John Oxley Library Fellowship

The call for applications for the 2017 John Oxley Library Fellowship is now closed.

The Fellowship is awarded annually to support a research project that uses the rich resources of SLQ’s John Oxley Library and contributes to the creation of new knowledge of Queensland.

The successful applicant receives a stipend of $20,000 along with a personal work space within the John Oxley Library’s Neil Roberts Research Lounge for 12 months giving premium access the extensive collections and expert library staff and advice.

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The John Oxley Library Fellowship is proudly supported by the Queensland Library Foundation.

2017 John Oxley Library Fellow

Lauren IstvandityThe 2017 John Oxley Library Fellowship has been awarded to Dr Lauren Istvandity for her project Reminiscing about jazz in Queensland: Preserving pre-1965 oral histories for the Queensland Jazz Archive Collection.

Lauren’s project will see her record and collect new oral histories about the history of jazz in Queensland. This project seeks to increase the volume, quality, and accessibility of material housed by the Queensland Jazz Archive Collection (QJAC, within John Oxley Library) through strategic engagement with jazz communities in Queensland. The research will comprise three key areas of activity, and is based in qualitative methodologies in connection with archival research, memory studies and music history.

The first section of the project will engage directly with QJAC, assessing its current coverage.
The second segment of the project comprises a series of ‘jazz reminiscence workshops’ with participants from the jazz communities in Brisbane, Hervey Bay, and Townsville and associated clubs. The workshops will utilise ephemera from QJAC, on loan, to provoke the revival of personal memories and the telling of oral histories for music-making prior to 1965 that will help map Queensland’s jazz history. Participants in these workshops are encouraged to bring along artefacts of their own that can be digitised and donated to QJAC. Oral histories provided by participants will be recorded and similarly donated to QJAC.

The third activity conducted within the project will involve music-making by members of the community, which will be encouraged after the workshops to further stimulate memories of Queensland composers, performers, and visiting overseas artists. Participants’ experience at the workshop will be assessed to evaluate their interest in repeat events. It is hoped that this activity will increase community awareness of and engagement with QJAC on a regular basis.

The significance of this research lies in the precarious nature of oral histories that can chart the early beginnings of jazz in Queensland. Many individuals who have first-hand experiences with performers, venues, and events, are nearing very old age. As such, it is imperative to collect their personal narratives of this time, before their stories are lost or forgotten.

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