Caitlin Vitale-Sullivan

Swedish Project Support, 2019

 Caitlin Vitale-Sullivan, of Idaho State University, is studying kulning, a type of traditional Swedish folk music used to call cattle and communicate over long distances. She is interested specifically in the interaction between landscape and sound, and the resulting potential to combine landscape sounds with vocal and instrumental music to create an ensemble. Funds from the Roth Endowment will support Caitlin’s enrollment in supplemental workshops that will deepen her experience of Swedish folk music and dance. Upon her return to the U.S., Caitlin hopes to pursue a doctorate in landscape architecture and agroecology, using her knowledge of nature’s interaction with music to promote the importance of green spaces in communities.

Elise Kolle

Swedish Project Support, 2019

Elise Kolle, of the New England Conservatory of Music, is conducting research on the historical harps housed at the Nydahl Collection in Stockholm. Elise is investigating the history of two nineteenth-century harps while learning about museum work from the Collection’s curators. Funds from the Roth Endowment will allow Elise to perform a series of lectures and recitals in which she will perform harp music and speak about Swedish instrument makers of the 19th century. Elise hopes that her work at the Nydahl Collection will enrich her experience as a scholar of music and help her further develop her career in musicology and museum work upon her return to the U.S.

Elizabeth Doe Stone

Swedish Project Support, 2018

Elizabeth Doe Stone, of the University of Virginia, explored fin-de-siècle artistic and social connections between the US artist John Singer Sargent and Swedish painter Anders Zorn. Her award allowed her to expand her archival research in Sweden and Denmark.

Svea Larsen

Swedish Project Support, 2018 

Svea Larsen, of Pacific University, conducted research that explores how the return of Swedish immigrants in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries influenced Swedish rural society. Her awarded funded and exhibition on the movement of immigrants between Sweden and the U.S.

Kathleen Ernst

Swedish Project Support, 2017

Kathleen Ernst, of the University of Tennessee, undertook research into the strengthening of climate services and social planning in Sweden. Through several case studies, she explored options for bridging the growing gap between the scientific community’s knowledge about climate change and the practical use of that information to plan for and adapt to the changing climate. Funds from the Roth Endowment allowed Ernst to attend the European Climate Adaptation Conference to learn from the European Union’s approaches to environmental issues.

Kirsten Santos Rutschman

Kirsten Santos Rutschman, PhD student in musicology

Swedish Project Support, 2016

Kirsten Santos Rutschman, of Duke University, conducted research on the concept of “folk” in 19th century Swedish music. During this century, Sweden’s boundaries changed dramatically, leading to a crisis of national identity. Rutschman’s research links this questioning of what it meant to be Swedish with the incorporation of folk melodies into various forms of music, including solo, choral and orchestral works. Traveling to Sweden offered the special opportunity to access to musical manuscripts of compositions that use folk song to  trace the development of the use of folk melodies over time.

Tess Kurtasz

Swedish Project Support, 2016 

Tess Kurtasz, of the Pennsylvania State University, used her Fulbright Fellowship to situate the collections of Queen Christina of Sweden within the broader antiquarian markets of 17th-century Europe. By broadening our knowledge of this subject, Tess sought to illuminate the significance of art collecting as a sign of power and social status as well as explore the extent to which Queen Christina used it to fashion her own public image as a ruler, a sponsor of learning and an early modern woman. Additionally, Tess hoped that her research would clarify and challenge existing representations of Queen Christina’s legacy, both in scholarship and popular culture, which present her actions and lifestyle in an unflattering manner.

Clare Benson

Swedish Project Support, 2015

SWEDEN - Clare BensonA photographer interested in the intersections of art and science, Clare Benson (Central Michigan University) worked with Sámi filmmaker Hans-Olof Utsi and the Swedish Institute of Space Physics—both in Kiruna, Sweden—in exploring the intersection of current astronomical investigations and ancient traditions and mythologies of indigenous Sámi culture. With her award she developed an inclusive event organized around the human relationship to the sky, sun, and universe, and returned to Sweden the following year with support from the American Scandinavian Foundation to carry out this project.

Melanie Aronson

Swedish Project Support, 2015

melanie_aronsonAronson went to Sweden to create a social documentary film about Syrian refugees. By the time she applied for our support in fall 2014, Sweden had become the largest host country of Syrian and Syrian-Palestinian refugees outside of the Middle East and the only country to promise permanent residency to all Syrians seeking asylum. A 2007 graduate from Barnard, Lois Roth’s alma mater, Aronson’s Dreamland Sverige explores the subjective experience of migrating to Sweden, by exploring how the preconceptions of asylum seekers compare to their actual experiences as refugees. Her award helped her fund travel to different refugee communities within Sweden.

Jeffrey Ziegler

Swedish Project Support, 2014

Jeff_Ziegler-e1417999440882-300x277Political scientist Jeffrey Ziegler (University of Wisconsin-Madison), in Sweden to study electoral and party finance reform, was based at Umea University; he used his award to travel to Stockholm to interview civil servants, collect documents and attend conferences.