The Kluge Center welcomes four new fellows into residence this October and November. Get to know them and the projects they will be working on.
David Johnson, a J. Franklin Jameson Fellow in American History, will arrive from Rice University in November. David will work on a project titled, “Descent into the Lowcountry: Enslaved Native Americans and the Making of South Carolina, 1659–1750.” He will spend his fellowship working in several manuscript collections, including the Thomas Amory Papers, the Sir Thomas Phillipps Collection, and the Domingo Del Monte Collection, as well as with pamphlets and sermons from early South Carolina.
Aynne Kokas, a Kluge Fellow, came to the Library this month from the University of Virginia. Aynne will work on “Border Patrol on the Digital Frontier: China, the United States, and the Global Battle for Data Security.” Using the Asian Reading Room’s Chinese language databases as well as collections pertaining to international technology standards available in the Science Reference Services, she will examine how US and Chinese technology policies are shaping the future of liberal global media.
Jemima Paine, an Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Fellow, will arrive from the University of Liverpool in November. Jemima will concentrate on “African American Poetry in North American Periodicals, 1915-1945.” She will work with collections featuring African American newspapers, as well as the work of individuals including Arthur Spingarn, Carter Woodson, Mary Church Terrell, Kendrick-Brooks, and Max Roach. Jemima will also examine visual materials from the NAACP records, Carl Van Vechten photographs, and African American photographs assembled by W.E.B. Du Bois.
Marc Ricard, an AHRC Fellow, came to Kluge this month from the University of Exeter. Marc will conduct research on his project, “Fantastical Flora: Vegetable? Imaginaries in Fin de Siecle Literature & Culture.” Marc will make use of the Library’s nearly 12,500 item Luther Burbank manuscript collection. Burbank was an American plant breeder, and Marc hopes that gaining access to this collection will enhance his project, which explores the inter-connections between botany and the literary imagination in the late nineteenth century.
Check back next month for more arriving scholars. Click here for the full list of scholars currently in residence.