Ethelene Whitmire

Danish Project Support, 2015

In support of her research on African American and women’s history, specifically the history of African Americans in Denmark. Intended as a combination travel memoir and history, this work interweaves her own experiences in Denmark with the experiences of other African Americans who traveled, studied, and lived there during the last 100 years. Whitmire has published Regina Anderson Andrews: Harlem Renaissance Librarian (UIP, 2014) and is working on a book on Ethel Ray Nance (1899-1992), an African American/Swedish woman who broke racial barriers and worked with WEB Du Bois and Charles S Johnson.

Patrick Phillips

Patrick Phillips relaxedDanish Project Support, 2014

The award went to accomplished translator Patrick Phillips, the director of Creative Writing at Drew University, for research on a new English translation of Knud Holmboe’s memoir Orkenen Brænder – The Burning Desert. This volume recounts the journalist’s drive across the Sahara in 1930, during which he witnessed atrocities against the Bedouin people and an attempted genocide by the colonial Italian government. Read an interview with Patrick here and visit his website to learn about all his publications to date.

Christa Vogelius

Danish Project Support, 2013

Project on the Danish‐American literary press and transnational identity, beginning when Americans “discovered” Scandinavia through international travel at the end of the 19th‐century. Her Roth Endowment award will help Vogelius complete her research for scholarly articles and a book on the relations between the Danish literary press and American publishers.

Kerry Greaves

Danish Project Support, 2013

Kerry-Greaves-in-the-archive-of-the-Museum-Jorn-1024x682Project on the group of avant‐garde Danish artists that coalesced around the journal Helhesten during the years of Nazi occupation and WWII. Greaves’ work debunks the theory that World War II sundered postwar European culture from pre‐war avant‐garde art movements. Her Roth Endowment award will help her undertake archival research required complete her dissertation, which will be the first major study of Helhesten and the first in‐depth analysis on Danish art of the 1930s and 1940s in more than forty years.

William Banks

Danish Project Support, 2012

Project: The selection, editing and translation of early 20th-century works by Georg Brandes, an influential Danish scholar and critic who wrote on national minorities, stateless people and the colonized. Banks is at the University of Wisconsin.

Maggie Taft

Danish Project Support, 2011

Project on the production, reception and distribution of design in Scandinavia and abroad from 1945 to 1960. In her University of Chicago doctoral project on Making Danish Modern: Imaging Design, Imagining a Nation, Taft explores how Danish furniture produced during these years both generated and accumulated cultural and social meanings that were mobilized in the context of the Cold War. After completing her research in Denmark, Taft was awarded the Chester Dale pre-doctoral fellowship by the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery in Washington, DC.

Nigel de Juan Hatton

Danish Project Support, 2010

Project on the philosophical dimensions of creative freedom that two African‐American artists found in Scandinavia. His research on William H. Johnson and Cecil Brown will support two chapters of his planned book, tentatively entitled Scandinavian Landscapes, African‐American Escapes: Black Artists and Freedom in Denmark, Norway and Sweden. At the time, Hatton was at Stanford University.

Thea Augustina Eck

Danish Project Support, 2009

Mixed‐media arts project on the collision between Danish, Greenlandic and Arctic cultures in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Heidi Durrow

Danish Project Support, 2008

Archival research and interviews for a collection of short stories about early 19th‐century interracial relations between Danes, black Africans and African‐Americans. While in Denmark, she read from her work at the Tell-Tale Café in Copenhagen. Durrow’s research evolved into a novel, entitled The Girl Who Fell From the Sky (2010), which won the Bellweather Prize for Fiction and became a New York Times Bestseller, an LA Times Bestseller and an Indie Next Pick. See:

Mille Guldbeck

Danish Project Support, 2007

Project: to create 40 landscape‐inspired diptychs inspired by the desolate landscapes of the island of Møn. While in Denmark, painter Guldbeck exhibited her work in a group show with some of Denmark’s contemporary artists; in 2007-08, the show traveled to her home campus of Bowling Green State University.