Research Assistant (MA / MLIS) for SpokenWeb-affiliated Project — Jan 31, 2022


This position is for a SpokenWeb-affiliated project entitled “Mapping Social Bibliography in the Fred Wah Digital Archive.”

While this project is different from the primary SpokenWeb project, Research Assistants will have the possibility of participating in SpokenWeb programming and related activities.

Deadline: Until the position is filled

The SSHRC Insight Development research project “Mapping Social Bibliography in the Fred Wah Digital Archive,” led by Principal Investigator Dr. Deanna Fong (Department of English), is seeking a candidate to conceptualize and implement a schema for describing the social roles involved in the production of literature—the “who” of making books and texts. The candidate will ideally be an MA student in English, LIS, History, or Communications (or related field) and will be responsible for leading a team of undergraduate RAs in entering data according to the schema we develop.

We are looking for candidates with knowledge of Canadian literature and literary events and experience developing a research project. Experience or training in library and information sciences is an asset.

The work will be well suited for someone who feels comfortable working independently and enjoys connecting virtually with a team of undergraduate and Master’s students, while receiving guidance and mentorship from the project leader.

How Will the Candidate Benefit from this Opportunity?

This project will give the research assistant an opportunity to develop their historical knowledge of Canadian literary history, as well as systems for the description of literary objects (metadata). They will develop the necessary skills to manage research projects inside and outside of the university, with a specific focus on Digital Humanities initiatives. The candidate will also be provided with travel funding for conferences and additional research (where government regulations and safety permit), working with the PI to either co-write or develop their own presentation for a relevant conference in the field.

Description of Job Duties

Primary responsibilities of the position may include the following:

  • Research the extant archival/bibliographic description standards for different media
  • With the PI, develop a schema for the description of social roles in literary production
  • Read relevant texts on literary history, theory, and archival practice
  • Lead a team of undergraduate research assistants in data entry
  • Write ongoing informal documentation of the research and work toward developing public-facing presentation (i.e. conference paper, scholarly article)

Salary & Eligibility

Position open to any student in good standing. Rate to be determined by the Collective Agreement for 10 hours per week until August 31, 2022.



How to Apply

Send a statement of interest, including information about relevant experience, and a resume to: Dr. Deanna Fong at deanna.fong@concordia.ca. We look forward to receiving your applications!

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