Research Assistant Position advertised on the 'Making Communion' Project 2012-13; Closing date 14th September 2012A Research Assistant Position is now available on a new Irish Research Council-funded project 'Making Communion: Disappearing and Emerging Forms of Childhood in Ireland'. The position is based in the School of Education, UCC. This project is lead by Dr. Karl Kitching, and will investigate historical and contemporary experiences of childhood in (the Republic of) Ireland. For details on how to apply, please follow this link to the UCC Human Resources Website: http://www.ucc.ie/en/hr/vacancies/research/full-details-165073-en.html
The study uses Catholic First Holy Communion as a key symbol of what are/were considered ‘routinely Irish’ childhoods. ‘Communion’ is a starting point to examine the diversities of children’s and adults’ lives in relation to:
• Primary school ‘choice’
•The expression of religious, non-religious and secular world views through state-funded education
• Children’s societal participation practices (religion, ethics, education and consumption)
• Gendered, classed and racialised representations of childhood in school localities and print and online media.
The project will primarily use child participatory and ‘adult’ oral history research methods to generate contemporary and historical accounts of childhoods in three school-community settings. The candidate will work under the supervision of the Principal Investigator. Key duties include designing qualitative research tools, gaining access to school localities and individuals, fieldwork in those localities, transcription, analysis, co-writing and editing.