Treatied Narrativity

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About this project

A fully funded PhD bursary opportunity for a candidate with an interest in Native American Indian Studies, American History, Cultural Studies, Diplomacy, International History Environmental History &/or Literary Studies.

This project examines the narrative complexities surrounding the production and interpretation of Indian treaties from 1607 until the close of the frontier in 1890. Adopting a series of interdisciplinary lenses, it will periodize treaty-making processes and relate these cultural productions to primary narrative traditions within differing communities of meaning over time. The candidate will be encouraged to explore: the limits to the intercultural understanding represented by treaties; how treaties have been used and understood within existing historical, literary, legal and political treatments, and how this might change in light of current research; how issues of cultural specificity and linguistic mediation impact upon treaties and what the future might hold in relation to these most contested American literary and political artefacts.

In attempting to answer these questions, the doctoral candidate will be encouraged to seek out and cultivate relationships with a series of Indian groups, U.S. government bodies, legal entities and policy advocates.

The University of Hull offers considerable research resources to support this project. The recently-refurbished Brynmor Jones Library is one of only three institutions that hold the complete 20 volume set Early American Indian Documents: Treaties and Laws, 1607-1789, (edited by Alden Vaughan). The Library’s digital holdings include all of the major journals in American and American Indian History, as well as full access to the Evans Collection of Early American Imprints, which covers every book printed in the American colonies between 1639 and 1800.

The supervisory team has an extensive record publishing on Native environmentalism, American cities, and social justice and American environmental history in global context.


Professor Joy Porter joy.porter@hull.ac.uk

Professor Greg Bankoff g.bankoff@hull.ac.uk

Professor Andrew Jonas a.e.jonas@hull.ac.uk

Next steps


Full-time UK/EU PhD Scholarships will include fees at the ‘home/EU' student rate and maintenance (£14,553 in 2017/18) for three years, depending on satisfactory progress.

Full-time International Fee PhD Studentships will include full fees at the International student rate for three years, dependent on satisfactory progress.

Entry requirements



Find out more about our research in the Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education.

How to apply

Application deadline: 13 March 2017

Research options:

PhD: 4 years (full-time)

The Postgraduate Training Scheme

PhD students at the University of Hull follow modules for research and transferable skills development and gain a Masters level Certificate, or Diploma, in Research Training, in addition to their research degree.