitted is not of a suitable standard, no prize will be awarded.

12. The value of the Prize is £500.

13. A candidate whose entry is declared proxime accessit will be awarded £100.

14. In addition to the Prize, the winning submission will be published within twelve months in The Mediaeval Journal, subject to the usual editorial procedures of the journal.

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NEWS: NUI Travelling Studentships 2017

The closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 31 March 2017

NUI Travelling Studentships.

(maximum of €96,000 for up to four years)
The NUI Travelling Studentship Scheme is one of the University’s longest running competitions and has been in existence since 1910. Funded by the University from its own resources, it continues an earlier scheme established by the Royal University of Ireland, which preceded NUI.
The NUI Travelling Studentship Scheme has as its main objectives:to encourage the most able students in the NUI federal system to pursue research;

  • to enable these students to undertake postgraduate research abroad, in the most reputable universities, towards a doctoral degree, or
  • to enable students registered in NUI institutions participating in international partnerships to undertake substantial research periods overseas as part of their doctoral studies;
  • to attract these scholars back to enrich the learning community within NUI.

In 2017 the value of a Travelling Studentship will be offered at a maximum of €24,000 per annum. This increase in funding will cover a stipend of €16,000 and may include a contribution towards fees of up to €8,000, where appropriate.

At least five Travelling Studentships will be offered in 2017, on the basis of a common competition open to NUI graduates, further details available here: http://www.nui.ie/awards/travelling_Studentships.asp

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News: PhD Position, Early Modern English Literature & DH,Groningen

Closing date: 1st March
PhD Position,
Early Modern English Literature (& Digital Humanities,
The University of Groningen.

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Historical Approaches to Music: a One-Day Interdisciplinary Conference to be held at Trinity College, Oxford

Date of conference: 24th March 2017

Deadline for submission of abstracts: 13th January 2017

Scholars of both music and history have long accepted that each of their fields of study has much to offer the other. Musicologists regularly address the historical context of their subject matter, whilst historians increasingly seek to employ music in understanding cultural and political developments. The best of these works employ a critical, nuanced approach, examining a range of musical genres and modes of musical production with historical rigour. However, methodological interaction between the two fields is still limited, and often subject to lip service alone. Seen by many as a specialist topic, demanding a slightly inaccessible methodological approach, music is too frequently the lesser sibling of supposedly more accessible forms of culture, notably literature.

In order to discuss these issues, this one-day conference seeks to draw together historians and music scholars who are engaging in interdisciplinary research into history and music. In particular, it aims to encourage those taking a historical approach to the subject of music, and to test underlying assumptions in the historiographies of musical cultures. We invite proposals for individual 20 minute papers, lecture recitals, or longer group presentations (preference will be given to those with an interdisciplinary makeup). Additionally, we welcome suggestions for topics suitable for panel discussion.

Proposals may consider any aspect of music history, including but not limited to the following topics:

*Methods, Sources and Historiography*

  • How might historical methodologies enhance our understanding of musical cultures?
  • What can a wider range of primary source material tell us about the music history of a particular time and place?
  • How effectively and convincingly has music been employed as a historical source
  • How can musicologists present their work in a way that ensures it will be accessible and of interest to the wider historiographical discourse?

 

*Case Studies*

  • In what ways has music impacted upon historical figures and events?
  • How has historical context affected the nature of particular compositions and cultures?
  • What role does music play in the construction of historical narratives?
  • How might extramusical lines of inquiry shed new light on widely accepted views of events in music history?

Please send abstracts of no more than 250 words to hatmusic2017@gmail.com by 13th January 2017.

*Travel Bursaries*

We are hoping to make a limited number of travel bursaries available to postgraduate students and Early Career Researchers. Priority will be given to those presenting papers and those without institutional travel support.

If you would like to be considered for financial support, please submit a statement of no more than 200 words with your abstract. In your statement, please explain how the travel bursary would be used, including the following information:

  • What funding, if any, do you expect to receive from your university/institution?
  • Estimate the travel costs you expect to incur in attending the conference.

 

Kind Regards,

Richard Parfitt

Maura Valenti

Frances K. Watson

(Conveners)

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