Michael Casper: Emerging Scholars Grant Report on Jonas Mekas

Nov 12, 2023

AABS is pleased to congratulate Michael Casper for the completion of the Emerging Scholars Grant (awarded 2022) associated with his project researching the Lithuanian filmmaker Jonas Mekas.

A woman with glasses and brown hair, Egle Aleknaite

©Michael Casper, 2022

Dr. Michael Casper received a Ph.D. in History in 2019 from UCLA, where his dissertation was titled “Strangers and Sojourners: The Politics of Jewish Belonging in Lithuania, 1914-1940.” He is the coauthor, with Nathaniel Deutsch, of A Fortress in Brooklyn: Race, Real Estate, and the Making of Hasidic Williamsburg (Yale University Press, 2021).

 

The Impact of an Award: Report from Michael Casper

After the completion of his project, Michael Casper submitted a reflection to AABS.
We thank him for his permission to publish his thoughts, which have been lightly edited.

 

With the generous assistance of an AABS Emerging Scholars Grant, I was able to make significant progress on my book on Jonas Mekas this year. The grant allowed me to travel to Lithuania, where I conducted research primarily in the Martynas Mažvydas National Library and the Vrublevskiai Academy of Sciences. There, I spent several weeks accessing periodicals, books and other published and manuscript materials that are otherwise impossible to find in the United States. Another invaluable use of the grant funds was paying two professional Russian translators to translate dozens of pages of otherwise inaccessible, and highly technical, handwritten documents. The files, which I collected on prior research trips, have shed light on the social and political dynamics of an important period in Mekas’s life. I am very grateful to AABS for extending generous funding for this book project.

-Michael Casper, 2023

Michael Casper

What is the Emerging Scholars Grant?

The Research Grant for Emerging Scholars is an award for up to $6,000, to be used for travel, duplication, materials, equipment, or other needs as specified. Proposals are evaluated according to the scholarly potential of the applicant and the quality and scholarly importance of the proposed work, especially to the development of Baltic Studies. Applicants must have received PhD no earlier than January 1, 2013. Applicants must be AABS members at the time of application.

The application deadline for academic year 2023-2024 is February 1, 2023. Applications will be evaluated by the AABS 2023–2024 Grants Committee consisting of AABS VP for Professional Development Dr. Kaarel Piirimäe, AABS President Dr. Dovilė Budrytė, and AABS Director-at-Large Dr. Daunis Auers. Award notifications will be made in April 2023.

“From ‘Model Pupils’ to Model Teachers” Dissertation Report from Kevin Axe

AABS is pleased to recognize Kevin Axe for the completion of the grant associated with his dissertation “From “Model Pupils” to Model Teachers: Estonian Economists and the Globalization of the (Post)Socialist World," for which he received the AABS Dissertation Grant...

Other Grants and Fellowships News

Sophie Peng Awarded 2024-2025 Baumanis Grant

Sophie Peng Awarded 2024-2025 Baumanis Grant

The Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies is pleased to announce that Sophie Peng has been awarded the 2024-2025 Baumanis Grant for Creative Projects in Baltic Studies for her project “Lace Narratives: Hand-work (EE: Käsi-Töö)." The Baumanis Grant is an...

Jelena Šalaj Awarded 2024-2025 Baumanis Grant

Jelena Šalaj Awarded 2024-2025 Baumanis Grant

The Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies is pleased to announce that Jelena Šalaj has been awarded the 2024-2025 Baumanis Grant for Creative Projects in Baltic Studies for her book project "North of Photography." The Baumanis Grant is an award made to...

Ornela Ramašauskaitė Awarded 2024-2025 Baumanis Grant

Ornela Ramašauskaitė Awarded 2024-2025 Baumanis Grant

The Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies is pleased to announce that Ornela Ramašauskaitė has been awarded the 2024-2025 Baumanis Grant for Creative Projects in Baltic Studies for her project "Art Across Borders: The Baltic Visual Legacy Project." The...

Renew your membership or join for 2023 online or by mail.

Donate

Contribute to the Baltic Studies Fund (BSF) or AABS program expenses to ensure the future well-being of AABS.

Connect with AABS

Find AABS on the following networks

Newsletter

Lokal_Profil (CC BY-SA 2.5) | © 2022 The Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies (AABS) | A member of the American Council of Learned Societies

Site by C1 STUDIOS