Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Doctoral scholarship avbl for EU residents, work on Conan Doyle.

There is an exciting opportunity for UK and EU residents interested in doing doctoral work on Arthur Conan Doyle. From Christopher Pittard, a member of the Clues editorial board:
Conan Doyle, NYPL
The Centre for Studies in Literature at the University of Portsmouth (UK) invites applications for one student to undertake a fully funded AHRC Collaborative Doctoral studentship on the topic of "Possession and Obsession: The Case of Arthur Conan Doyle," supervised by Dr. Christopher Pittard and Dr. Patricia Pulham (University of Portsmouth), and Dr. Jane Mee (Portsmouth City Council). As part of this collaborative project, the successful candidate will also work closely with Portsmouth City Council in developing the use of the Arthur Conan Doyle collection (Lancelyn Green bequest), an extensive archive of Doyle memorabilia, and organising public outreach events related to the collection, gaining transferable skills and experience for use in the cultural services and related sectors. The AHRC will pay for fees and an annual maintenance grant of £14,276.

The broad aims of the project are:
• To examine Doyle’s relation to late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century literary and cultural contexts, with reference to questions of reading communities, modes of textual production, and the historical origins of fan identity.

• To consider the cultural relationship between late Victorian fandom and twentieth- and twenty-first century constructions and appropriations of Doyle, addressing issues of authorship, intellectual property, and theoretical models of fandom.
Applications and details of proposed research projects should be made through the University of Portsmouth Web site (under the "Research Degrees" section). Proposals need to indicate that the applicant is applying for the "Possession and Obsession" studentship. Application deadline is July 5. Questions should be directed to Pittard.

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