Funded PhD Studentship on the MACMORRIS Project – IRC and Maynooth University

[Info copied from EURAXESS Ireland – see website for details.

Project outline

The MACMORRIS project (Mapping Actors and Communities: A Model of Research in Renaissance Ireland in the 16th and 17th Centuries) is a four-year digital-humanities project funded by the Irish Research Council that seeks to map the full range of cultural activity in Ireland, across languages and ethnic groups, from roughly 1541 to 1691. It is led by Prof. Pat Palmer of Maynooth University, Department of English. The project aims to offer an inclusive account of creative, scholarly, and intellectual activity in a period of conflict, change and innovation which transformed Ireland. In doing so, it will extend, unify and redefine our understanding of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Ireland, its place in the European Renaissance and in the wider global networks of an emerging modernity.

The project has two objectives. First, it will build a dataset of every figure from or living in or closely associated with Ireland in this period. Secondly, it will use the province of Munster as a case study and, using the biographical and bibliographical data gleaned from the dataset, it will create an interactive map to identify, geo-locate, and provide biographical and bibliographical information for the totality of cultural producers working in Irish, English, and other languages in Munster between 1569 and 1607.

The PhD Researcher

The MACMORRIS Project seeks to recruit a well-qualified applicant interested in undertaking a research degree at PhD level in a way that complements the project’s objective of producing a more inclusive account of early modern Ireland. To that end, we are inviting applications from candidates with research interest in one or more of the following areas: group biography; communities of writers and learned families; patterns of patronage, knowledge exchange, manuscript circulation, and book history; patterns of settlement, conflict, and interactions between communities; translation and cross-cultural exchanges (principally involving Irish, English, Latin, and Spanish). Given the case-study’s focus on the province of Munster, an interest in cultural practices and interactions there would be particularly welcome. The ideal candidate will have with a background in one or more of the following: early modern literature, history, archaeology, library science, information management. (Co-supervision with another department, e.g. History, Gaeilge, Classics is possible.) The candidate should have an interest in applied digital humanities and feel comfortable working on an interdisciplinary team.

For details on the PhD Studentship – the funding, eligibility criteria, application deadline, and how to apply – see EURAXESS Ireland website.

For more on the MACMORRIS Project, see the Dept of English, Maynooth University website.


 

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