In 2023 the School of Advanced Study has offered three residencies to support research and research training in manuscript and print studies, hosted by the Institute of English Studies. The residencies are designed to enable established or postdoctoral scholars at any stage of their career to experience and participate in the Institute’s summer school activities and to carry out independent research. The residencies will last for up to six weeks and must be taken up during a period that overlaps with the running of the London International Palaeography School (5-16 June 2023) and/or the London Rare Books School (19 June – 7 July 2023).
Resident Fellows will design a research project that makes use of materials held at the library collections of the University of London and the School of Advanced Study (see https://www.sas.ac.uk/discover-our-research/support-researchers/sas-libraries), or other London collections. They will be expected to give at least one lecture or seminar as part of their residency, and, if appropriate, to participate in public-facing events (which may be recorded and made available online).
The Institute of English Studies is a centre for excellence in book history, palaeography and textual editing. It runs summer schools and short courses throughout the year as well as a successful Masters’ programme in the History of the Book. The wider purpose of the residencies is to help build new partnerships for the Institute and the School of Advanced Study, with the goal of extending the national and international reach of its work in manuscript and print studies. In addition to pursuing independent research, the successful applicant will be expected to interact with the Directors of the summer schools, and other Institute and SAS staff to explore possibilities for future research projects and research training activities. The summer schools are especially keen to expand their course provision in global or non-western traditions of the book and to appoint at least one early career researcher for these residencies.
The residencies carry a stipend of £5,000 to support travel and accommodation and the cost of any research materials.