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Post-Doctoral Researcher (MUAHI), ( 22-month contract / until 30th September 2023), Maynooth University

Maynooth University
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Vacancy closing date: 
8 Nov, 2021
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Computer Science
Creative Arts and Design
Media and Communications

Post-Doctoral Researcher (MUAHI), ( 22-month contract / until 30th September 2023), Maynooth University

Maynooth University is committed to a strategy in which the primary University goals of excellent research and scholarship and outstanding education are interlinked and equally valued.

We are seeking a postdoctoral researcher to work on the research project 'Full Stack Feminism in Digital Humanities' (FSFDH) based in MUAHI. This research project will embed intersectional feminist methodologies in Digital Humanities (DH). It will achieve this by developing an interoperable 'Full Stack Feminist' (FSF) methodology and toolkit. It develops this approach by focusing on 3 areas, referred to as stacks: data & archives; infrastructure, tools & code; access, experience & integration. We use 'full stack' as a metaphor, with the understanding that this term has specific uses and meaning in software development - we use it in a similar but not precisely equivalent way. Our high-level objective is to highlight and address specific points in project development that, often unconsciously, manifest inequalities or bias in, for example, data models, archival descriptions, access rights, and tool functionality.

FSFDH will have substantial impact in the local cultures of the partner universities (Maynooth University in Ireland and Sussex University in the U.K.) by building the capacity to develop partnerships with cultural and heritage institutions, organisations and practitioners: in Dublin via the relationship with the IMMA, the DRI and the Cork LGBT archive; in Sussex via the engagement with multiple creative companies and digital artists (inc. Women Who Code); in Cambridge via the inclusion of collections and material culture specialists; and together, via its international networks. An additional impact of the project lies in capacity development in relation to digital practitioners (e.g., digital artists, digital archivists, technicians, developers) and their capacity to create new DH projects, resources and spaces that are more inclusive.

Our main objective is to develop an interoperable FSF methodology that software teams, programme managers, database designers, digital arts practitioners, data scientists, and more, can review and apply to their work. This will enable DH practitioners to re-evaluate the structures in which they work and will create new intersectional DH spaces. We want DH practitioners to consider a feminist methodology throughout their work and the development life-cycle - not as a post- reflection. In this sense, we want to expand the field of DH by engaging with new contributors and fostering new ways of developing projects - changing what we produce and how we produce it. FSF is positioned in pluralities and in collective narratives and data; working in collaboration with community-led organisations and amplifying marginalised voices is a central priority and focus.

Application Instructions: 

23:30hrs (local Irish time) on Monday, 8th November 2021.

Please note all applications must be made via our Online Recruitment Portal at the following link:

Applications must be submitted by the closing date and time specified above. Any applications which are still in progress at the closing time on the specified closing date will be cancelled automatically by the system.

Late applications will not be accepted.

Maynooth University is an equal opportunities employer

The position is subject to the Statutes of the University