International Advisory Panel
The awarding of grants is undertaken on behalf of Arcadia by an International Advisory Panel comprising eight members, six of whom are academics and archivists representing different disciplines and/or areas of the world. The Panel is chaired by the Principal Adviser to Arcadia and the British Library provides one representative.
Sergei Bogatyrev - University College London
Sergei Bogatyrev is an Associate Professor at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London. He holds degrees in history and archival studies. Sergei has worked for the Central Archive of Ancient Records and the Central Archive of the National Economy, both in Moscow, Russia, and for the National Library in Helsinki, Finland. His research interests lie in the history of Muscovite Russia (15th-17th centuries), book culture, and technology transfer. He is the author of The Sovereign and His Counsellors (2000), editor of Russia Takes Shape: Patterns of Integration from the Middle Ages to the Present (2004); Ivan Vasil'evich Receives a Profession: Studies of Ivan the Terrible in Post-Soviet Russia (2014); and co-editor of History and Literature in Eighteenth-Century Russia (2013). In 2014-2017, Sergei was the principal investigator in a collaborative project with the British Library on early Cyrillic printing, including an international conference and the digitalisation of a rare book from the Library’s holdings. Sergei edited the proceedings of the conference, The Journeys of Ivan Fedorov: New Perspectives on Early Cyrillic Printing (2017). His contribution to the proceedings on ‘The Patronage of Early Printing in Moscow’ received an Honorable Mention for the 2017 Article Prize by the Early Slavic Studies Association. Sergei was granted a core fellowship by the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies in 2014-15. He is on the editorial boards of several academic journals and a fellow of the Royal Historical Society.
Oman Fathurahman - Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University (UIN) Jakarta
Rajeev Kinra - Northwestern University, Illinois
Rajeev Kinra (PhD, 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.
Luisa Mengoni - British Library
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 record-keeping practices in Africa.
Caterina Pizzigoni - Columbia University
Hana Sleiman - Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge
Endangered Archives Programme Staff
The Endangered Archives Programme is administered by the British Library which is responsible for managing and monitoring the research grant scheme, ensuring the material digitised through the programme is consistently catalogued and discoverable online, and promoting the collections with the academic community and general users everywhere, for purposes of research, inspiration and enjoyment. These are the members of the team in London.
Head of EAP - Sam van Schaik
Sam provides strategic leadership and direction and represents the Programme inside and outside the British Library.
Grants Manager - Ruth Hansford
Ruth manages the annual competition and the portfolio of live grants.
Curator - Jody Butterworth
Jody ensures consistency, quality and discoverability of the digitised collections.
Cataloguing and Systems Lead - Rob Miles
As well as cataloguing the content, Robert also looks after the interface between the BL catalogue and the online collections.
Cataloguer - Graham Jevon
Graham is developing new processes for metadata creation.
International Office Liaison - Shezza Rashwan
Shezza is focusing on training for applicants and grant holders.