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CARMEN - Lettre du 03/01/12

Dear colleagues and friends of CARMEN,

Let me draw your attention to the following information on new SSH lobbying platform, job openings and bursaries.
Please, note that deadlines are tight.

Best regards,

Katerina Hornickova

- 1. Report on European Alliance for the Social Sciences and Humanities
Meeting, 20 Dec 2011

The European Alliance for the Social Sciences and Humanities held a founding meeting in Amsterdam on 20 December 2011. About thirty organisations were represented, with 35 persons present, plus a half-dozen apologies. The prompt for the meeting had been the near-disaster in 2010 when the EU had decided to exclude the social sciences and humanities for future ‘framework programme’ funding (the next one being called ‘Horizon 2020’). A successful campaign led to the EU commissioner, Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, announcing at the British Academy on 10 November that a new research line would be opened, specifically suitable to social scientists and humanities scholars. However, it was clear that social sciences and humanities needed a more co-ordinated, powerful lobbying approach in Brussels.

The Alliance aims to bring together cross-European research agencies (like the ESF – being rebranded as ‘Science Europe’, and HERA-Net), international and European university consortia (e.g. the LERU group of humanities deans ; RISE for social sciences), major multidisciplinary national research organisations (such as the CSIC in Spain, who were represented by Prof. Eduardo Manzona, who hosted CARMEN’s meeting this summer), and a range of European or global subject-based scholarly societies (under which hat CARMEN was invited).

At the outset, some key figures were presented :

  • The current seven-year (7th) Framework Programme allocates research grants of over €7000m per year, of which the social sciences and humanities (SSH) benefit about €90m per year. This, as we know, is largely ‘policy-driven’, based on themes broadly defined by Brussels, and are massive in scope (at least for humanities scholars).
  • EU research funding represents only 5% of the total research funding in Europe. In other words, 95% of research funding is allocated by the member countries’ own research agencies. However, there are increasing moves and pressures to co-ordinate these – to generate efficiencies, and leverage benefits. In practical terms, national agencies will be more and more focusing on topics that get defined together at a European level, or in multi-lateral agreements (e.g. between the British AHRC and the German DFG and the Dutch NWO). So, increasingly, national topics will be influenced by priorities or ‘Grand Challenges’ agreed at international levels.
  • The social sciences and humanities represent about a third (ca. 380,000 of 1.2m) of researchers in public-sector higher education institutions.
  • The ‘Europe 2020’ research vision focuses on three pillars :

1) Science Base – this will mean funding via the European Research Council for cutting-edge research (Starter Grants or Research Grants for individual scholars to build up research teams/laboratories), the Marie Curie training programmes, etc.

2) R&D in businesses

3)Tackling Grand Societal Challenges – topics as :
i. health, demographic change and well-being ;
ii. food-security and bio-based economy ;
iii. secure, clean and efficient energy ;
iv. smart, green and integrated transport ;
v. resource efficiency and climate action ;
vi. inclusive, innovative and secure societies – this sixth item was specifically added for the SSH community, thanks to this year’s lobbying work, though there is the danger that it gets taken over by the ‘security’ interest-groups and the €5000m of money that was intended for SSH might then drift away into evermore intrusive airport checks or similar wonderful developments. The EU research commissioner described this Challenge as : ‘firmly aimed at boosting our knowledge of the factors that foster an inclusive Europe, help overcome the current economic crisis and the very real concerns that people have ; that identify the links between the European and global context, and that encourage social innovation’.

The meeting also involved the groups introducing themselves. From a medievalist’s perspective, it was interesting to see that of about 25 societies invited and attending, only three were strictly humanities : musicology and religious studies, plus medieval studies. The others were pure social sciences (education, anthropology, sociology, social development, demographics, politics, etc.) or those which have feet in both camps : urban history, gender studies, language and comparative literature. Most of these societies were either predominantly institutional (with say 50-350 members) or individual (with say 200-2000 members), but most were quite modest in size. In that respect Medieval Studies clearly surprised other participants by virtue of its size (CARMEN’s network extending to 12000 of 20000 professional practitioners).

Certain lessons became clear :

1) The ‘fragmentation’ of the humanities and the comparative lack of European or global organisation of disciplines or subject-areas in the humanities puts these fields at a great disadvantage in presenting a unified voice to the European power-brokers. On the other hand, the comparatively highly-organised field of Medieval Studies might have a role to showcase itself as the partner to represent ‘pre-modern European studies’ in any European funding project.

2) This forum is a perfect platform for CARMEN to promote the interests of medievalists. Light-heartedly, the name, CARMEN, is considered attractive, particularly in southern European circles. This European alliance can allow CARMEN to build contacts with organisations across the Social Sciences. The ideal scenario is to have one CARMEN representative actively participating in all its activities, networking on behalf of CARMEN’s own participants.

3) This organisation will serve as a powerful lobby-group in Brussels (at the level of the directorate-general of research in the European Commission) and at Strasbourg, meeting European members of parliament. Several of the key people in this alliance are experienced and well-connected in this field and can be powerful advocates on our behalf, if fed the right information from the likes of CARMEN.

4) The next steps involving registering this new organisation, constructing a light-weight ‘constitution’, and holding an annual meeting during 2012. It is quite likely that organisations will be asked to finance this body, either in cash or in kind (e.g. in hosting a website).

Dr Simon Forde
Publishing Manager, Medieval & Early Modern Studies in English
Brepols Publishers (Turnhout, BE)
Visiting Professor, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York
Executive Director, CARMEN Worldwide Medieval Network

- 2. Vacancy for a Lecturer in Ancient and Medieval History, at the Radboud University, Nijmegen (see attached vacature Nijmegen)
Deadline 7 January 2012.

- 3. Job : W2-Professur "Südosteuropäische Geschichte" (Univ. Gießen)
JLU Gießen, Gießen
Bewerbungsschluss : 05.01.2012

Im Fachbereich Geschichts- und Kulturwissenschaften zum nächstmöglichen
Zeitpunkt befristet für die Dauer von sechs Jahren die W2-Professur für Südosteuropäische Geschichte auf Zeit unter Beachtung des § 61 Abs. 5 HHG zu besetzen ; es gelten die Einstellungsvoraussetzungen nach § 62 HHG. Im Falle einer positiven Evaluation besteht anschließend die Option der Überführung in eine unbefristete Professur, sofern die dauerhafte Finanzierung gesichert werden kann.

Der/Die Bewerber/in muss auf dem Gebiet der südosteuropäischen
Geschichte breit ausgewiesen sein. Sehr erwünscht ist ein Schwerpunkt in
der Geschichte des osmanischen Reiches und/oder der türkischen
Geschichte. Dabei sollen in der Lehre sowohl Schwerpunkte auf der
südslawischen als auch der osmanisch-türkischen Geschichte gesetzt
werden. Die Mitarbeit im Gießener Zentrum östliches Europa (GiZo) wird
vorausgesetzt, die Mitarbeit im International Graduate Centre for the
Study of Culture (GCSC) wird erwartet. Eine reflexive Beschäftigung mit
Problemen der Genderkonstruktion in Südosteuropa ist erwünscht.

Zudem soll die Professur aktiv zur Entwicklung der JLU beitragen, deren
langfristiges Ziel es ist, zu einer international sichtbaren Modelluniversität für die Translation kultur- und lebenswissenschaftlicher Spitzenforschung zu werden. Lehrangebote sind im Bereich der fachhistorischen und interdisziplinären BA- und MA-Studiengänge (so im GiZo-MA "Interdisziplinäre Studien zum östlichen Europa") sowie in verschiedenen Lehramtsstudiengängen zu erbringen.

Die Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen strebt einen höheren Anteil von
Frauen im Wissenschaftsbereich an ; deshalb bitten wir qualifizierte
Wissenschaftlerinnen nachdrücklich, sich zu bewerben. Aufgrund des
Frauenförderplanes besteht eine Verpflichtung zur Erhöhung des
Frauenanteils. Die Justus-Liebig-Universität verfolgt auch das Ziel
einer verstärkten Gewinnung von Führungskräften mit Gender- und
Familienkompetenz. Die Justus-Liebig-Universität versteht sich als
familiengerechte Hochschule. Bewerberinnen und Bewerber mit Kindern sind
willkommen. - Ihre Bewerbung richten Sie bitte unter Angabe des
Aktenzeichens 4-31/11mit den erforderlichen Unterlagen einschließlich
aussagefähiger Belege über Ihre pädagogische Eignung bis zum 5. Januar
2012 an den Präsidenten der Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen,
Ludwigstraße 23, D 35390 Gießen. Zu den Einstellungsvoraussetzungen
und erforderlichen Bewerbungsunterlagen wird empfohlen, unsere Hinweise
unter http://www.uni-giessen.de/stellenmarkt/merkblatt.pdf zu beachten.
- Bewerbungen Schwerbehinderter werden - bei gleicher Eignung -
bevorzugt. Wir bitten, Bewerbungen nur in Kopie vorzulegen, da diese
nach Abschluss des Verfahrens nicht zurückgesandt werden.

