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From HAS Supporter, Zoe Trodd

Applications are invited for any of three PhD studentships in
slavery/antislavery that begin 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. We would particularly welcome applications 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 memorialisation and/or the
memory work of museums and arts galleries in the UK and overseas.

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 (s.colley@hull.ac.uk). Further
information and application instructions for each studentship is
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