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
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
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.
Joy Porter has been awarded a Major Research Fellowship from the Leverhulme Trust for a project entitled: ‘What Would Nixon Do? The Forgotten Republican Roots of American Environmentalism’.
At a critical juncture in environmental history, when conventional warnings are dismissed by conservative voters as ‘fake news’, the project will engage with conservative and Republican traditions by asking: ‘What Would Nixon Do?’ It will examine the Nixon presidency and its remarkable environmental advances using Native American Indian Federal history as a lens. The project will bring together archives new to scholarship in order to foreground a conservative revolution in environmental protection and Native rights that today is downplayed by the Trump administration. The resulting interdisciplinary book will appear with The University of Nebraska Press with the intention of influencing a spectrum of interests that are currently conducting separate conversations.
This fellowship will run for three years from September 2019.
Out PhD student Heather Hatton shares some thoughts on her emerging research project.
We are pleased to welcome Professor Dale Turner of the Program in Native American Studies at Dartmouth College as a British Academy Visiting Fellow from August 2018. Recently, he visited the campus to speak on ‘What is Indigenous Spirituality?: Anishinaabe American Indian Political Thought in the 21st Century’. Responding to the limits of liberal theory to accommodate First Nations claims to sovereignty, he called for the development of a ‘third language’ of law as a solution to the limits of inherent and delegated forms of indigenous rights claims, which are ultimately adjudicated within the courts of the sovereign Canadian state. While at Hull, he also met with graduate students for an informal discussion of the links between historic and modern notions of treaty rights.
Thanks to the continuing support of the University of Hull and the Brynmor Jones Library, we now have full access to the American Indian Histories and Cultures database. We are the first HEI in the UK to purchase this important resource for research into American Indian history, published by Adam Matthew Digital: “The wide range of material included in American Indian Histories and Cultures presents a unique insight into interactions between American Indians and Europeans from their earliest contact, continuing through the turbulence of the American Civil War, the on-going repercussions of government legislation, right up to the civil rights movement of the mid- to late-twentieth century. This resource contains material from the Newberry Library’s extensive Edward E. Ayer Collection; one of the strongest archival collections on American Indian history in the world”.