Applications are now being accepted for a post doctoral fellowship concerned with one or more of the following areas of research: diaspora linkages, the memory and patrimoine of slavery, the legalities of slavery and citizenship and slavery. The Post-doctoral fellowship will be awarded in connection with a program of research funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada under its Major Collaborative Research Initiatives (MCRI) Program. The program on “Slavery, Memory, Citizenship” is centered at the Harriet Tubman Institute for Research on the Global Migrations of African Peoples, York University, Toronto, and involves a team of researchers drawn for a global network of institutions.
The MCRI program focuses on slavery, memory and citizenship to highlight the global migrations of African peoples from the 15th century to the present, offering a comparison of historic patterns of slavery to inform current public policy on issues arising from the persistence of slavery and racism into the 21st century. The aim of “Slavery, Memory, Citizenship” is to increase our understanding of contemporary problems inhibiting the achievement of a multicultural world based on values of peace and justice and to confront the issues that need to be addressed to combat the persistence of slavery into the 21st century. The network of collaborating scholars is examining the interplay between history and memory through interdisciplinary research that examines the impact of the trans-Atlantic experience of slavery on the development of the Americas, including Canada, the Islamic world, including the Mediterranean, and the Indian Ocean world.

Eligible candidates whose academic work falls within this broad framework are encouraged to apply. The specific details of the fellowship will be determined according to the background of the successful applicant and his/her potential contribution to the research activities of the network. Applicants must have received their degree by the time of application and must have completed their doctoral degree within the past five years, i.e., since 2006, in the Humanities or Social Sciences in a subject relevant to the African diaspora. The successful candidate will be fully integrated into all the activities of the research program and its host the Tubman Institute. The Post-doctoral Fellowship is for one year commencing July 1st 2011 with the possibility of renewal during the lifetime of the project and remunerated at rates set by SSHRC (CDN $31,500).

Principal Investigator, “Slavery, Memory and Citizenship”
The Harriet Tubman Institute: