The University of Duisburg-Essen (Germany) is currently accepting applications for a postdoctoral fellow with expertise in urban semiotics, memory studies or and/or linguistic landscape research. This opportunity is being funded by the German Research Foundation and will be a part of the project “Memory and ideology in the linguistic landscape: Commemorative (re)naming in East Germany and Poland 1916-2016.” The purpose of this project is to explore the socio-political and ideological factors involved in the commemorative street naming in five cities in Eastern Germany and Poland. You will find information about the Faculty and the contracting authority at the University web site.
The ideal candidate will have a background in urban semiotics, linguistic landscape analysis, memory studies, media studies, critical and /or multimodal discourse analysis and a strong research interest in Eastern Europe. A very good knowledge of German and English is required. Knowledge of Polish is a plus but not required. This is a 50% position for 3 years. Starting date: 16. April 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter. Duration: 3 years. Tenure: 50% FTA
Contact Information: Prof. Isabelle Buchstaller, firstname.lastname@example.org
Between 4 to 8 fellowships are being offered by the American Geographical Society for scholars to conduct research in the special maps collection of the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee Libraries. The fellowships range in time from two to four weeks. The library’s primary strengths are geography, cartography, and related historical topics. Interested applicants are encouraged to consult the fellowship descriptions and application process on the AGSL website. The deadline for applications is November 30, 2017.
The National Library of Scotland is currently offering funding for a collaborative PhD centered on researching the Stevenson collection of ca. 3,000 maps and plans (ca. 1800-1900). The collection also includes details documents on infrastructure construction projects such as the building of 19th century Scottish harbors, canals, bridges, and lighthouses. Further details concerning the collection, the project, and the profile required for applicants can be found here. The closing date for applications is Friday 19 May.
The award, which is made by the Scottish Cultural Heritage Consortium as part of the AHRC’s Collaborative Doctoral Partnership Programme, will be managed jointly by the University of Edinburgh (Institute of Geography) and the National Library of Scotland, The studentship, which is full-time and funded for 3.5 years, will begin in October 2017 and will be jointly supervised by Christopher Fleet and Alison Metcalfe (National Library of Scotland) and Professor Charles W. J. Withers (University of Edinburgh). Part-time applications are welcome.
Ethnic Technologies is currently searching for an undergraduate or graduate student with a keen interest in onomastics to serve as a paid summer intern M-F, 40 hrs/wk for 8 weeks. The person hired for this position will be responsible for classifying first and last names by ethnicity; identifying morphological patterns within lists of names; defining rules from visible patterns; improving the logic that incorporates name intelligence into a predictive software product. Applicants must have strong communications skills in English and competency in at least one second language. Basic computer programming skills and knowledge of database software are a bonus. Information about the company can be found at their website. Interested applicants are asked to email former ANS Information Officer, Lisa Spira (lspira AT ethnictechnologies.com). THE DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS IS APRIL 7, 2017.
The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales is currently recruiting a new permanent full time member of staff to work on a new Welsh Place Names list for historic locations in Wales. The Welsh Ministers have asked the Commission to compile and maintain a list of historic place names in Wales, and the Place Names Officer will be a key part of this commitment. The successful candidate will be put in charge of compiling and maintaining the list. Further details on the Historic Place Names list and an application can be found at their website. Interested applicants who would like to learn more about the position and the project are asked to contact David Thomas, Head of Public Services: david.thomas at rcahmw.gov.uk
The closing date for applications is Friday 3 March 2017 at 5pm.
Purpose of the List of Historic Place Names
The List of Historic Place Names will be an index of names given to, or held by, geographical locations identified from sources that predate the First World War. Drawing upon existing place name research, the List will incorporate the various forms and spellings used to record structures or places over time.
The purpose of the List is:
- to provide easy access to a single centralised source of information on historic place names
- to raise awareness of the value of historic place names
- to inform decision makers