"Treatied Spaces: Environment and Peoples in America, 1607-1890"
We are pleased to announce the launch of a new research cluster based at the University of Hull in the United Kingdom. Led by Professor Joy Porter and Dr Charles Prior, the project will explore the ways in which treaties concluded between Native American peoples and settler, colonial, and Federal governments shed light on questions of sovereignty; the possession of land; the use of space and the environment; the movements of peoples and goods; and pathways of war and disease. The aim is to deepen our historical understanding of treaties as instruments of diplomacy and conquest and to present them as contested and dynamic historical documents which remain central to contemporary debates on social and environmental justice in both American and trans-national contexts. We are currently offering one fully-funded PhD scholarship, and are also seeking a Research Assistant (1 FTE for three years) to complete the project team. We are eager to hear from colleagues whose work intersects with any of the project's themes, as the next phase of our work will be a large scale international collaborative project.