'Digital mediations' research post on 'Language Acts and Worldmaking' project

We are seeking five post-doctoral research assistants for 'Language Acts and Worldmaking', a flagship project in the UK funded by the AHRC Open World Research Initiative, which aims " to illuminate the ways in which language empowers us by enabling us to construct our personal, local, transnational and spiritual identities". The four-year project is a collaboration between King’s College London, The Open University, The University of Westminster and Queen Mary, University of London, with more than twenty partners in education, cultural sectors, the charitable sector, and business.

One of these posts is for the 'Digital Mediations' strand (led by Paul Spence), which looks at how technology interacts with language and culture in processes of world-making, and the effect of digital, mobile and networked technology in creating new forms of digitally-mediated transmission and translation. The strand aims to bring together Modern Languages and Digital Culture/Digital Humanities researchers in examining what kinds of "translation" are enacted as information enters and leaves the digital sphere, and the extent to which data, as a complex cultural product in its own right, represents a meaningful record accessible to Modern Languages research and learning.

The post holder will be expected to have skills and qualifications in the following areas, including but not limited to: working knowledge of modern languages, ideally Spanish and/or Portuguese; knowledge of lifecycle models and techniques for the management of digital material; knowledge of a range of computing technologies of relevance to Modern Languages; a broad understanding of information systems; software development skills; and experience of performing digital research. See application for full specification.

This is a three year post at King's College London, to start in early 2017. See full information at: https://www.hirewire.co.uk/HE/1061247/MS_JobDetails.aspx?JobID=74130

For full information about all five posts:

We are keen to receive applications from a broad range of disciplines, and so encourage those with a background in related areas of the Humanities or Social Sciences to apply. Similarly, although the initial focus of the project is Spanish and Portuguese language, we also encourage those with knowledge of other languages to apply.

Deadline December 16th.

Best wishes
Paul Spence


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