August 23, 2011 John W. Kluge Center Announces Kluge Fellows for 2011-2012

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Public Contact: Yvonne French (202) 707-7678

The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress announces the appointment of 12 post-doctoral fellows, who will conduct humanistic and social-science research in the Library’s large and varied collections.

The Kluge Center will help the fellows make substantial use of the Library’s collections, which include books, manuscripts, maps, films, recorded sound, music, newspapers and periodicals, prints and photographs and the world’s largest law library. In addition, the Kluge Center will help the fellows connect with the Library's specialized staff and the intellectual and policymaking communities of Washington, D.C.

Toward the end of their five- to 11-month residential fellowships, the fellows will give public lectures at the Library concerning their research projects.

The fellows and their projects are:

Ilaria Andreoli, Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art, “Pictures without Borders: Transnationalism in Illustrated Books of the 15th and 16th Centuries”

Kevin Bartig, Michigan State University, “The National Council for American-Soviet Friendship and American-Soviet Musical Diplomacy, 1941-1960”

Rebecca Benefiel, Washington and Lee University, “The Presence of Writing in Elite Residences: Graffiti and Space in Ancient Pompeii”

Adriana Brodsky, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, “Becoming Argentine Jews: Sephardim and the Construction of Ethnic and National Identities, 1880-1960”

Jennifer Davis, Catholic University of America, “Charlemagne’s Practice of Empire”

Mark Geiger, University of Sydney, “The Chicago Board of Trade and the Transformation of Financial Markets”

Oana Godeanu, Miami University, “Democracy as Otherness: Early Literary Representations of the United States in 19th Century Canada”

Emily Kadens, University of Texas School of Law, “Theories of Custom as Law in the Writings of Medieval and Early Modern Civilian Jurists”

Christopher Lee, University of North Carolina, “Making a World after Empire: The 1955 Asia-Africa Conference in Bandung, Indonesia”

Vanni Pettina, Spanish National Research Council, “From the Nationalist Compromise to the Insurrection: Cuba and the United States, 1933-1959”

Thierry Rigogne, Fordham University, “The Invention of the Café: French Coffeehouses from the Introduction of Coffee to the End of the French Revolution, 1560-1800”

Peter Wien, University of Maryland, “Arab Nationalism: Culture, History, and Politics”

All recipients are within seven years of having received the terminal advanced degree in humanities, social sciences or a professional field (such as architecture or law). Their applications received preliminary review by Library staff and were vetted by a panel assembled by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Librarian of Congress made the final appointments.

Through a generous endowment from John W. Kluge, the Library of Congress established the Kluge Center in 2000 to bring together the world’s best thinkers to stimulate and energize one another, to distill wisdom from the Library’s rich resources and to interact with policymakers in Washington. For further information about the Kluge Center, visit


PR 11-151
ISSN 0731-3527