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Q & A: Goran Proot, Curator of Rare Books

Goran Proot

On June 1st, Goran Proot became the new Andrew W. Mellon Curator of Rare Books at the Folger Shakespeare Library. Now that he’s had a chance to settle in a bit, it’s time for us to introduce him to Collation readers and—soon—for him to become one of our regular contributors! Goran (born in 1972, the worst-wine year of the century, he points out) has a Master’s degree in Language and Literature and a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy, both from Leuven (the oldest university of the Low Countries) and an MA in Information and Library Sciences from Antwerp University, where he also obtained his PhD. His doctoral thesis deals with Neo-Latin school theater in the eighteen colleges of the Flemish Jesuit province, the so-called Provincia Flandro-Belgica, from their establishment around the beginning of the seventeenth century until the suppression of the order in 1773. He is a co-founder of the Short Title Catalogue Flanders, the retrospective bibliography of Flemish books published in the hand-press era, a project he directed for about five years.

  1. Michael Ritter (“Man sieht der Sternen König glantzen”. Der Kaiserhof im barocken Wien als Zentrum deutsch-italienischer Literaturbestrebungen (1653 bis 1718) am besonderen Beispiel der Libretto-Dichtung, Wien, 1999, p. 22.


We will be following the amazing librarian adventures of Goran back here in Mechelen, Belgium. We know Goran was looking forward to the experience. So treat our friend well, he’s an extra-ordinary, passionate and intelligent young man.

Tom Kestens — August 23, 2012