19.310 job in humanities computing; European Young Investigator Awards

From: Humanist Discussion Group (by way of Willard McCarty willard.mccarty_at_kcl.ac.uk>
Date: Thu, 29 Sep 2005 22:58:52 +0100

               Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 19, No. 310.
       Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
                     Submit to: humanist_at_princeton.edu

   [1] From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty_at_kcl.ac.uk> (147)
         Subject: senior lectureship in humanities computing at

   [2] From: "Ellen Degott" <edegott_at_esf.org> (14)
         Subject: EURYI Call for Programmes

         Date: Thu, 29 Sep 2005 22:52:17 +0100
         From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty_at_kcl.ac.uk>
         Subject: senior lectureship in humanities computing at Lancaster

Dear colleagues:

The following represents a significant opportunity for someone in our
community to develop a new centre for humanities computing in the
U.K. For those unfamiliar with the academic system here, a senior
lectureship in an established (permanent) post is, say, roughly
equivalent to a mid to upper level associate professorship with
tenure, i.e. a senior post. Thanks to Professor Tony McEnery
(http://www.ling.lancs.ac.uk/staff/tony/tony.htm), Department of
Linguistics and English Language, Lancaster has a long history of
involvement with corpus linguistics, and so familiarity with
humanities computing.

Please see that this advert is widely distributed.


Lancaster University
Senior Lectureship in ICT for Arts & Humanities

The newly formed Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences at Lancaster wishes
to appoint a Senior Lecturer in Information and Communications
Technology as applied to the humanities and arts. The appointment will
be from January 2006 or as soon as possible thereafter. It is a
permanent position. A Chair may be available if appropriate candidates
present themselves.

The appointment should be seen in the context of a longer-term aim to
establish a critical mass of researchers interested in the digital
humanities. The establishment of this post is the first step towards
creating such a grouping.


At least two major reports have emerged recently that signal a way
forward for ICT in the humanities and arts (and social sciences). First,
the AHRC Delivery Plan argues the need for greater capacity in 'grid
technologies', suggesting that research is needed in locating, accessing
and integrating distributed resources that take the form of text, images
and sound. Humanities Computing is therefore one of the key areas
flagged in the Delivery Plan. There is already an ICT Methods Network
funded by AHRC (and hosted by King's College London, in which Lancaster
is involved as a partner institution) which aims to preserve and provide
access to digital resources and to guide new developments and advanced
methodologies. We wish Lancaster to play a leading part in both the
Network and in driving forward this initiative more broadly.

Second, the British Academy produced in May a report on 'E-resources for
research in the humanities and social sciences'. Among its
recommendations are that Universities ensure that researchers have
adequate access to technical support in this field and that such
researchers promote the use of ICT where they can.

The creation of a new Faculty at Lancaster University provides a
platform whereby an initiative in this area can be actively promoted and
nurtured. Further, the University is keen to capitalise on the existing
research base by establishing itself as a centre of excellence in the
North West for ICT in the humanities and arts.

Lancaster is involved in the following activities related to Humanities
Computing (classified by Department); the list is skeletal and
illustrative only:

Linguistics - and especially corpus linguistics, lexicography and
historical linguistics; use of semantic tagging, applications to
dictionary production Contemporary Arts (Music, Theatre, Art) - the use
of new media in experimental performance; digital art installations,
music software, computer representations of music English - applications
to mediaeval theatre and manuscript studies, and to handling of material
relating to Quakers in the North-West; Ruskinian materials; Chartist
poetry; crime fiction History - digitising of calendar records, recent
and contemporary oral history materials Institute for Cultural Research
- cultural memory (oral histories)

Applicants should note that, from August 2005 there is a new Lancaster
Institute for the Contemporary Arts (LICA) that merges three separate
Departments (Art, Music and Theatre Studies).

