Summer Fellowship Reimagining Race and Colonialism in New England

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March 17, 2023
Connecticut, United States
Subject Fields: 
African American History / Studies, American History / Studies, Colonial and Post-Colonial History / Studies, Maritime History / Studies, Native American History / Studies





Applications are now being accepted for summer 2023 fellows seeking to participate in the project, Reimagining New England Histories: Historical Injustice, Sovereignty and FreedomThe Frank C. Munson Institute at Mystic Seaport Museum, in collaboration with the Center for the Study of Slavery & Justice at Brown University and Williams College, will hold classes at Mystic Seaport Museum to interrogate the region’s past.  The history and legacies of settler colonialism, racial slavery, servitude, dispossession, Indigenous resistance and African American strategies for fashioning pursuits of freedom will be considered.  A distinctive feature of this summer program will be the framing of these topics within the context of New England’s maritime setting, an environment that fostered interaction, mobility, and exploitation.


The Munson Institute is the leading, and often sole, center for teaching maritime history in the United States.  It has offered graduate credit through the University of Connecticut for over 60 years while its faculty includes top maritime historians from across the United States.


During the summer of 2023, Munson Institute fellows, faculty, and guest speakers will participate in the multi-institutional Reimagining New England Histories: Historical Injustice, Sovereignty and Freedom project funded by the Mellon Foundation.  This enhanced summer session will expand the Munson Institute’s cadre of scholars with specialists from collaborating faculty and representatives from the region’s Native peoples.


Applicants for the 2023 summer session may apply for one of the twelve fellowships being offered through the Mellon Foundation grant.  These positions are most particularly intended for junior faculty and graduate students.  We also encourage applications from members the region’s Native and Black communities.  Each of the fellowships, set to run from June 26-July 27, will be supported with a $2,000 stipend, plus museum-owned housing and book purchases.  The application deadline is March 17th, 2023.


Additional information can be accessed here.                   



Contact Info: 

Akeia de Barros Gomes, PhD

Director, Munson Institute

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