This fall LITS welcomes five fabulous 2018-2019 Emory Libraries/Emory Center for Digital Scholarship (ECDS) Fellows. We hope this blog series of interviews will help you get to know them better. Funded by the Laney Graduate School, Emory Libraries and Emory Center for Digital Scholarship (ECDS) award fellowships to advanced graduate students expecting to complete their dissertations by the end of the academic year. Fellows are placed in a department related to their subject specialization or interest, culminating in a formal presentation in the spring.
Welcome, Andrew Kingston, who is working in the Collection Services department of the Rose Library.
- Tell us a little bit about yourself. Where are you from? What’s your favorite book?
I came to Emory after finishing an MA at the University of Western Ontario. Currently, I am working on a PhD in the Department of Comparative Literature. I am also pursuing two graduate certificates, in Women’s, Gender, and Sexality Studies and Psychoanalytic Studies, respectively. I am originally from Florida, and Samuel Beckett and Jean Genet are among my favorite authors.2. What are you researching for your dissertation?
My dissertation focuses on ideas of purity and corruption in the history and aesthetics of European opera and performance.
- What interested you about this Fellowship?
I was especially interested in the collection that I am working on this year, and in the opportunity to better understand archival practices.
- What will you be working on this year for your Fellowship?
I am working on the Rose Library’s collection of The American Music Show, an Atlanta-based public-access television program that ran from 1981 to 2005, and that launched the television career of RuPaul. At the moment, we are preparing the collection to be digitized, so that it will be available for anyone to watch. I am also planning a public screening and panel discussion of the show, which will take place sometime in early 2019.