Leverhulme Major Research Fellow
2019 - 2022
Professor Joy Porter Awarded Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship (GBP 155,473; MRF-2018-041)
Joy Porter, a Professor of Indigenous History, has been awarded a Major Research Fellowship by the Leverhulme Trust. She will explore the Nixon presidency and its remarkable environmental advances using Native American Indian Federal history as a lens. The Leverhulme Trust makes these awards to ‘enable well-established and distinguished researchers in the disciplines of the Humanities and Social Sciences to devote themselves to a single research project of outstanding originality and significance’. The Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship is widely considered the most prestigious personal research award given in the UK. The Fellowship will be for 36 months, commencing in September 2019.
This ambitious project, entitled ‘ What Would Nixon Do?: The Forgotten Republican Roots of American Environmentalism’ will engage with conservative and Republican traditions at a critical moment in environmental history when conventional warnings are routinely dismissed by conservative voters as ‘fake news’. Commenting on this award, Professor Porter said: ‘Leverhulme Major Research Fellowships are an vitally important springboard for researchers in the humanities and social sciences that allow them to complete a substantial original piece of research with the potential to change how major issues are understood internationally. I am incredibly grateful to Leverhulme for this opportunity to produce an interdisciplinary book that it is hoped will influence a spectrum of interests currently conducting separate conversations.’
During the three years of the Fellowship, Professor Porter work with indigenous groups and travel to Alaska, California, New Mexico and Oklahoma. Professor Porter joins a notable cohort of scholars in the Department of History receiving Leverhulme awards in the last few years (Dr Amanda Capern (F, 2018), Dr C. Prior (F, 2017), Professor D. Crouch, MRF, 2015).
The Leverhulme Trust was established by the Will of William Hesketh Lever, the founder of Lever Brothers. For more information, please visit www.leverhulme.ac.uk and follow the Trust on Twitter @LeverhulmeTrust
For more about Professor Porter’s research and the work of the Treatied Spaces Research Cluster here: https://treatiedspaces.com/
PI Host British Academy Global Professor
2019 - 2024
Exploring the inter-relationship between digital media and democracy, examining the literature of addiction, and investigating how threats to our well-being posed by climate change can be addressed through indigenous knowledge; are some of the research projects led by the second cohort of award-holders under the British Academy’s Global Professorships programme.
Supported by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the UK Government’s National Productivity Investment Fund, the Global Professorships programme began in 2018, with a first cohort of award-holders appointed in early 2019. It provides mid-career to senior scholars, active in any discipline within the social sciences and the humanities and based in any country overseas, the opportunity to relocate to the UK for four years and pursue their individual research goals while contributing to UK higher education.
The programme seeks to demonstrate and enhance the UK’s commitment to international research partnerships and collaboration as well as strengthen the UK’s research capacity and capability in the humanities and the social sciences.
The ten scholars awarded Global Professorships under the second round of the programme come from South Asia, North America and the EU. Half of the successful applicants are active in disciplines within the humanities, with the other half pursuing research projects in the social sciences.
The full list of award-holders:
Law, Virtue and Political Community – Dr Maria Amalia Amaya Navarro, University of Edinburgh
Romantic Melodrama: Feeling in Search of Form – Professor Michael Gamer, Queen Mary University of London
Distributional Macroeconomics: Better Understanding the Two-Way Interaction of Inequality and the Macroeconomy – Professor Benjamin Moll, London School of Economics and Political Science
The Literature of Addiction – Professor Robert Morrison, Bath Spa University
Human Stress, Resilience and Adaptation in Ancient Northern Ireland and Scotland – Professor Marc Oxenham, University of Aberdeen
Digital Media, Participation and Political Culture – Dr Aswin Punathambekar, Loughborough University
Radical Activism and British Publishing for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Children – Professor Karen Sands O’Connor, Newcastle University
Sexual Relations as International Relations – Dr Laura Sjoberg, Royal Holloway, University of London
Indigenous Environmental History and Applied Traditional Ecological Knowledge – Professor Gregory Smithers, University of Hull
Imagined Futures: Technology, Urban Planning and Their Subjects at the Margins of an Indian Megapolis – Professor Sanjay Srivastava, University College London.
Professor Ash Amin, British Academy Foreign Secretary, said:
‘We are delighted to welcome this new cohort of British Academy Global Professors, who will be joining a wide range of higher education institutions across the UK and working on a fascinating set of projects. Our ambition is to support outstanding internationally-recognised scholars from around the world, enabling them to develop lasting networks and collaborations in the UK while drawing on their knowledge and expertise to drive excellence in UK research and higher education
AHRC/British Library CDP, “Indigenous Languages, Metadata & Decolonisation of the British Museum”, co-supervisor with Dr F. Fuentes, BL North American Curator (75k)
2019 - 2024
The British Library and the University of Hull are pleased to invite applications for a Collaborative
Doctoral Partnership PhD Studentship, starting from 1 October 2019. This doctoral award is funded
through the Arts and Humanities Research Council under its Collaborative Doctoral Programme. The
research will be jointly supervised by Professor Joy Porter at the University of Hull, and Dr Fran
Fuentes, Curator for North American Printed Collections at the British Library. The student will
receive further support at the British Library from Nora McGregor, Digital Curator of the Digital
Scholarship department, and from a secondary team at the forefront of indigenous language studies
that includes, Professor Dale Turner (Anishinaabe), Department of Native Studies, Dartmouth
College; Mishiikenh; Vernon Altiman, (Anishinaabe) Lecturer, Department of Languages, Literatures
& Cultures, Queen’s University, Ontario; Professor Marianne Mithun, President of the Association of
American Linguistics, University of California, Santa Barbara.
PI Host, British Academy Visiting Fellowship, Professor Dale Turner, Department of Native Studies, Dartmouth, (25,554k)
2018 - 2019
We are pleased to welcome Professor Dale Turner of the Program in Native American Studies at Dartmouth College as a British Academy Visiting Fellow from August 2018. Recently, he visited the campus to speak on ‘What is Indigenous Spirituality?: Anishinaabe American Indian Political Thought in the 21st Century’. Responding to the limits of liberal theory to accommodate First Nations claims to sovereignty, he called for the development of a ‘third language’ of law as a solution to the limits of inherent and delegated forms of indigenous rights claims, which are ultimately adjudicated within the courts of the sovereign Canadian state. While at Hull, he also met with graduate students for an informal discussion of the links between historic and modern notions of treaty rights.
PI-AHRC Research Grant, Brightening the Covenant Chain: Revealing Cultures of Diplomacy Between the Crown and the Iroquois Confederacy (£931K)
2021 - 2024
Treatied Spaces has been awarded a Standard Research Grant valued at £931,042 by the Arts and Humanities Research Council of the United Kingdom for the project ‘Brightening the Covenant Chain: Revealing Cultures of Diplomacy Between the Crown and the Iroquois Confederacy’. This interdisciplinary project investigates the deep but unexplored connections embodied in these names, between the British Crown and the indigenous peoples of Canada and Northeastern America – one of the oldest diplomatic relationships in the world. It shaped the North America we know today and continues to be ‘brightened’ and renewed by the Royal family because of its vital role in addressing global challenges linked to the legal, environmental and territorial resurgence of indigenous rights.