Congratulations to Dr. Valentina Glajar, a professor of German in the Department of Modern Languages at Texas State University, who has been named an American Council of Learned Societies Fellow.
Glajar is the first ACLS Fellow named at Texas State. She is among 81 fellowship awardees in the United States and United Kingdom out of a pool of more than 1,100 applicants.The fellowship, which includes a $70,000 stipend, will support Glajar as she researches and writes The Afterlife of Files: Herta Müller's Story of Surveillance.
The monograph will reconstruct Nobel Laureate Herta Müller’s story of surveillance by communist Romania’s secret police. It will include detailed analyses of her secret police file, the file of her former husband, writer Richard Wagner, as well as informer and cadre files. Each chapter will present a multilayered story that is recorded in the secret police files. The files that intersect and overlap with Müller’s own presents a precarious collage of life stories during the Cold War. Intricate and particular, the stories illuminate the blurred boundary between victims and perpetrators in a society ripe with fear, suspicion and misinformation.
Congratulations to Dr. Catherine Jaffe for having received the NEH Summer Stipend, an extremely competitive grant funded at only 11%, and the Hispanex Program of Spain's Ministerio de Cultura y Deporte Grant to produce a collaborative book with U.S. and Spanish historians and literary scholars on the Junta de Damas de Honor y Mérito de la Sociedad Económica Matritense de Amigos del País (the Women’s Council of Honor and Merit of the Royal Madrid Economic Society of Friends of the Country). This pioneering philanthropic organization of aristocratic and elite women was founded in 1787 to promote enlightened reform and the improvement of women’s education and professional training, especially that of the most unfortunate classes of Madrid society.