Hosted by the Frank C. Munson Institute at Mystic Seaport Museum
For more than 60 years, the Frank C. Munson Institute at Mystic Seaport Museum has drawn graduate students, faculty, and independent scholars to its residential, 6 week-long summer programs in maritime studies. During the summer of 2023, Munson Institute fellows, faculty, and guest speakers will interrogate the region’s maritime past as a part of the multi-institutional Reimagining New England Histories: Historical Injustice, Sovereignty and Freedom project funded by the Mellon Foundation and in collaboration with the Center for the Study of Slavery & Justice at Brown University and Williams College.
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. 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 history and legacies of settler colonialism, racial slavery, servitude, dispossession, Indigenous resistance and African-American strategies for fashioning pursuits of freedom will be considered through readings, seminar discussions, site visits, presentations, and independent study.
Applicants for the 2023 summer session may apply for one of the twelve fellowships being offered through the Mellon Foundation grant starting on December 1, 2022. These positions are most particularly intended for junior faculty and graduate students. Each of the resident fellowships, set to run from June 26 – July 27, will be supported with a $2,000 stipend, accommodations in museum-owned housing, and book purchases. We encourage applications from members of the region’s native peoples and black communities.