Director of the Index of Christian Art, Princeton University

Princeton University invites applications for the position of Director of the Index of Christian Art. The Director oversees all academic and administrative aspects of the Index and works collaboratively with a staff of scholars and professionals (currently, eight). He or she must take an active role in the development and implementation of an improved online database as well as increasing the number of its subscribers, while presiding over the ongoing process of digitizing the original Index files and supplementing them with new research. Responsibilities include the development and supervision of a variety of scholarly projects long associated with the Index, notably publications, conferences, and symposia (as well as the fundraising that such projects require); collaboration with both the Department of Art and Archaeology and the Program in Medieval Studies in such endeavors is assumed.

Candidates must hold a PhD in Medieval Art History or an advanced degree in a related field and have a record of relevant publications and professional experience. They must demonstrate experience with database management and the administration of the budget and finances for an academic unit, scholarly organization, or other non-profit organization. They must also be capable of building and maintaining effective relationships with academic programs and administrative offices at Princeton and other institutions.

Information about the Index of Christian Art may be found at:

Applications must be submitted online at:, and must include a letter of application, CV, contact information for three referees, and a writing sample (of no more than 25 pages). For fullest consideration apply by October 15, 2014. Princeton University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. This position is subject to the University’s background check policy.

Vacancy: Programmer Analyst, Schoenberg Database of Manuscripts

Programmer Analyst, Schoenberg Database of Manuscripts

Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies at the University of Pennsylvania Libraries

With a growing collection of over 215,000 records representing approximately 100,000 manuscripts, the Schoenberg Database of Manuscripts (SDBM) is the largest freely available repository of data on manuscript books produced before 1600. The SDBM, maintained by the University of Pennsylvania Libraries, has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to redevelop the SDBM into a global, open-access, collaborative tool for researching the historic and current locations of the world’s manuscript books produced before 1600. The successful outcome of the project has the potential to impact research processes and the discoverability of primary source documents throughout the cultural heritage sector on an international scale.

Penn Libraries is seeking to fill a three-year, full-time, NEH-funded Programmer Analyst position to lead the redevelopment of the SDBM. Working directly with the project manager and the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies (SIMS) Digital Content Programmer, the PA will build a crowd-sourced application providing web, mobile, and application interfaces for the discovery, access, and entry of manuscript data, using web development frameworks such as Django, jQuery, and Bootstrap. The PA will also work with the library’s Information Technologies and Digital Development (iTaDD) department’s Digital Library Architecture (DLA), which will provide core data access API’s for the SDBM.

Required are: a Bachelor’s Degree and/or Master’s Degree in computer science, information science, or relevant discipline with at least 1 year experience with web application development for publicly accessible, interactive websites; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. The candidate should also possess the following:

  • Proven development skills, including developing rich interactive websites
  • Experience working with SQL databases
  • Experience working with source code version control systems, such as Git, Subversion, or Mercurial
  • Experience with unit and integration testing practices
  • Outstanding communication skills
  • Ability to work effectively with stakeholders and work collaboratively with technical staff
  • Demonstrated capacity to learn new methods and processes

Not required, but desirable are:

Knowledge of HTML5, mobile application development, document databases, Linked Open Data (LOD), and Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) guidelines, and experience working in a Digital Humanities environment

Salary range: $39–$60,000

To apply, go to:

Postdoctoral Research Position “Medieval Spanish Literature and Latin”

The MSH offers a postdoctoral research position in medieval Spanish language and literature and Latin − a temporary contract (12 months) as part of an ANR funding (MSH Lorraine – INALCO – CNRS ATILF).

The contract begins on October 1st 2014.

Description of the research project framing the position and main focus of the postdoctoral researcher

ALIENTO (Linguistic and intercultural analysis of short sapiential statements and of their transmission East/West, West/East) is a research project whose aim is the creation of a database about the sources, transmission, circulation and posterity of sapiential statements of the Iberian Peninsula (from the ninth to the sixteenth century) between the Three Cultures: Jewish, Christian, Islamic. It is an interdisciplinary innovative research project which fits in the new field of the Digital Humanities. Our interdisciplinary approach brings together scientific practices and knowledge implemented by literary scholars, linguists, paremiologists, computer scientists. The dialogue of disciplines on a common object (the circulation of medieval sapiential brief units) provides new methodological and conceptual research perspectives. In this regard, ALIENTO is central in scientific and methodological treatment of sapiential texts, both by the nature of the corpus and the way of dealing with it, the management of multilinguism, the reflexion on textual encoding as well as by the originality of its qualitative approach of corpora exploration (interoperability man-machine).

