PhD Scholarships at Swansea

PhD Scholarships in the School of Arts and Humanities

Ten fully funded PhD scholarships covering UK/EU fees and a maintenance award at AHRC rates for three years.

Closing Date: 31 July 2009

Applications are welcome from well-qualified candidates from the UK and EU, whose research topic could be supervised at Swansea.

Applicants should have a background in the Arts and Humanities. The scholarships are available to new PhD students only, for full or part-time study.

We welcome proposals which match the research priorities of our centres: for further details visit the research pages for Arts and Humanities .

Further information:

Over 140 academics work in a wide range of the Arts and Humanities at Swansea.

Two of these scholarships will be in the form of Graduate Teaching Assistantships with a requirement to offer six hours teaching each week in any field of history.

How to Apply:

Applicants should submit their CV and research proposal by 31 July 2009. Projects will commence from 21 September 2009.

Contact: Professor Helen Fulton

School of Arts and Humanities

Keir Hardie Building

Swansea University

Swansea SA2 8PP

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Cursed be he that moves my bones … but what about the altar rail?

The BBC reports from the Church of Holy Trinity, Stratford, that plans are once again afoot to move Shakespeare’s grave … or rather … not to move it.

What makes the Shakespeare’s-Grave-Staying-Right-Where-It-Is story interesting, of course, is the possible impact on planning decisions of the curse inscribed on the playwright’s slab:

     Good frend for Jesus sake forebeare,

     To digg the dust encloased heare;

     Bleste be the man that spares thes stones,

     And curst be he that moves my bones

Was Shakespeare the author of his own epitaph?  Is there a link between these words and the anxieties over exhumation and the mistreatment of corpses found in so many of his plays? 

Shakespearean biographies and editions often skirt the question of authorship by asserting that the epitaph is conventional and formulaic — something that any local versifier could have composed.  Yet no one seems to have been able to produce a remotely similar tomb inscription in support of the claim that Shakespeare’s is conventional. 

Perhaps, then, it is time for the first Cuppe of Newes Challenge.  Can anyone supply an English tomb inscription from 50 years either side of Shakespeare’s death which resembles the one in Holy Trinity Stratford?  Can anyone find an inscription which:

1) makes no reference to the soul of the deceased but dwells entirely on the fate of his physical remains;

2) contains the threat of a curse, not against vandals or church-robbers, but against a church official (the sexton) in pursuit of his normal duties?

Either of the above would be interesting.  Both together will result in some sort of prize.  Answers in the comments section below!

Published in: on May 29, 2008 at 8:32 am  Leave a Comment  
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Cardiff Renaissance Seminars

The spring programme for the newly-launched Cardiff Renaissance Seminar.  All seminars will begin at 5:15pm in Humanities Building, Room 0.31, Cardiff University. 

7th February Professor Richard Wilson, Cardiff

      ‘Shakespeare in Hate: Performing the Virgin Queen’ 

14th February  Professor J. Gwynfor Jones, Cardiff

      ‘The Strange Case of William Parry, Elizabethan Double Agent’

6th March Dr Philip Schwyzer, Exeter

     ‘Shakespeare and the Remains of Richard III’ 

27th March  Dr Jonathan Durrant, Glamorgan

     ‘Soldiers, Religion and Nationality in the Thirty Years’ War’ 

1st May  Professor Catherine Belsey, Swansea

     ‘Shakespeare and the Myth of Venus’ 

11th June  Dr Andy Wood, UEA

     ‘Custom and Conflict in Early Modern England’

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