Funded PhD Studentship on the Macmorris project – Mapping actors and communities: A model of research in Renaissance Ireland in the 16th and 17th centuries

The MACMORRIS Project seeks to map the full range of cultural activity in Ireland, across languages and ethnic groups, from roughly 1541 to 1691. It is a 4-year digital-humanities project funded by the Irish Research Council, and based in Maynooth University, Ireland.

The Project is currently seeking to recruit a well-qualified applicant interested in undertaking a research degree at PhD level. The successful candidate will have at least a 2.1 degree at BA and MA level, with a strong scholarly grounding in Renaissance literature and early modern Ireland.

The ideal candidate will have with a background in one or more of the following disciplines: Early Modern English, History, Gaeilge, Modern Languages, Classics, Comparative Literature, Post-/Colonial Studies, Women’s Writing, Archaeology, Environmental Humanities, Library Science, and Information Management.

See Maynooth University website here for details on the funding, possible topics, supervision, deadline etc..


CfP: “Translation and Transformation in the Medieval and Early Modern World” – Borderlines XXIV

Borderlines XXIV

“Translation and Transformation in the
Medieval and Early Modern World”

Postgraduate Conference in Medieval and Early Modern Studies

27-29th March 2020

University College Cork


University College Cork is delighted to announce the call for papers for the 24th annual Borderlines conference on the theme of “Translation and Transformation”. Borderlines XXIV invites abstracts of no more than 250 words on the theme of “Translation and Transformation”. Papers will be twenty minutes of length and can focus on one or both concepts.

We welcome submissions from postgraduates and early career researchers in any discipline relating to the medieval and early modern periods.

Borderlines XXIV invites papers that address the social, historical, literary, religious, and cultural significance of translation and transformation. We welcome papers from researchers in the fields of Anthropology, Archaeology, Codicology, Drama, Digital Humanities, Folklore, History, History of Art, Geography, Languages, Literature, Music, Palaeography, Philosophy, and Theology.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Translation and adaptation
  • Textual fluidity
  • Hybridity of form/perspective
  • Transformative experience
  • Translation as distortion
  • Physical transformation
  • Translation ethics
  • Cultural inertia

All submissions must be received by 3rd February 2020. Submissions must include: an abstract, short bio, and contact information. All submissions and queries can be directed to:

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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.


Early Modern History PhD opportunities – University of Limerick

The Department of History, University of Limerick, is offering one full-time PhD Teaching Fellowship in Early Modern German History. Proposals for projects in the following areas are particularly encouraged: history of education, print culture, Reformation history, urban history. The successful candidate will be attached to the Limerick Early Modern Studies Forum.

The Department of History, with UL’s Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, is also offering two three-year fee-waivers only in any area of post-1500 History.

The deadline for applications for both the PhD Teaching Fellowship and the PhD Fee Waivers is 29th April 2016.

Further details can be found on the Limerick Early Modern Studies Forum website.


Opportunities for Doctoral Research in Shakespeare and Renaissance Studies at Queen’s University Belfast

DEL PhD Studentship Awards, 2016 entry
36 DEL studentships are available across the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at Queen’s University Belfast and will be allocated to outstanding students undertaking PhD study across the broad range of disciplines within the Faculty. The deadline for DEL applications is 29th January 2016.


For UK applicants, a studentship consists of:

1.) Funding for fees for 3 years of full-time PhD study (1 October 2016-30 September 2019)

2.) A maintenance stipend for the 3 years of the scholarship

All DEL studentships will be awarded on a competitive basis to outstanding applicants who have: an excellent undergraduate degree; completed, or are due to complete by September 2016, a Master’s degree in a relevant subject; an original and exciting research proposal that will contribute to the further enhancement of areas of research strength in the Faculty.


The School of English at Queen’s University Belfast invites applications for PGR study in all areas in which the School has research expertise, broadly:

1.) literary studies in English (from Old English to contemporary literature, including Shakespeare and Renaissance Studies)

2.) creative writing

3.) language and linguistics

4.) broadcast literacy

For a list of particular areas of staff expertise, please see


Applicants who wish to be considered for a DEL award should apply for a PhD place in the School of English before the deadline of Friday 29th January 2016, 5pm. Applications should be made via the Admissions Portal.  


For further information, see

Informal enquiries can be sent to: Professor Moyra Haslett ( or the Graduate Secretary Ms Linda Drain ( Informal enquiries regarding PhD applications in the areas of Shakespeare and Renaissance Studies can be sent to Dr Edel Lamb (