Undergrad Research Assistant – literary studies

Position Information

Help with literary & cultural studies project on ecologies and embodiment in medieval romances; project focuses on how non-dominant bodies and “othered,” non-courtly spaces are integral to the power structures depicted in fictional medieval texts, and draws off of disability studies, feminist ecocriticism, non-representational geography, and posthumanist/cyborg thinking.

Job Duties

conduct database research to assemble a bibliography; read texts and take notes; identify and use online databases to find out more about medieval ecosystems and understand what actual environments looked like in the Middle Ages; summarize and synthesize findings on a bi-weekly basis

Required Skills

  • academic database skills (MLA, First Search, WorldCat, Ebsco)
  • creative thinking about problem solving: where to look to find things, identifying new databases or data sets we might not yet know about
  • solid summarizing, synthesizing & writing skills

Preferred Qualifications

Use of Zotero (citation management software, free) a plus

Other Comments

Part of SLLC’s undergraduate research program, this position will require a presentation of findings at the end of the semester, as part of Show Me Research and the Humanities symposium.

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