Technical and equipment support

Some dedicated technical support will be provided to the post-holder.
The successful candidate will be invited to help determine, in
consultation with others, the nature of this technical support and the
equipment resources associated with this initiative. We have already
been given an equipment grant to set up digitisation facilities. We
intend that the successful candidate will develop a business plan for
the use of such facilities, thereby creating an income stream to help
further develop a programme of activity.

Departmental affiliation

The administrative location of the successful candidate will, initially,
be at Faculty level. It is not presently envisaged that the candidate
will be a member of an academic Department. This is to signal that the
initiative is seen as a Faculty-wide one in which the post-holder helps
to generate momentum across a range of potential stakeholders.

Job description

The successful candidate will, initially, be directly responsible to the
Dean of the Faculty.

Key internal contacts will be colleagues working in the host and cognate
departments in the Faculty and outside, and in seeking to develop
external funding the post-holder will be in close contact with other
staff in the Faculty, including the Associate Dean for Research &
Enterprise and the Research & Enterprise Support Officer.

Externally, we expect the post-holder to develop relationships with
appropriate organisations and individuals therein, both regionally and
nationally. Examples include the Research Councils (notably AHRC) and
regional galleries and museums.

Major duties will include:

Developing a research agenda, including the preparation of
significant outputs for RAE2008 in an appropriate Unit of Assessment;

working with others to establish new degree schemes, initially at
postgraduate level, that are likely to recruit significant numbers of students;

submitting applications for research funding to a range of funding agencies;

liaising with external stakeholders (including museums, libraries and
galleries) over their digitising needs;

advising colleagues in humanities and social sciences on advanced
research methods using ICT;

helping to promote the use of advanced ICT throughout the University;

helping to establish an international profile for Lancaster
University in this field.

The post-holder will have flexibility to scope the development of the
initiative. In particular, we would expect the post-holder to explore
the possibilities for establishing a digitising service for the wider
region as a means of helping to sustain the academic programme.

Person specification

We seek a dynamic and committed researcher to help develop further the
Faculty's interests in humanities computing.

Essential requirements

A PhD in a relevant research area. The precise disciplinary
background of candidates matters less than a willingness to engage
enthusiastically with academics from a range of disciplines,
including, inter alia, English, Creative Arts (Theatre Studies, Art,
Music), Linguistics, History, and Cultural Research.

Evidence of the use of advanced ICT in their own research

A suitable track record of published work, commensurate with an entry
to an appropriate Unit of Assessment for the next Research Assessment
Exercise (2008)

Evidence of an ability to take a leadership role for the area of ICT
in the social sciences and arts

Evidence of ability to attract external research funding

Experience of teaching in higher education, preferably at both
undergraduate and postgraduate level

Evidence of an outward looking perspective, in the sense of an
ability to engage both with other Faculties at Lancaster (and the
InfoLab initiative specifically), other Universities, and other
public and private sector organisations.

Effective personal, written and oral communication skills


Experience of designing relevant programmes of study

Professor Tony Gatrell
Dean, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
Lancaster University
Lancaster LA1 4YT

Tel: 01524 510811
email: a.gatrell_at_lancaster.ac.uk

Dr Willard McCarty | Reader in Humanities Computing | Centre for
Computing in the Humanities | King's College London | Kay House, 7
Arundel Street | London WC2R 3DX | U.K. | +44 (0)20 7848-2784 fax:
-2980 || willard.mccarty_at_kcl.ac.uk www.kcl.ac.uk/humanities/cch/wlm/

         Date: Thu, 29 Sep 2005 22:53:23 +0100
         From: "Ellen Degott" <edegott_at_esf.org>
         Subject: EURYI Call for Programmes

Please note that the EURYI (European Young Investigator Awards) Call
for Programmes is now available on the ESF web site under

The deadline for receipt of proposals is 30 November 2005

We were asked to inform you of the 4th European Biannual Meeting of
the Society for Science, Literature, and the Arts, which is to take
place in Amsterdam on 13-16 June, 2006.
The deadline for proposals is 5 December, 2005.
Details are to be found on the following website:

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