L’Université de Bristol offre une bourse doctorale sur le rôle de la langue française en Russie aux XVIIIe et XIXe siècles.
Les candidatures peuvent être envoyées jusqu’au 9 septembre.
Texte de l’appel à candidatures :
AHRC Doctoral Studentship in Russian : the French Language in Russia
A studentship is available for a doctoral student at the University of Bristol from 1 October 2011 or as soon as possible thereafter.
The student will belong to a research team based in the Department of Russian which will be working from 1 August 2011 for a period of three years on a multidisciplinary project funded by the AHRC on ’The History of the French Language in Russia’. (S)he will write a thesis which explores some aspect of this subject.
Candidates for this studentship will need a good reading knowledge of both Russian and French and are therefore likely to be qualified in Modern Languages, although candidates with a background in history or social sciences will also be considered.
The student awarded this studentship will be working within a subject area that has already been broadly defined as part of a larger project. Candidates should therefore use the research statement in their application to explain how their research experience and interests might connect with this larger project and how the project might in turn fit in with their longer-term research plans. They should also provide details of their academic record to date.
Please clearly signal your candidacy for this project studentship in your application.
For further information please contact Professor Derek Offord (Derek.Offord@bristol.ac.uk) or, in his absence, Hannah.Blackman@bristol.ac.uk
Deadline 5.00 pm on Friday 9 September 2011.
Further details of the project
You will belong to a research team based in the Department of Russian at the University of Bristol. The team will be led by Professor Derek Offord and will also include two Postdoctoral Research Assistants, Dr Vladislav Rjéoutski and Dr Sarah Turner. It will work from 1 August 2011 for a period of three years on a multidisciplinary project wholly funded by the AHRC on ’The History of the French Language in Russia’.
The research team will take an interdisciplinary approach. Using a wide range of primary sources (archival material, linguistic corpora, published works and private correspondence written by Russians in French, and Russian writings about linguistic questions), it will examine the history of French in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Russia from the viewpoints of linguistic, social, cultural, literary, political and intellectual history. The approach you take in your thesis will mirror this interdisciplinary approach.
The precise focus of your thesis will be determined in consultation with the research team during the first six months of the studentship, as you explore the subject and as the larger project develops.
However, it would be particularly beneficial for the project as a whole if the postgraduate were to focus on one of the following subjects, which fall in fields of linguistic, social, political, intellectual and cultural history which the team believe it will be important to consider :
- the ways in which French was learnt in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Russian noble families (the role of French tutors and governesses, grammars and reading materials, the Grand Tour) ;
- the effect of French ways of thinking about language (as exemplified in the Académie française) on Russian linguistic and cultural attitudes and institutions ;
- the pattern of French usage by the high Russian nobility (a case study could be written on this subject using the archives of a noble family such as the Vorontsovs) ;
- the distribution and role of French communities in the Russian Empire ;
- the extent to which French was used in branches of the Russian administration dealing with domestic affairs, such as the Third Section, as well as for the conduct of foreign relations ;
- the role of men of French ethnic origin in the tsarist state ;
- debate in Russian literature and thought about the use of French in Russia ;
- the incidence and functions of French in classical Russian fiction.
Besides writing your thesis you may expect to contribute in some way to the main outputs of the project, namely :
- a two-volume history of French in Russia ;
- three volumes or clusters of articles in journals which will arise out of the academic events listed below ;
- a project website, which will contain, inter alia : information about the project and research team ; news and information on events planned ; reports on events ; description and analysis of material as it comes to light ; a corpus of source material with a basic search function ; bibliographies ; a discussion forum.
You may also expect to be involved in the organisation of, and to participate in, the major events that will be associated with the project, namely :
- a seminar series in 2011-12 on francophonie in European language communities other than the Russian ;
- a conference in summer 2012 (the bicentenary of Napoleon’s invasion of Russia) on linguistic issues relating to the use of French in early nineteenth-century Russia ;
- a colloquium in summer 2013 on the interdisciplinary nature of the project’s findings and associated methodological questions.
You will be co-supervised by the Principal Investigator, Professor Derek Offord, and one of the Postdoctoral Research Assistants on the project research team (Dr Vladislav Rjéoutski or Dr Sarah Turner), depending on the chosen area of specialisation (socio-historical and cultural matters, on the one hand, or linguistic matters, on the other). A member of the Department of French at Bristol may also serve as a secondary supervisor. Supervision will be fortnightly during term-time in Year 1 and monthly during Years 2 and 3.
You will make a twelve-week research visit to Russia during Year 2 to collect material from archives and libraries and will attend the three-monthly meetings of the research team.
You will be introduced to the well-established Historical Sociolinguistics Network (HiSoN) led by Dr Langer of the Department of German at Bristol.
If necessary, you may receive tuition in Russian at an appropriate level from the language-teaching staff of the Department of Russian.
You will also benefit from the facilities in the Faculty’s Graduate School (opened in 2009-10) and from generic skills development training that is available to research students, including training in web design and speaking to the media.
It will thus be an important subsidiary aim of the project to enable you to gain varied experience of research activity, project management and organisation of academic events in a supportive environment.
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