AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award PhD studentship to study Renaissance-period collections in Queens' College Old Library

Applications are invited for a Collaborative Doctoral Award in partnership with Queens' College Cambridge Old Library entitled: Exploring Humanist Networks of Knowledge and Reading in Queens' College Old Library.

The studentship will be based in the Faculty of English at the University of Oxford. The successful applicant will work on a collaborative project led by Dr William Poole, Faculty of English (Oxford), and co-supervisor, Dr Tim Eggington, Queens' College Cambridge.

The studentship will involve examining the Old Library's important, yet understudied Renaissance library collections with particular reference to the books bequeathed by the Elizabethan statesman Sir Thomas Smith (1513-77). As one of the most significant sixteenth-century humanist gatherings now extant, Smith's bequest of eighty or so printed books together with two of his manuscript commonplace books will play a key role in this project, as will library records including the benefactors' register. A multi-disciplinary approach will be encouraged, that attends to areas such as the history of reading, libraries, and the history of learning, together with material culture studies. The project will suit applicants with strong interests in sixteenth-century book history and Renaissance humanism in Tudor England. Candidates with backgrounds in either History or English are encouraged to apply.

Available for 2020-21 entry. The deadline for applications is 10 January 2020. For more information, contact Dr William Poole (Oxford) or Dr Tim Eggington (Queens' Cambridge).

For full details see the OOCDTP pages.


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