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New AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Studentship

Posted on 05/02/2014
AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Studentship
Music, Print and Culture in the 16th and Early 17th Centuries

The Music Department at Royal Holloway, University of London, and the British Library are pleased to announce a three-year PhD Studentship under the AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership (CDP) Scheme, to commence 22 September 2014. The successful applicant will receive full funding (tuition fees; maintenance payment of £15,863 for 2014/15, increasing annually), plus associated expenses (£550 yearly maintenance payment from AHRC; up to £1,000 per annum from the British Library to cover travel and related costs).

This PhD will focus on the British Library’s holdings of 16th- and early 17th-century printed music, which are among the largest in the world. About 320 books of its 16th-century printed music were digitized in 2011 by Early Music Online (EMO), a previous collaboration between Royal Holloway and the British Library. As part of this project, the catalogue records were enhanced to provide inventories, detailing every individual musical work in each volume for the first time. This has opened up the collections to in-depth exploration, and the EMO digital collection is now used by scholars and performers worldwide. The present studentship offers an opportunity to build on the work of EMO, by analysing the items already digitized and by enhancing the catalogue records for music editions that still await digitization.

This Partnership offers a collaborative supervisory team that brings together Royal Holloway musicologist Dr Stephen Rose with the Curator of Printed Music at the British Library, Dr Rupert Ridgewell. The successful candidate will profit from the academic and practical resources of both partner institutions, becoming a full participant in the international community of research students at Royal Holloway while also having the opportunity to gain first hand professional experience of curatorial work at the British Library in London, including cataloguing, digitization, conservation and exhibitions work. The student will be allocated office space in the Library and be able to participate in the Library's rich programme of public events, study days and student seminars and to disseminate research findings to academic and non-academic audiences. The student will be expected to contribute to the re-cataloguing of 16th- or early 17th-century printed music relevant to his/her research area. In the longer term, the blend of academic research and curatorial work should considerably enhance employment-related skills while inspiring a project with considerable potential for knowledge exchange and public impact.

With the proviso that applicants must plan their research with a view to making substantive use of the British Library’s collections of 16th- and early 17th-century printed music, they are welcome to shape the precise proposal according to their own interests, skills and initiative. Possible research questions may include:
    •    How did printers, editors and publishers shape and meet the new market for printed music in Europe in the 16th century?
    •    How did print allow music and musical ideas to be shared and disseminated across different regions of Europe?
    •    How were foreign musical works translated or adapted in the receiving nations to cater for changed cultural tastes?
    •    How did music-printing contribute to the identities of religious denominations in the Reformation, Counter Reformation and the religious conflicts of the 16th and early 17th centuries?
    •    Which musical works and genres were most popular in early modern printed anthologies, and why?
    •    What do the formats and paratexts (e.g. dedications, prefaces, indexes) of the printed books reveal about how publishers negotiated patronage systems and the market in order to sell music?
    •    How was printed music owned and used, for instance by performers, institutions, collectors and antiquarians?

Applicants must have a first degree in an appropriate subject (minimum II.i), and a Master’s degree or other professional experience relevant to the scope of the project. The ability to read music notation is essential. The student will be based in London.

Residency eligibility
Applicants must fulfil the AHRC’s residency criteria. You must
    •    be a British national normally resident in the UK; or
    •    an EU national normally resident in the UK, the EU or Switzerland; or
    •    have been resident in the UK or EU for the past three years for reasons other than education.
For full details (particularly regarding residency eligibility, which has many conditions and exceptions), please see the AHRC’s Guide to Student Funding: http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/SiteCollectionDocuments/Student-Funding-Guide.pdf

Informal enquiries
Candidates considering making an application are strongly encouraged to discuss their research proposal informally with Dr Stephen Rose (stephen.roserhul.ac.uk).

Application process
All candidates must apply online to Royal Holloway here http://www.rhul.ac.uk/Registry/Admissions/applyonline.html, where you must submit personal details and those of two referees. Please specify “British Library CDP studentship: Music, print and culture” in section J of the form (Financial Support). Please also upload:

    •    a research proposal explaining how you would address the topic “Music, print and culture” (max. 1000 words)
    •    a personal statement explaining how your experience, skills and interests suit this studentship (max. 500 words)
    •    sample of academic writing (one or two essays totalling 4000–8000 words)

The deadline for receipt of applications (including two references) is Thursday 13th March 2014.

Interviews will be held at the British Library on Friday 28th March and Wednesday 2nd April 2014.


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