Research Fellowship in Slavery and its Impact - Cambridge
King's College Cambridge
Stipendiary King's College Research Fellowship in Slavery and its Impact, 2021-2025
King's College Cambridge invites applications for a four-year Research Fellowship from those who are completing or have recently completed a doctorate and who intend to pursue a research project on some aspect of the study of slavery and its impact.
Slavery and enslavement are deeply rooted in human histories in many parts of the world, and are most familiar to us through their profound expression and impact in the Atlantic slave trade and the consequential enslavement of Africans in many parts of the New World. Although we know quite a lot about historic slavery, both of Africans and of others, there are two areas where there is urgent need of further research. One is into the impact of historic slavery both at the time and on into the contemporary world. The other is into the continuation of effective slavery within the modern world. For although the ways in which human beings are exchanged for money or entirely deprived of their liberty by another person are different now, the effects and conditions of those exchanged for money and/or deprived of their liberty are comparable.
As a colonial and imperial power, the United Kingdom and many of its representations of power, including Cambridge Colleges, benefitted from the slave trade and enslavement - which in turn have left a lasting and devastating impact on Africa and Africans. This Research Fellowship is intended to encourage research on the impact of historic slavery, including the Atlantic slave trade and ensuing enslavement, or on slavery and its impact in the modern world. Impact is to be understood in the broadest sense and includes any form of harm or other negative consequences to those enslaved, and/or the territories and societies they belonged to, as well as any advantages obtained by those involved in organizing, financing, or otherwise supporting slave trade or enslavement.
This post-doctoral Fellowship is intended to enable the successful candidate to complete a substantial research project on their chosen aspect of slavery and its impact in the context of any Arts, Humanities or Social Science discipline, broadly conceived: viz. anthropology, archaeology, architecture, classics, criminology, economics, English and other literatures, history, the history of art, the history of science, law, linguistics, musicology, philosophy, psychology, sociology, theology. Such projects might be about the substantive treatment of humans as slaves at any period, about the impact of slavery on the lives of slaves or slavers, or about the impact of slavery on the ways in which people have thought and written about the world, whether in the context of literature, music, philosophy, psychology, law, theology, economics, gender studies or the visual arts.
The ideal candidate for this Research Fellowship will have a strong background in one or more disciplines within the Arts, Humanities, or Social Sciences and have completed an outstanding doctoral thesis. It is not a requirement that the candidate's doctoral studies or the work that they submit in support of their application should have concerned questions of slavery, but candidates will be expected to show in their applications both how their future work relates to the work that they have already done, and to explain clearly how their proposed project relates to existing studies on slavery and its impact. The successful candidate will be expected to engage broadly with the whole college community and to organise academic activities in the form of seminars/workshops/conferences (for which the College is able to provide modest funding).
The successful candidate will join a lively body of post-doctoral research Fellows working across a wide range of 'grand challenge' problems that affect societies in an interconnected world, and facilitating a flow of critical knowledge from the university into the community by bringing major community issues into the university. Our existing Arts and Humanities Research Fellows include those working on issues of Urban Studies, Gender Studies, Race, Equality, Representation, Immateriality, Prejudice and Punishment. It is the aim of these projects to develop and consolidate crucial fields of study that are currently too narrowly restricted in their practitioners and/or their objects of analysis, and to strengthen the intellectual framework for international and global approaches to the humanities by tackling related issues that can only properly be understood when tackled globally.
Research Fellows are members of the Governing Body, with full privileges of Fellows. In addition to pursuing research, a Research Fellow is required to live in Cambridge or close by and to participate in College life and activity. Privileges include all meals, limited financial support for expenses associated with research, the possibility of an office and accommodation in College properties. Although these are research posts, Research Fellows are encouraged to take advantage of opportunities to undertake a small amount of University and/or College teaching.
The stipend attached to a Research Fellowship is £21,716 (pre award of doctorate), £24,129 (after award of doctorate), rising each year to a maximum of £27,949. Additional payment is made for teaching. A living-out allowance of £4,000 is made, on application, to those not living in college.
The closing date for applications, including references, is 9 am (UK local time) on Friday 4th September 2020. Further information about the College may be obtained from the College website.
Graduates of any university are eligible. Candidates will usually have completed their PhD but must not have undertaken more than 2-years of postdoctoral work by 1st October 2021 (i.e. your PhD cannot have been granted before 30th September 2019).
The closing date for applications, including references, is 9 am (UK local time) on Friday, 4th September 2020. Applications received after this date and time will not be considered. Long-listed candidates will be notified in early October and will be expected to provide within 5-days a writing sample of not more than 20,000 words. Short-listed candidates will be invited for interview on either Wednesday, 20th January 2021 or Thursday, 21st January 2021. Please ensure that you will be available for interview on these dates, as it is not possible to arrange other times for interviews. The Fellowship will begin on 1st October 2021 and will run until 30th September 2025.
To apply use the following link to go to the FAS website and create an application:
Before the closing date, applicants must complete all sections of the online Fellowship Application and upload onto the website (PDF only) the following:
A curriculum vitae (of no more than three A4 sides) including details of higher education, degrees awarded, positions held and a list of publications.
A document (of no more than 1200 words in length) containing descriptions of your current research and of the research you propose to undertake during the Fellowship.
Applicants must also arrange for three letters of recommendation to be uploaded onto the site in PDF format by the closing date of the competition, 9 am on Friday, 4th September 2020. Each referee should be asked to provide the names of two further readers, not in the candidate's institution, to whom work might be sent if the candidate is long-listed. It is the duty of the candidate to ensure that the referees submit the references and the names of two readers before the closing date.
Please note that all application materials must be in the English language.
The application will not be considered in the competition until it has been submitted and all references, including the names of additional readers, have been received. An email will be sent once this has occurred.
In early October, the College will contact long-listed applicants by email to ask for samples of written work, up to 20,000 words (either published papers or chapters of a doctoral thesis). This work must be supplied within 5-days of the sending of the e-mail.
King's College follows an equal opportunities policy.