Friday, December 4, 2015

PhD and MA fellowships in medieval/early modern culture and digital humanities: the Canterbury Tales and Textual Communities projects 
Following major funding awards from the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanites Research Council and the Canada Foundation for Innovation, the Department of English at the University of Saskatchewan is inviting applications for four-year PhD and one-year MA scholarships to work on the following research projects:
Applicants should propose a MA or PhD thesis project related to some aspect of these projects. Possible topics include, but are not restricted to:
  • The manuscripts, incunables and textual tradition of the Canterbury Tales
  • Analysis of large manuscript traditions, including use of mathematical/statistical/phylogenetic methods for both research into manuscript relations and spelling variation across time
  • Theory and practice of scholarly editing in the digital age
  •  The effect of the digital revolution on our models of the humanities, archives and the community
  • Digital humanities and scholarly editing/archival collections
The successful candidate will join one of the Canterbury Tales and Textual Communities projects, commencing in September 2016. Both projects are at an exciting moment, as the Canterbury Tales Project approaches its 20-year goal of complete transcription of all 88 pre-1500 witnesses to the Tales, and Textual Communities approaches full public release. Past students who have worked on the Canterbury Tales project now hold academic posts in Belgium, Oxford, Cambridge, Sheffield, America, Scandinavia, and elsewhere. 

Facility with Latin or a modern European language and skills in computing will be particularly valuable, but not essential. We welcome applicants from anywhere in the world. With support from SSHRC and the university, we are able to offer full funding of fees, travel, training and subsistence during study to qualified students. You will be joining a small but vibrant international cohort, currently including students from Italy, Nigeria and Mexico.

Please follow the Department of English guidelines for application, which can be found at In your cover letter, please specify that you are applying for this position and provide a substantial description of your research interests as they relate to the projects named above.

For more information about these research opportunities, please contact Peter Robinson at,. The deadline for complete applications is January 15, 2016.

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