Research Associate

University of Kent - School of English

Do you have a PhD in Native American and Indigenous Studies? Do you have experience of archival work?

This post has arisen as a result of the award of a three year AHRC project, led by Dr David Stirrup and entitled Beyond the Spectacle: Native North American Presence in Britain. The project will explore, assess, and realign British understanding of Native North American Indigenous peoples in the twenty-first century, by examining complex processes of exchange and interchange through a cultural and historical lens.

Positioning itself at the intersection of current research on Imperialism and Indigenous Studies, it aims to counter-balance colonial perspectives and turn attention instead to the reciprocal nature of these encounters, and their bequests to descendant communities in both Britain and North America. Attention will be paid to encounters and interactions within the many towns and cities of Britain.

The underlying goal of the research will be to deepen understanding of historical, cultural and political trans-Atlantic exchanges and their legacies, and from this to contribute to discussions of Indigenous agency, on-going contests relating to sovereignty and resources, and to engage with current discourses centring on national identity, immigration, diversity and belonging. 

As Research Associate you will:

  • Develop independent research within the project remit.
  • Disseminate the project through journal articles and conference presentations.
  • Undertake archival work.
  • Write a series of blog posts for the project website.

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • PhD in any area of Native American and Indigenous Studies.
  • Experience of archival work.
  • Experience of giving research papers at conferences and seminars.

School of English

The School of English currently has c. 900 full-time and part-time undergraduate and postgraduate students. Its permanent academic staff of 37 includes an excellent cohort of highly promising and productive early career researchers alongside senior staff with international reputations. English at Kent is based on a commitment to the traditional fields of the discipline, to consolidating the School’s distinctive strengths, and to innovation. Key areas of research such as medieval and early modern studies, American literature, postcolonial studies and modernism have been strengthened by recent appointments. There have also been strategic appointments in modern poetry and creative writing, two fields of development that are central to the School’s long-term strategy. 

Further Information

Closing date for applications: 05 July 2017

Interviews are to be held: 17 July 2017

If you require further information regarding the application process please contact The Resourcing Team on jobs@kent.ac.uk quoting ref number: HUM0789.

Please note - applications must be made via the University’s online application system. You will be required to fill in the main details section of the application form as well as upload your CV and a cover letter. Your cover letter should clearly and explicitly address the requirements of the Person specification and you should provide clear evidence and examples in your application which back-up any assertions you make in relation to each criterion. We recommend a maximum of 4 x A4 sides for this document.

CVs or details sent directly to the department or via email cannot be considered.

No agencies, thank you.

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