Aims of the research project

The aim of the ALIENTO project is to elaborate a software transferable to other similar texts, from a significant referencial body consisting of 8 related texts having circulated in the Iberian peninsula in the Middle Ages ( Latin, Arabic, Hebrew, Spanish and Catalan), that is 582 pages and about 9570 brief sapiential statements, in order to
− extract knowledge from the annotated corpora on the sources, the transmission, the circulation and the posterity of the sapiential statements of the Iberian peninsula (9th-16th centuries) between the three cultures;
−work out concordances, even partial, close or distant connections,
− reassess inter-textual relations by comparing a great quantity of data and by interconnecting encoded texts written in different languages.

The steps to be followed are:

1. Accurate annotation using an XML/TEI tagging system on the sense, the form, the structure and the moral of each brief sapiential statement found in eight texts from a reference corpus (Arabic, Spanish, Hebrew, Catalan and Latin). The point is to link the brief sapiential statements (about 9,570 items) and, by means of a close collaboration between experts, develop a robust tagging protocol for this type of items which can be transferable to other corpora (formalisation, normalisation, creation of a common ontology to this type of statements).
2. Cooperatively create a piece of software capable of matching items and displaying a trilingual interface that will allow the monitoring of results, i.e. the links created between the brief sapiential statements.
3. Analysis of the matching results and production of scientific results in the field of humanities: study of the circulation of brief sapiential statements, their transformation and their degree of acculturation according to their own intertextuality.
4. Creation of a library of medieval sapiential texts accessible on-line by means of standardised meta-data in TEI format and accompanied by data on the text, authors, translators, compilers and references

The current research project ANR ALIENTO is the result of four consecutive years of research. For further information:

Focus of the postdoctoral researcher:

The postdoctoral researcher must have an extensive background in Castilian, medieval literature and Latin as well as solid technical know-how in computing. Knowledge of Arabic would be an asset. As a specialist of Spanish texts s/he will have to tag with precision the brief sapiential statements with compatible XML/TEI annotations on the sense, the form, the structure and the moral of each brief sapiential statement to be found in the books of sayings such as: Libro de los cien capítulos, flores de filosofía, Vida y costunbres de los viejos filósofos, Libro de los doce sabios, Poridat de las poridades, Secretum secretorum….
S/he will work in Nancy (MSH Lorraine) in close collaboration with the research group ALIENTO (Paris − Nancy).
S/he will take part in the research meetings and workshops co-organised with the ATILF and will contribute with her/his expertise in medieval Hispanic texts and language.


– Doctorate in medieval Spanish language, literature and culture.
– Extensive knowledge of the circulation of sapiential texts in the Mediterranean area. – Good knowledge of Latin
– Knowledge of Arabic will be an asset.

Terms of contract

Length: 12 months
The postdoctoral researcher can be of any nationality. English may be used as the working language for researchers not speaking French. The contract begins on October 1st 2014.
Applications must be submitted before August 31st 2014.
The net salary will be about 2,100 euros per month.

Please send a curriculum vitae, a summary of your dissertation and a letter of application to the following email addresses: Marie-Sol Ortola at and

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Job Announcement: Assistant Professor in Late Latin Studies at the University of Iowa

The Department of Classics at The University of Iowa invites applications for a tenure-track position at the assistant professor level in Late Latin Studies (2nd Century CE through 9th Century CE) with a demonstrated interest in digital Humanities, to begin in August 2014. For more information, please see

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PhD Scholarship in Palaeography and Manuscript Studies

2013/14 PhD programme in Palaeography and Manuscript Studies, King’s College London. Deadline for applications – 1st July 2013.

To apply: CV, 600-word research proposal, academic transcript, sent to

Applications are now being accepted for a PhD scholarship (value £24,500 to cover fees with the balance payable as a stipend in 12 equal monthly instalments; tenable for a three-year period) to be awarded competitively to a suitably qualified candidate. The applicant will be completing or have completed a Master’s level qualification, will have knowledge of Latin or at least one medieval language, and must have developed a research proposal relating to some aspect of medieval manuscripts and palaeography. Research students in King’s have access to advanced Latin and palaeography training, although it is expected that the successful candidate will have already gained experience of both disciplines.

London boasts unrivalled collections of Western manuscripts, in private as well as public hands, a large concentration of experts on medieval palaeography, numerous research seminars, including the London Palaeography seminar, and the extensive resources of the Senate House Palaeography Room as well as the British Library Manuscripts Reading Room. Postgraduate students at King’s belong to the Centre for Late Antique and Medieval Studies, one of the best-established interdisciplinary centres of its kind in the country, which brings together international scholars working at the forefront of their disciplines, as well as visiting academics from overseas.

Students within Palaeography and Manuscript Studies have the opportunity of co-supervision in a discipline appropriate to their research interests: Classics and Hellenic Studies, Digital Humanities, History, Literature (English, French, German, Occitan, Spanish), Music, or Theology and Religious Studies. Current major research projects hosted at King’s which involve the study of medieval manuscripts include Digipal, Dynamics of the Medieval Manuscript, Medieval Francophone Literature outside France.

For further information please contact Julia Crick, Professor of Palaeography and Manuscript Studies (

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