The National Library Council has awarded 9 National Library Fellowships for 2017. These distinguished Fellowships are awarded to researchers to undertake advanced and sustained research in the collections during a 3 month residency at the Library. These are made possible only through the generosity of Library donors, patrons, supporters and bequests. 

The breadth of topics and the depth of collections that the 2017 Fellows will explore are as diverse as they are rich and revealing.

Cool cargoes: surprising collections, from government and commercial reports and technical designs through to shipping, advertising and trade ephemera, will assist historian Dr Frances Steel examine the impact that refrigeration had in transforming Australia-Pacific trade.

How do the thousands of Australians regularly travelling to Gallipoli perceive Turkey’s new Islamic narrative and style of remembrance at the war ‘memory sites’? Leading Turkish sociologist Professor Ayan Aktar aims to explore the contemporary Anzac experience in Turkey through Australian eyes.

Coincidentally, themes of the child and the young adult traverse a range of research this year. Dr Gabrielle Carey, award-winning writer of fiction, biography, memoirs, essays and journalism, perhaps remains best known for her iconic teenage novel Puberty Blues (with Kathy Lette), made into a celebrated film by Bruce Beresford in 1981 and a recent television series. In turning her attention back towards young readers, she will examine the reader-writer relationship through mining hundreds of letters between author Ivan Southall and the young readers who were inspired to write to him.

Following our remarkable Celestial Empire exhibition, Dr Shih-Wen Chen examines how texts for children in China reflect changing concepts of childhood during the transition from the late Qing dynasty to the Republic.

Exploring our vast array of music, programs and papers of theatrical entrepreneurs and performing troupes, Dr Gillian Arrighi explores the child performer on the popular stage, in pantomime, variety shows, vaudeville, comic opera and drama from 1880-1920.

Dr Masafumi Monden will use our extensive contemporary Japanese collections to explore Shōjo, the genre of manga and anime for adolescent girls in Japanese culture. Its sexualised and colourful depictions of the young female raises wider issues concerning portrayals of Japanese women’s femininity, body and identity.  

Intercultural exchanges are a highlight. The remarkable Harold S Williams collection pertaining to Japan and the West continues to draw international researchers to the Library, this time through Dr Michele Monseratti’s examination of Japanese-Italian cultural and diplomatic exchanges.

German scholar Dr Anna-Sophie Jürgens is seeking ideas and suggestions—where will she find representations of the scientist in Australian fiction, past and present?

The curator of Mäori collections at the National Library of New Zealand, Paul Diamond, will enrich our unique Mäori materials that document historical encounters between Mäori and Europeans, appropriately transforming their description with his knowledge of Indigenous culture and language.

At the end of their residency, Fellows present their findings in free public lectures that are also recorded as podcasts.

Full list of recipients.