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.
Anthea Case (Chair) - Principal Adviser to Arcadia
Oman Fathurahman - Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University (UIN) Jakarta
Sergei Bogatyrev - University College London
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
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.
Laila Hussein-Moustafa - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Laila Moustafa studied Medieval Islam history at New York University and Information Science at Palmer School. Prior to her appointment as assistant Professor and Middle East Studies librarian at University of Illinois Laila worked at New York University and in several non-governmental organizations. Laila has written widely on the destruction of the cultural heritage and she is author of eleven articles, including Embattled Archives and Research at Risk: The Making and Remaking of Area Studies Knowledge of the Middle East in a Time of Chronic War. (Archivaria, 2018), The Role of the Middle East Studies Librarians in Preserving the Middle East Heritage Materials, Middle East Librarians Association, (MELA Notes 2018), Cultural Heritage and Preservation: Lessons from World War II and the Contemporary Conflict in the Middle East (The American Archivist, 2017). Laila’s articles are investigations into the preservation of cultural heritage in time of war and conflict and the destruction of the cultural heritage. Her argument is focused on multidisciplinary and team work efforts and she had been fascinated by the American call during WWII to preserve Europe cultural heritage during the war. Laila teaches different subjects including bibliography of Africa, data management, and reference. Laila received Fulbright and will travel to Africa to teach and conduct fieldwork research. As well as being on the Panel of the Endangered Archives Programme, Laila is on the Editorial Board of Review of Middle East Studies (RoMES), Chair of Near Eastern and South Asian Committee - Roundtable International Relation Round Table (IRRT) at American Library Association (ALA), Co-chair of Endangered Archives at the Middle East Librarians Association (MELA).
Luisa Mengoni - British Library
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.
Chevening Fellow - Rihana Suliman
Rihana is working to increase the profile of the EAP in the Middle East and North Africa.
EAP Apprentice - Alyssa Ali
Alyssa processes the applications to the Programme.
International Office Liaison - Eleanor Cooper
Eleanor is focusing on training for applicants and grant holders.
Research Software Engineer - Harry Moss
Harry is devising solutions to ensure all the diverse content digitised through the Programme is discoverable.