Lecturer in Indigenous / American Diplomatic History

Reference:  FA0276
Campus:  Hull
Faculty/Area:  Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education
School/Department:  Department of History
Subject Group/Team:  History
Salary:  £34,189 to £39,609 per annum
Temporary Contract
Post Type:  Full Time
Closing Date:  Monday 22 April 2019
Interview Date:  Friday 10 May 2019

The Faculty of Arts, Cultures & Education at the University of Hull wishes to appoint to a Lecturer in Indigenous History.  The contract is expected to run from 1 September 2019 until 1 September 2022 to replace Professor Joy Porter during the period of her Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship.

Applicants should have research and teaching interests in a transnational or global field related to the indigenous and environmental humanities in any period post 1700. This includes, but is not limited to, indigenous historical and cultural engagements with colonial diplomacy and geographies, treaties, decolonisation and globalisation. We are open to a wide range of approaches, including indigenous interdisciplinary work related to mapping and digital humanities, and research engaging with STEM.

The successful applicant will work closely with the Treatied Spaces Research Cluster in the Faculty, and where appropriate to the research concerned, develop proposals to attract significant external funding.

Candidates should have a completed PhD and an exceptional record of research in a relevant subject area, along with high-quality publications in anticipation of the November 2020 REF deadline.

The successful applicant will support and maintain the University’s national and international reputation for excellence in teaching and will be expected to offer undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and supervision.

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit: https://jobs.hull.ac.uk/vacancies.aspx?cat=-1

Informal inquiries about the post may be directed to Professor Joy Porter, Joy.porter@hull.ac.uk

Candidates are asked to submit a CV and cover letter and complete the application form.

AHRC / BL Collaborative Doctoral Award

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North American Indigenous Languages in the British Library’s Post-1850 Collections

We are pleased to announce that Professor Joy Porter has been selected as the principal UK supervisor for an AHRC / British Library Collaborative Doctoral Award in partnership with Francisca Fuentes Rettig, Curator of North American Printed Collections at the British Library. The student selected will work with the BL Digital Scholarship and Metadata Services teams to carry out metadata cleaning of nineteenth-century sources. The intention is to promote and make discoverable the indigenous materials within British Library collections, and to position the Library at the forefront of research into a pressing global concern:  how twenty-first century museums can address pressing post-colonial societal challenges through indigenising both digital humanities research and collection practice.

 The studentship is one of four enhanced collaborative doctoral awards the AHRC has awarded to the BL to allocate to projects that best fit its priorities. Alongside the standard AHRC doctoral maintenance and tuition award, additional monetary benefits to the student include a further £550 in stipend, £3,500 in research expenses, a BL Digital Scholarship programme worth £800, an annual programme of CPD networking events and a British Library Staff Pass allowing free access to national and regional museums.

Doctoral research students at the British Library benefit from access to a wide range of specialist curatorial and research expertise. This includes training in the use of the latest video and audio recording equipment; courses in oral history and other field research methodologies; palaeography; archival and curatorial methods; materials analysis and conservation; text and data mining, and digital preservation. Further training opportunities include: an in-house Digital Scholarship Training Programme; quarterly workshops covering various aspects of the research process in an IRO context (e.g. funding, supervision, publishing, public engagement); “21st Century Curators” guest talks about innovative or cutting-edge curatorial practices; Cultural Property Training; Media training  (available through the BL Press Office and Public Affairs teams); writing for the Web training course.

An advertisement will follow soon. For more information, please contact Joy Porter.

Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship


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.

British Academy Visiting Fellow: Dale Turner (NAS, Dartmouth)

dale-turnerWe 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.

New research resource

American Indian Histories and Cultures Adam Matthew Digital

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”.