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Thursday, 08 August 2019 12:36

Reminder: ERC-funded RusTrans PhD studentship in the history of literary translation from Russian, starting January 2020

Applications are invited for an ERC-funded PhD studentship in the Department of Modern Languages at the University of Exeter to work with the lead researchers on the “RusTrans: Dark Side of Translation” project. This five-year project investigates the ideology underlying the practice of Russian-to-English literary translation in the 20th and 21st centuries. The fully funded studentship, beginning in January 2020, will be hosted at the University of Exeter’s Streatham Campus. The studentship is for 3.5 years and is open to students of any nationality. The studentship will cover University tuition fees at Home, EU, or International rates, with a stipend equivalent to the Research Council’s UK national minimum stipend (£15,009 in 2019/20). Candidates will be expected to have completed a Master’s degree by the time of starting the studentship; they should not yet have formally commenced a doctoral project.

The successful candidate will be expected to develop an independent research question relevant to the RusTrans project, while assisting the PI, Dr Muireann Maguire, and Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr Cathy McAteer, with project-related research and administration. This research question should address the literary translation of Russian into the language of a non-Anglophone nation anywhere in the globe where Russian culture exerts or has exerted a strong cultural or political influence in the twentieth or twenty-first centuries. Some funding will be provided for research-related travel, including limited funding to carry out research in the nation of his or her research focus. In addition, the successful candidate will assist the PI and Postdoctoral Fellow with conference organization, website management (including writing regular blog posts and contributing to the project’s social media accounts), and other project administration. He or she will have opportunities to present new research at the project’s two international conferences in 2020 and 2022, and to co-write articles on the project case studies with Dr Maguire and Dr McAteer. More information about the project can be found here. The closing date for applications in September 2, 2019.

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