As part of the Leverhulme-funded project ‘Writing Bilingually, 1465-1700: Self-Translated Books in Italy and France’, there is one full-time, three-year PhD studentship available from 4 January 2023 at the Warburg Institute in London. The studentship covers university fees and an annual £18,000 maintenance stipend for a maximum of three years. Both home and international students are eligible to apply. The studentship carries a residency requirement and distance learning options are not available. Supervised by Dr Sara Miglietti, the student will complete a thesis examining theories and practice of self-translation in Renaissance Italy and/or France in the context of 16th-century language debates (questione della lingua). Funding is available for research-related travel during the studentship. The student will also participate in other activities attached to the research project, including three international conferences, and will collaborate with the rest of the team on the production of key research outputs (an online database, an annotated catalogue of printed self-translations, and an anthology of primary sources in translation).

Ideally, applicants will have a prior knowledge of either Latin, Italian, or French, and a commitment to gain a reading knowledge of all three during their studies (advanced training in any of these languages will be offered free of charge at the Warburg Institute). A prior demonstrable interest in Renaissance translation and/or language debates will be an advantage. A good BA degree and a masters degree in history, modern languages, or a relevant related discipline are required. Candidates who are non-native speakers of English must meet the language requirements set by the University of London.

At the Warburg Institute, the student will benefit from a uniquely supportive environment for the study of Renaissance culture. The Institute’s collections, including its famous library, will enable them to fully develop the comparative and interdisciplinary aspects of their research. They will benefit from a wide range of complementary research training, including palaeography and language courses, modules on historical methodology, reading groups, and research seminars. They will gain valuable transferable skills for a career in academia or in other sectors, including an ability to work with foreign languages at an advanced level, bibliographic skills (useful for a career in the heritage sector or auction houses), and team-working and presentation skills. The Institute is part of London’s School of Advanced Study, the UK’s premier centre for research in the Humanities, and the student will have full access to the School’s resources throughout their studies.

The selection process will take place in three stages:

1) Applicants should initially submit their CV, a short research proposal, and a brief personal statement at this link. The deadline for initial applications is 5pm on 10 October 2022.

2) Suitable candidates will be invited to submit a full application via the School of Advanced Study’s electronic portal. Full applications must be received by 5pm on 17 October 2022. Applicants are advised to familiarise themselves beforehand with the documentation required, which includes a longer research proposal, degree transcripts, and two reference letters. Note that the non-refundable application fee of £50 will be waived in this case.

3) Interviews will take place on Zoom at the beginning of November. Any enquiries should be directed to Dr Sara Miglietti (sara.miglietti@sas.ac.uk)