Job opportunity (DL 15.3.): Doctoral Researcher, The Presence of Classics in Early Modern Book History (University of Helsinki)

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Doctoral Researcher, The Presence of Classics in Early Modern Book History

The Faculty of Arts and MECANO MSCA Doctoral Network (University of Helsinki) invite applications for a

Doctoral Researcher

to a fixed-term employment for 3 years, with the possibility of a one-year extension contract.

We invite applications for a dynamic and versatile PhD position titled ”The Presence of Classics in Early Modern Book History”. This position is part of a vibrant and multidisciplinary research community focused on applying computational approaches to the study of large early modern data sources (especially British). We are seeking candidates who can, together with us, bridge the gap between humanities and data science and contribute to our exploration of conceptual change, intertextuality, and statistical analysis of knowledge production in history.

The aim of this PhD project is to study the reuse of Latin texts in Early Modern England. The Helsinki Computational History Group has used automated methods to detect all the instances of text reuse in the largest collections of printed data for British books (1470–1800, > 250.000 works) available in machine-readable form: Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO), Early English Books Online (EEBO-tcp phase II) and British Library Newspapers. The result is a massive dataset of linked text-reuse fragments, which are qualified, clustered and compared. Based on this dataset, the project will focus on the text reuse of a selected group of Latin scientific authors such as Lucretius, Pliny the Elder, and Vitruvius, and their reception and reuse in Early modern works.

Host institution: University of Helsinki (Finland)

PhD programme:  PhD in Digital Humanities

Main supervisor: prof. Mikko Tolonen (University of Helsinki, Faculty of Arts, Digital Humanities)

Second supervisor: prof. Margherita Fantoli (KU Leuven, Faculty of Arts, Digital Humanities)

Mobility rule: has not resided in Finland for more than 12 months in the 36 months preceding appointment

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