Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowships (UK)

PostdocsThe Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Queen Mary University of London welcomes applications from outstanding postdoctoral scholars to the 2019 round of the Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship Scheme. Deadline: 28 November 2018.

Research across the Faculty is focused on the frontiers of disciplinary and inter-disciplinary approaches and debates, and the Faculty contributed strongly to Queen Mary University of London’s overall achievement of a top ten position for research quality in REF 2014 amongst multi-submission and multi-faculty universities in the UK.

Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships provide career development opportunities for those who are at a relatively early stage of their academic careers, and who have a proven record of research excellence. The expectation is that Fellows should undertake a significant piece of publishable work during their tenure and would contribute to the intellectual life and teaching programmes of the host School and the Faculty.

Loughborough U (UK) Research Associate positions

2 Research Associate positions, Screening Socialism, Loughborough University, UK

These are 12 month, full-time Research Associate posts, required to work on the Leverhulme Trust-funded project Screening Socialism: Television and Everyday Life in Socialist Eastern Europe. Key tasks include independent archival research and interviewing in one countries and dissemination of results. Suitable candidates will hold a PhD in a relevant subject or be close to completion, and have the relevant research, analytical and linguistic skills to enable research on one of the former socialist countries: Poland, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Bulgaria, Romania, Albania.

To apply, follow this link. You will need to search for the position using ‘Research Associate’ and then register to access the on-line form.

Closing date: 1 May 2014.
Interviews will be held on 15 May 2014.
Preferred starting date: 1 August 2014.

For informal queries contact: Dr. Sabina Mihelj, the Principal Investigator of the project.

Screening Socialism is an innovative new research project devoted to researching the history of popular television in socialist Eastern Europe, and its legacy on popular memories of the socialist period. After Stalin’s death, improved provision of consumer goods, increases in leisure time, and a rise in living standards were seen as a means for legitimising socialist rule. Popular television was an important conduit for this privatisation of politics, a space where the social imaginary of the socialist ‘good life’ was shaped and debated. Did socialist television de-politicise socialist culture and undermine public engagement in political processes, or did it succeed in bringing public affairs to a much wider audience? Screening Socialism sets out to find out.

CFP Conf on Newspapers, war and society

Call for Papers for Newspapers, War and Society, a conference to be held 29 April-1 May 2014 at Gregynog Hall, Wales, UK.

This conference will explore the relationship between newspapers and society during times of war. It is organised by the Leverhulme Trust  funded  British Press in World War Two project and the Centre for Media History, Aberystwyth University.  The conference will have an international perspective, and focus on the importance of newspapers as objects of historical enquiry in their social contexts.

Newspapers have a fundamental role in societies at war. They relay the experience of war, provide a means for the state to communicate to the population directly, and serve to entertain readers. However, little attention has been paid to the dynamics of their production, circulation and reception during wartime and how the wider context of war affects those processes.  In what ways does the circuit of communication between the press and its readers change during wartime? How is newspaper content altered as a result of wartime restrictions? How is news sourced? How do newspapers balance their commercial interests and the purpose of informing readers, using restricted resources?  How do newspapers interact with the wider culture of wartime societies?

The conference also invites papers that address methodological issues relating to the use of newspapers in historical inquiry. Historical studies of wartime home fronts have tended to forgo the complexity of newspapers and use them illustratively, rather than systemically examining their content. We therefore welcome papers that critically engage with the newspaper as an historical object. Approaches might include quantitative and qualitative studies of content, or analysis of how newspapers were read and understood by their audiences.

We welcome proposals from a range of geographical and methodological backgrounds. Whilst the conference will be weighted towards the period 1914-1945, we also invite contributions which approach the theme from wider chronological perspectives. Abstracts of around 200 words for papers of between 20 to 25 minutes duration should be sent by close of business on 14 July 2013 to cmhstaff AT aber.ac.uk.

This conference is jointly organised by the Centre For Media History, Aberystwyth University, and the journal Media History, with the financial support of the Leverhulme Trust. It is held at the historic University of Wales conference centre Gregynog Hall, near Newtown, Powys, Wales.  Additional enquiries can be directed to one or more of the following: Dr Sian Nicholas, Professor Tom O’Malley or Dr Marc Wiggam.