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New Scholars at the Kluge Center – November 2014

November was a busy month for the Library and the Kluge Center, with a number of major events including the Gershwin Prize, the opening of the Magna Carta exhibit, and a celebration of the legacy of Vaclav Havel. During this period, The Kluge Center also welcomed four new residents, including our incoming Kissinger Chair as well as our first Kluge Fellow in Digital Studies.

The purpose of the recently established Kluge Fellowship in Digital Studies is to examine the impact of the digital revolution on society, culture and international relations using the Library’s collections and resources. Wendy Fok, our first Kluge Fellow in Digital Studies arrived this month to begin her tenure. Fok has a Master of Architecture and Certification of Urban Policy/Planning from Princeton University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture with a Concentration in Economics (Statistics) from Barnard College, Columbia University. She is currently completing her Doctor of Design at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

Wendy’s research at the Library of Congress will address the intersection of digital technology (especially in the realm of architecture), law, and the rapid advances in these fields that are creating areas of conflict. She plans to use much of her time as a Kluge Digital Fellow to foster new relationships with the existing Library of Congress departments and to examine the future of digital distribution practices within the field of architecture and beyond.

David McLaughlin is a newly arrived Arts and Humanities Research Council Fellow, and is a second year PhD candidate in the Geography Department at Cambridge University. Before switching to geography David spent many happy years as an Historian, first at Durham University where he gained his Bachelor’s degree in 2007 and later at King’s College London, where he obtained a Master’s degree in Australian history and literature, with a final thesis on historic Australian travel writing about Britain. Between finishing his Master’s degree and starting at Cambridge, David worked for New Scotland Yard, the Old Bailey, the House of Commons and Buckingham Palace.

David’s project investigates the importance of geographical mobility and travel writing. He is examining how Sherlock Holmes fans’ readings, discussion and performance of the texts shaped their geographical and social understanding of the world. The Library of Congress holds a wealth of Sherlock Holmes fan- and reader-produced materials, making this an ideal venue for David’s research.

Additional scholars who arrived in November are:

  • Lys Alcayna-Stevens
    British Research Council Fellow, 2014, University of Cambridge, “Ethnographic Accounts of Central African Forest Peoples, and Contemporary Political Ecology in Equateur Province, DR Congo.”
  • Bradford Lee
    Henry Alfred Kissinger Chair in Foreign Policy and International Relations, 2014, Naval War College, “One hundred Years of Blood-Dimmed Tides: The United States and War 1917-2017.”

Check back next month for scholars arriving in the month of December. Click here for the full list of scholars currently in residence at the Kluge Center.

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Some of the Books Produced at the Kluge Center

To write what you are interested in writing and to succeed in getting editors to pay for it, is a feat that may require pretty close calculation and a good deal of ingenuity. -Edmund Wilson, Jr. Edmund Wilson, Jr., was a writer-editor and literary critic best known today for his book “To the Finland Station.” […]