The awarding of research grants will be undertaken on behalf of Arcadia by an International Advisory Panel consisting of academic specialists and archivists.
Anthea Case (Chair) - Principal Adviser to Arcadia
Chair of the National Trust East of England Regional Advisory Board, a Trustee of HEART (the Norwich Heritage and Economic Regeneration Trust), the Institute for Philanthropy, the Lakeland Arts Trust and the Wende Museum of the Cold War, Los Angeles. Between 1995 and 2003 she was the Chief Executive of the National Heritage Memorial Fund and Heritage Lottery Fund. Prior to that her career was spent in Her Majesty's Treasury.
Oman Fathurahman - Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University (UIN) Jakarta
Oman Fathurahman is Professor of Philology at the Faculty of Adab and Humanities, Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University (UIN) Jakarta, and senior researcher at the Center for the Study of Islam and Society, or Pusat Pengkajian Islam dan Masyarakat (PPIM). His major scholarly interest is Indonesian Islamic manuscripts studies, especially those in Arabic and Malay.
His publications include: Ithaf al-dhaki by Ibrahim al-Kurani: A Commentary of Wahdat al-wujud for Jawi Audiencescite>. Archipel 81 (2011), pp. 177-198 and Tarekat Syatariyah di Minangkabau [Syattariyah Sufi Order in Minangkabau], Jakarta: Prenada & EFEO, 2008. He has also been involved in compiling catalogues of Indonesian manuscripts, namely: Aceh Manuscripts: Dayah Tanoh Abee Collection [ed. 2010], Catalogue of Aceh Manuscripts: Ali Hasjmy's Collection [with Munawar Holil, 2007], and Khazanah Naskah: Panduan Koleksi Naskah Indonesia Sedunia (World Guide to the Indonesian Manuscript Collections) [with Henri Chambert-Loir, 1999), and kitab catalogue A Provisional Catalogue of Southeast Asian Kitabs of Sophia University. (Second Version). Tokyo: Institute of Asian Cultures – Center for Islamic studies, Sophia University [with Kawashima Midori and others, 2015].
He is Managing Editor of Studia Islamika, the peer-reviewed Indonesian Journal for Islamic Studies. His latest academic publication is Shattariyah Silsilah in Aceh, Java and the Lanao Area of Mindanao (Tokyo: ILCAA-TUFS, 2016), and his current research is on Female Indonesian Sufis: with Special Reference to the 18th and 19th Centuries of Java.
Simon Franklin - University of Cambridge
Simon Franklin is Professor of Slavonic Studies at the University of Cambridge. Most of his research has been devoted to the medieval history and culture of Eastern Europe, in particular the cultural interactions between the Slavs and Byzantium. His books include: The Emergence of Rus', c. 750-1200 (with Jonathan Shepard; 1996); Sermons and Rhetoric of Kievan Rus' (1992), and Writing, Society and Culture in Early Rus, c. 950-1300 (2002). He is on the editorial boards of several scholarly journals, including Palaeoslavica (Cambridge, Mass.) and Byzantinoslavica (Prague). He has also written on Russian literature and culture of the 19th and 20th centuries, and some of his broader interests are reflected in National Identity in Russian Culture: an Introduction (2004), jointly edited with Emma Widdis. His current research focuses on the social and cultural dynamics of changes in information technologies, both in general and in relation to an extended "case study" of Russia from the 15th to the 19th century. This has involved quite extensive use of Russian archival material, especially of printed ephemera, which have not been described or studied systematically. Somewhat unexpected interim results include or example, a new typology and taxonomy of the development of printed blank forms in Russia. For the past five years Simon Franklin has been Head of the School of Arts and Humanities at Cambridge. In 2008 he was awarded the Lomonosov Gold Medal of the Russian Academy of Sciences. He is a Fellow of the British Academy, and a member of the Board of Trustees of the European University of St Petersburg.
Nathan Mnjama - University of Botswana
Nathan Mnjama is a Professor in the Department of Library and Information Studies, University of Botswana with specialisation in Archives and Records Management. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in History from the University of Nairobi, a Postgraduate Diploma in Archives and Records Management from the University of Ghana, a Postgraduate Diploma in History from Girton College, Cambridge and a PhD in Archival Studies from University College, London. His PhD was on Railway Records: Their Management and Exploitation in Kenya. Professor Mnjama has worked as an archivist and records manager at the Kenya National Archives and was responsible for the location and copying of Kenyan archives from the UK between 1980 and 1985. He has considerable experience in the teaching and delivery of archives and records management programmes having lectured at the School of Information Sciences, Moi University Kenya, and since 1996 at the Department of Library and Information Studies University of Botswana where he has been instrumental in the design of archives and records management programmes. Professor Mnjama is a well known speaker and presenter in archives and records management forums in East and Southern Africa, and he has written extensively in the field of archives and records management in Africa. Mnjama has participated in several records management initiatives organised by the International Records Management Trust aimed at improving archives and records keeping practices in Africa.
