The Library of Congress has announced the appointment of its Georgian Papers Fellowship. It has been awarded to Dr Nicola Phillips of Royal Holloway, University of London, where she is Co- Director of the Bedford Centre for the History of Women and Gender and is the editor/creator of the Bedford Centre Blog Following her first book, Women in Business, 1700-1850 (Boydell Press, 2006), in 2013 she published The Profligate Son; Or, a True Story of Family Conflict, Fashionable Vice and Financial Ruin in Regency England (OUP, Oxford & Basic Books, New York 2013), listed as one of the top ten books of the year by The Washington Post. Having explored female legal agency and the interaction between age, gender, family relationships and the intersection of criminal and civil law, she is now working on eighteenth-century masculinity; in particular comparing the advocacy, lives, careers and impact of celebrated lawyers Thomas Erskine and William Garrow on the Anglo-American adversarial trial and the transatlantic transmission of their legal ideas and performances, the project she will be pursuing for the fellowship.
King’s College London is offering two bursaries to support original research on the Georgian Royal Archives at Windsor Castle for up to a month.
King’s College London is the lead academic partner for the Georgian Papers Programme, a collaboration with the Royal Archives and Royal Library to shed new light on the Georgian period. The Programme is promoting and developing a research programme in support of the digitisation of some 350,000 pages of original archives, only 15% of which have been published to date.
Fellows will undertake their own research. Fellows will also be invited by staff of the Georgian Papers Programme to share their insights into the collection and join with fellows from other schemes at a number of events as part of a growing academic cohort.
The successful applicants will have full-day access to the Royal Archives but should be aware of the need for ample forward planning to allow for security clearance, the identification and retrieval of material of relevance from vaults (catalogues presently available are limited) and the occasional closures of the Castle.
King’s College London is a recognised hub for the interdisciplinary study of the eighteenth century drawing on a range of expertise in the field of literature, cultural and intellectual history, science and medicine, music, languages, philosophy and religion, naval and military history. Alongside the Georgian Papers Programme there are scholarly research centres including the Centre for Enlightenment Studies at King’s, which runs a highly successful MA in 18th Century Studies with the British Museum. The Centre for the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine, and the Sir Michael Howard Centre for the History of War. Finally, King’s Digital Laborayory, the King’s Department of Digital Humanities and the Archival Service equally have a track record of ground breaking research and delivery in the fields of digital access and data interpretation.
Two awards of £500 each are available in 2018 to support travel and subsistence. The closing date for applications for the Fellowships is 20 May 2018.
To apply please send a CV and a short 500 word summary of your project to the academic liaison Angel O’Donnell at: angel-luke.o’firstname.lastname@example.org, and with subject line King’s Summer Fellowships.
Likewise, please do contact Angel O’Donnell if you have any queries about the fellowship scheme.
Samantha Callaghan, Metadata Analyst, King’s Digital Laboratory
Early Modern Collection Catalogues: Open Questions, Digital Approaches, Future Directions was a workshop held at the British Museum, 15-16 February 2018, and intended to outline and discuss some of the issues that the Enlightenment Architectures: Sir Hans Sloane’s Catalogues of his Collection research team had encountered during their work. To that end, the team invited an international selection of experienced people working with similar types of digital projects or projects in the same time period to respond to the team’s presentations. Many respondees also had the opportunity to present on their own projects/approaches.
It was a congenial two days to meet and discuss, sometimes with much fervour, issues that are common across much of the work undertaken in digital spaces of the Enlightenment period. Below is a mix of reportage on particular sessions, reflections on how the work of the Georgian Papers Programme (GPP) complements or diverges from some standpoints taken by speakers, as well as a broader reflection on the greater digital project landscape in which the GPP sits. Some recurring themes from the workshop included: gaps within the Linked Open Data network for Eighteenth century projects, audiences and models, and workflows.