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Bristol launches new academic role in the History of Slavery

6 May 2019

Associate Professor/Professor in the History of Slavery

University of Bristol - Department of History (Historical Studies)

The University of Bristol seeks to appoint an Associate Professor/Professor in the History of Slavery by January 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter. Appointment to this position offers an opportunity to lead on the University’s research into its own historical relationship with slavery in the Americas, and on its future engagement with the city of Bristol, its institutions and communities on this issue. It also allows the individual appointed to provide academic leadership in an area of critical importance to the School of Humanities and the University, and, in concert with the Centre for Black Humanities, to cement Bristol’s international reputation as a hub for scholarship in this area. The appointee will have the opportunity to play a key role in the ongoing development of the History Department, School of Humanities, the Faculty of Arts and the University.

The History Department is known for its research-led teaching and innovative approaches to impact and engagement, as well as for traditional research strengths. It enjoys extensive demand for its popular undergraduate programmes, and hosts a thriving postgraduate community. Work on slavery – in the Bristol context, and internationally – is a key part of the Department’s research and teaching expertise, and there are particular strengths in imperial and postcolonial history, and in public history.

The successful candidate will have established an international reputation in research and publication, and will show the potential to maintain and further enhance this reputation. They will have experience in public engagement and impact work, as well as in academic leadership, and a strong understanding of the current research environments in the UK and internationally. The University welcomes applicants from any specialisation in the history of slavery in its eighteenth/nineteenth-century British, European, American or Atlantic contexts, but the appointment panel will need to be assured that the candidate will be able to fulfil an initial brief of research and dissemination work on the University’s historical slavery connections and its legacies, and that leadership and expertise can be provided that will inspire confidence in BAME communities in the Bristol area and beyond.

The closing date for application is 11.59pm on Sunday 11th August 2019.

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