Caterina Pizzigoni - Columbia University
Caterina Pizzigoni is Associate Professor of Latin American History at Columbia University. Her research interests include indigenous populations in colonial Latin America, particularly Mexico and the study of sources in Nahuatl (indigenous language of central Mexico), social history, religion, gender, household and material culture. She has published two books, The Life Within: Local Indigenous Society in Mexico's Toluca Valley, 1650-1800 (Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2012); and Testaments of Toluca (Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2007); and articles in journals and edited volumes. Her current book project examines the images of saints in colonial Mexican households, 16th-18th centuries, combining a thorough study of both the indigenous and Spanish worlds. The statues, paintings, and prints present in the houses are considered not only from the perspective of religious history but also from that of material culture, of saints as objects, at the same time focusing on social practices involving them. Pizzigoni holds an MA from the Institute of Latin American Studies, University of London (1998) and a PhD from King’s College London (2002). Before moving to New York City, she held a post-doctorate at ILAS, and then a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship at the Institute for the Study of the Americas, University of London.
Rajeev Kinra - Northwestern University, Illinois
Rajeev Kinra (Ph.D., University of Chicago, 2008) is a cultural historian of early modern South Asia, with a special emphasis on the literary, intellectual, religious, and political cultures of the Mughal and early British Empires in India (~16th-19th centuries). His research draws on several linguistic traditions (especially Persian, but also Hindi-Urdu and Sanskrit), to examine diverse modes of civility, tolerance, cosmopolitanism, and cultural modernity across the Indo-Persian and Indian Ocean worlds. Many of these themes are also explored in his recent book on the life, Persian writings, and cultural-historical milieu of the celebrated Mughal state secretary and poet, Chandar Bhan “Brahman” (d. ~1670), Writing Self, Writing Empire: Chandar Bhan Brahman and the Cultural World of the Indo-Persian State Secretary (University of California Press, 2015), part of the award-winning "South Asia Across the Disciplines" series. Kinra has been the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards, including a research fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities (2010-11), and most recently a "Big Ideas" grant from Northwestern's Buffett Institute for Global Studies to launch (with co-director Laura Brueck) a new Global Humanities Initiative.
Kinra is a member of the international research group Perso-Indica, and serves on the advisory board, or Collegium, for the Berlin-based research project known as Zukunftsphilologie ["Future Philology"]: Revisiting the Canons of Textual Scholarship, as well as the editorial board for the journal Philological Encounters. He also serves on the academic council for the South Asian American Digital Archive (SAADA).
Kinra currently serves as the Director of Northwestern's Asian Studies Program (ASP) (2015-18), and co-director of Northwestern's Global Humanities Initiative (GHI). He is also an affiliated member and/or serves on the advisory committees of several other departments and programmes.
Dr Laila Hussein-Moustafa - University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
Since 2016 Laila has been a member of the Executive Board, Middle East Materials Project (MEMP): Center for Research Libraries (CRL) , and the Chair of the Nomination Committee, International Relation Round Table (IRRT) - International Relations Committee (IRC), American Libraries Association (ALA), and she is the Associate Editor of Technology and Digital in the Editorial Board and a member of the Advisory Board of Review of Middle East Studies (RoMES)- Middle East Studies Association (MESA) in the United States. In 2017 Laila was invited to join International Board of Free Education for Syrians – Open Learning Exchange (EOL) based in Boston.
Adam Farquhar - British Library
Dr Farquhar is Head of Digital Scholarship at the British Library, where he focuses on establishing services for scholars and researchers that take full advantage of the possibilities that digital collections present. Previously, he was Head of Digital Library Technology where he co-founded the Library’s Digital Preservation Team and initiated its Dataset Strategy and Programme.
He currently leads the British Library Labs; is Director of the Endangered Archives Programme supported by Arcadia, and coordinator for the EU funded THOR project (2015-2017) providing seamless integration between people, articles, and data. He is also President of DataCite, an international association dedicated to making it easier to identify, cite, and reuse scientific data; founder and first Chairman of the Open Planets Foundation; and served on the Board of the Digital Preservation Coalition. He coordinated the Planets Digital Preservation project (2006-2010).
Prior to joining the British Library, he was the principle knowledge management architect for Schlumberger (1998-2003) and research scientist at the Stanford Knowledge Systems Laboratory (1993-1998). He completed his PhD in Computer Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin (1993). His work focuses on improving the ways in which people can represent, find, share, use, exploit, and preserve digitally encoded knowledge.
Marion Wallace - British Library
Marion Wallace is Curator, African Studies at the British Library, and has also worked at the UK National Archives. She is currently Chair of SCOLMA (the UK Libraries and Archives Group on Africa).
Marion's personal expertise is in the history of Namibia, and she gained her PhD in that subject in 1997. Her books include A History of Namibia From the Beginning to 1990. (London: Hurst, 2011).