New opportunities for humanities research on the Transatlantic Slave Trade

Posted on 4 January 2012

One postdoctoral position and two fully funded PhD fellowships are available on the EUROTAST project.

The Institute for the Public Understanding of the Past (IPUP) has won funding as part of an EU research network, EUROTAST, that brings together an unprecedented range of researchers from the humanities and sciences. Using a combination of historical research, archaeology and cutting-edge genomics this project will address pressing questions relating to the transatlantic slave trade and its legacies. The team of historians, archaeologists and scientists will research the origins of the 12.5 million Africans carried into the transatlantic slave trade, their physical quality of life, and the material legacy of the slave trade.

Funded through the Marie Curie Actions, the €4.3 million project will support 15 young researchers who will be based at 10 partner institutions in 7 European countries. The researchers will be recruited from a wide range of disciplines, including history, archaeology, genetics and social anthropology.  The lead partners are University of Copenhagen and University of York.

Questions that will be addressed during the course of the four-year project deal with the captives’ origins, their physical quality of life, and the material legacy of the slave trade in Europe, West Africa, and the Caribbean.
A unique feature of EUROTAST is that the research will be widely disseminated through school projects, museum exhibitions and media products. Guided by Professor Helen Weinstein, Director of IPUP (York, UK) each of the students will be encouraged to document their research and their findings through podcasts and video diaries.
“The scale of this project is ambitious and it is essential that the findings reach a wide audience beyond the walls of academia” says Professor Weinstein. “The use of popular media products will help engage a wide audience but in addition we will develop learning materials for museums and schools in Europe, Africa and the Caribbean which will have a significant impact on the way that this traumatic history is taught and understood across the world.”

For further information on the project and to find out about job applications, please visit the project website

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