Treatied Spaces is a research cluster, collaborative platform and media portal led by Professor Joy Porter and Dr Charles Prior. It is based in the Department of History at the University of Hull, which provided funding in 2017 to initiate our work. This includes a full time Research Assistant; two fully-funded PhD studentships; and two graduate interns. Since launch, we have built a series of collaborative and partnership relationships with academics and research groups around the world, and have secured significant funding to support our research 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understanding of treaties as instruments of diplomacy and conquest and to present them as contested and dynamic historical documents which remain central to contemporary debates on social and environmental justice in both American and trans-national contexts.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.