By ROBERT SALADINI
The John W. Kluge Center welcomes a new class of visiting scholars to the Library of Congress this fall for a period of intense research using the Library’s extraordinary collections.
Kluge Fellowship recipients are selected by the Librarian of Congress based on the appropriateness of their proposed research application to Library collections by Library staff and recommended by a panel of their peers assembled by the National Endowment of Humanities.
Through a generous endowment from philanthropist John W. Kluge, the Library established the Kluge Center in 2000 to bring together the world’s best thinkers to stimulate, energize and distill wisdom from the Library’s resources and to interact with policymakers in Washington. For more information about the fellowships and programs offered by the Kluge Center, visit www.loc.gov/loc/kluge/.
Among those in residence this session are the following scholars, who will use the Library’s collections to research their topics.
- Mustafa Aksakal, American University, “Imperialism on the Periphery: The Ottomans in the Age of European Empire, 1856-1914.” Using the Library’s collections of Ottoman books and newspapers, especially the Süssheim Collection, Aksakal will show how the Ottoman Empire reacted to oppressive European imperialism while maintaining and supporting its own imperialist agenda.
- Renzo Baldasso, Newberry Library, “Erhard Ratdolt and the Visual Dimension of Early Printed Books.” Baldasso will examine graphic materials that define the visual dimension of the earliest printed books as represented in the Library’s collections, specifically those in the Rare Book and Special Collections Division.
- Mikhail Egorov, State Pedagogical University, Yaroslavl, “The Russian Writers in Exile: Prose of the Third Wave of Emigration in America.” Egorov will examine the so-called “third wave” (1966-1985) of Russian immigrant writers in the United States.
- Andrew Gentes, University of Queensland, “George F. Kennan, Architect of America’s Cold War Policy of Containment.” In the Manuscript Division’s collection of personal papers by journalist and explorer George Kennan (1845-1924), Gentes (a distant relative of Kennan), hopes to shed new light on the pre-Soviet Siberian exile system.
- Holger Hoock, University of Liverpool. Using the Library of Congress’ vast holdings of Americana (manuscript collections, rare books, prints and broadsides, newspapers and secondary materials), Hoock will investigate the practices, representations, and legacies of violence and terror in the American Revolution.
- Scott Fitzgerald Johnson, Washington and Lee University, “All the World’s Knowledge: Geography and Literature in Late Antiquity.” Johnson will survey and analyze various literary forms in which geographical thought appears in the Mediterranean during the period of Late Antiquity (300-700 CE).
- Karen Karbiener, New York University, “Walt Whitman and New York: The Urban Roots of ‘Leaves of Grass.’” Karbiener will trace Whitman’s literary journey “from city streets to the open road of his poetry.”
- Svetlana Kujumdzieva, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. Using the Library’s microfilm of the archives St. Catherine’s Monastery in Egypt (the oldest Christian monastery in existence), Kujumdzieva will complete and publish the first study and catalog of 150 musical manuscripts in Greek, thereby making these materials available to the international musicological community and, perhaps, providing new insight into early Christian liturgical music.
- Lisa Marie Noetzel, Washington College, “Castilian-Timucuan Language Contact in Spanish Colonial Florida.” Noetzel will consult the Francisco Pareja’s “Catecismo en lengua timuquana y castellana” (Mexico, 1612) from the Kislak Collection, and other relevant works, in an attempt to show how Pareja and other Castilian speakers imposed mental and grammatical features from their own language onto the Timucuan language. She also hopes to oversee the digitization of Pareja’s “Catecismo” and to create a database that could help other linguists make sense of Native American languages.
- Touré F. Reed, Illinois State University, “New Deal Civil Rights: Class Consciousness and the Quest for Racial Equality, 1933-1948.” By exploring the archives of organizations such as the National Urban League and The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, located at the Library of Congress, Reed hopes to assess the impact of labor militancy on black politics in the period between the New Deal and Truman’s 1948 presidential campaign.
- Marlis Schweitzer, York University. Using the Library’s vast theater collections, Schweitzer will examine how America’s Broadway entrepreneurs competed for theatrical talent in Europe at the turn of the 20th century.
- Michal Shapira, Amherst College, “The War Inside: Child Psychoanalysis and Remaking the Self in Britain.” Using the Library’s archives of 20th-century psychoanalysts, Shapira will research the ways in which war and social upheaval have had an impact on the development of psychoanalysis and the development of welfare policies and perceptions about childhood in Great Britain during World War I.
Robert Saladini is program officer at the John W. Kluge Center.