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.

British Academy Global Professorship

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We are would like to hear from colleagues from outside of the U.K. interested in applying to become a British Academy Global Professor, attached to the Treatied Spaces Cluster. If you are a mid-career to senior scholar whose research concerns indigenous issues, diplomacy, communication, or treaties, and you would like to spend four years based in Yorkshire but travelling globally to advance U.K. research, please contact Professor Joy Porter for an informal discussion. The deadline for applications is 6 March 2019.

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.

‘Cowboys and Indians: A 21st Century Western’

‘Cowboys and Indians: A 21st Century Western’.

6:30 pm | 28 November 2018 | Middleton Hall, University of Hull

By Professor Dale Turner, Department of Native Studies, Dartmouth College, New Hampshire, USA.

This annual lecture brings prominent historians to the University to deliver lectures that connect the complexity of our past to the challenges of our present. Professor Dale Turner is a Native American Indian scholar and a British Academy Visiting Fellow, attached to the Treatied Spaces Research Cluster.

He is an Anishinaabe citizen of the Temagami First Nation of Ontario, Canada, and is a recognised expert on indigenous sovereignty, rights and spirituality. In this lecture he will examine myths of the Indian past in light of the realities of the present.


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”.