PhD studentships on Kaiserchronik Project

Applications are invited for two PhD studentships covering the period 1 October 2014 to 30 September 2017, working under the general supervision of Professor Christopher Young and Dr Mark Chinca in the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages. Each student will also be assigned a co-supervisor from the University of Marburg, Germany. These awards have become available as a result of an AHRC Research Grant "Kaiserchronik: Literature and History in the German Middle Ages". Successful applicants are expected to begin PhD study on 1 October 2014 and will receive a student stipend sufficient to meet the fees and maintenance requirements in accordance with AHRC regulations The studentship provides a maintenance grant and tuition fees at the home/EU rate and applicants must satisfy the eligibility requirements for the Home/EU fees rate. Non-EU nationals cannot be considered for AHRC funding.

The project

The Kaiserchronik (c.1150) is one of the great monuments of medieval literature. Chronicling the reigns of Roman and German kings and emperors, from the earliest times to the twelfth century, it projects a magnificent historical sweep in which the German-speaking peoples and their rulers feature as actors on the stage of ancient history and heirs to the legacy of Rome as capital of the Christian West. It is the first verse chronicle to have been written in any European vernacular. Yet despite its importance for literary and historical studies alike, it has been surprisingly neglected. This project is intended to yield a complete understanding of the extraordinary cultural resonance of the Kaiserchronik, and offer a transformative reassessment of the place of history-writing in the development of German literature in the Middle Ages. The project has attracted funding of c.£950,000 from the AHRC. The team is based in Cambridge and assembles experts in the fields of medieval literature, language and history, with special collaborations with the University of Marburg and Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore. Over its lifetime, the project will produce the first-ever complete edition of the Kaiserchronik, accompanied by English translation, full introduction and commentary. In addition, the project will research the historical and literary background to the chronicle: the twelfth-century context from which it emerged, and the reasons for its enduring appeal over the following four and a half centuries. The results will be presented through major events in Cambridge, international conferences, and special issues of academic journals.

The studentships

Applicants are invited to submit an advanced research proposal on a topic of their own choice, provided it falls within the general area of the project. Please see http://www.mml.cam.ac.uk/faculty/jobs for more information on the two PhD studentships available. The descriptions there are intended as a guide to the kinds of topic that might be investigated, but applicants should not take them as restrictive.

Qualification requirements

Candidates should hold a Master's degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject, with a specialization in medieval German literary and / or linguistic studies, and expect to attain or have attained a mark of distinction.

Application procedure

Candidates may be one of two types:

a. You may already be applying/have applied for a PhD in the Department of German and Dutch, and be timing your application to meet funding deadlines such as that set for the AHRC (10 January 2014)

or b. You may only be interested in applying for this studentship.

2a. If you have already made an application for the PhD through the Board of Graduate Studies: please email Louise Balshaw (lb358@cam.ac.uk) and provide your Application Number. Please note that applicants who have already submitted a PhD application will need to write a 500-1000 word research proposal specifically for this application, along the lines outlined above and below.

2b. Applications from candidates who intend to apply only for this studentship should just be emailed to the Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages and not be submitted through the Board of Graduate Studies at this stage.

Completed applications should be emailed to Ms Louise Balshaw, Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages, Sidgwick Avenue, Cambridge CB3 9DA, tel: (01223) 760823, email: lb358@cam.ac.uk, by the closing date of 6 January 2014. Applications should be submitted using copies of the University graduate application form (GRADSAF), available at: http://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/students/gradadmissions/prospec/apply/index.html and include the following supporting documents: two academic references transcripts or degree certificates English Language Score Report (if English is not your first language) 500-1000 word research proposal.. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Successful candidates will then be asked to make a formal application through the Board of Graduate Studies. In the Research Statement, candidates are required to outline their original research proposal and explain how it will fit the "Kaiserchronik" project. Applicants should specify Professor Christopher Young (history of language; cjy1000@cam.ac.uk) or Dr Mark Chinca (literature; mgc1000@cam.ac.uk) as supervisor on their application forms: both supervisors will be happy to offer further advice if needed Details of which documents to submit are listed on the Faculty webpages (see: http://www.mml.cam.ac.uk/graduates/applying.html Please quote reference GL02154 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy. The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity. The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.
 

16 Dec 2013