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Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research fellow to be
based in the Department of American and Canadian Studies at the
University of Nottingham. The successful applicant will join a
collaborative academic project, funded by the Arts and Humanities
Research Council under its ‘Care for the Future’ theme and with a
value of £1.84 million, entitled ‘The Antislavery Usable Past.’ It
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 Nottingham, Hull, and
Queen’s Belfast, a second postdoctoral fellow at Hull, three PhD
students and a project administrator. The post holder will be based at
the University of Nottingham, though the project will offer the
opportunity of travel both within the UK and internationally, and work
under the supervision of Professor Zoe Trodd. She/he will support the
work of the project, build partnerships with museums and antislavery
organizations, assist in the design and development of a large digital
archive of antislavery images and narratives, help design and deliver
external workshops and resources, and help develop an open educational
resource about past and present antislavery. The research fellow will
be offered the opportunity to contribute articles to the grant’s books
and journal issues, deliver papers at its conferences and colloquiums,
help lead its ECR network and workshops, deliver a talk as part of the
American Studies public lecture series at the university, teach a
course that makes use of the grant’s research and resources, and
supervise undergraduate and MA dissertations. The fellowship includes
an additional budget (£3000) for the fellow to attend conferences and
conduct his/her own research. Applicants should have a PhD in a
relevant subject area with a dissertation topic about slavery and
antislavery and/or the legacies of slavery and antislavery. The
ability to creatively apply relevant research approaches, models,
techniques and methods is also essential, as is the ability to build
relationships and collaborate with others, both internally and
externally. A research background in visual culture, and/or historical
memory, and/or Black Studies is desirable, as is experience of
developing new approaches, models, techniques or methods in the
research area of slavery/antislavery.

This full time appointment is tenable from 1 February 2015, or as soon
as possible thereafter, and will last for a period of 3 years and 8
months or until August 31 2018.

Salary: £28695 to £37394 per annum, depending on skills and
experience. Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to

Informal enquiries about the post should be addressed to

Closing Date: Thursday February 5, 2015

For more information and to apply, see http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/jobs/currentvacancies/ref/ARTS388714

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