British Academy Global Professorship
We 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. The project will compare two ecologically important regions transformed by colonialism: the homelands of the Cherokee in the Appalachians of the United States, and those of the Ngarigo and Walgal peoples of the Great Dividing Range in Australia. Using settler and indigenous sources, it will map a ‘genealogy’ of indigenous ecologies in order to construct the first deep history of a set of indigenous responses to fluctuations in climate. Greg says: ‘I was thrilled to win a Global Professorship from the British Academy and am excited about joining an impressive team of interdisciplinary scholars at the University of Hull. The Treatied Spaces research cluster provides a unique opportunity to elevate the voices, traditions, and action of Indigenous people from the past. By better understanding the rich history of Indigenous communities in North America and Australia we can gain critical insights that will help us meet the environmental, cultural, technological, and political challenges of the twenty-first century’.
Joy Porter comments on Wes Studi’s Academy Award
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
Congratulations 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.