Randi G. Kristensen
Assistant Professor of Writing, The George Washington University, The Black Film Center/Archive
Dr. Kristensen worked with the holdings of the BFC/A to look at how artists and writers in places like Jamaica, Haiti, New Orleans, and LA—recipients of long-term humanitarian efforts—react and relate to those efforts. In particular, Dr. Kristensen analyzed three films by Raoul Peck made before the 2010 earthquakes in the context of transnational Caribbeanness.
Associate Professor of Anthropology and Ethnomusicology, Universidade Federal do Recôncavo da Bahia (Brazil), The Archives of Traditional Music
Dr. Vatin made use of Lorenzo Turner’s Brazilian Collection housed within the Archives of Traditional Music to further the publication of the second volume of Afro-Atlantic Legacies, a book and documentary film. These recordings represent the first systematic recordings of Candomblé songs, prayers, and tales in a variety of African languages, such as Yoruba, Fon, Kimbundu, and Kikongo.
Associate Professor of French Literature and Civilization, Universitatea "Ovidus," Constanta--Romania and Researcher at the Literary History and Theory Institute Romanian Academy, Bucharest, The Lilly Library
Dr. Matei, along with IUB Professor Oana Panaïté, used the Manea Papers (1980-2014), an extensive archive comprised of thirty thousand items held at the IU Lilly Library. The life and career of the Jewish-Romanian writer, Norman Manea, epitomize the historical turmoil, aesthetic innovation, and ethical choices experienced by artist from his native country and, more generally, Eastern Europe in the second half of the twentieth century. Author of dozens of novels, short prose volumes, and essays translated in several languages, Manea began his career in Romania before becoming an exile in Germany, then in France, eventually, settling in New York City and joining the faculty of Bard College. His works have been translated in several languages and he has been the winner of major international awards including a MacArthur Fellowship.