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Humanist Archives: Sept. 7, 2021, 5:49 a.m. Humanist 35.217 - PhD/MA studentships (Lethbridge, Canada)

              Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 35, No. 217.
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        Date: 2021-09-07 04:39:20+00:00
        From: Barbara Bordalejo <bbordalejo@GMAIL.COM>
        Subject: Canterbury Tales Project. MA and PhD funding opportunity

The Canterbury Tales Project (
is seeking curious and enthusiastic graduate students for funded research
positions at the MA and Ph.D. levels. If you are interested in Chaucer, 
Middle English literature, manuscript culture, early print, textual 
scholarship, Humanities Data or the Digital Humanities, we are interested 
in hearing from you. We can also consider other proposals related to our 

The Canterbury Tales Project is a long-standing digital editorial
project with almost 30 years of history leading in the development of
editions and innovative methods for research and delivery.

In February 2020, the project published the CantApp: General Prologue,
which has been downloaded more than 70.000 times since its release. The
CTP also defines the cutting edge of textual research: we use an
integrated digital editing platform (Textual Communities) and
bioinformatics software to study and analyze the textual tradition of
the Tales. Although the project’s main aim is to reach a better
understanding of the textual tradition of the Canterbury Tales, we also
seek to discover and implement better ways of delivering complex

The project was recently awarded a five-year $330,000 Insight Grant by
the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and is
associated with several other recently funded projects in Digital
Humanities at the University of Lethbridge, the University of Calgary
and the University of Saskatchewan. This allows us to offer funding for
Ph.D. and MA candidates to work with us at the University of Lethbridge
and the possibility of co-supervision arrangements through the
University of Calgary and/or the University of Saskatchewan).

What we want:

We seek students interested in researching combined aspects of the
Canterbury Tales, manuscript studies, digital research methods, digital
humanities and Open Science. You are a curious and enthusiastic research
student who will take an active role in the project while carrying out
your individual line of research. You want to work as part of a team and
contribute to the lab’s research environment. You believe in open
science and open data published under FAIR principles.

Your interests might be:

Middle English Literature
Manuscript Culture
Early Printed Books
Textual Scholarship
Open Data
Digital Humanities…
...but we are open to considering other proposals.

We will be particularly interested in discussing ideas beyond
traditional textual criticism and attuned to areas of research expanding
the canon and conventional views of the text of Chaucer. If you have an
innovative critical approach, we want to hear from you.

What we offer:

We are offering funding for a Ph.D. or M.A. within a lively and diverse
working environment. You will learn from peers and project leaders in
the framework of our lab, where you can learn about all aspects of the
project and its management while sharing in the lab’s collaborative and
interdisciplinary research environment. Our project works closely with
several other well-funded Digital Humanities and Open Science projects
at the University including work on Indigenous languages, Scholarly
Communication, and Open Data. The University has a number of innovative
cross-disciplinary programmes, including Cultural, Social, and Political
Thought (which takes an interdisciplinary approach to problems in the
Humanities and Social Sciences) and a new Data Sciences programme, which
is developing an approach that will span the Sciences, Social Sciences,
and Humanities.

Lethbridge is a medium-sized city with a mild climate for the Canadian
Prairies. It is located on the lands of the Blackfoot confederacy.

Please contact project director, Barbara Bordalejo
(, for an informal conversation. The deadline 
for a January start is October 1st (applications can also be accepted for 
starts in May or September 2022).

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