Host institution: Jagiellonian University, Faculty of Polish studies, Cracow
Grant start date: March 1, 2019
Grant end date: September 30, 2019
Field of study: Literatura
Project title: „The Promotion of International Awareness of Joseph Conrad’s Polish Heritage”
Bio: Brendan Kavanagh is an advanced doctoral candidate in English literature at the University of Cambridge. He holds master’s degrees in English literature from Middlebury College and the University of Edinburgh, as well as a bachelor’s degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering from Princeton University. He has published articles and book chapters on Joseph Conrad and James Joyce. There are two aspects to Brendan’s Fulbright project at the Joseph Conrad Research Centre at Jagiellonian University in Kraków. First, his individual research examines the manifestation of Conrad’s Polish Romantic inheritance within Conrad’s writings of nature, weather, and environment, and involves collaborative consultation with scholars of Conrad’s Polish Romantic inheritance. Second, he organizes a group research project called “Transcultural Conrad,” which works to bridge an existing gap between Anglo-American and Polish approaches to the study of Conrad’s narratives. As part of this group project, Brendan meets regularly with members of the Polish Joseph Conrad Society, which includes scholars from universities in Kraków, Katowice, Opole, and Warsaw. His organization of the “Transcultural Conrad” project also shall involve social engagement with scholarly communities of literary study in these cities.