Treatied Spaces is a research cluster led by Professor Joy Porter and Dr Charles Prior. The project is based in the Department of History at the University of Hull, which has provided significant funding to initiate our work. This includes a full time Research Assistant; two fully-funded PhD studentships; and two graduate interns. Since our official launch September 2017, we have built a series of collaborative and partnership relationships with academics and research groups around the world, and are developing funding applications to support our research. We have already secured funding from the Leverhulme Trust and the British Academy.
We seek to 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; the use of space and the environment; the movements of peoples and goods; and pathways of war and disease. The aim is to deepen our 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understanding of treaties as instruments of diplomacy and conquest and to present them as contested and dynamic historical documents which remain central to contemporary debates on social and environmental justice in both American and trans-national contexts.