Applications are invited for any of three PhD studentships in slavery/antislavery beginning in September 2015. The studentships are part of a collaborative academic project, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) under its ‘Care for the Future’ theme and with a value of over £1.8m, entitled ‘The Antislavery Usable Past’.
The five-year project (2014-19) will unearth the details of past antislavery strategies (including 18th/19th-century American and British) and translate their lessons and legacies for today’s movement against contemporary global slavery and human trafficking.
It includes professors at the University of Nottingham, the University of Hull, and Queen’s University Belfast, two postdoctoral fellows and a project administrator, as well as these three PhDs.
The PhD students will be offered the opportunity to contribute articles to the grant’s books and journal issues, deliver papers at the grant’s conferences and colloquiums, help lead the grant’s network and workshops, and intern with one of the grant’s many external partners in the museum and NGO sector.
Applications are particularly welcome from those wishing to adopt a comparative/global perspective and/or develop new models, techniques or methods in the area of history, memory and anti-slavery. Each studentship includes tuition fees, a stipend of £13,863 per year, and an additional budget to attend conferences and conduct research.
One studentship is at the Wilberforce Institute for the study of Slavery and Emancipation, University of Hull, under the direction of Professor John Oldfield. Applicants should have a research project about slavery/anti-slavery and commemoration. Possible themes might include abolitionist rituals, monuments and memorialization and/or the memory work of museums and arts galleries.
Another is in the Department of American and Canadian Studies at the University of Nottingham under the direction of Professor Zoe Trodd.
Applicants should have a research project focused on the history, literature or visual culture of slavery/antislavery (past and/or present). Students with an interest in American antislavery are particularly welcome.
A third is in the School of Law at Queen’s University Belfast under the direction of Professor Jean Allain. Applicants should be LLM students (or the equivalent) with a research project either on the early anti-trafficking movement or on the evolution of the reparations movement. Students with an interest in legal history and/or a background in international law are particularly welcome.
Applications are due by March 1, 2015 and should include a CV, a project proposal of 1-2 pages, and two academic references (emailed directly by referees). Offers will be made by March 20. Enquiries should be addressed to Sarah Colley (firstname.lastname@example.org). Further information and application instructions for each studentship is available at: