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University of Hull Wilberforce Institute

University of Hull Wilberforce Institute

Studying at WISE

The University of Hull’s Wilberforce Institute for the study of Slavery and Emancipation (WISE) is an interdisciplinary centre for postgraduate study of historical and contemporary slavery, coerced labour, human rights and social justice. It offers a PhD program for students across these fields.

WISE also has its own ever-expanding specialist library and archives.

Although WISE does not directly offer undergraduate courses, undergraduates interested in historical and contemporary slavery will find models linked to WISE available on undergraduate courses through the Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education.

For those thinking about applying for postgraduate study at WISE, you may want to think about Fees and Funding and projects undertaken by previous students. They may also wish to see answers to some frequently asked questions.

PhD Programmes

The Wilberforce Institute for the study of Slavery and Emancipation is one of the few research centres in the world that offers expertise on both historical and contemporary slavery.

WISE is particularly keen to encourage applications for PhD in the following areas:

  • Historical Slavery in the Americas
  • The Abolition of Slavery and the Transition to Freedoms
  • Memories, Legacies and Representations of Slavery and Abolition
  • Modern Slavery, Human Rights and Social Justice

A formal proposal should be submitted with your application (1-2 sides of A4), outlining the scope of your proposed topic, underlying research questions, and rough chapter outlines.

Those interested in considering the possibility of doing doctoral work at WISE should contact Professor John Oldfield.

Contact Us

WISE main entranceWilberforce Institute for the study of Slavery and Emancipation
Oriel Chambers
27 High Street
Hull
HU1 1NE

For general enquiries about the institute including building hire, publications, etc. please call or email Rebecca Bloomfield at (+44) (0) 1482 305176 r.bloomfield@hull.ac.uk .