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Announcing the 2020 Jon B. Lovelace Fellow

The John W. Kluge Center is pleased to announce that Camille Moreddu has been selected as the newest Jon B. Lovelace Fellow for the Study of the Alan Lomax Collection at the Library of Congress.

Camille Moreddu is a French cultural historian from Paris-Nanterre University. She has researched the emergence of the concept of “American Folk Music” from its beginnings in the Progressive Era to its general acceptance during the New Deal, with particular attention to the cultural definition of the American people that it implies. Raised in a small town in the countryside of Brittany, France, Moreddu has also authored comparative studies of folklore in Brittany and the United States. Like many folk music scholars, she is also a musician herself, playing bars, village fairs, and the occasional festival.

As the incoming Jon B. Lovelace Fellow for the Study of the Alan Lomax Collection, Moreddu will study Lomax’s little-known recordings of French-speaking minorities in Michigan and Indiana, and other collections held at the Library including similar materials such as the University of Wisconsin 1940 Folk Music Recording Project.

Each year, the John W. Kluge Center invites qualified scholars to apply for a post-doctoral fellowship for advanced research based on the Alan Lomax Collection, eventually selecting one that is best suited to the Library’s collections and the Kluge Center’s mission. The Kluge Center encourages interdisciplinary projects that combine disciplines in novel and productive ways.

Applications will open for the next round of fellows in April of 2022, with a deadline of July 15. Click here for more information for this fellowship program, and please consider applying.

The Pillars of Democracy

The major institutions in American society are in a moment of crisis. From the branches of government to religious and civic organizations, the media, and political parties, these key foundations of American life are less respected, less trusted, and less involved in forming the character of individuals than at any point in our history. The […]

Rishad Choudhury on Studying the Breakdown of Muslim Empires Through the Hajj

Rishad Choudhury is a Kluge Fellow as well as Assistant Professor of History at Oberlin College. He is currently working on a book-length project, ‘‘Hajj between Empires: Indo-Muslim Pilgrimage and Political Culture, 1739–1820.’’ Mike Stratmoen: Could you describe your project for us? Rishad Choudhury: My book on the hajj pilgrimage is set in an age […]

Patrick Andelic Answers Six Questions About His Scholarship and Experience as a Residential Scholar at the Kluge Center.

Patrick Andelic is a lecturer in American History in the Humanities Department at Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, as well as a 2020 Kluge Fellow, slated to begin his residency at the John W. Kluge Center in May of 2021. He was also an Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Fellow at the Kluge Center […]

February 2020 Arrivals at Kluge

The Kluge Center welcomes six new fellows into residence this February. Get to know them and the projects they will be working on. Michael Collins, a Kluge Fellow, comes to the Kluge Center from the University of Gottigen. Michael will work on his project, “From Boycotts to Ballots: Democracy and Social Minorities in Modern India,” […]