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FT PDRA Role (Archival): Treatied Spaces Research Group

Job Description
Post Doctoral Research Associate (Archival, Treatied Spaces Research Group): Please watch the Video and Apply On-line via the UoH link at the end:


Reference: FA0344Campus: Hull Faculty/Area: Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education School/Department: School of HumanitiesSubject Group/Team: HistorySalary: £36,386 to £42,155 per annumFixed TermPost Type: Full TimeClosing Date: Monday 09 January 2023
Applicants are required to submit a current CV and cover letter.
Details Specific to the Post


Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant (Archival) to join ‘Brightening the Covenant Chain: Revealing Cultures of Diplomacy between the Crown, the Iroquois and their Neighbours’ (BTCC). This project, funded by an AHRC Standard Research Grant, is one of several projects led by the Treatied Spaces Research Group at the University of Hull. The Group sits within the School of Humanities and brings together researchers, collaborators, and partners from around the world including academics, Indigenous groups, museums, activists, artists, NGOs and policy-makers with the aim of making Indigenous treaties and environmental concerns central to debates across disciplines. It manages grants totalling over GBO 2.79 million, hosts a British Academy Global Professor and is home to the Cambridge University Press book series, Elements in Indigenous Environmental Research.
This PDRA role is an exciting opportunity to help drive the archival aspects of this large, international research project promoting Crown-Indigenous diplomacy as a significant intercultural asset of value to the heritage and experience economy. BTCC uses treaties as a lens to reveal 17th and 18th century cultures of diplomatic interaction that are of increasing global and environmental significance today.

The post is a full-time appointment, for a fixed term of 19 months from 1 February 2023. Aside from funded research visits to archival sites in the United Kingdom and North America, and limited other requirements, the role has potential to be fulfilled by agreement via flexible, home-working arrangements.

Applicants must have a PhD in History or any cognate discipline, and experience in self-directed research in Libraries and Archives, including printed, manuscript and visual material. The successful applicant will also be expected to work independently to publish a single piece of research of an international standard linked to their own ‘Archival Indigeneity’ project. During the period of appointment, they will collaborate with BTCC team members in Hull, Oxford, Queens University (Canada), the University of Toronto (Canada) and other collaborating organisations including the Newberry Library (Chicago), and repositories in the North-eastern United States and Canada.
Further details are available from Professor Joy Porter (, Dr Charles Prior ( and the Treatied Spaces website.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities

The PDRA, managed by the PI and supported by the project team will a) research and collate materials held in specific UK archives and North American collections including but not limited to the Newberry Library (Chicago); the Peabody Museum (Harvard University); Library and Archives Canada (Ottawa); and the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto b) provide research support to the core project team; c) contribute to production of Encoded Archival Description metadata within the collections of the Georgian Papers Programme at the Royal Archives & Royal Library, Windsor Castle; d) design, complete and disseminate an independent project under the broad heading of ‘Archival Indigeneity’; e) participate in the planning, delivery and dissemination of project events and public engagement activities; f) benefit from a range of development opportunities and mentoring from this international, interdisciplinary project team.