Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice

Opportunities at the Center

About Reimagining New England Histories Project

Brown University faculty members can apply for funds to support the development or expansion of a course along the themes of the Reimagining New England Histories project.  Themes include: the maritime perspective, place & Indigeneity, African American captivity and slavery in New England, discussions around settler colonialism and white supremacy, Indigenous slavery, and decolonial approaches to archival practices, among others. 

Applicants can apply for funds up to $5,000 which can be used for items such as student research support, books, purchasing film, travel to an archive to gather primary documents.  

Applications are due by Nov 1, 2022.  Applications should include a brief itemized budget; a one-two page write-up on the proposed course, the semester it will be taught, and the ways the grant can support this work.

Apply

The Center for the Study of Slavery & Justice (CSSJ) is looking to hire a creative, energetic, and motivated Administrative Assistant for the fall semester (with the potential to continue during the spring semester). The CSSJ is a scholarly research center with a public humanities mission. Our work is focused on projects and research clusters that examine the history and legacies of the racial slave trade.

The student Administrative Assistant position will provide general office support and critical administrative work on a number of projects and daily needs as determined by the staff including event planning, outreach, and staffing events as needed. The Center is a dynamic space on campus, and the selected candidate will be an important member of the CSSJ team helping to advance questions about historical understanding and social justice connected to the legacies of the racial slave trade. 

More details and apply

The Center for the Study of Slavery & Justice (CSSJ) is looking to hire creative and energetic on-call Slavery & Legacy Walking Tour Guides for the fall semester (with the potential to continue in the spring and next school year). The CSSJ is a scholarly research center with a public humanities mission. Our work is focused on projects and research clusters that examine the history and legacies of the racial slave trade. 

The on-call guides will provide support sporadically over the course of the semester as needed, and in particular, will provide support during Family Weekend on the morning of October 22nd. The guides will receive paid training on the Slavery & Legacy Walking Tour. The Slavery & Legacy Walking Tours examine the history behind Brown University, the State of Rhode Island, and their roles in the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. The tours help students (K-12 + college) as well as adult groups think critically about the University and state histories.

More details and apply

The activities of the student Education Coordinator include organizing field trips of local schools and adult groups; communicating with visitors ahead of time to understand visit focus/needs; leading tours and visits (including but not limited to the Center’s Slavery & Legacy Walking Tour and CSSJ gallery visits); developing an outreach plan to help ensure campus communities as well as local schools understand the scope of CSSJ’s field trip offerings, and other related activities as assigned.

The Education Coordinator must be able to learn the scope of all CSSJ tours and be able to facilitate discussions with visitors based on their knowledge of current scholarship. The Center is a dynamic space on campus and the selected candidate will be an important member of the CSSJ team helping to advance questions about historical understanding and social justice connected to the legacies of the racial slave trade.

More details and apply

In small spaces beside their cabins and huts on the plantation, along marginalized hillsides, in swamps, gullies and forests, and in outdoor sanctuaries created to honor their dead and contemplate that ancestrality, enslaved Africans and their descendants throughout the Americas “stole” back their own time and labor in snatches of the night, on Sundays or “holidays,” to plant garden plots of use, beauty, and spiritual and physical refuge. The Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice Symbolic Slave Garden designed by Prof. Geri Augusto draws on that history to render imaginatively a small part of what the slaves knew and wrought, and what they might have thought as they created new landscapes against all odds. It is a work of cognitive justice and contemplation.

The Symbolic Slave Garden Caretakers will meet regularly (around once per month) with CSSJ staff and Prof. Renée Ater to learn about and plan for the physical and intellectual maintenance and growth of the CSSJ’s Symbolic Slave Garden and associated programming. During warmer months, work will also include providing physical care for the garden on a regular basis including weeding, planting, watering, painting of the garden wall, and helping with other improvements and general upkeep as assigned. Caretakers will also be involved with creating documentation and both planning and participating in public programming about the garden as a public memorial space on campus.

More details and apply

Postdoctoral Fellowships

No opportunities available at this time

Opportunities Beyond the Center

No opportunities available at this time

Proctorships

No opportunities available at this time

Summer Institutes

No opportunities available at this time