New Publication Platform

The Berlin Academy of Science is hosting an event with the Publications Excellence Group Topoi to clarify and make public the latest developments in digital publication. This could be of interest to members who are considering new ways to make their research public.

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Two-year Research Post

University of Kent are currently advertising for a Research Associate.

The deadline is the 7 February

Kent Law School are seeking a dynamic researcher interested in working as part of an interdisciplinary research team on an Arts and Humanities Research Council funded project, entitled The Abortion Act: a Biography. 

You will carry out library based and archival research in a range of archives across the UK but predominantly in London. You will work under the direct supervision of Professor Sally Sheldon, and in close collaboration with other members of the research team. 

The position is offered on a full time basis starting 1 May 2016 for a fixed period until 30 April 2018.

More details are available on their site

PhD Bursary – Early Modern Fraudulent Bodies

The University of Hertfordshire invites applications for a PhD studentship in early modern history. The studentship is offered on a full-time basis for three years, starting in February 2016. It will provide a tax free bursary of £6,000 per annum and cover the University tuition fees for UK/EU students (international students must pay the difference between UK/EU and international fees, an additional £7,050 for 2015).

The PhD will start in February 2016 and will be addressing the theme of fraudulent bodies in early modern England, 1550-1750.

The project will be supervised by Dr Jennifer Evans and a second supervisor.

About the project:

The project will unpick how people utilised their bodies to commit fraud, and how this was understood by society. Attention will be given to exploring change over time. It will also question whether there was tension between defining a body as faulty or fraudulent and what such distinctions might have meant for the owners of such bodies. The student will also question how far medical practitioners, including physicians and surgeons, were called upon to identify and explain such bodily fraud, and what this might have meant in terms of authority and identity. The project will bring together the medical, social and cultural histories of the body and might consider the manipulation of the body to appeal for alms and charitable support, the use of prosthetics to aid cross-dressing, or the use of props to simulate bodily functions like childbirth. In addressing such topics the project will tackle the issues or poverty, crime, and social order from a decidedly bodily perspective.

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New Job Position in History

The Georg-August Göttingen Universität, in collaboration with the German Education and Research Ministry and the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, has an open position for a Researcher in the area of Material Culture History, within the cultural history collection. One of the mayor points of interest will be digitalisation of cultural heritage items. Two year contract. Women are especially encouraged to apply.

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