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New Scholars at the Kluge Center – February, March & April 2015

As I write this post I can see the sun shining through the windows of the Kluge Center. It seems the winter we never thought would end, finally has. Personally I am looking forward to spring with all that it brings: warmer weather, renewal, and a new cohort of fellows. During the chillier months of February, March, and April we welcomed ten new fellows and one senior scholar to the Kluge Center. Here are two of our new residents:

Sibylle Machat arrived at the Kluge Center as a German Federal Fellow. Currently based at the University of Flensburg in the Department of English and American Studies, during her residency Dr. Machat is working on her project, “The Depiction of Planet Earth in American Children’s Books.” Machat is analyzing children’s and young adult books published in the United States, from as early as 1835 up until 1980, in order to examine how the Earth is described, depicted, and contextualized within them. With this research, she aims to provide a comprehensive study of how antecedents to, and events within, the U.S. space program–and their media artifacts–influenced depictions and descriptions of the planet. Machat will be looking at illustrated children’s book as well as newspapers, journal articles, and Young Adult works of fiction and non-fiction.

Ave Lauren arrived as an Arts and Humanities Research Council Fellow from Great Britain. She is currently pursuing her doctorate at King’s College at the University of Cambridge, where she also obtained her bachelors and M.Phil degrees. While at the Library of Congress she has been working on her research project, “The Rise of New Migrant Identities and Landscapes in the San Francisco Bay Area.” The project explores the ways in which new, highly-skilled migrants become politically integrated and incorporated into receiving societies, and the impact this has on identity-formation and community-making practices. Lauren asserts that changing geographies and demographics of migrants within the U.S. present new challenges, shifts in power relationships, and the creation of new social categories and hierarchies. She has used U.S. government materials on immigration housed at the Library of Congress, such as congressional hearings and relevant government reports, as well as newspapers, videos, and photograph collections to chart the shifts and growth.

Additional scholars who arrived in February, March and April were:

  • William Julius Wilson
    Kluge Chair in American Law and Governance, Harvard University, “A Cultural Analysis of Life in Poverty.”
  • Bradley Rogers
    Kluge Fellow, Duke University, “The Cinematic Dramaturgy of Rouben Mamoulian’s Musical Theatre.”
  • Cece Conway
    Alan Lomax Fellowship in Folklife Studies, Appalachian State University, “Musical Crossroads.”
  • Mark Breeze
    British Research Council Fellow, University of Cambridge, “Analysing Conceptions of Space, Time, Motion, Narrative and Modes of Vision in Key Moving Image Work in The Paper Print Collection.”
  • Luke Harlow
    Visiting Fellow, 2015, University of Tennessee, “Republicans, Religion, and the Defeat of Reconstruction.”
  • Franziska Hoppen
    British Research Council Fellow, University of Kent, “Avoiding Encounters: The Spiritual and Philosophical Foundation of the Politics of Multiculturalism in Modern, Western Societies.”
  • Armenoui Kasparian Saraidari
    British Research Council Fellow, University of the Arts London, “The Materiality of Photography and the Memory of the Armenian Genocide.”
  • Roxana Pessoa Cavalcanti
    British Research Council Fellow, King’s College London, “A Critical Review of the Literature on Violence and Public Security Policies and Practices in Brazil.”
  • Simona Tobia
    Kluge Fellow, 2014, University of Reading, “Interrogation and Questioning in the Second World War.”

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

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