Above: John Rocque's, 'A General Map of North America' [Maps K.Top.118.32]
Our colleagues from the Americas Collections have kindly allowed us a slot on the blog, so we thought we would let you know about some changes that are coming to the Eccles Centre. Spring is a particularly exciting time of year for the Eccles Centre as we welcome our new Visiting Fellows. Our Fellows are drawn from across the UK, Europe and North America and the Centre provides them with a financial award to support research using the North American collections of the British Library, plus a one-year membership of the Library.
Our Visiting Fellowships announcement marks the end of our 2018 awards and so our attention is now turning to calls for applications for our 2019 cohort. An invitation to apply for the Centreâs Fulbright Scholarship is now available on the Fulbright website and we will soon be advertising the next round of our Writerâs Award. Those of you who read The Bookseller will have seen Catherine Ecclesâs recent piece about the award and noted that the scope of works eligible will stretch across the whole Americas during 2019. Watch this space for more details.
Further changes to our awards will be obvious when our call for 2019 Fellows comes out this summer. We are keen to help applicants see the potential of the Libraryâs collections more clearly and so from 2019 there will be a series of research priorities championed by the Centre. These are not meant to be exclusive, we still want to hear about all research the Libraryâs North American collections can support, and instead provide a window into areas where the collections are particularly strong. The priorities will also shape the Centreâs events schedule for the coming year and, hopefully, create a cohort of fellows working in similar areas. With this in mind the priorities for April 2018 â April 2019 will be:
- North American and Caribbean Indigenous Studies
- Literary, theatrical and artistic connections in Canada, the Caribbean and the US
- Book history and arts in North America
- Pacific politics and geopolitics
- Migration in/from/through Canada, the Caribbean and the US
- LGBTQ histories and culture in Canada, the Caribbean and the US
Should anyone wish to discuss possible research projects, collaborations or events that tie in with these priority areas please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Evidence of our research priorities can be seen in the Centreâs upcoming events for the spring and summer, with âBuffalo Bill Goes to Chinaâ and âThe Death of Captain Cookâ speaking directly to our new priorities. So too does the Centreâs support of the British Libraryâs, âWindrush: Songs in a Strange Landâ and the season of events that accompanies the exhibition. We are also excited to be supporting an, 'In Conversation' with The Last Poets; Sarah Churchwellâs critical history of âAmerica Firstâ; and our two Black Lives Matter events, âFrom Black Lives Matter to White Power Presidencyâ and âBlack Lives Matter in the US and UK Todayâ, amongst our packed schedule
We hope the changes to the Centre excite you as much as they do us and we look forward to seeing you at one of our events soon.
Phil Hatfield, Head of the Eccles Centre for American Studies