Treatied Spaces is a research cluster, collaborative platform and media portal led by Professor Joy Porter and Dr Charles Prior, and based in the Department of History at the University of Hull. It brings together researchers, collaborators and partners from around the world including academics, Indigenous groups, museums, activists, artists, NGOs and policy-makers with the aim of making Indigenous treaties and environmental concerns central to global debates across disciplines. This work is supported by funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the British Academy and the Leverhulme Trust.

We explore the ways in which treaties concluded between Native American peoples and settler, colonial, and Federal governments shed light on questions of sovereignty; the possession of land; relationships to resources; the use of space and the environment; the movements of peoples and goods; and pathways of war and disease. The aim is to deepen historical understanding of treaties as instruments of diplomacy and conquest and to present them as contested and dynamic historical documents which remain central to contemporary debates on social and environmental justice in both American and trans-national contexts.

For further information about our work, and how to collaborate with us, please contact our Research Assistant Dr Susannah Hopson.

Funded Projects

‘Brightening the Covenant Chain: Revealing Cultures of Diplomacy Between the Crown and the Iroquois Confederacy’. AHRC Standard Research Grant, 2021-24

‘Native Ecologies: A Deep History of Climate Change’. British Academy Global Professorship, 2020-24

‘Indigenous Languages, Metadata & Decolonisation of the British Museum’. AHRC/British Library Collaborative Doctoral Project, 2019-24

‘What Would Nixon Do?: The Forgotten Republican Roots of American Environmentalism’. Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship, 2019-22

‘A Tradition of Anishinaabe Diplomacy: Indigenous Spirituality in Anishinaabe Constitutionalism’. British Academy Visiting Fellowship, 2018

‘Conquest and the “Right to Hold”: Territorial Sovereignty and the American Revolution’. Leverhulme Research Fellowship, 2017-18.