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Humanist Archives: Jan. 7, 2020, 6:26 a.m. Humanist 33.532 - research asst (Newcastle)

                  Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 33, No. 532.
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        Date: 2020-01-06 12:58:53+00:00
        From: James Cummings 
        Subject: Job opportunity -- Research Assistant (3 months, hourly paid)

Job opportunity -- Research Assistant (3 months, hourly paid)

What does a nineteenth century social network look like? What can we discover by
investigating the connections between actors across the Atlantic in the age of

In association with Animating Text Newcastle University
(https://research.ncl.ac.uk/atnu/), the School of English Literature, Language 
and Linguistics at Newcastle University is looking to recruit a researcher, 
preferably post-PhD, to work on a digital pilot project ‘Transatlantic 
NetworksÂ’ which will involve marking-up transcriptions of 19th C letters 
using the guidelines of the Text Encoding Initiative standards and 
creating visualisations from the resulting metadata. Digital expertise in,
or familiarity with, TEI and methods of network analysis are essential. The
pilot will involve 300 hours of work over a 3 month period in preparation for a
major funding bid.

The pilot project investigates a selection of the correspondence of David Bailie
Warden, a liminal, transnational scientific writer whose identity hovers between
Irish, French and North-American sympathies. Warden corresponded with some of
the great minds of the period, as well as with the virtually unknown. By
examining his correspondence with methods borrowed from network analysis, this
project aims to explore what was the role played by social networks in bringing
about scientific progress and political revolution.

Person specification:

  *   Completed (or near complete) PhD in 19th century literature/history or
Digital Humanities
  *   Working knowledge of textual encoding standards (TEI)
  *   Working knowledge and experience of creating network analysis methods


  *   Linguistic knowledge, especially reading fluency in French
  *   Knowledge of TEI Publisher
  *   Experience in Javascript

Applicants should contact Dr Jennifer Orr (Jennifer.Orr@ncl.ac.uk) with a CV and
brief statement of suitability by Monday 27 January 2020.

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