Ref 2227/15 Research Associate in Digital Humanities, School of Humanities and Communication Arts

The Digital Humanities Research Group (DHRG) at Western Sydney University is one of Australia’s leading and most dynamic inter-disciplinary digital humanities research clusters.

It is currently seeking a doctorally-qualified research associates with background in eighteenth-century literary studies, book history, history or cognate disciplines to work on the Australian Research Council-funded project ‘Mapping Print, Charting Enlightenment: Reinterpreting Eighteenth-Century European Culture through Historical Bibliometrics and Digital, Spatial and Textual Analysis’.

The project builds on the path-breaking ‘French Book Trade in Enlightenment Europe’ (FBTEE) database project, which is hosted at Western Sydney. It aims to reconstruct popular reading trends to revise understanding of European enlightenment and the transformational impact of print. The successful applicant will work on a sub-project lasting 18 months entitled: ‘Mapping the French Novel: An Experiment in Academic Crowd-Sourcing’. The role will include designing and leading a six-month experiment in crowd-sourcing; identification and digital curation of key sources; editing and standardisation of digital research data; taxonomic classification of books; and data entry and data analysis.

The successful applicant will participate in the project’s programme of workshops, symposia and international conferences, both in speaking and organisational roles. They will also contribute to the publication of digital and traditional research outputs. These will include both individual and team outputs.

There is a possibility of a relocation package as per the university’s relocation policy.

Position Enquiries: Professor Simon Burrows, email:

Remuneration Package: Academic Level A $79,656 to $96,237 (comprising Salary $71,865 to $86,824, plus Superannuation, and Leave Loading)

Closing Date: 30 January 2016

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