Hans-Jürgen Bömelburg
Fachbereich 04, JLU Gießen
Hans-Juergen.Boemelburg geschichte.uni-giessen.de

Closing date for expressions of interest : 9 January 2012

The University of Warwick is offering a number of Postgraduate Research
Scholarships across all its faculties. These will also be open on a
competitive basis to applicants in the Centre for the Study of the
Renaissance. In general, these scholarships (e.g., the Chancellor’s
Scholarships and the Chancellor’s International Scholarships) provide
the remission of fees and a maintenance allowance, without teaching or
other obligations. Full information on these scholarships is outlined here.

The Centre for the Study of the Renaissance is the largest interdisciplinary centre of its kind in the UK, with over 30 academic staff members having interests and expertise in the period 1300–1650. Supervision can be offered in (and across) most fields, including Classics, English, French Studies, Italian, History, and History of Art (see here). The Centre has a vibrant research culture, including a lively seminar series (STVDIO), a number of major international research projects, and strong connections with other institutions and associations, such as the Warburg Institute in London, the University of Venice, the University of Bonn, the Newberry Library in Chicago, and the Renaissance Society of America.

The Centre invites applications from both UK and overseas applicants. In order to compete for Warwick’s Postgraduate Research Scholarships, applicants will need to follow the steps outlined below. Materials will need to reach the the Director of Graduate Studies, Dr David Lines by 9 January 2012.

Further Details : Fully-Funded Postgraduate Research Scholarships,
University of Warwick

Applicants interested in competing for a doctoral scholarship at
Warwick will need to send the following materials, to arrive no later
than 9 January 2012 :

1) a cover letter plus a detailed academic CV, outlining in particular
previous academic qualifications (BA and MA equivalent), grades, details
of awards or publications, and proficiency in English. No documents
(e.g., transcripts) are required at this stage, but you are welcome to
send them if you wish.

2) a detailed outline of the PhD proposal (in English) : maximum 1500
words (plus 500-word bibliography) setting out the project’s aims,
methodology, sources and contribution to the field.

3) two academic references (preferably in English) commenting on your
past performance and scholarly potential. Applicants should be aware
that the most useful letters are those that describe in detail the
candidate’s abilities, the quality of past research, and the merits of
the proposed research project. It is better to have a detailed letter
from a professor who knows you well but is not recognized as an academic
superstar than to have a superstar write a short, generic letter.

All of the above should be sent (preferably by email) to :
Ms Jayne Brown
Centre for the Study of the Renaissance
University of Warwick
Coventry CV4 7AL
United Kingdom

Tel. + 44 (0)24 765 23250
Fax +44 (0)24 765 28174
email : renaissance warwick.ac.uk

Candidates are strongly urged to contact a suitably qualified member of
academic staff in their prospective research area, before the 9th of
January, in order to discuss the details of their research proposal.
(For potential supervisors again see here). Very soon after that date, the Centre will invite suitable candidates to further refine their proposals and apply for admission and funding. The final deadline will be 31 January 2012. The process will be as follows.

Candidates will in the first instance need to complete and submit, by
the 31st of January, an online application for admission to the MPhil/PhD in Renaissance Studies. A complete application for admission consists of : the completed form (including a research proposal, 4500 characters maximum), official transcripts of grades, an academic CV (through the ‘Upload a document’ facility), two academic reference letters, and—where applicable—evidence of a suitable level of English (e.g., IELTS scores). Scores for this last element may also arrive at a later date. An application may be begun at any time and saved, without obligation and without yet submitting. Candidates are advised to begin the application process early, particularly because it is through this system that referees are contacted and asked to submit a reference to the University on your behalf. (N.B. : As the documents mentioned here are for use by the University’s Admissions Office, and not the Centre, there will be some duplication between materials sent to the Centre by the deadline of 9 January and the ones required at this stage. The Department is not in a position to forward materials for you to the Admissions Office. You must ensure that University Admissions receives all of the requested materials through the online application mechanisms. This means that referees will need to send their letters twice : first to the Centre, and then again to the University, preferably through its electronic system.)
Information on eligibility and other matters is available here.

Before submitting their application for admission, candidates are also required to express their interest in a Postgraduate Research Scholarship. By ticking the appropriate box (under ‘Finances’) applicants must indicate that they wish to be considered. At this point candidates will be able to input information in three separate fields :

● previous scholarships or awards (500 characters)
● research proposal (4500 characters)
● publications, where applicable (500 characters)

N.B. : These materials must be prepared in close consultation with the prospective supervisor and/or the Director of Graduate Studies. The research proposal required under ‘Scholarships’, for instance, will not necessarily be identical to the one submitted elsewhere in the application. Applications for Postgraduate Research Scholarships are evaluated both by their prospective home department and by scorers from across the appropriate faculty. It is thus essential that they outline the importance and appeal of the research to be carried out to a non-specialist audience.

