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The evidence of non-funerary monuments in early modern Ireland. Commemoration as a political, economic and socio-cultural barometer in the 17th century.


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About the Project

Dundalk Institute of Technology - Humanities Research Group

PhD postgraduate Scholarship (Full-time: 36 months)

Supervisor: Dr Conor Brady (DkIT) and Dr Annaleigh Margey (DkIT)

Position Reference: 03AHSS2020

Keywords: Digital Humanties, Early Modern History/Post-Medieval Archaeology, Memorialisation, Commemoration, Archaeology, Early Modern History

This project aims to examine the origins of, and rationale for, non-funerary monuments in Ireland from the sixteenth to the eighteenth centuries, taking account of the political, economic, religious and social contexts of production.

Studies of memorialization and commemoration in Irish history have increased significantly over the last two decades. The anniversary of key events, such as the 1916 Rising, coupled with increased public interest in memorials in the Irish landscape, have given rise to an increase in historiography in the area. In Ireland, however, few of these studies have explored early modern monuments. Those that have been completed have tended to examine funerary monuments, which were often highly decorative features of churches across the country. Yet, non-funerary monuments became distinct elements of Ireland’s early modern built heritage. In the main, these monuments marked infrastructural development, recognising church building and industry development, for example. Many of these monuments are extant in the landscape, often repurposed into more modern buildings, but offering a tangible link to the social and economic world of their early modern creation.

This project aims to examine the origins of, and rationale for, non-funerary monuments in Ireland from the sixteenth to the eighteenth centuries, taking account of the political, economic, religious and social contexts of production. Beginning with the identification, cataloguing and describing of both extant and non-extant non-funerary monuments in Ireland, the project aims to capture 3D renderings of extant monuments within the landscape using photogrammetry. This will lead to the development of a database for these monuments, enabling an in-depth analysis in which their contexts, content and repurposing in later centuries is examined, using archives, antiquarian journals and other extant sources

Candidate Requirements

2:1 Honours Degree (or equivalent) in archaeology or history

Experience of academic research at undergraduate/postgraduate level.

Database construction and management.

Experience of creation/management of digital objects.

Experience of archival research.

Demonstrable organisational skills

Participation in an academic research project.

Access to or ownership of a car would be advantageous.

It is also a requirement that any applicant whose first language is other than English must have a certified English language proficiency of at least IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

Application process

Applicants are requested to forward a copy of their CV and a one-page cover letter outlining (i) their suitability for this position and (ii) motivation for applying, to [Email Address Removed]. Please use the Position Reference 03AHSS2020 in the email subject.

DkIT reserves the right to amend this deadline

Informal inquiries should be sent to; [Email Address Removed]

Please note, canvassing will render an applicant ineligible. 


Funding Notes

This 36 month, full-time PhD studentship comprises an annual stipend of €16,000 in year 1, increasing to €18,500 in years 2 and 3, postgraduate fees and a contribution towards direct research costs.
This scholarship is co-funded by the Higher Education Authority's Technological University Transformation Fund and DkIT
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