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Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

University of Roehampton - English and Creative Writing

Location: London
Salary: £31,998 to £35,531 pa inclusive of London Weighting Allowance (Grade RU06)
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 14th September 2020
Closes: 19th October 2020
Job Ref: RU02347

We are looking for a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow for Box Office Bears (BOB): Animal Baiting in Early Modern England project to join the English and Creative Writing subject area in the School of Humanities department.

This 3-year project is funded by an Arts and Humanities Research Council Project Grant and led by Dr Hannah O’Regan (Classics and Archaeology, University of Nottingham), Dr Andy Kesson (English and Creative Writing, University of Roehampton) and Prof. Greger Larson (School of Archaeology, University of Oxford).

Animal baiting was one of the most popular entertainments in Shakespeare's England, yet it has rarely been studied, skewing our understanding of the audiences, recreation economy and popular culture of the period. The BOB project will address this through a unique combination of methods, from ancient DNA to performance workshops, leading to the first sustained and integrated study of early modern baiting as a discrete entertainment form. The project will support PDRAs across three institutions, Nottingham, Roehampton and Oxford.

The successful candidate will be based at Roehampton and line-managed by Dr Andy Kesson. They will co-ordinate archival research in the UK, surveying, describing and transcribing primary and secondary materials. They will work with the project team to put the archaeological and archival evidence for animal baiting and the wider context of human-animal relationships into dialogue, contribute to and sometimes lead project dissemination, including (but not limited to) conference presentations, publications and public events, and co-organising and attending project team meetings and workshops.

Candidates must have successfully completed a Ph.D. in early modern literature, history or similarly relevant topic. We especially welcome expertise in gender, feminist and/ or performance studies and experience in and aptitude for archival research, palaeography and transcription.

The successful candidate will join a dynamic community of early career academics in the School of Humanities department at Roehampton and will be part of Box Office Bears, an interdisciplinary research collaboration between Roehampton, Nottingham and Oxford, and between literary and cultural studies and archaeology.

This is an exciting time for the University; we have an award winning £35m state-of-the art library and we are continuing to develop a number of external partnerships across the globe.

We have a strong emphasis on supporting our students to reach their full potential in order to launch themselves onto successful graduate careers and we are embarking on a radical programme of enhancement in learning and teaching across all our academic areas.

The University has a beautiful, vibrant parkland campus, is located in the heart of southwest London and offers excellent facilities for researching, learning, teaching and working. We are proud of our achievements as a Post 1992 University and continue to build upon them.

To find out more information about the role and what we’re looking for, visit the Working at Roehampton section of our website where you will find full details, how to apply, as well as further information about the benefits of working for us.

It is expected that interviews will be held: w/c Monday 2nd November 2020

The University is an equal opportunities and ‘disability confident’ employer.

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