Stipendiary Buchanan Graduate Teaching Fellowship

University of Liverpool

Stipendiary Buchanan Graduate Teaching Fellowship in Esperanto / Constructed Languages / Language Planning

Department of Modern Languages & Cultures

School of Histories, Languages & Cultures, University of Liverpool

Liverpool City Centre

The University of Liverpool (UoL) is one of the UK’s leading research institutions with an annual turnover of £400 million, including £140 million for research. Liverpool is ranked in the top 1% of universities worldwide and is a member of the prestigious Russell Group, comprising the leading research universities in the UK. The Department of Modern Languages and Cultures is an integral part of UoL’s School of Histories, Languages and Cultures, one of four Schools in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. The School also includes the departments of Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology, History, Irish Studies and Politics.

Esperanto at the University of Liverpool

Liverpool has been a centre for Esperanto for well over a hundred years, since the appearance of Esperanto in 1887. It was on Merseyside in 1889 that Richard Geoghan translated what is recognised as the first accurate version in English of Esperanto’s ‘Unua Libro’ - first book. Dr Richard J. Lloyd, appointed lecturer in Phonetics in 1898 taught one of the first regular Esperanto courses here in 1903 and Sir Oliver Lodge, Professor of Physics from 1881 until 1900 was a supporter. In 1930, Dr John Buchanan, who had worked in Liverpool as a medical practitioner, in the late 1880s and early 1890s, bequeathed funds to the University to set up a lectureship in Esperanto. Thus, this institution was the first University in the world to have a funded lectureship, and is still unique in this regard. Professor William E. Collinson, Professor of German from 1914 until 1954, developed a world-renowned expertise in Esperanto and research into the study of created languages which made the University of Liverpool a much envied centre of research in the field and established us as a leading centre for innovation, international co-operation and cultural diversity.

Since the early days, the Department has had an energetic academic community of Esperanto-speaking students and staff making a vital contribution to our vibrant and productive research culture. We are located in one of the most distinctive and lively cities in the world, one that has a rich and fascinating history of its own, and we work closely with several international organisations to bring world-renowned expertise to Liverpool’s Esperanto hub.

Current Esperanto activity

The Department currently hosts the named annual Buchanan lecture, research lectures and a biennial Esperanto Masterclass attracting Esperanto-speaking lecturers who are renowned in their field. The Masterclass thus presents an interdisciplinary programme which lends prestige to the Department. In addition, the foundation currently support active research in Esperanto studies connected with Liverpool and the University.

In recognition of the essential contribution our postgraduate community makes in the pursuit of research excellence, the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures is inviting applications from prospective UK/EU postgraduate research students for one stipendiary Graduate Teaching Fellowship

Graduate Teaching Fellowship

The studentship supports a wide range of projects in the broad area of Esperanto studies, constructed languages and language planning.

Applications for the Graduate Teaching Fellowship will be considered in any of area of research that coincides with internal or available external staff expertise in the following areas:

  • The history of Esperanto, constructed languages and language planning (all proposals should have an Esperanto dimension, but comparative approaches are welcome).
  • The linguistics of Esperanto and constructed languages;
  • The ethnography of the Esperanto-speaking community;
  • The intersection of Esperanto and the history of ideas;
  • The role of Esperanto or of Esperanto and other constructed languages in education;
  • Phraseology in Esperanto and or in Esperanto and other constructed languages

> Other proposals for eligible projects will also be considered. Candidates with interdisciplinary research projects may also apply.

This Fellowship is intended for individuals of outstanding potential as future scholars and academic researchers who wish to pursue a PhD degree at the University of Liverpool while also gaining valuable teaching experience in a University environment. Please note that no previous teaching experience is required as training will be provided.

There is no requirement to speak Esperanto before beginning the course, but it is expected that a successful applicant will learn the language and will organise and, where appropriate, arrange lectures, and contribute to the organisation and running of the biennial Masterclasses and other outreach activities including those online. Other teaching duties such as teaching classes in Esperanto will be allocated as and when appropriate.

The only criteria against which all applications from eligible candidates will be evaluated are the research excellence of the proposed project, how it fits with, and can be supported by, current departmental research areas, and the academic achievement record of each candidate.


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