Communications Officer : Charles Lamb Society

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The Charles Lamb Society is recruiting a Communications Officer to help with running and promoting its online programme for the academic year 2021-22. This role is open to postgraduate students and early career researchers with a particular enthusiasm for the Lambs and their circle. We are looking for someone with experience in handling Eventbrite bookings, Zoom webinars, and using social media. We hope this role will be a chance for career development, as well as an opportunity to bring new perspectives on the work of the Lambs into the Society. 

This position is paid an honorarium of £500 [based on 3.5 hours x £16.72 rate for each of our 8 seminars]

This role will run from 1 September 2021- 1 July 2022. Primary tasks: 

Working alongside the Chairs of the Charles Lamb Society, Professor John Strachan and Dr Felicity James, to facilitate our 2021-2 programme of 8 Zoom webinars, publicising these through Eventbrite, and promoting these using social media. You will need to be available to help run these events on scheduled Saturdays through the year.

Promoting the events on social media; more broadly, helping develop our social media presence, eg. our Twitter feed, and our Society profile. 

Helping develop our Society website, alongside the Web Officer, Dr Philipp Hunnekuhl. There would also be an opportunity if desired to work with the Bulletin editor Professor John Gardner.

We have an exciting programme already planned for the coming year on the Lambs and London culture. Events include Eric G Wilson on his new biography of Lamb; Judith Thompson on her life of Thelwall; David Stewart on Pierce Egan’s Life in London; Mary L. Shannon on Billy Waters and nineteenth-century popular culture; Andrew McInnes on Lamb, Coleridge and the ridiculous, and Matthew Sangster on writing as a career in the Romantic period). We’d like to make these webinars as widely available and accessible as possible and would welcome innovative ideas to promote the events and recruit new members.

The Society is a fascinating institution with a long history in Romantic studies. It was founded in 1935 to study the life, works and times of Charles and Mary Lamb and their circle. We publish the Charles Lamb Bulletin, a highly regarded biannual peer-reviewed journal, and support research into the Lambs and their circle. Under our current President, Professor Duncan Wu, we also aim to continue the sociable and friendly ethos of the Society founders, and to cultivate the Elian spirit of friendliness and humour.

We welcome any informal enquiries and are happy to provide further information: please contact fj21@le.ac.uk. To apply: by 30 July, please send an academic CV and a one-page personal statement explaining why you are best placed to undertake the duties above to charleslambsociety@gmail.com