Wednesday 11 January 2012

Fellowships/ PhD places at York

*Research Fellowships: Transatlantic Slave Trade Project*

*Institute for the Public Understanding of the Past, University of York*

The Institute for the Public Understanding of the Past (IPUP) has won funding as part of an EU research network, EUROTAST, that brings together an unprecedented range of researchers from the humanities and sciences. Using a combination of historical research, archaeology and cutting-edge genomics this project will address pressing questions relating to the transatlantic slave trade and its legacies. The team of historians, archaeologists and scientists will research the origins of the 12.5 million Africans carried into the transatlantic slave trade, their physical quality of life, and the material legacy of the slave trade.

For further information on the project and to find out about job applications, please visit the project website <>.

Funded through the Marie Curie Actions, the €4.3 million project will support 15 young researchers who will be based at 10 partner institutions in 7 European countries. The researchers will be recruited from a wide range of disciplines, including history, archaeology, genetics and social anthropology.  The lead partners areUniversity of Copenhagen and University of York.

Questions that will be addressed during the course of the four-year project deal with the captives’ origins, their physical quality of life, and the material legacy of the slave trade in Europe, West Africa, and the Caribbean.

A unique feature of EUROTAST is that the research will be widely disseminated through school projects, museum exhibitions and media products. Guided by Professor Helen Weinstein, Director of IPUP (York, UK) each of the students will be encouraged to document their research and their findings through podcasts and video diaries.

“The scale of this project is ambitious and it is essential that the findings reach a wide audience beyond the walls of academia” says Professor Weinstein. “The use of popular media products will help engage a wide audience but in addition we will develop learning materials for museums and schools in Europe, Africa and theCaribbean which will have a significant impact on the way that this traumatic history is taught and understood across the world.”

IPUP will be very grateful if you can circulate to potential candidates the three positions suitable for historians, one post doc and two doctoral funded projects, with application deadline of 30th and 31st January 2012.


Experienced Researcher - dissemination & outreach

ESR Code: ER1
Supervision: Prof. Helen Weinstein (IPUP, York)
Host Institution: Centre for GeoGenetics (Copenhagen) and IPUP (York)
Duration: 2 years – starting from 1 May 2012
Deadline: Monday, 30 January 2012

The primary responsibility of the ER will be to work on dissemination aspects of the project and to co-ordinate outreach activities. Based at the Centre for Geogenetics in Copenhagen, Denmark, and trained at the Institute for the Public Understanding of the Past (IPUP) in York, UK, the ER will be committed to communicating academic research on the slave trade into the public realm. Her/his main task will be to develop and create content for the project website to promote understanding of the individual research projects and the project as a whole. In addition, she/he will be trained in documentary-making to document the research and to help disseminate its major findings. During the first year, she/he will research and develop a 30 part history documentary series for radio foregrounding the research of the network. During the second year, she/he will help develop educational material for museums and schools and co-ordinate school visits as part of the network’s outreach programme.

*Application process:*
Applicants should send a short cover letter outlining their suitability for the post and their ideas for the project, full CV, and the names of 2 referees to <>. In addition, we require applicants to send in 500 words pitching a suitable story on race/identity/enslavement, past or present, to a newspaper, radio or TV station. Applications are welcomed from any qualified applicants, regardless of gender, ethnicity or country of origin, but will only be considered if eligibility requirements are met and the application guidelines are strictly adhered to. *Deadline for applications is 30 January 2012*.

Entry Requirements:
To be eligible for the post you must be EITHER in possession of a doctoral degree at the time of recruitment OR have at least four years commensurate full-time equivalent research experience in a museum, archive, media organization, or similar. In either case, you should have no more than 5 years of full-time equivalent research experience. You will have previous research experience on the history of the transatlantic slave trade or a related topic and you will have demonstrated commitment to communicating academic research into the public realm. Ability to write with clarity for a non-academic audience and to work with new technologies is essential. You will have excellent knowledge of English and a proven track record of writing in English. Knowledge of another European language such as French or Spanish will be preferable, but not essential. Although not a prerequisite, candidates who have experience of writing and designing pages for the web will be preferred.

Mobility Requirement:
Researchers can be of any nationality but have to comply with the conditions of mobility. This means that in order to be eligible to apply for one of the ER fellowships, the researcher must not have resided, worked or studied in the country of their host organisation (ie. Denmark) for more than 12 months in the 3 years prior to the time of recruitment. Compulsory national service and/or short stays are not taken into account.

Professor Helen Weinstein
Director of IPUP
Institute for the Public Understanding of the Past
BS/120 Berrick Saul Building Room 120
University of York
York Y010 5DD

IPUP office: 01904-328-126 <tel:01904-328-126>
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