Current vacancies within the UCL History department.

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Professor and Director of the Centre for the Study of the Legacies of British Slave-ownership

Grade 10; Full-time and Open Ended

(Post reference: 1787310)

Closing Date: 14 February 2019.

Applications are invited for a full-time Professor and Director of the Centre for the Study of the Legacies of British Slave-ownership, tenable from 1 September 2019. We encourage applications from scholars working on any aspect of the history of slavery in the Caribbean world or of Britain and slavery. Given our longstanding interests in comparative and transnational history, we particularly welcome applicants who approach their work from these perspectives.

The Centre for the Study of the Legacies of British Slave-ownership at UCL builds on two earlier research projects, 2009-2012 and 2013-2015, supported by successive grants from the ESRC and the ESRC/AHRC. Drawing on the disciplines of economic, social, cultural and political history, the first project, Legacies of British Slave-ownership (2009-2012), established the first full account of those who received compensation following the abolition of slavery in 1833, demonstrated the ways in which slave-ownership permeated British elites in the nineteenth century, and made the case, conceptually and empirically, for showing how slavery and slave-ownership and cognate issues such as race were central to the formation of modern British society and politics. The second project, the Structure and significance of British Caribbean slave-ownership 1763-1833 (2013-2015), aimed at producing a systematic analysis of slave-ownership in the British West Indian colonies between 1763 and 1833 to enable the development of an understanding of the mature years of the slave economy and the ways in which this was articulated with British economy, society, culture and politics at a critical period of industrialisation and social transformation. The work of the Centre is underpinned by funding from the Hutchins Institute at Harvard for the period 2016-2021.

The History Department is located within UCL’s Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences, but for most academic purposes it operates with a high degree of autonomy. It is unusual for its remarkable chronological breadth: expertise ranging from before 3000 BC to the present day. Our historians work in all fields of history, with departmental specialisms in intellectual and cultural history, history of the Ancient Middle East, British imperial history and history of the Americas. The Department has recently expanded provision and developed expertise in other areas, including South Asia and Africa. In both our teaching and research, we encourage comparative and transnational approaches.

The Director of the Centre is currently supported by a Grade 7 (1.0FTE) Project Administrator and a (0.20 FTE) Technical Assistant. The Director has line-management responsibility for these project staff.

There are a range of other duties and responsibilities associated with the post which are outlined in the job description. 

Key Requirements:
Applicants should have a reputation as a world leader in the field; an outstanding international record of research and publication; a demonstrated commitment to public history; substantive experience in digital humanities, as well as a strong record in acquiring external funding and in developing and running a successful research unit. They should have extensive experience of undergraduate and postgraduate teaching; a strong track record of attracting research students and supervising them to successful completion; proven capacity for academic and intellectual leadership; and a demonstrable commitment to knowledge exchange (working with non-academic groups) and ‘impact’.

The closing date for applications to this post is 14 February 2019.

Click through to the UCL HR webpages to access the full job description and person specification, and to apply online.