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10 Doctoral Fellowships in the a.r.t.e.s. EUmanities-Programme

10 Doctoral Fellowships in the a.r.t.e.s. EUmanities-Programme
Deadline: November 3, 2017
csm_eumanities_rgb_2680d6c349a.r.t.e.s. EUmanities is a pioneering programme for a European Graduate School for the Humanities, co-funded by the European Union and the University of Cologne as part of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (Horizon 2020: MSCA). Central to this programme are its interdisciplinary approach and obligatory mobility phase.

Designed to meet the needs of individual Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) in the Humanities, beginning in April 2018 a.r.t.e.s. EUmanities provides places for up to 10 ESRs, training young scholars to excel in research and cope with the global challenges Europe is facing. Our mission is to empower ESRs in the Humanities to become aware of their pivotal role in shaping the future of Europe.

ESR positions have a duration of 36 months per person. The ESRs will be employed full-time by the a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School (living allowance EUR 3,073 less tax deductions and employer’s contribution to social insurance plus a monthly paid mobility allowance and additional travel and, if applicable, family allowances). The employment conditions include social benefit payments such as health insurance, unemployment insurance, pension contributions and parental benefits. Please note that, in general, the a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School is not able to cover tuition fees for the institution chosen for the obligatory mobility phase.

The ESRs of a.r.t.e.s. EUmanities are enrolled in the structured doctoral model of the a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School, the “Integrated Track”, according to two international mobility options. ESRs may apply for:

• “a.r.t.e.s. EU”: the European fellowship at a.r.t.e.s. EUmanities

• “a.r.t.e.s. global”: the global fellowship at a.r.t.e.s. EUmanities

a.r.t.e.s. EUmanities is funded by the Universität zu Köln and the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 713600.

For more information on the application procedures and requirements, please visit www.artes.uni-koeln.de pr contact us via e-mail: artes-EUmanities@uni-koeln.de.

Collaborative Doctoral Award: Understanding the Anglo-Saxons: the English and Continental manuscript evidence (London, British Library)

Collaborative Doctoral Award:
Understanding the Anglo-Saxons: the English and Continental manuscript evidence
London, British Library
Deadline: 28 November 2014

Photo: The British Library (Stowe 944, f. 7)

The culture of Anglo-Saxon England before the Norman Conquest is highly distinctive, not least through the use of the Old English vernacular as a language of written record; but Anglo-Saxon political, religious, economic, linguistic, literary and artistic history cannot properly be understood without reference to contemporary connections with the European Continent. These cross-Channel connections were always significant and are manifest in many different ways, such as: migration stories re-told through Beowulf (Cotton Vit. A.xv) or the Anglo- Saxon Chronicle (Cotton Tib. B.i); records of the Christian missionaries from Rome in Bede’s Ecclesiastical History (Cotton Tib. C.ii); the adoption of a Frankish Rule for clerics in English cathedral churches (Add. 34652); a family history compiled in England for an Ottonian abbess (Cotton Otho A.x); the patronage of a Danish King of all England (Stowe 944).

The connections went both ways, and – especially in the eighth century – religious men and women from the British Isles travelled widely to Frisia, Francia, and Italy establishing a network of churches with scriptoria that produced books in the Insular style and which maintained active links with English communities through prayer (Cotton Dom. A.vii) and letters (Cotton Vesp. D.vi). Indeed, although the BL holds by far the largest single collection of Anglo-Saxon manuscripts, there are also many manuscripts in European libraries which were written in Continental scriptoria by scribes trained to make books in the fashion of the Anglo-Saxons and Irish. The manuscript history of Anglo-Saxon England before AD 800, is thus a European as well as an English story.

The British Library collections preserve an extensive array of manuscripts, charters, and fragments written before c. AD 1100 that illuminate many aspects of this facet of the cultural history of Anglo-Saxon England. Some of these contain texts that refer directly to cross-Channel contacts, or are English copies of texts by Continental authors, others are books that were written in Continental scriptoria and subsequently imported to Anglo-Saxon England. The chronological range of this material is wide, covering the whole period AD 600–1100, and there are numerous examples of manuscripts made in diverse Irish, Frankish, Breton, Spanish and Italian scriptoria that enable meaningful comparisons with contemporary Anglo-Saxon books.

The depth and range of the BL collections opens up many potential PhD projects under this theme. It will attract students of early medieval history, language, literature, art, palaeography and codicology, as well as those with knowledge of techniques for scientific analysis, and those who want to employ an interdisciplinary approach to their research. It is likely also to attract applications from European students with knowledge of European libraries that have substantial comparative collections.

PhD projects on this theme could use BL MSS to explore aspects of:

– Networks and knowledge exchange across early medieval Europe – including textual analysis (of all genres – including literary, theological, historical, scientific), movements of specific texts, manuscripts and letters, regional connections
– Historical connections with Denmark, Francia, Italy
– Fragments(of books and of texts)
– Glosses and marginalia
– Methods of making: comparative production of manuscripts in England and Europe, incl. inks, pigments, parchment
– Script development in England and Europe, esp. minuscule
– Ornament and illustration
– Elite versus utilitarian books
– Comparative vernaculars / Latin and the vernacular – in England and on the Continent
– Perceptions of the past in Anglo-Saxon England

A CDA in this field would fit exactly with the three-year period of research and preparation for the major British Library exhibition on the Anglo-Saxons which is scheduled to open in October 2018. This exhibition would offer the student an opportunity to contribute to the development of the exhibition and related publications, events and conferences. The student could also support the development of the Library’s digital coverage of Anglo-Saxon and related Continental manuscripts; this is an area we intend to focus on prior to 2018.

For further details and to apply, see: http://www.bl.uk/aboutus/highered/hecollab/collabdoctpar/

Call for Applicants: Medieval Mediterranean PhD Program (Universidad de Alicante, Spain)

Call for Applicants:
Medieval Mediterranean PhD Program
Universidad de Alicante, Spain
Application period: 1 July – 15 September 2014

The University of Alicante (Spain) is taking applications for their PhD program in Intercultural and Historical Transferences in Medieval Mediterranean Europe.

uni-alicante2This doctoral program is convened under the auspices of ISIC-IVITRA (http://www.ivitra.ua.es) (Ref. ISIC/2012/022), of the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters of the Universidad de Alicante (http://lletres.ua.es/va/postgrau/doctorat.html),and the Seu Universitària de la Nucia (http://web.ua.es/es/seus/lanucia/), and is administered by the Escola de Doctorat de la UA (http://cvnet.cpd.ua.es/webcvnet/planestudio/planestudiond.aspx?plan=E020#). The doctoral program is also affiliated with the following research projects: I+D+i PROMETEO/2014/012 and PROMETEO/2009/022 (Group Projects for Excellence), and  FFI/2012/37103, VIGROB-125, GITE-09009-UA, and USI-UA-45 (Competitive Research Projects).

For more information, see http://www.ivitra.ua.es/doctorado/doctorado.htm
[This program can also be completed via distance learning]