2023 NAP SCHOLARSHIP AWARDEE
The Nomadic Archivists Project is proud to announce its 2023 scholarship winner Jovante Anderson!
Jovante is a writer and researcher whose work is always returning to questions about black queer life in the Caribbean and Jamaica, in particular. His interest in archival research really began when, as a child, he dubbed himself the family historian, a title which he still holds dearly. He is also the founder of the Jamaica Conversation Project (JCP), which began in 2022 as an effort to document and preserve both the oral and material histories of queer life on the island. This year, the JCP will focus specifically on archival recovery of material objects that can help to tell a better story of the role that the arts played during the early days of the AIDS epidemic in Jamaica.
Jovante is also a Ph.D. student in English at the University of Miami. His dissertation explores queer and trans literary and cultural production that provides a capacious critique of how discourses of neoliberal freedom have been mobilized within postcolonial Jamaica. His work has appeared in PREELit, sx salon, and the Journal of West Indian Literature.
Killian Kwame Onai and Lauren Williams
Khahlia Sanders and Ashby Haywood
The NAP Scholarship is an annual fund awarded to students, early career, and independent archivists of African descent who wish to attend the Society of American Archivists (SAA) conference or use the funds to support an archival project. The scholarship awardee(s) will receive funds to pay for registration, membership, classes/trainings, supplies, personal time, or other expenses.
As archivists, we understand that access means everything, from information to opportunities. One way we can be active, learn, and leverage skills early in our careers is to participate in professional organizations. We know that the Society of American Archivists (SAA) is an important platform for archivists to network, share work with peers, attend workshops, join leadership committees, and more.
SAA is the oldest and largest archivist association in North America, serving the educational and informational needs of more than 5,000 individual archivists and institutional members. Established in 1936, the organization serves upwards of 6,200 individual and member institutions.
NAP acknowledges that there can be barriers for new and independent archivists to enter these spaces. We also believe that organizations like SAA benefit from our insights and talents. NAP feels it is essential to facilitate these kinds of relationships.
Those wishing to apply for a NAP Scholarship should review the following criteria to ensure they meet the eligibility requirements.
Applicant must be a current undergraduate or graduate student or an independent archivist
Committed to being or becoming an archivist
Demonstrates a need for the scholarship
APPLICATIONS MUST INCLUDE:
500-750 word essay describing an interest in pursuing a career in archives or an archival project that this fund would support
The application period for 2023 is now closed.
If you believe that you meet these eligibility requirements, we encourage you to apply.
Please send applications to Miranda Mims: miranda@nomadicarchivistsproject. Should you have any questions about our eligibility requirements, please contact Miranda Mims.
We appreciate the community's effort to assist visionary new archivists like Khahlia and Ashby on their archival journey. We would like to acknowledge scholarship donors Novella Ford, Minda Harts, Dr. Ida Jones, Diana Lachatanere, Damien Laudier, Rodney Nelson, and Azure Thompson. Thank you for your support of library science students and archivists of African descent globally!
Interested in becoming a sponsor? NAP is currently accepting all levels of support for the scholarship. Sponsors will be publicly acknowledged on our website.
Please contact Miranda Mims: firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in becoming a sponsor.