Boiler House Press / UEA - Beyond Criticism

Deadline for applications: Friday September 13th, 2019

Applications and enquiries to Dr Thomas Karshan at UEA:

Placement to begin on or after October 14th, 2019

A CHASE placement is proposed, for which any PhD student at a CHASE institution would be eligible, to work with Boiler House Press, in collaboration with the School of Literature, Drama, and Creative Writing at UEA, on the development of the Beyond Criticism project on creative-critical writing and teaching. This will involve work on both the Beyond Criticism website, and the Beyond Criticism Editions book series. The work will offer rich intellectual and creative possibilities, and will also offer opportunities for learning about publishing hands-on: the Beyond Criticism book series is now about to launch and there is a particular opportunity for work on the development of a publicity plan and its subsequent implementation via marketing and launch events.

The post may be full-time over six months or a shorter period of time, or may be applied for on a fractional basis. The conditions of CHASE placements are that CHASE will support the successful candidate during the period of the placement, while their PhD is fully or partially suspended.

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The post would offer opportunities for the successful candidate to adapt the post to their own interests in any area of the creative-critical relationship: both in pursuing a particular project of the candidate’s own design, which will involve significant intellectual, editorial, and creative work likely related to their research; and developing website, publishing, marketing, and events organisation skills.

The placement would suit a student with a strong interest in the relations between the creative and the critical, whether in writing or in teaching, who wishes to have the opportunity to take a primary role in co-ordinating the continuing development of a project that we hope will grow to be central to this developing field and of use to writers, teachers and students of literature worldwide. Good web development skills, or a willingness to learn these, would be a significant advantage, as would any experience with either media marketing and book marketing more generally.

This would be the second such CHASE placement. The first has now been successfully completed by Michael Askew, a PhD student at UEA. Michael would provide assistance to the new placement-holder, who would also be supervised by Dr Thomas Karshan at UEA and by Nathan Hamilton, the Managing Director of UEA Publishing Project, of which Boiler House Press is a key imprint. Based at Boiler House Press, the successful candidate will liaise with the editor of the Beyond Criticism website (Thomas Karshan); with Nathan Hamilton and the editorial board of the Beyond Criticism book series; with the Institute of English Studies.

Potential candidates should explore the Beyond Criticism and Boiler House Press websites (and other associated sites) and develop a proposal for work that would interconnect:

  • soliciting, writing, and editing new materials for the website.

  • devising and implementing a publicity plan (with support) for the book series.

  • organising a conference and co-ordinated series of partner institution events which would promote the key titles.

This proposal could contain one or more specific areas of focus linked to the student’s own work and the candidate should indicate what they wish to prioritise among the following:

1) acquiring, editing, writing, and building materials on the Beyond Criticism website.

2) organising related workshop and conference.

3) helping to develop and market the existing Beyond Criticism Edition books and to solicit new book proposals.

4) any other events organisation and projects to be discussed with Thomas Karshan, Nathan Hamilton, and Michael Askew.

The prioritisation of this will help inform other positions/support for the role.

Interested candidates should first contact Thomas Karshan at the e-mail address below, to develop a proposal.

Contacts: Dr Thomas Karshan (UEA): Nathan Hamilton (Boiler House): Michael Askew (UEA):

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