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About the Programme
Applications are invited for a fully funded Doctoral Award (+3 years fees and £15,285 stipend per annum or UKRI equivalent for 2021) to be held at the University of Liverpool, beginning in October 2021.
This doctoral award is attached to the UKRI Future Leader's Fellowship programme of research “The Human Remains: The Digital Library of Historic British Mortuary Science & Investigation” led by Dr Ruth Nugent (Historical Archaeology) who will be the primary supervisor.
The fellowship focusses on historic accounts of church exhumations and post-burial investigations in England, Scotland, and Wales, from the seventh to nineteenth centuries. We are interested in historic human remains in histories of mortuary science and practice, religion, ethics, perceptions of the body, emotions, human senses, and archaeological investigation. Exhumation accounts (real, imagined, and embellished) will form a publicly available Digital Library. As a Digital Humanities project, we conduct complex interrogation of these accounts using methods and tools from Corpus Linguistics, Natural Language Processing, and Machine Learning.
Applicants do not need to work with British material, fit within the project date-range, or work in digital humanities, but they should have an interest in, and experience of, death and/or body-centred research that clearly connects with an aspect of the fellowship. Interdisciplinary proposals are welcome from across the humanities and social sciences, including (but not limited to) historical archaeology, history, literature, and digital humanities, as long as a key area of the research is relevant to the fellowship and Dr Nugent's expertise (please see her university staff page here: https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/archaeology-classics-and-egyptology/staff/ruth-nugent/).
The successful candidate will join the fellowship's research team and have privileged access to the project's resources, digital methods, training, mentoring, public engagement activities, academic conferences, and access to funding. They may take advantage of co-authoring peer-reviewed publications with the team and would be supported in applying for postdoctoral funding, if desired.
Applications are welcomed from well qualified graduates who would typically hold a UK first degree or equivalent in the first or 2:1 class, or a 2:2 class degree plus a Masters degree, in a relevant subject. Full and part-time candidates are welcome.
Applications should consist of:
• a full academic CV including dissertation topic(s)
• a short research proposal (500-1,000 words) explaining your research ideas for doctoral study. Please include the research questions, methods, and evidence you envisage, and how these relate to the fellowship, as well as your suitability. You can highlight a potential secondary doctoral supervisor if you so wish.
• an example of your academic writing of up to c.2,000 words
• Separately you should ask for two academic references to be sent directly to the School of Histories, Languages, and Cultures at University of Liverpool (see below).
Deadline for applications is 5.00 pm on Friday 5th February 2021. Please send: to Chris Pearce, Postgraduate Administrator, School of Histories Languages and Cultures, University of Liverpool, via firstname.lastname@example.org . Enquiries about the fellowship or doctoral proposals should be addressed to Dr Ruth Nugent: email@example.com
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