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27 September 2020

Literature House PhD Opportunity

The University of Edinburgh and Edinburgh Napier University have partnered with the Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature Trust to offer an exciting, fully funded collaborative PhD opportunity.

As part of the thriving literary quarter at Edinburgh's Netherbow on the Royal Mile, the Trust is planning to create a 'Literature House', which will be a venue for discovering and celebrating the literature of Scotland in all its forms.

Having worked with Edinburgh Napier University and the University of Edinburgh to develop the Literature House and Literary Quarter as immersive digitally-mediated experiences, the Trust is looking to further this partnership by appointing a PhD researcher who can help support their strategic goals.

This PhD studentship will allow the holder to focus on researching the history and variety of 'Literature Houses' across the world, and will situate the Edinburgh Literature House within this. They will also help to establish a context for how the Literature House could meet the needs of communities and stakeholders in an era of rapid technological change.

The programme's supervisory team includes Professor James Loxley (CDCS Digital Cultural Heritage cluster member, University of Edinburgh), Dr Tara Thomson (Napier), and Ali Bowden (Director, Edinburgh City of Literature Trust). The programme includes six months working in the Trust's headquarters as well as involvement in the planning and development of the Literature House proposal.

The studentship will include fees and a stipend for maintenance costs for 3.5 years of study. The student will be formally enrolled at Edinburgh Napier University, and co-supervised by a team of three project partners from ENU, UoE and ECoL.

The closing date for applications is 5pm on 1 November 2020.

Applications should be submitted via Edinburgh Napier University's Research Degrees website, following the link for full-time application to Creative Industries. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview, likely by online video conference.

For more details, see the Edinburgh City of Literature Trust website.

The studentship starting date is 1 March 2021.