To conduct post-doctoral research in the context of the Priory Library Digitisation Project.
This project, entitled ‘Durham Priory Library Recreated’, is a collaboration between Durham Cathedral and Durham University for the digitisation of 480 volumes of manuscripts and several dozen printed books belonging to the pre-Reformation Cathedral Library and dating from the seventh century ADonwards.
The fellow will work on material that has been, or is being, digitised in one of five (overlapping) research areas: (1) History of the Book; (2) Community Living: Liturgy, Rules and WellBeing; (3) Scholastic Learning and Philosophical Enquiry; (4) Science, Knowledge and the Natural World; (5) Digital Recreations (for more information about these areas, see www.dur.ac.uk/imems/durhampriory/).
ACCOUNTABILITIES / MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES
- Already hold a doctoral degree from any university, in a subject related to at least one of the five research strands.
- If appropriate, a track record of publication in the relevant research field.
- To conduct research under the overall guidance of the Associate Director for Research of the Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Durham University
- To help forge new future directions for their broader research theme
- To develop his/her own research project under expert supervision
- To develop high quality publications based upon the research
- To report to the theme leader in whichever of the five research themes the Fellow is working
- To conduct high-quality research in at least one of the research themes based on the digitised books and manuscripts of the Durham Priory Library
- To contribute to the design and management of the research theme
- To contribute to research outputs (conference presentations, monographs, collaborative volumes) and outreach (websites, blogs, video clips)
- Where appropriate, to contribute information to the draft catalogue of Priory manuscripts being prepared by Prof Gameson
- To publish the fruits, both individual and collective, of the research undertaken in acceptable academic outlets and forms, as agreed with the theme leader
- To write a report for ZKS and Durham University on completion of the Fellowship stating objectives achieved
- To establish or maintain contacts with ZKS projects in cognate areas
- A PhD already awarded in a relevant research field, such as manuscript studies, art history, history of the book, medieval or early modern theology, philosophy, science or other appropriate medieval and renaissance studies area.
- Experience of working with digitised materials
- Experience of working in archives or historical libraries
- A record of research outputs relevant to at least one of the five research strands
- The ability to develop and execute a one-year programme of research based on the Durham Priory Library collection of books and/or manuscripts
- Working knowledge of medieval and early modern Latin
- Fluency in English and sufficient ability in either French, Italian or German for the purposes of communication and interaction with ZKS and European researchers
- Palaeographical skills appropriate to the proposed project
- The ability to communicate orally and in writing with both academic and non-academic audiences
- Willingness to work as part of a team
- Experience of working as part of a research team
- Publications relevant to at least one of the five research strands
- Experience of public outreach based on academic research
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