BrANCH News and Announcements 14/12/15

Dear all,

Please find below the recent announcements and calls for papers received by BrANCH:


  1. Vacancy: Canterbury Christ Church University



Applications are invited for the post of Reader/Professor in American Studies. We are looking for an exceptional scholar and academic leader to lead and develop our American Studies programme at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, and develop our research capacity as we approach REF2020.

The Role
The post holder will be required to provide academic leadership in terms of building research capacity, developing and directing our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, and expanding our range of North American partnerships across the School of Humanities. The post holder will be expected to make a strong personal contribution to the research and teaching culture of the School of Humanities and a strong personal submission to REF2020.

You will already be or have the potential to develop into an outstanding academic leader in terms of both research and teaching. You will have a 3*/4* research profile, experience of external funding applications, of programme design and management, and of working within a strategic framework. Applications are particularly welcomed from scholars working in the area of modern or contemporary American literature and/or culture.

Additional Information
This post comes with excellent benefits and an opportunity to work in an enthusiastic, vibrant and friendly department within walking distance of the Canterbury City Centre.
Start date for applications: 29 Oct 2015
Closing date for applications: 21 Dec 2015
Interviews are to be held: w/c 25 Jan 2016
How to apply
To apply online or gain further details about this post please visit our Vacancies page:

To apply online, please click the ‘Apply for this job’ button below. To gain further details about this post please visit our Vacancies page:

Please note, Canterbury Christ Church University reserve the right to bring the closing date of this position forward where a high volume of applications are received.
For posts of this nature you will be required to fill in the main details section as well as upload your CV and any supporting documents.
Informal enquiries to Dr David Grummitt, Head of the School of Humanities ( , 01227 782529).
If you require further information regarding the application process please contact the Recruitment Team quoting reference number FAH0601. Please note applications must be made online via the University website; details sent directly via email cannot be considered.

Please ensure you include EMAIL contact details of two employment referees in your application, one of which must be your current/ most recent line manager.


  1. Symposium for the Network of American Periodical Studies

The First NAPS Symposium: American into Periodical Studies, The British Library, 18th December, 2015.

The Network of American Periodical Studies (NAPS) is a new research initiative that aims to bring together scholars working on American periodicals (magazines, newspapers and other periodical publications) from any historical period. The first NAPS symposium seeks to explore and debate some of the theoretical, methodological and practical implications of the rise of periodical studies for American Studies.

Conference programme and registration available here:


BrANCH is always looking to update our list of recent publications and our research and teaching resources. Please let us know if you want to submit an entry.

We are reliant on the generous support of our members to continue to continue our work and offer support our postgraduate members. Please consider joining BrANCH or donating to the Peter Parish Memorial Fund.

Best wishes (and a merry Christmas!),

The BrANCH Committee


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