Once your form for admission and funding has been submitted (again, by
the deadline above) it will follow two separate tracks. First, the Centre will consider your application for admission. If all the required materials have been provided, this is usually fairly straightforward and uncomplicated. You should hear something by the end of February. The request for a Research Scholarship, however, will follow a different route, depending on the particular scheme(s) for which you are eligible. This process (which is intensely competitive) includes evaluations from across the University. Results should be announced by the beginning of April, when a ranking of the applications will have been drawn up. The Centre will know at that point which candidates can be offered a Research Scholarship by the University. Successful candidates will be informed by the Graduate School.

Any questions about the process can be directed to the Director of
Graduate Studies, Dr David Lines.

- 5. PhD-grant "Early Modern Textual Cultures of Western Europe".

Queen Mary, University of London (Departments of English and French) is a doctoral grant to carry out research into "Early Modern Textual Cultures of Western Europe". (see attached PhDbeurs Londen)
Deadline 31 January 2012

- 6. ACMRS Seminar on “Health and Disease in the Middle Ages”

Applications are being sought for a five-week Seminar for College and University Teachers—“Health and Disease in the Middle Ages”—which is being held 24 June through 28 July 2012, in London, UK. Part of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Seminars and Institutes program, the Seminar is sponsored by the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (ACMRS) and will convene at the Wellcome Library, the world’s premier research centre for medical history. This Seminar will gather together sixteen scholars (including up to two advanced graduate students) from across the disciplines interested in questions of health, disease, and disability in medieval Europe and the Mediterranean.

A primary goal is to explore how the scientific technologies of assessing disease prevalence andidentifying pathogens (particularly leprosy and plague) can inform traditional, humanistic methods (historical, literary, art historical, and linguistic) of investigating cultural responses to disease and disability. The Seminar also explores how humanistic studies of medieval medicine can inform modern scientific studies of historical diseases, which are developing at a rapid pace thanks to new methods in palaeopathology and ancient DNA (aDNA) retrieval and analysis. Our goal is not simply to foster dialogue among the disciplines regarding the intersections of religion, economics, and medicine in the medieval interpretation and treatment of disease, but also to provide a historical basis for understanding crises in global health today.

The two co-Directors, Monica Green and Rachel Scott, are specialists in the fields of medical history and bioarchaeology, respectively, and they will be aided by three guest lecturers who bring additional perspectives to interdisciplinary dialogue. Drawing on these multiple areas of expertise, the Seminar advocates studying the material evidence for disease and health-seeking behaviours alongside learned and artistic interpretations. Special emphasis is placed on assisting participants with their independent research projects relating to the History of Medicine, especially those based on unpublished primary sources.

The ideal participant for this Seminar will be a faculty member at a university or college, or an advanced graduate student, working in the humanities, social sciences, or natural sciences with an interest in research on medieval medicine. The NEH requires that applicants be United States citizens, residents of US jurisdictions, or foreign nationals who have been residing in the United States or its territories for the last three years. The Seminar is designed for those with no prior background in medical history and does not presuppose any advanced training in the biological sciences. Scholars working on any aspect of medieval Europe or the Mediterranean, and in any discipline, are encouraged to apply. Also, because our understanding of Europe will be expanded by thinking comparatively, scholars with expertise in other premodern cultures (e.g., pre-Columbian Americas or China) are encouraged to apply.

The sixteen selected participants will receive a stipend for the five-week Seminar of $3900, to cover airfare, housing costs, and other expenses. Housing has been prearranged at University College London.

Admission is competitive. The application process has two parts :

Part 1 – submitted directly to NEH : Fill out the initial application form online at the NEH website. This part is for the NEH’s internal records and is the necessary first step of processing your file. Please print it out since a copy of the form also needs to be included in Part 2.

Part 2 – submitted directly to the Seminar Directors, c/o ACMRS (at the e-mail or snail-mail address below) : The rest of the application materials consist of a copy of the NEH cover page, a curriculum vitae, a brief essay explaining your interest in the Seminar, and two letters of recommendation.

For further information (including a detailed description of the program and the syllabus), please go to the Seminar website.

Or write to us or call at :
Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (ACMRS)
4th Floor, Lattie F. Coor Hall
Arizona State University
P.O. Box 874402 Tempe, AZ 85287-4402

Phone : +1 (480) 965-4661