25 de febrero de 2017

PhD studentship: Typewriters

Typewriters and commerce in Scotland, 1870s–1920s
AHRC-funded Collaborative PhD Studentship with the University of St Andrews and National Museums Scotland

The School of History at the University of St Andrews and National Museums Scotland invite applications for a fully-funded AHRC studentship to investigate the development of the consumer market for information and office technologies during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The award will enable to student to pursue doctoral research in a world-class history department, and to gain hands-on museums skills while working in a professional museum team. The student will have full access the technology collections at both National Museums Scotland and Glasgow Museums.

The student will study the ways typewriters were sold and used in Scotland during the first fifty years of their commercial availability. The project will innovatively combine the use of printed and archival historical sources (such as advertisements, catalogues and trade directories) with active engagement with the outstanding collections of early typewriters (and auxiliary devices) held by National Museums Scotland and Glasgow Museums, both of which have a philosophy of operating their technology collections where possible.

The student will be able to analyse the different features of competing models, and consider how they were represented in marketing material; how certain features became more significant and standardized over time; and how users evaluated and valued the peculiarities of one model over another. In many cases, the student will be able to film the typewriters being used, in order to gain a richer understanding of different features, ease of use, and the aural/haptic ‘sensescapes’ of these information machines.

The studentship is funded by the AHRC via the Scottish Cultural Heritage Consortium (SCHC), and will be supervised by historians of science and technology Dr Aileen Fyfe and Dr Sam Alberti. The start date is 1 October 2017, and the duration is 3 years.

If you have any queries about the project or would like to discuss this opportunity before applying, please contact Dr Aileen Fyfe at akf@st-andrews.ac.uk. The deadline for applications is 18 April 2017. For fuller details of the project and the application process, see http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/history/postgrad/typewritersandcommerce.htm