- 2018-2021: PhD Studentship, ‘Industrial Workers as Readers: Libraries, Reading Rooms and the Industrial Workplace in the Long Nineteenth Century’
This is a fully-funded PhD to research the libraries, reading rooms and broader reading practices of industrial workers in Scotland and the North of England from c.1840-1918.
The studentship forms part of a wider AHRC-funded project investigating how miners, railway workers and textile factory workers in Scotland and the North engaged with literary cultures, in partnership with the University of Manchester, the National Railway Museum, and a number of other industrial heritage museums, libraries, and creative partners.
The lead supervisor for this PhD will be Professor Kirstie Blair (Strathclyde), with additional supervisory input from the project co-investigators, Dr Mike Sanders (Manchester) and Dr Oliver Betts (National Railway Museum).
- 2018-2021: PhD Studentship, ‘The People’s Friend? Recovering Scottish Popular Magazine Culture
This is an AHRC-funded collaborative PhD to research Scottish popular magazine culture, with a particular focus on the period from the founding of the People’s Friend (1869) to the 1930s.The three-year studentship will commence on 1 October 2018.
The project will be supervised by Professor Kirstie Blair and Dr David Goldie (University of Strathclyde) and Dr Graham Hogg (National Library of Scotland). The student would be based both at the Library and in the School of Humanities at the University of Strathclyde, as part of a strong cohort of students working in Scottish studies, periodical and magazine culture, and nineteenth/early twentieth -century studies.
2016-2018: The People’s Voice: Scottish Political Poetry, Song and the Franchise 1832-1918. Carnegie Collaborative Grant. Catriona Macdonald (PI, Glasgow), Kirstie Blair and Gerard Carruthers (CIs, Strathclyde and Glasgow), Michael Shaw (RA).
This Carnegie Trust-funded project is a collaboration between the Universities of Glasgow and Strathclyde. The project aims to recover and analyse the wealth of poems and songs that were written to campaign for and against parliamentary reform between 1832 and 1918. The outputs of the project include a freely-accessible, searchable database of every poem captured; an edited online anthology; recordings; an international conference; and a special issue of Scottish Literary Review in 2018.
- 2016-2018: Popular Occulture in Britain, 1875-1940. AHRC-funded network, led by Christine Ferguson (Stirling) and Andrew Radford (Glasgow)
This project involves three themed workshops at which members of the network— including scholars, artists, curators, librarians, and private archive holders— will meet to discuss how and why occult ideas penetrated mass culture in the period of our study, paying specific attention to their manifestation in popular fiction and entertainments, journalism, and political movements. We are also organizing occult archive and site tours, along with exhibitions of special collection material.
- 2017: Royal Philosophical Society of Glasgow award: ‘Glasgow Historic Literary Societies Online’. Lauren Weiss and Kirstie Blair (Strathclyde), with Katie Halsey (Stirling).
This award, based on the PhD research of Stirling/Strathclyde student Lauren Weiss, provides funding for an online resource listing ‘literary’ societies in the nineteenth century and providing contextual information.
- 2017: Research Society for Victorian Periodicals (RSVP) Field Development Grant: ‘Literary Bonds: Mutual Improvement Society Magazines and Victorian Periodical Culture’. Kirstie Blair (Strathclyde), Michael Sanders (Manchester), and Lauren Weiss (Stirling and Strathclyde).
This project seeks to uncover and disseminate awareness of a little-known aspect of Victorian periodical culture, by focusing on the magazines and newspapers produced by mutual improvement societies in Scotland and England, c.1830-1900. Such societies, primarily though not exclusively consisting of male artisanal workers, were particularly prevalent from the mid-late Victorian period. We will create a website to host a list of and information about these periodicals, with at least two examples of digitized issues. A listing of societies and their magazines will also be available as a downloadable PDF.