May 11, 2021 at 2:38 pm

Rosen Receives Baker Fund Award for Work on Little-Known Literary Community in Albania

Dr. Matthew Rosen, portraitand trees behind him

Dr. Matthew Rosen

Dr. Matt Rosen, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, was one of five Ohio University faculty receiving John C. Baker Fund awards for research, scholarship and creative work during spring semester 2021.

Endowed in 1961 by a gift of more than $612,000 from 1926 College of Arts & Sciences graduate Edwin L. Kennedy and his wife, Ruth, a 1930 graduate of the College of Education, The John C. Baker Fund was established to support faculty improvement and research efforts. Up to $12,000 is available for each award.

Rosen received $6,970 for his project.

I applied for funding from the Baker Fund Award Committee to support the collection of material I need to finalize a nearly completed book manuscript. The book, Tirana Modern: Literary Ethnography on the Margins of Europe, examines the public culture of reading in Tirana, the Albanian capital,” says Rosen.

“Drawing primarily on participant observation and interviews with members of an independent publishing collective that formed in 2009, the work documents a little-known literary community and provides a cultural analysis of Albanian modernity that can offer significant contributions to current international and interdisciplinary discussions of post-socialism and the anthropological subfields of media anthropology, literary anthropology, and urban anthropology.”

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