AHRC / BL Collaborative Doctoral Award

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North American Indigenous Languages in the British Library’s Post-1850 Collections

We are pleased to announce that Professor Joy Porter has been selected as the principal UK supervisor for an AHRC / British Library Collaborative Doctoral Award in partnership with Francisca Fuentes Rettig, Curator of North American Printed Collections at the British Library. The student selected will work with the BL Digital Scholarship and Metadata Services teams to carry out metadata cleaning of nineteenth-century sources. The intention is to promote and make discoverable the indigenous materials within British Library collections, and to position the Library at the forefront of research into a pressing global concern:  how twenty-first century museums can address pressing post-colonial societal challenges through indigenising both digital humanities research and collection practice.

 The studentship is one of four enhanced collaborative doctoral awards the AHRC has awarded to the BL to allocate to projects that best fit its priorities. Alongside the standard AHRC doctoral maintenance and tuition award, additional monetary benefits to the student include a further £550 in stipend, £3,500 in research expenses, a BL Digital Scholarship programme worth £800, an annual programme of CPD networking events and a British Library Staff Pass allowing free access to national and regional museums.

Doctoral research students at the British Library benefit from access to a wide range of specialist curatorial and research expertise. This includes training in the use of the latest video and audio recording equipment; courses in oral history and other field research methodologies; palaeography; archival and curatorial methods; materials analysis and conservation; text and data mining, and digital preservation. Further training opportunities include: an in-house Digital Scholarship Training Programme; quarterly workshops covering various aspects of the research process in an IRO context (e.g. funding, supervision, publishing, public engagement); “21st Century Curators” guest talks about innovative or cutting-edge curatorial practices; Cultural Property Training; Media training  (available through the BL Press Office and Public Affairs teams); writing for the Web training course.

An advertisement will follow soon. For more information, please contact Joy Porter.

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