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Treatied Spaces Doctoral Candidate wins 2020 AHRC International Placement Fellowship at the Smithsonian, USA.

Rebecca Slatcher, who holds an AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award on Indigenous Language Curation and is co-supervised by Professor Joy Porter  and Dr Fran Fuentes, Curator for North American Printed Collections at the British Library, has been awarded a Fellowship under the AHRC’s International Placement Scheme, which will allow her to study at the Smithsonian Institution, WashingtonThe scheme gives researchers unique, first-hand access to collections, programmes and expertise at some of the world’s most prestigious institutions.

Professor Porter said: ‘This is a wonderful opportunity for Rebecca to access international networks right at the start of her academic career and place her arts & humanities research at the heart of global debate. The chance to work with the interdisciplinary global revitalization initiative Recovering Voices and some of the world’s top curators is likely to be career-defining’.

Heather Hatton joins the Brilliant Club

We are pleased to announce that Heather Hatton has been successful in her application to become a PhD tutor for The Brilliant Club. The Brilliant Club is a charity that seeks to widen access to highly-selective universities by training and placing PhD researchers into state schools to deliver a course of tutorials based around their research. The programme enables PhD researchers to enhance their understanding of pedagogical techniques, develop their teaching skills and provides them a with a meaningful opportunity for public engagement. After attending a training session in late February Heather will be eligible for a placement in a local school. She is looking forward to creating her own course and tutorials based around intercultural diplomacy in early America.

TSRC PhD student Heather Hatton reflects on Cumberland Lodge

At the end of her first year as a Cumberland Lodge scholar, Heather Hatton reflects on the programme of activities, and offers some advice for prospective applicants.

New Essays on Settler Colonialism and Indigenous Sovereignty

New essays by Charles Prior and Heather Hatton appear along with a brief introduction by Pekka Hämäläinen in the Journal of Early American History.

Charles W. A. Prior, ‘Beyond Settler Colonialism: State Sovereignty in Early America’.
Abstract: This paper offers a critical reflection on the appropriateness of ‘settler colonialism’ as an analytic category for understanding the political dynamics of early America. It argues that the paradigm’s focus on the elimination of the native obscures the resil-ience of Indian power, and the mechanisms by which that power was exercised and defended. The paper positions settler colonialism in recent treatments of the history of colonial political thought, and then presents diplomacy as a site of both sovereign formation and negotiation that enhanced the power of colonies as much as it pre-served the power of Indian confederations. The final section of the paper suggests that the ‘interior’ sovereignty of Native Americans continued to shape the powers of the new republican order of states.
Heather K. Hatton, ‘Narrating Sovereignty: The Covenant Chain in Intercultural Diplomacy’.

Abstract: This article considers Haudenosaunee recitals of the history of the Covenant Chain as a powerful communicative mechanism to define and assert sovereign identity and rights in the context of intercultural diplomacy. It reflects initially on the metaphorical language used to structure these historical narratives and how it enabled the Haudenosaunee to articulate self-understandings of their sovereignty. Contending that the narrative’s main power stemmed from its application in specific diplomatic contexts, the article then examines three instances when the Haudenosaunee recounted the entire history of the Chain during mid-eighteenth century treaty councils with the British. It explores the reasons underpinning the narrative’s use on these occasions and its overall implications. Finally, the article discusses the adoption of the narrative by one British diplomat, Sir William Johnson, considering his motivations for using the Covenant Chain and its intended effects.

British Academy Global Professorship

GSWe are pleased to announce that we will be joined by Professor Gregory Smithers as British Academy Global Professor starting in early 2020. His work with us will explore how threats to our well-being posed by climate change can be addressed by drawing upon indigenous knowledges rooted in the deep past.

Joy Porter comments on Wes Studi’s Academy Award

Joy Porter spoke with the BBC about Wes Studi’s honorary Academy Award. Read the piece here, and her new essay in The Conversation.

New Colleague: Dr Kristofer Ray

We are pleased to welcome Dr Kristofer Ray who has been appointed to a three-year lectureship in North American Indigenous History. He joins us from the University of Mississippi, and brings a wide experience of high-quality teaching in a number of institutions, including the Program in Native American Studies at Dartmouth College.

Cumberland Lodge Scholarship

logoCongratulations to Heather Hatton, who is one of ten recipients of a Cumberland Lodge Scholarship for 2019-21. This programme offers doctoral students based at UK universities the opportunity to set themselves apart, by honing their public engagement, communications and event facilitation skills. They have the chance to network with senior figures in public life and to participate in, or help to lead discussions with, people of all ages, backgrounds and perspectives that ultimately inform recommendations for practical action and policy change.

Aylmer Lecture: The American Environment

Joy Porter delivered this year’s Aylmer Lecture at the University of York on the 13th of June 2019. The topic was The American Environment: Histories of Conflict over Water, Energy, and Treatied Space.

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