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KESS 2 East Master of Research : Preserving and Digitising Wales’ Jewish Heritage


   Research and Enterprise Office

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  Prof Nathan Abrams  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About the Project

Location: The School of Arts, Culture and Language, Bangor University

Project ID: BUK2E097

Annual Stipend: £13,131

Application Deadline: 10 January 2023.

This project aims to begin the large task of locating, capturing and digitising Wales’ Jewish heritage to draw out the granularity of these histories to better understand the complex negotiations Jews faced as they navigated through ideas of national and ethnic belonging as minorities within often tense political and social climates. It will also explore the question of attitudes about and towards Jews in Wales interpreted as either (or both) attitudes towards specifically Welsh Jewish communities and attitudes towards Jews in a more general sense that were prevalent within Welsh society. An anchor for this work will be the planned Welsh Jewish Heritage Centre in Merthyr Tydfil which will enable visitors to access the digitised material from one central location.

The position would suit a student with a degree in History, Jewish Studies or cognate disciplines. The student will conduct qualitative research into Welsh attitudes towards Jews as well as the archival holdings spread throughout Wales to collate, digitise, and curate a pan-Wales hub for its Jewish history.

The project will be supervised by Professor Nathan Abrams (Arts, Culture and Language, Bangor University), Susan Fielding (The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales) and Michael Mail (the Foundation for Jewish Heritage).

To apply for this studentship, please e-mail a CV, a degree transcript and a covering letter, along with one reference letter, to Nathan Abrams ([Email Address Removed]) and cc [Email Address Removed]. The closing date for applications is 10 January 2023.

Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS 2 East) is a pan-Wales higher level skills initiative led by Bangor University on behalf of the HE sector in Wales. It is part funded by the Welsh Government’s European Social Fund (ESF) convergence programme for East Wales.

Due to ESF funding, eligibility restrictions apply to this scholarship. To be eligible, the successful candidate will need to be resident in East Wales on University registration, and must have the right to work in the region on qualification.

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