Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice

Summer Fellowships will Reimagine New England's Past

Applications are now being accepted for summer 2021 fellows seeking to participate in a new project entitled, Reimaging New England History: Historical Injustice, Sovereignty and FreedomThe Frank C. Munson Institute at Mystic Seaport, in collaboration with Williams College the Center for the Study of Slavery & Justice at Brown University, will hold virtual classes to interrogate the region’s past. The history and legacies  of settler colonialism, racial slavery, servitude, dispossession, Indigenous resistance and African-American strategies for fashioning pursuits of freedom will be considered. A distinctive feature of this summer program will be the framing of these topics within the context of New England’s maritime setting, an environment that fostered interaction, mobility, and exploitation.

The Munson Institute is the leading, and often sole, center for teaching maritime history in the United States. It has offered graduate credit through the University of Connecticut for over 60 years while its faculty includes top maritime historians from across the United States. 

This summer, the Institute is joining in the multi-institutional project Reimagining New England Histories: Historical Injustice, Sovereignty and Freedom funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.  This enhanced summer session will expand the Munson Institute’s cadre of scholars with specialists from collaborating faculty and representatives from the region’s Native peoples. 

Applicants for the 2021 summer session may apply for one of the twelve fellowships being offered through the Mellon Foundation grant.  These positions are most particularly intended for junior faculty and  graduate students. We also encourage applications from the region’s tribal nations and African American communities.  Each of the fellowships, set to run from June 28 – July 29, will be supported with a $2,000 stipend and the cost of book purchases.

Additional information can be accessed here.


Senior Curator of Social Maritime Histories

The Senior Curator of Social Maritime Histories will be responsible for working on curatorial projects of race, Indigenous histories, ethnicity, and diversity in New England's maritime activities as it relates to the collections and site of Mystic Seaport Museum. The Senior Curator will work with Curatorial and Museum colleagues to lead a team through the Museum's and other regional collections, developing contemporary re-imaginings of people's actions in the past and present, and translating that into content applicable to today's social environment. The first 2.5 years of this role will culminate in a major exhibition in Fall 2023, funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Just Futures Initiative. Thereafter the Senior Curator will continue on new projects related to these and related themes. Additionally, the Senior Curator will lead a curatorial team in the development and educational work related to the Museum's public and school audiences through the development of in-house and online content.

This position is funded through an award from the Mellon Foundation, with the project titled 'Reimagining New England Histories: Historical Injustice, Sovereignty, and Freedom.' The funding supports a partnership among Brown University, Williams College, and Mystic Seaport Museum to engage with Native American and African American histories and legacies surrounding the founding of New England through the present day, using the sea and maritime realm as a lens for investigating issues of freedom and slavery, dispossession and cultural persistence, legacy and memory. A major gallery exhibition opening Fall 2023 is a core project outcome of this initiative.

More information and how to apply can be found here.

CSSJ Center Manager

The Center for the Study of  Slavery and  Justice (CSSJ) is a scholarly research and public humanities Center at Brown University that supports and generates rigorous and accessible research, performance, art, and scholarship on a broad range of pressing issues related to understanding the issues and legacies of racial slavery, the making of the modern world in order to make a difference. 

The Center Manager works in partnership with the Center Director and Associate Director on strategic planning, management of all financial, administrative, and human resource operations as well as academic programs, events, and communications for an interdisciplinary scholarly and research center.

More information and application requirements can be found here