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Offer: Research Fellowships: Transatlantic Slave Trade Project

EUROTAST is a new European-funded research network that will bring together an unprecedented range of young researchers to examine the history of the transatlantic slave trade and to explore its long-term effects. As part of the project, we are currently hiring 13 early stage researchers (ESR1-13) and one experienced researcher (ER1). For full details on individual projects please browse below or contact us at enquiries(at)eurotast.eu. If you are interested in applying, please first carefully check that you are eligible to apply before reading about our application procedure.

EUROTAST is a Marie Curie Initial Training Network, whose primary objective is to train a new generation of researchers while contributing to a better understanding of the history of the transatlantic slave trade and its legacies today. Funded by the European Union under the Seventh Framework Programme, the network offers Fellowships to 13 early stage and two experienced researchers to conduct research on various aspects of the transatlantic slave trade.

EUROTAST consists of ten academic partners and one industrial partner and involves leading researchers from a wide range of disciplines, including some that are not traditionally associated with slave trade research. By bringing in experts from these various fields, we hope to contribute new data that will add to our knowledge of how the slave trade operated and how it shaped the population history of an entire continent. Working together on a common theme, a team of historians, archaeologists, sociologists and geneticists will examine various aspects of the slave trade that will increase our understanding of this traumatic period in our history and, thus, help us to come to terms with it.
Project Aims

The principal aim of this ITN is to examine the history of the transatlantic slave trade and its legacies from a variety of different angles. Working across disciplines and national boundaries 13 early stage researchers and two experienced researchers will investigate various aspects of the slave trade and its legacies today. By bringing together researchers from these various fields, including some that are not traditionally associated with slave trade research, such as genetics, we hope to contribute new data that will add to our knowledge of how the slave trade operated and how it impacted on the lives of millions of people.

Furthermore, we believe that this setup presents a unique opportunity to deliver a training package that will encourage interdisciplinary thinking and help us to bridge the gap between what C.P. Snow called the “two cultures” of modern society – the sciences and the humanities. Working together on a common theme, a team of historians, archaeologists, sociologists and geneticists will examine various aspects of the slave trade that will increase our understanding of this horrific period in our history and, thus, help us to come to terms with it. Last but not least, we aim to disseminate the results of our various projects as widely as possible and we believe that the unique combination of history and science will enable us to reach a much broader spectrum of the general public than hitherto possible.

The specific objectives of the network are as follows:

To examine the history of the transatlantic slave trade and its legacies today from a variety of different angles including history, archaeology, sociology, heritage studies, and genetics.
To encourage and facilitate interdisciplinary thinking and to provide first-class training across a wide range of disciplines through structured training courses, workshops, research visits, and secondments.
And, finally, to raise awareness of this traumatic period in our history by disseminating the results of our various projects as widely as possible.

For more information, please visit: http://www.eurotast.eu/fellowships

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