Fully Funded PhD Studentship in Early Medieval History

Based in the Department of History at the University of Exeter, this studentship will contribute to the HERA-funded project ‘After Empire: Using and Not Using the Past in the Crisis of the Carolingian World, c. 900-c.1050’ (UNUP). This international project, based in Berlin, Vienna, Barcelona, St Andrews and Exeter, seeks to offer a transnational approach to the history of Europe in the tenth century.  It takes as its starting point the observation that the relatively meagre administrative and legal structures of early medieval Europe meant that action in the present often drew authority and legitimacy from claims about the past. It explores how people in different regions of Europe reacted to the changing political landscape of the tenth century by looking at the ways they chose to use and not use their shared past. 

The PhD project will explore aspects of this question. The Exeter-led sub-theme is on ‘Using and Not Using the Past in Liturgical Sources’. It is anticipated that this particular research project will focus on how at least one religious community chose to use or not use their past through the study of the liturgical manuscripts they produced and owned in this period.  The thesis will make a case study of individual manuscripts produced in a single community: both the manuscripts and community will be selected by the student in consultation with the supervisors. The core aims of the research project will be to investigate the extent to which a community, either in the heartland or on the periphery of the Carolingian Empire, chose to use or not use earlier works in the compilation of tenth-century liturgical books, and why they chose the particular source texts they did.

Alternative research projects of equal relevance to the wider themes of the project will also be considered.

The student will be supervised by Professor Sarah Hamilton, who is the project lead for UNUP at Exeter, with Dr Levi Roach.   

Duration and value of award
The PhD will commence in September 2016. UK/EU level tuition fees will be paid as part of the studentship, together with an annual maintenance grant of £14,296. Please note that this studentship is open to UK/EU students only.

For more information, see: http://www.exeter.ac.uk/studying/funding/award/?id=2218

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