PhD studentship available: North American Indigenous Languages

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The British Library and the University of Hull are pleased to invite applications for a co-supervised PhD studentship, starting from 1 October 2019. This award is funded through the Arts and Humanities Research Council under its Collaborative Doctoral Partnerships (CDP) programme.

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Jointly supervised by Professor Joy Porter at the University of Hull, and Dr Fran Fuentes (Curator for North American Printed Collections) and Nora McGregor (Digital Curator) at the British Library, this studentship offers an exciting opportunity to undertake interdisciplinary transnational research on North American Indigenous Languages in the British Library's post-1850 collections.

The project will engage with current debates about the role of libraries in collecting, preserving and promoting indigenous languages, and the ethical issues that such activities raise. For more background and context, see our recent blog post (note that the deadline referred to in the post has since been extended). 

The successful candidate will become part of a vibrant cohort of collaborative doctoral researchers at the British Library and benefit from staff-level access to British Library collections, resources and training programmes, including the opportunity to participate in courses run by the in-house Digital Scholarship team. They will also benefit from the dedicated programme of professional development and networking events delivered by the Library in tandem with the other museums, galleries and heritage organisations affiliated with the AHRC CDP scheme.

At the University of Hull, the student will join a recognized cultural research context and lively postgraduate community. They will benefit particularly from links to the Treatied Spaces Research Cluster, a group dedicated to the study of Native treaties, particularly Iroquois-Crown diplomacy and the role of language, material culture and processes of exchange over time.

How to apply

View the advert for further details, eligibility criteria and application guidelines for this studentship opportunity.

Application deadline: 5 August 2019. Interviews will take place on 22 August at the British Library in St Pancras, London. 

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